Lake Lenthall, Queensland

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Lake Lenthall, north-west of Maryborough on the headwaters of the Burrum River, is stocked with barramundi, bass, golden and silver perch.

In 2017/18 alone, more than 14,000 Australian bass and 14,000 barramundi were stocked.

Since stocking began, 144,000 barramundi, 413,000 bass, 61,000 golden perch and 1000 silver perch have been put in the dam, all funded by permit sales.

The dam was built in 1984, and the catchment includes Isis, Cherwell and Gregory Rivers, and is the town water supply for Hervey Bay and surrounding areas. .

The impoundment is small at 766ha, with an average depth of 5m.

With its large catchment and small lake area, it takes only moderate rain events to fill Lake Lenthall.

The turn off for the dam is 6.6km south of Torbanlea off the Bruce Highway.

Some camping is available at the dam but pre-booking is essential.

There is a 6-knot speed limit for this dam and only 4-stroke motors and direct-injection 2-stroke outboards to 60hp are allowed.

Picnic tables, toilets, walking tracks and a fishing platform are provided.

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Maryborough, Queensland

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Queensland’s Mary River marks the beginning of the barramundi’s southern range on Australia’s East Coast, with regular catches in the river and an occasional fish from the labyrinth of channels and creeks that make up the Great Sandy Strait to the south.

Barramundi prefer the turbid water of the river from River Heads, at the river mouth, through to Maryborough, rather than the clearer water found in sandy creeks of the strait.

There is a real chance of catching a trophy saltwater barra or salmon in the Mary River, along with hordes of blue salmon.

Bass are stocked in the freshwater section of the Mary River, where barramundi are also caught.

Most local fishos chasing freshwater barramundi however head to stocked Lake Lenthalls, on the headwaters of the Burrum River. Lenthalls is probably Australia’s most southerly stocked barramundi fishery, disregarding stocked waterbodies with artificially warm water.

The main saltwater catch in the Maryborough region is whiting (summer, tin can and diver species), flathead, southern and pikey bream, tailor, blue and threadfin salmon, mangrove jacks, northern and southern jewfish, perch (which look like a small jewfish), mud and blue swimmer crabs, and prawns.

There are many drying banks in this area and fishermen who explore on a falling tide may become landlocked in creeks or stuck on a sandbank.

Flathead are found at the mouths of small creeks and gutters, as well as over tidal flats, especially near channels.

Whiting and flathead move over the flats on incoming tides.

Jewfish are found in the deep holes, and tailor chase bait in the deeper areas of the estuary.

Beaver Rocks, near the ramp at Beaver Rocks Road, is spot to try.

Note that the Mary River has crocodiles.

Also note that Australia’s Northern Territory also has a Mary River, a famous barramundi fishing area.

Immediately south of Queensland’s Mary River, the Great Sandy Strait includes a vast labyrinth of drying areas and channels and should be navigated on a rising tide with plenty of spare fuel.

A channel is marked through the strait.

Reef fish are caught around most deep lumps and bumps.

Nearby, the east side of Fraser Island is famous for its annual tailor run, with sharks and jewfish also taken.

Hervey Bay’s long Urangan Pier is a very popular landbased spot that produces big fish.

Bonefish and permit occur in this area, with bonefish occasionally caught in deep water off Fraser island’s Rooney Point, but golden trevally are the more likely catch for those chasing sportfish, with plenty of slatey bream and snapper on the local reefs.

Permit are caught on the ocean side of Fraser Island, as well as north of Moon Point on the west side.

The west side of Fraser Island has a coffee rock ledge running south from Moon Point that in places is accessible from shore at low tide, giving land-based anglers a chance to catch reef fish.

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Baffle Creek, Queensland

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Mouth of Baffle Creek National Park

Baffle Creek is a reasonably remote fishery between Bundaberg and the town of 1770, about 440km north of Brisbane.

The creek has conservation parks on both sides.

The creek is a long, wide waterway but mostly shallow, with its 120km length having a mix of drying sandflats, with some rockbars, deep holes, and lots of mangroves edges.

The creek is known for jacks, but bream, whiting, flathead, salmon, cod, grunter and jewfish can all be caught in a day.

There are also queenfish, salmon, barramundi, trevally and tarpon.

The creek mouth usually has many fishable snags, which shift with rough weather and/or floods.

In from the mouth, the south bank between Boaga and Winfield has deep holes where bigger fish are caught.

Upstream of Boaga, the channel divides into three.

The northern channel has mangrove edges, rockbars, submerged trees and weedbeds which are worth fishing. There is a picnic area, a boat ramp and sailing club adjacent to the rockbars.

The middle channel has rockbars, weedbeds and mangroves. This channel runs along the north bank of Mackay Island, and is a good area to target jacks.

The southern channel is divided by a sandbar, with the Winfield boat ramp nearby.

There is a ramp at the Ferry Crossing, below the local school.

Bait, including prawns, herring and pike, is usually plentiful in the creek.

Livebait works best in Baffle Creek as the water is often very clear and the fish can be cautious.

Access through the sea mouth is best done on a rising tide, with great care.

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Cochrane Artificial Reef, Queensland

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Cochrane Artificial Reef, just 2.8 nautical miles north-east of Elliott Heads, near Bundaberg, covers an area of about 400m by 800m.

This impressive reef was built by the Bundaberg and District Artificial Reef Association Incorporated (BADARAI), starting in 1992 with the 50m dredge Ceratodus II being sunk in 17m of water.

It lies almost upside down and remains the biggest single structure.

Two Mohawk aircraft were sunk in 1996, and in 1997 a 15-seat Kingair plane and nine-tonne steel tank structure were sunk.

In 1999 a 16m landing barge was scuttled, followed in 2000 by two identical 16-year-old Lighthouse ships, each weighing 140 tonnes and measuring 24m.

Pipe, steel and concrete structures have also been installed.

Many varieties of fish visit and live on the reef, including huge groper, making it a very worthwhile dive and fishing site near Bundaberg.

Cochrane Artificial Reef GPS Marks

GPS WGS 84, all approximate.
1. Plane, concrete blocks and steel prisms 24 54.089S 152 32.032E
2. 20 pipe modules 24 54.085S 152 32.090E
3. Landing barge 24 54.106S 152 32.134E
4. Tank, pontoon and concrete pipes, 24 54.153S, 152 32.159E
5. Pipes & light ship, 24 54.172S 152 32.081E
6. Mooring bommie 24 54.200S 152 32.069E
7. Concrete pipes 24 54.221S 152 32.012E
8. Ceratodus II ship 24 54.179S 152 31.984E
9. Steel modules 24 54.138S 152 32012E
10. Plane 25 54.114S 152 32.062E
11. Plane 24 54.123S 152 32.090E
12. Light ship 24 54.139S 152 32.050E

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Corio Bay, Queensland

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The Capricorn net closure area

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This broad, shallow and mostly sandy estuary 20km north of Yeppoon is the mutual mouth of Waterpark and Fishing Creeks.

The bay mostly dries at low tide, leaving shallow shifting channels, that finally run to sea past a rocky headland.

Careful trip planning and navigation is required.

Much of the bay is surrounded by national park, and the bay itself is part of the exciting Capricorn no-commercial-netting area proclaimed in 2015.

Outside the bay is excellent bluewater fishing, with the Keppels, Finlays, The Barge and Pinnacle producing good fish, and Karamea, Goodwin and the Douglas Shoals out wider for those with suitable boats.

Waterpark Creek has the two launch sites, with the upstream site at Corbetts Landing being sealed but with hazardous rocks located above and below in the creek.

Kellys Landing is further downstream but the road in is poor.

The creek upstream of Kellys Landing is closed to bait-netting, so bait must be collected in the bay for use in the creek.

Corio Bay has good yabbie banks and a broad spread of species. The most common are whiting, bream, flathead, barra, jacks, blue salmon, flounder and tarpon.

Tripletail are caught on occasion. Prawns are patchy.

There is a fair chance of picking up a barramundi in summer, a prospect that seems to have improved since net fishing was banned in the bay from 2018.

Barramundi are found in the low-tide holes and along rocky edges, or where baitfish gather.

The mouth of the inlet produces big jewfish on the turn of large tides.

Mud crabs are caught at times.

Corio Bay is famous for its whiting. In winter flathead can be prolific, and blue salmon schools provide furious action.

There are numerous fishable rockbars and holes above and below Corbetts Landing. The landing itself has a log wall which is a good land-based fishing spot.

Queenfish, trevally and mackerel are found near the bay’s entrance, with good grunter on any rough ground outside.

Waterpark Creek flows freshwater at the top.

Corio Bay’s Greenslopes and Sandfly Creek are not usually accessible at low tide.

To access Corbett’s Landing. Take the Byfield road and turn right at signpost 2km inside state forest.

North of the bay is Byfield National Park, which has some good fishing opportunities.

A 4WD is needed for most of the park.

Access via Byfield State Forest is a 30-minute drive north of Yeppoon via the sealed Yeppoon-Byfield Road.

Follow signposts along the unsealed road to Waterpark Creek visitor area.

The entrance to Byfield NP in Byfield State Forest, is 10km east of Waterpark Creek visitor area.

The 15km soft sand track from the entrance to the coast may take more than one hour. Intersections are marked.

Sandy Point car park is accessible in conventional vehicles – travel 5km north of Yeppoon and turn right (eastward) at the roundabout.

Continue for 10km on a sealed road past the Capricorn resort to the T-junction.

Turn right and follow the gravel road for 10km to Sandy Point.

Visitors can access the beach via a track from the carpark. Beach driving permits are required.

The beaches produce mostly blue and threadfin salmon, whiting, queenfish, trevally and flathead.

Waterpark Point is part of Byfield NP on the north side of Corio Bay, but the headland is only accessible by boat.

Small boats can launch from the beach in the Sandy Point section.

Five Rocks visitor area, 20km north of Corio Bay, includes a camp site and picnic area and has good fishing. It requires a four-wheel-drive.

Corio Bay and the Rockhampton region has crocodiles, so don’t swim or take risks when landing fish.

Other fishing spots near Corio Bay and Yeppoon include Ross Creek, Causeway Lake and Roslyn Bay Harbour, Coorooman Creek, Long Beach and Keppel Sands.

Corio Bay region fishing GPS marks

Perforated Island
22 39.335S 150 56.875E
A bommie – mixed reef fish and mackerel.

Liza Jane Shoal
23 18.340S 151 04.875e
A broad area – – mixed reef fish and mackerel.

Greasy Alley
23 02.870S 150 59.328E
Good place to collect baitfish, but also has pelagic fish at times.

Finlays Reef
23 00.201S 150 49.801E
Mixed reef fish and mackerel.


40 acre

23 08.986S 150 53.312E
This is a reef near Mial Island – mixed reef fish and mackerel

Ross Reef
23 06.317S 150 53.119E
This is a reef near Sloping Island – mixed reef fish and mackerel

The Pinnacles
22 50.422S 150 56.601E
These bommies have been mapped and are in the North Australian FISH FINDER book – catch grunter, jewfish, golden snapper (fingermark), coral trout, mackerel.

Flat Island
22 44.138S 151 00.110E
This is a reef and ledge – nannygai, mackerel, cobia.

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Fishing Yeppoon estuaries

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Seaforth, Queensland

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Seaforth is a popular weekend destination for Mackay fishermen.

The nearby islands offer shelter, with a selection of tidal creek systems throughout, one of the best being on the south-west side of Rabbit Island.

There are shallow reefs around the islands and many fishable rocky points.

Whiting, bream and flathead can be caught off the beaches, with jacks, grunter, salmon and barra in the creeks.

The coastal waters are shallow and subject to big tides, with large drying flats.

On the reefs, tuskfish, coral trout, sweetlip, cod and grunter are caught, along with seasonal mackerel.

In the estuaries, fish move into the mangroves at high tide, including giant salmon, barramundi, jacks, queenfish, ribbon fish and golden trevally.

The channels at the mouth of Rabbit Island Creek are a good starting point for boaters.

Trolling over shallow lumps and around headlands is a good way to fish this area.

Victor Creek is the launch site at Seaforth, giving easy access to Rabbit and Newry Islands.

Victor and other local creeks have barramundi, salmon, jacks and crabs, but big tides require careful trip planning.

Baitfish can be gathered in Victor Creek, with yabby beds at low tide near the ramp.

The warmer months are best for barramundi and golden snapper, with pikey bream and queenfish in winter.

Flathead and whiting are available throughout the estuaries and creeks.

The creeks further afield tend to offer better fishing, especially for jacks and crabs.

The local rocky headlands hold big barra during Sept/Oct, with the cooler months best for trevally and mackerel.

Large golden snapper are caught around local headlands and island rocks at night in the summer months, usually on livebait.

Crocodiles are found in this region.

For more information about nearby fishing spots get a copy of the North Australian FISH FINDER book.

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Yeppoon, Queensland

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Yeppoon’s nearby reefs and islands provide superb mackerel fishing, and there’s also good fishing in close along the coast.

The island edges, pinnacles and bommies have grey, spotted and spanish mackerel in season, and cobia.

Spanish mackerel to 30kg+ are caught, with ribbonfish (wolf herring) a popular bait with those targeting the big fish.

Even the spotted and grey mackerel are bigger-than-average fish in this region.

Mackerel show up all year, but are best from October to May.

Reef fish such as nannygai and red emperor move in to coastal reefs after rain, presumably to feed on prawns.

Fishing is usually best on big tides.

Daylight reef fishing produces mostly coral trout, tuskfish and sweetlip.

Offshore fishing around the Keppel Islands can be very good, but note the GBRMPA green zones.

One of the more popular spots is around Hannah Rock off the south-east tip of Great Keppel Island. A detailed micro chart of this spot is featured in the North Australian FISH FINDER book.

Reef fish are also caught in an area just n-w of Ross Reef, on the south side of North Keppel Island. This area can produce mackerel all year, along with sweetlip, cod and coral trout. Fish an incoming tide.

Coral bommies can be seen on the sandy bottom in this area.

Another good spots is “40 Acres” on the west side of Great Keppel and Miall Islands.

Plenty of mackerel are caught at the ends of the channel between Barren Island and The Child islands, and off the north-east point of The Child.

Nearby Corio Bay, Causeway Lake, Yeppoon Inlet and Cawarral Creek all have quality grunter, bream, flathead and whiting.

Barramundi, blue and threadfin salmon and mud crabs are caught in Cawarral Creek.

In the lead-up to summer, big barra are found on sheltered coastal rocks, but keep in mind the annual Queensland barramundi closed season.

The inner Rosslyn Bay marina near the mangroves has seasonal prawns, and is a good area to collect mullet, herring and gar.

Double Head and Rosslyn Bay marina rock walls are excellent landbased fishing spots.

There are camping-fishing opportunities in Byfield National Park at Corio Bay and Stockyard Point.

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Broad Sound, Queensland

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Broad Sound is 150km from the nearest centres of Mackay and Rockhampton, and therefore sees limited recreational fishing pressure outside of holiday periods.

Broad Sound is a shallow area swept by the biggest tides on the Australia’s East Coast, leaving vast drying flats at low tide.

Broad Sound is the innermost of two similar bays, the other being Shoalwater Bay, between which lies a peninsula that ends at the tiny fishing town of Stanage.

Such tidal conditions require careful planning of boat launching and retrieval, and navigation.

The big tides tend to concentrate fishing action into specific periods, depending on the species sought, but the fishing and crabbing can be superb.

Some creeks retain enough water to fish holes at low tide.

West Hill has a good creek, but with poor boat launching access.

South of West Hill is the tiny community of Clairview, with Clairview Creek 10km south of the town.

The launch site at Clairview is good, but dries towards low tide.

Further south, Broad Sound is a shallow expanse of water into which drain several wide but shallow creeks.

On the largest tides tidal bores occur in Broad Sound’s larger creeks, a hazard for boaters. Take note also of extensive GBRMPA green zones.

Broad Sound and Shoalwater bays are turbid, but outside of the inner islands lies clear water, with reef and pelagic fish.

Broad Sound has superb habitat for barramundi, blue and king salmon, grunter and mud crabs, as well as bread and butter fish.

Broad Sound’s Charon Point, between the Styx and Herbert Rivers, can be reached by rough track from Marlborough.

Charon Point has a public reserve with camping and a 4WD boat launch, but the fishing area is restricted by green zones.

A base for estuary fishing and crabbing within Broad Sound is St Lawrence.

The township has a bank launch on St Lawrence Creek and bank fishing opportunities, both only available on the upper tide.

Large tides and shallow water make conditions tricky in all the local creeks.

The easiest access to the Styx and the Hoogly waterways are from Charon Point.

The Bund Creek public launch site on the Waverley River, accessed via St Lawrence, was unuseable at the time of this post, being covered in several feet of mud.

There is no launch site at Ogmore.

Popeye mullet are usually abundant in this area, and make great livebait.

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Clairview, Queensland

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Clairview gives access to the waters of upper Broad Sound and nearby Clairview Creek.

The creek is 10km south of Clairview.

Launching is at the foreshore ramp at Clairview’s BarraCrab Caravan Park, travelling 9km south by sea and going in through the creek mouth.

Boaters launch at the ramp near the van park on the incoming tide, fish the high and early outgoing tide, and return when there is enough water to retrieve the boat.

The creek has jewfish, grunter, salmon, golden snapper, jacks and barra.

There are many oyster rocks in both creeks, and holes which hold jewfish and barramundi.

The smaller ‘Oyster Creek’, 5km south of Clairview Creek, fishes well but has a substantial rockbar that restricts upper access.

Flock Pigeon Island is just 4km from the van park ramp and the reef at south end has golden snapper, cod and salmon.

Red Clay Island, 30km out, has coral trout and other reef fish, including pink snapper.

Most estuary fish are available all year, with threadfin salmon best in winter.

Big salmon are caught from the beach near Clairview, as well as whiting and flathead.

The Clairview area is quite sheltered and seems less windy than Mackay, says van park owner Bill Frier.

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Stanage, Queensland

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Stanage township and the labyrinth of nearby creeks and channels around Thirsty Sound are located at the end of a peninsula that separates Broad Sound and Shoalwater Bay.

This is a fascinating and highly productive area for fishos.

This region is about as remote as it gets on Queensland’s central east coast, with a great mix of estuary and bluewater fishing.

Stanage is a tiny holiday town that has a good boat ramp and basic facilities nearby.

The sign-posted turn-off is about 75km north of Rockhampton on the Bruce Hwy.

The unsealed Stanage road is 100km long and scares off many people, but is usually well maintained.

Fishermen can start at Porters Creek at Stanage, reached by a short track from the boat ramp. The ramp is useable from about half tide up.

This is a great spot to collect mullet and yabbies for bait, and there is free camping at the creek.

Thirsty Sound, between Broad Sound and Shoalwater Bay, is a mostly shallow body of water inside Quail and Long Islands.

The whole area is affected by strong currents.

Thirsty Sound enters the shallow expanse of Broad Sound to the west.

Expect to catch barramundi and huge mud crabs throughout the estuaries.

Large local tides mean crab pots must be tied to mangroves or they might wash away.

Jewfish are best Oct/March, salmon and mackerel from June/Sept, and barra from Feb/Nov, with winter months preferred.

Stanage is the gateway to countless islands and reefs offshore with fishing for tropical and southern species.

Reef fishing is all year.

Big male crabs are common around Stanage from Dec/July.

Care is required navigating Thirsty Sound as it dries in places.

The great tidal run and shallow water ensures a chop if wind and tide are opposed, and dinghy users must take care.

There is plenty of beach and rock fishing near the township, with threadfin salmon and bream the main catch.

Prawns are in the gutters off Long Island from Dec/Feb.

Three rockbars in the area can not be crossed from half-tide down, for more information get a copy of the North Australian FISH FINDER book.

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