Rules for Sport Fishing in Pakistan for Freshwater and Saltwater

Dear Anglers,

PGFA have shared these rules as guideline for all the responsible Anglers of Pakistan to practice. We at no point are imposing these rules but would like to urge instead to please try to follow as much as you can and to start with at least stop killing the juvenile fish but release them back to the water to fight again.

We ask all anglers and rowers to encourage good sportsmanship and to be courteous to all anglers.

Thank You,


1. Bag Limits and Minimum/Maximum Legal Fish Size

The bag limit tables indicate fresh and saltwater species that an angler is likely to encounter while fishing in Pakistan.
1.1 Fish under the minimum size may not be killed.
1.2 Fish above the maximum size may not be killed.
1.3 The only exceptions may be in the case of a potential Pakistan or World Record Catch.
1.4 Fish caught while recreational angling many not be sold in the market.
Note if the fish accidently dies before release; it will become part of your bag.

2. Equipment Regulations

2.1 Line
Monofilament, multifilament (braids, spectra, super lines) and lead core lines may be used. Wire lines may not be used. The PGFA considers records in the following line classes:

2.1.1 For record application purposes, the fish must represent a valid species with a recognized scientific name. It must be at least 1 lb. (.453 kg) in weight, and must not be caught in a sanctuary or hatchery, or in contravention of any of the laws of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

2.2 Line backing
If the main fishing line is attached to a backing, then the heavier of the two lines will be considered for record purposes. Backing may not exceed 130 lb. line class.

2.3 Double line
The use of a double line is optional.
2.3.1 Saltwater in all line classes up to and including 20lb (10kg) the double line shall be limited to 15 feet (4.57 meters). The leader and double line combined may not exceed 20 feet (6.1 meters). In line classes over 20lb (10kg) the double line may up to a maximum of 30 feet. The combined length of leader and double line may not exceed 40 feet.
2.3.2 Freshwater Double line may not exceed 6 feet; leader and double line together may not exceed 10 feet.

2.4 Leader
Use of a leader is optional. The length of the leader is the overall length of any lure or hooks arrangement measured from the bend of the last hook. There are no limitations regarding materials or strength of the leader.
Saltwater: In all line classes up to and including 20lb (10kg) the leader shall be limited to 15 feet (4.57 meters). The leader and double line combined may not exceed 20 feet (6.1 meters). In line classes over 20lb (10kg) the leader may up to a maximum of 30 feet. The combined length of leader and double line may not exceed 40 feet.
Freshwater: Leader may not exceed 6 feet; leader and double line together may not exceed 10 feet.

2.5 Rod
The rod tip must be a minimum of 40 inches in length and the rod butt may not be more than 27 inches in length. Measurements are taken from a point directly beneath the center of the reel.

2.6 Reel
Power driven reels, or those that give the angler an unfair advantage are prohibited. This includes motor, hydraulic, electric, racket, and reels that can be cranked with both hands at once.

2.7 Hooks for bait fishing
2.7.1 For live or dead bait fishing double, treble and dangling or swinging hooks are prohibited.
2.7.2 No more than two single hooks may be used on one line.
2.7.3 A hook may not be attached before or precede the bait, lure, or bait/lure combo by more than one hook’s length.
2.7.4 A two hook rig for bottom fishing is acceptable if it consists of two separate hooks on two separate leaders or drops attached to the main line.
2.7.5 Please note that for carp fishing the ‘hair rig’ is legal, but no more than two hooks are permitted on a method feeder.
2.7.6 A photo or sketch of the hook arrangement must accompany all record applications made for fish caught on two hook tackle.

2.8 Lures and Hooks
When using artificial lures with skirts or trailing material, no more than two single hooks may attached to the line, leader, or trace. Treble hooks are permitted when attached to plugs or other artificial lures. Baits may not be used with treble hooks. A photograph or sketch of the showing the lure/hook arrangement must accompany a record application.

2.9 Other equipment
2.9.1 Fighting chairs: may not have any mechanical devices that aid the angler in fighting the fish.
2.9.2 Gaffs / Nets: Must not exceed 8 feet in length. The rope of a detachable or flying gaff may not exceed 30 feet in length. Only single hooks are permitted in a gaff. Harpoon or lance attachments are prohibited.
2.9.3 When fishing from a bridge, pier, or other high platform or structure, this length limitation does not apply.
2.9.4 Entangling devices: either with or without a hook, any device which may entangle the fish may not be used.
2.9.5 Outriggers, daisy chains, spreaders bars, floats, birds, and other similar devices may be used as long as they do not impair the natural swimming or fighting ability of the fish.
2.9.6 A safety line may be used attached to the reel as long as it does not assist the angler in fighting the fish.

3 Angling regulations

3.1 From the time a fish strikes or takes a bait or lure, the angler must hook, fight and land or boat the fish without the aid of any other person.
3.2 A harness may be attached to the rod and reel, but not to the fighting chair. The harness may be replaced or adjusted by someone other than the angler.
3.3 When fishing from a boat, once the leader is brought within reach of the mate, or the leader is wound to the rod tip, more than one person is allowed to hold the leader.
3.4 Anyone assisting a shore bound or wading angler must be within a rod’s length of the angler before touching the leader or netting or gaffing the fish.
3.5 Acts / situations that will disqualify a catch:
3.6 Failure to comply with the above equipment or angling regulations.
3.7 A person other than the angler touching any part of the rod, reel or line (including double line) either bodily or with some other device, from hookup to landing.
3.8 Resting the rod in a holder, on the boat, or any other object or person while playing the fish.
3.9 Hand lining or using a hand line or rope attached in any manner to the angler’s line or leader for the purpose of holding or lifting the fish.
3.10 Shooting, harpooning or lancing the fish.
3.11 Chumming with or using as bait the flesh, blood, skin or any part of a mammal – this includes whales and dolphins.
3.12 Changing the rod or reel while playing the fish.
3.13 Splicing, removing, or adding to the line while playing the fish.
3.14 Intentionally foul hooking a fish.
3.15 Attaching the angler’s line or leader to any part of a boat or other object for the purposes of holding or lifting the fish.
3.16 When a rod breaks (while playing the fish) in such a manner that it reduces the length below the minimum requirements (see by-law 2.4).
3.17 Mutilation or injury to the fish by an external agent living or otherwise that impairs its swimming or fighting ability. All injuries to the fish must be shown clearly in a separate photograph.

4 Record Catch Regulations

4.1 General information
Protested applications or disputed existing records will be referred to the PGFA executive committee / Board for review. Its decision will be final. The PGFA reserves the right to refuse applications without reason.

4.2 Witnesses
On all record claims, witnesses are highly desirable. Un-witnessed catches may be disallowed if questions arise as to their authenticity. It is important that the witness can attest to the angler’s compliance with PGFA rules and regulations.

4.3 Time
Applications for record fish must be made within three months of the catch

4.4 Weighing Requirements
4.4.1 Weigh scales must be accredited for accuracy by govt. or other accredited agencies. This accreditation must be reviewed every year.
4.4.2 The weight of the sling, platform, or rope (if these are used) must be deducted from the weight of the fish.
4.4.3 At the time of weighing, the actual tackle used to catch the fish must be exhibited to the weigh master and weight witness.
4.4.4 No estimated weights will be accepted. Fish weighed on bodies of water will not be accepted.
4.4.5 Any weights that fall within two graduations of the scale will be rounded off to the lower of the two.

4.5 Record Application Procedure/Requirements
4.5.1 All tackle, line class and fly fishing records are applied for through the “PGFA record application form” available online at www. The angler must fill in this form in detail and its entirety to ensure application acceptance.
4.5.2 All applications for a line class and all tackle records must allow inspection by a PGFA representative, or be accompanied by a photograph or sketch of the entire leader; double line and at least 10 feet of main line, and other terminal tackle in one piece.
4.5.3 Photographs are pivotal in final decisions regarding applications. Catches accompanied by photographs that follow the below given guidelines have a much higher likelihood of success. Photos should:
4.5.4 Show the full length of the fish both hanging in a vertical position, and lying flat on a surface on the side. Photos should be taken against a clearly measurable object such as inch tape.
4.5.5 The rod and the reel used to make the catch and the scale used to weigh the fish must accompany each record application.
4.5.6 A photograph of the angler with the fish is also required.
4.5.7 Additional photographs of the fish on the weighing scale are also very helpful.
4.5.8 Video evidence of the catch increases chances for successful record application.

5 Protests/Complaints/Suggestions
Please contact

6 Ethical considerations
All members are expected to maintain the highest standards when dealing with the quarry, environment, rural communities, fellow anglers and the non-fishing public encountered during a fishing trip.

Saltwater fish legal size and Bag limits
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Freshwater fish legal size and Bag limits
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