Before visiting an SA Water site, please check reservoirs.sa.gov.au for up to date site notifications and information.

Permit conditions

General

(a) You must comply with all conditions of access when on an SA Water site.

(b) You must have your valid permit and identification with you whenever you are fishing or carrying fishing gear at a reservoir. Children of 16 years and under do not require a permit if on-site with a permit holder.

(c) You may only fish from areas designated as available for fishing as gazetted and indicated on site signs and markers.

(d) You must not wade into the water above knee height and wading below the knees should be for the purposes of casting and retrieval only.

(e) Only ‘rod and reel’ fishing is permitted. Fishing nets or traps are not permitted (i.e. for yabbying or other like purposes).

(f) Hand-cranked electric reels may be used where fitted to a conventional recreational fishing rod. Commercial fishing equipment is not permitted.

(g) If using bait, you must bring your own to site. Bait must not be collected from the reservoir reserve.

(h) Fishing with artificial lures and flies is permitted and preferred.

(i) The use of burley and/or fish attractants (including liquid, spray on or scented attractants) or baits associated with netting and trapping is prohibited.

(j) Fish must not be cleaned on an SA Water site nor any part of the fish (alive or dead) left at the reservoir.

(k) Carp, Redfin and other prescribed (non-native) species are not to be returned to the water and must be removed from site.

(l) Native species may only be returned to the water alive.

(m) Fishing limits are detailed on PIRSA’s website.

(n) This permit is for recreational fishing only, you must not sell your catch.

(o) You must adhere to all relevant legislation when accessing an SA Water site including the Fisheries Act 2007 and associated regulations, the Harbours and Navigation Act 1993 and environmental acts and regulations.

(p) While on an SA Water site you must comply with any directions given by SA Water or Council personnel or with instructions shown on any signs.

Opening hours and closures

(q) You may only enter an SA Water site during opening hours. Outside these times, you must not enter or remain on an SA Water site. Unless indicated otherwise, opening hours are as follows:

  • 1 October – 30 March 7.30am – 8pm
  • 1 April – 30 September 7.30am – 5pm

Regardless of signage, SA Water sites will be closed in the following circumstances:

  • when the gates are closed/locked
  • Total Fire Ban Days (as determined by the Country Fire Service)
  • maintenance, operational and repair activities
  • where necessary to undertake proper land management works
  • in the interest of public safety

(r) You must leave all areas and facilities as you found them, take all rubbish and waste with you, or place in bins, if provided.

Permit holders acknowledge and accept that:

(a) Entry to an SA Water site and undertaking recreational activities is at your own risk.  On entering and using the site you agree to indemnify, SA Water (including employee’s contractors and assignees) from any and all claims associated with the issue or use of the permit and/or access to the reservoir.

(b) Consumption of fish caught at an SA Water site is at your own risk.

(c) In making SA Water sites available for recreation, SA Water offers no guarantees as to the suitability of the reservoir for fishing or watercraft (where authorised).

Penalties

Entry to an SA Water site is subject to conditions of access. Non-compliance with your recreational fishing permit or site access conditions may result in access being withdrawn, suspended and/or the permit being cancelled.

Failure to comply with access conditions may result in an expiation of $315 or a maximum penalty of $2,500.