Fishing Rules & Regulations
Rules for Photographing Fish
All fish to be entered are to be photographed on the supplied brag mat ONLY. Mats will be available at the event for a deposit of $5.00 and a limit of one mat per boat will apply. The deposit will be refundable on return of the mat in a clean and reusable state.
Registering your Catch
Once you have taken your photo and successfully released your catch back into the water you can text (MMS or SMS) your photo to 0419 904 733. Once your text message is received you will receive a confirmation message to indicate your catch has been registered.
As phone reception can be patchy along the river, an alternate method of registering your catch is to personally attend the registration tent at Gogeldrie Weir Holiday Park with your photo on your digital device. This needs to be done in the allocated times below after fishing has closed each day.
Friday 8th March – 7:00pm – 8:30pm Sharp!
Saturday 9th March – 6:00pm – 7:30pm Sharp!
Sunday 10th March – 10:30am - 12 Midday Sharp!
Bidgee Classic Committee Members may also be in attendance at the Leeton Ski Beach, Coleambally Ski Beach or Euroley Bridge Boat Ramp to assist with photo entries in the event of Poor Mobile Reception. Times will be advised via Text Message throughout the event. On Water Advisory Boats will also be able to assist if your photo is not received.
Fish Species & Lengths
Murray Cod - legal length = 55cm to 75cm
Murray Cod over 75cm (prohibited fish) may be photographed and registered provided photographs are taken at the immediate location where the fish is landed and that a device to photograph the fish is immediately available. Transporting prohibited fish to be measured is not permitted under NSW Fisheries current policy. Refer to the following website for further details: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational/fishing-rules-and-regs/photographing-fish
Golden Perch (Yellow Belly, Callop) - legal length = 30cm and above.
Carp – to be photographed for the longest Carp.
Note: Prizes will be for the longest Carp and NOT Biggest Bag of Carp.
In the event that two or more anglers catch and record a native fish* of the same winning size, the first fish Registered (by either SMS or physically bringing your device with the photo of your catch to the registration area during the allocated times) will be deemed as the winning catch.
** NOTE **
The 2019 Leeton Bidgee Classic has a "Citizen Science" Category, allowing you to photograph undersize Native Fish - More Information will be provided to you at the Registration Area . The "Citizen Science" Category is strictly for the information of NSW Fisheries Research and Science Teams as our data records and photographs will be collated for Research Purposes.
Undersize Native Fish will not be entered into the 'Overall Length' Categories.
Separate Prizes will be awarded for the "Citizen Science" Categories in all Age Groups.
Angler Team Registrations
This is optional. Up to four (4) anglers can join together to register as a team, even if fishing individually.
When you catch a legal native fish and/or a prohibited Murray Cod above 75cm state your Team name when you register your fish. The total measurement of every registered native fish will be added together to give a total length of all fish registered for your team.
Please note that all teams may consist of up to four (4) registered anglers only.
All competitors using boats must abide with Maritime NSW regulations governing the use of these vessels. This includes appropriate licences, safety equipment and conditions of use. Please also note the change of speed conditions along the Sturt Canal (Section One) of our competition waters.
Maritime NSW Officers will be in attendance for the duration of the competition.
Fishing Fee Receipts
When fishing in NSW waters you are required by law to pay the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee and carry with you, at all times while fishing, the receipt showing the payment of that fee. This receipt must be able to be produced if requested by a Fisheries NSW Officer. Some exemptions do apply.
Fishing Fee Receipts are available at the Gogeldrie Weir Holiday Park kiosk.
Evidence of your Fishing Fee Receipt will be required at the time of registering for the Leeton Bidgee Classic Fishing Competition.
It is a legal requirement that most recreational vessels in NSW must carry an appropriate size and type of lifejacket for each person on board. They must be stored or placed to allow quick and easy access. Lifejackets must be either visible to passengers or their location clearly marked and unobstructed.
Children under 12 years of age or occupants boating alone must wear a lifejacket at all times. This legal requirement applies to the duration of the Leeton Bidgee Fishing Classic.
The judge’s decision on the winner in each category will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Campers are reminded to abide by all National Parks and Wildlife Service rules and regulations.
Gogeldrie Weir Holiday Park amenities including showers and toilets are available for the use of all registered Leeton Bidgee Classic competitors, regardless of where you are camping. Please show your registration tag upon entry to the park if asked. Normal park entry fees apply for non-registered attendees who are not already guests of the Gogeldrie Weir Holiday Park.
Roads around and within Gogeldrie Weir Holiday Park camping grounds are public roads and are therefore subject to the laws of responsible driving. Random breath testing may be conducted over the course of the event. The Leeton Bidgee Classic Committee supports the responsible service and consumption of alcohol.
First Aid and your safety
In an emergency, call triple zero (000).
If you require any first aid please see the friendly folk in the Leeton VRA Rescue Squad tent located within the Gogeldrie Weir Holiday Park camping grounds.
Remember to – Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide!!
NSW Health is warning residents and visitors in the Riverina to take extra precautions and protect themselves against mosquitoes. Avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes that carry the Murray Valley Encephalitis (or MVE) virus are usually most active in the hours after sunset and again around dawn. Simple steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes include:
Leeton Bidgee Classic representatives will be providing on-water advice and assistance as required.
Any angler requiring more information or assistance, please find one of our friendly committee members or come to the registration area where committee members will be on hand to answer any questions you have.
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LEETON BIDGEE CLASSIC 2019 - Fishing Hours
Friday 8th March 2019
12 Noon – 8.00 pm
Saturday 9th March 2019
6.30 am – 6.00 pm
Sunday 11 March 2019
6.30 am – 11.00 am