Is fishing allowed in South Africa?

Under South Africa’s Level 3 lockdown conditions, permit-holding recreational fishers are once again free to go fishing. New legislation announced last week comes with all the expected Covid-19 caveats, but despite this, recreational fishers are free to step into their waders.

Is fishing still allowed in South Africa?

With South Africa’s extensive coastline spanning two oceans and its numerous dams, lakes, rivers and streams, South Africa is a recreational fisher’s paradise. However, recreational fishing may only be undertaken with a valid permit, and recreational fishing is limited to certain times of the fishing season.

Is fishing open in South Africa?

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In places around Cape Town, October to December is the most pleasant time for deep sea fishing. In Durban in KwaZulu-Natal province, the official fishing season runs from December to March. Bass and carp fishing is also available, yet catch and release are encouraged.

Is recreational fishing allowed in South Africa?

Fishing is permitted under certain conditions during adjusted Level 3 lockdown. … Kindly take note that recreational fishing may not occur in groups, and all the laws applicable under the amended regulations, including those relating to social distancing, health protocol, shall continue to apply.

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Are we allowed to fish in KZN?


Be it bait collection, rod & reel fishing, boat fishing, spearfishing, or cast-netting, each fishing activity requires the correct permit which are available at any local Post Office. … No permit is valid for species during their closed seasons, or for the listed prohibited species.

Do I need a fishing license in SA?

Recreational fishing is enjoyed by many South Australians. A recreational fishing licence is not required in South Australia.

What fish are illegal in South Africa?

These fish are illegal to buy or sell in South Africa.

Critically endangered – seventy-four and dageraad.

Baardman River Bream
Blacktail Sawfish
Black Musselcracker Seventy Four
Brindle Bass Sharks (Trawl Caught)
Bronze Bream Southern pompano

What fishing season is it in South Africa?

Most river fishing in South Africa is done wading. The trout season starts in September and goes on through to the end of May. Many of the stillwaters, on the other hand, have no closed season at all. The best of the fishing is in spring from September to October, and in autumn, from late March through May.

Is shark fishing legal in South Africa?

Seafood fraud: South Africa is one of the first countries to ban shark finning – cutting off the sharks’ fins on the boat and discarding the body at sea. A condition of fishing permits is that fins must be attached when the sharks are landed onshore.

Are you allowed to keep fish you catch?

The daily bag and possession limit is 20 fish in combination of all species (except shiner perch), with not more than 10 fish of any one species.

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Can I buy a fishing license online in South Africa?

Most recreational fishing licenses and permits can be obtained either at your local post office or online via the digital post office.

How long does it take to get a fishing license South Africa?

The FPE exemption and permit application may take one to three months subject to proper lodging of the letter of motivation and permit application and supporting documents.

Is fishing allowed in Richards Bay?

DESPITE recreational fishing being permitted during lockdown Level 3, it remains prohibited within the Port of Richards Bay. … Fishing at the dredger reclaim berth near Alkantstrand, the north headlands en route to the helipad and port operational areas, including rivers and estuaries, have also been barred.

Is fishing allowed in Durban?

According to Ashton Naidoo, fishing is allowed, but you cannot do it on the beach. … You may fish on the river, but not the beach. The issue of social gatherings has also been very serious during this lockdown.

What fish can you catch in Durban?

Here you can expect to catch king mackerel, sharks, kingfish and queenfish as well as rays, skates and sandsharks. From Richards Bay down to Durban, these large game fish are scarce and kob, shad (elf) and Natal stumpnose are more common.