Marron Season Returns

Marron season in the south west WA will run from 12 noon Tue, January 08th until Tue, February 05th.

The news article “Marron back on the menu” has full details on this story. It says, “Keen fishers are reminded that there are bag and possession limits and minimum size limits for marron. You may only accumulate your daily bag limit up to 16 marron during the marron season. The possession limit applies everywhere except in your permanent place of residence. A separate limit applies near designated Trophy Waters.”

Marron is the largest freshwater crayfish found in WA – and the third largest in the world. It is endemic to the south west corner of WA and fishing for it has long been a local tradition. Marron can grow to over 380mm in length. It can vary in colour from brown to striped to even jet-black, cobalt-blue and red.

When measuring a marron, you should always use a standard gauge and start measuring from the pointed end of the horn sticking out from the forehead of the marron, toward the back tip of its carapace.

If the gauge can fit over the rear of the carapace, or even if it is a bit loose, this means that the marron is too tiny and should be immediately returned to the water.

You should use only one form of approved fishing equipment at a time. This may include a snare (a bushman’s pole per licensed fisher), drop nets (six for each licensed fisher) and scoop net (one per fisher).

You are also required to have a permit to fish for marrons and should be able to produce it when needed. Application forms can be obtained from Australia Post outlets and Department of Fisheries offices. You can renew or buy your permit online from Department of Fisheries’ website.

Marron waters include the Collie River (downstream of Wellington Dam wall and upstream of Australind Bypass Road – and upstream of Mungalup Road Bridge), as well as Blackwood, Donnelly, Warren, Gardener, Deep, Preston and Capel rivers and their branches.

Snare only waters will include Margaret River, outside of closures. There is a possibility that you may not be able to fish for marron in Margaret River and its branches upstream of TenĀ  Mile Brook intersection, to protect hairy marron, or water within 50m downstream and 300m upstream of the Bussell Highway traffic bridge.

For more information on marron fishing, please go to

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