Fishing

What’s the best way to communicate with a fish? … Drop it a line!


In Queensland you can bait ‘em, hook ‘em, and reel ‘em in with virtually any type of fishing you like - freshwater, barra, reef, game, fly-fishing, crabbing and prawning – right at the end of your rod. 

Here’s a few fishy suggestions:

  • Try surf fishing on Fraser Island or go deep sea fishing off the Fraser Coast
  • Land a Barramundi or Mangrove Jack in one of Gladstone's top inland fishing spots
  • Go deep sea on a fishing charter from Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast
  • Head out solo to chase the elusive Jungle Perch or Murray Cod and catch a sunrise on our rivers, lakes and waterways as a bonus.
  • Grab some mates and book a day tour to the paradise of the outer reef to experience the thrill of landing a GT, Black Marlin or one of the sought after reef fish on the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Townsville or Cairns.

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Fishing on Hinchinbrook Island

Hinchinbrook, Hinchinbrook Area
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Discover an island with a Jurassic outlook which abounds in flora, fauna, palm fringed beaches and extensive mangrove lined waterways. Hinchinbrook Island offers extensive flats and channel systems which are home to many prime tropical sportfish.

Elliott Heads Beach

Elliott Heads, Bundaberg Area
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Elliott Heads is a 15 minute drive from Bundaberg Central Business District and is surrounded by rural cane and small crop farms. Elliott Heads offers swimming at the patrolled surf beach or drop your boat in for a fish at Riverview.

Cooper's Creek Windorah

Windorah, Barcoo Area
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Visitors and locals alike often take time out enjoying Cooper's Creek, whether it's a spot of fishing for Yellowbelly, swimming or boating. Cooper's Creek is located 10 kilometres from the township of Windorah, which is indigenous for "place of big fish".

Bowen Creek Fishing

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
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Bowen has many creek systems, which hold healthy numbers of Mangrove-jack, Bream, Whiting and Barramundi (closed season Nov -Feb). South of Bowen, you’ll find Adelaide and Duck Creeks, which can be accessed by sea around the top of the tide only, via beach ramps.

Fishing at Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
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Magnetic Island is an angler's dream with a catch virtually guaranteed! Sit back, throw in a line and enjoy the rush of reeling in your latest bite. What a catch it can be; 22-pound Coral Trout and 44-pound Spanish Mackerel are among the trophies happy fishermen have taken home.

Fishing on Keswick Island

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
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Deep sea and reef fishing at Keswick Island is legendary. The nearby coral reefs, mangrove habitats and protected waters of Egremont Passage attract a vast array of fish. The proximity of the outer reef also boosts the diversity of fish species.

Coolmunda Dam

Inglewood, Goondiwindi Area
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Just 13 kilometres east of Inglewood, off the Cunningham Highway you'll find Coolmunda Dam. It's the perfect rest stop to break your journey and a great spot for birdwatching and water sports. If you'd like to cool off it's a popular for water skiing, sailing and canoeing (there's a boat ramp for easy water access).

Lake Elphinstone

Nebo, Isaac Area
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Lake Elphinstone is a natural lake within Nebo Shire. Water skiing is allowed in one section of the lake when water height allows. The lake attracts an abundance of birdlife making bird watching a popular activity with visitors.

Caiwarra - Paroo River Fishing Spot

Hungerford, Bulloo Area
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The Caiwarra - Paroo River Fishing Spot is located in the Currawinya National Park. You can expect to be able to catch yellowbelly and catfish in this waterhole. Activities available in the area include fishing, camping (fee applies), birdwatching and bushwalking.

Lake Tinaroo

Lake Tinaroo, Tablelands Area
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Lake Tinaroo is a very popular spot for swimmers, skiers, walkers, fishing (permit required), red clawing, ideal for picnics with barbecues available and has five camping areas located around the back of the dam in the Danbulla State Forest.
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