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Huon River, Tasmania

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The Huon is Tasmania’s fifth longest river, at 174km, flowing east from Lake Pedder and emptying into the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.

Though the river produced Tasmania’s biggest trout, it is considered difficult to fish, as its banks are mostly overgrown, it flows hard, and is full of logs.

The bigger fish tend to hide under the logs during daylight hours.

The river has hatcheries on the Little Denison and Russell Rivers, which accounts for the occasional brook trout being caught, but for the most part the river is a brown trout and Atlantic salmon fishery, with occasional rainbows.

The tidal section below Huonville’s town bridge is wide and slow moving, with deep sections, with some submerged shallow gravel bottom and snags presenting a navigation hazard at low water.

There are mudflats further downstream around the Egg Islands.

This lower section of river has large resident and sea-run brown trout, as well as a great many Atlantic salmon from fish farms.

Bream are also caught in this section and they move above the bridge in summer during low rainfall.

Cocky salmon, barracoutta, cod, flathead and even tailor are caught in the tidal section below the bridge.

There is good access to the riverbank at Huonville, Franklin and Port Huon and between these townships, with the road following the river most of the way.

Sea-run and resident whitebait feeders are caught from late winter into spring by lure casting and fly fishing from shore and boat.

A boat makes it easier to find the bait and fish.

The section upstream between Huonville and Judbury has mostly heavily timbered banks with deep sections and long rapids.

There are some marked public access points.

The river is usually too high to wade, and tends to only flow low and slow for very short periods during summer.

When it does drop low enough the rock and gravel river bed is exposed, which makes access along the banks much easier.

The Huon is chock full of submerged timber and big fish tend to lurk under logs during the day, with the biggest fish usually caught on livebait at night.

Lures sunk down among logs will get snagged but this is the only reliable way to get the bigger fish on artificials.

The whitebait run in the tidal section provides the best sport, comprising a mass migration of juvenile galaxia, Tasmanian smelt and Tasmanian whitebait, along with migrations of juvenile eels and lamprey at times.

Look for bust-ups along the river bank eddies, and off points and bars.

Bubbles on the surface will give away where a trout has recently slashed at bait.

The area below the Huonville bridge is a prime spot for sea runners but it’s popularity is not what it used to be, with fishermen historically lined up on the bridge at night in years past.

The far upper section of the Huon between Judbury and Tahune runs through dense forest and is mostly inaccessible.

The water here usually runs fast and deep, with only the major river crossings providing access, unless you fish from a kayak.

Above the Picton River the Huon runs through thick forest, with the only access being the Huon walking track which goes into the Southwest National Park above Manuka Creek.

The Huon also contains blackfish, which were translocated from the state’s northern waters.

Redfin may be present, as they are in Lake Gordon and probably in the associated Lake Pedder, however redfin have not yet been formally recorded in the Huon.

Bait fishing is not permitted in national parks.


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Arthur River, Tasmania

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Arthur River is a wild waterway on Tasmania’s north-west coast, with trophy sea-run and resident brown trout.

The river has no dams and has good seasonal runs of whitebait, with large sea runners from October.

Many trout over 10kg have been caught in the lower section, but the fishing is not easy.

The water is tannin-coloured and the riverbanks have thick vegetation, which severely limits land-based access.

Shore fishing limited to the river mouth near the road bridge.

Boat fishing, usually trolling minnows of 12cm to 15cm in length, tends to produce the trophy trout.

It is necessary to use gear that can land big fish, without scaring the fish with overly heavy leaders.

The Arthur River is navigable to 18km upstream from the mouth.

Trolling in the upper section produces resident trout to 5kg.

From October the whitebait run brings on the sea runners, and the largest resident trout also come out of the woodwork.

The river also contains estuary perch, which are protected.

In the lower section of the river, the other sportfish is Australian salmon, which start running around November and stay until March to May, depending on rain.

A beach on the north side of the river has relatively safe shore-based salmon fishing.

Vehicles can reach the beach by turning just before the bridge. The sand is usually hard enough for easy 4WD negotiation.

There is a boat ramp on the southern side of the river, take a left turn over the bridge.

The inner Arthur estuary is fishable in small boats, but the bar region is dangerous.

Large saltwater salmon can be caught at Arthurs Beach, Browns Hole, Sandy Cape, Sandy Cape Beach, Netley Bay and Sinking Rock.

These surf spots are best fished in light seas, with easterly weather being best.

At Sinking Rock expect to also catch yellowtail kingfish and silver trevally.

The area south of the Arthur River is managed by the Parks and Wildlife. A caravan park is available at the township.

Arthur River township is 292km from Launceston on the Bass Highway, about a two-hour drive from Burnie.

The long distance from populated areas prevents this area from being fished hard.

Consider releasing the larger trout after taking a quick photo, they are a rare sporting resource.


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Clarence Lagoon, Tasmania

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Clarence Lagoon is a dedicated brook trout water.

The entrance to the Clarence Lagoon track is 3.2km west of the Clarence River bridge on the Lyell Highway.

The rough 4WD access track sometimes becomes overgrown.

A small parking area is at the end of the track, and a short walk takes you to the lagoon.

The lagoon is stocked, for example there were 5000 brook trout fry released in 2012.

Brook trout tend to turn on and off with their feeding, so be persistent in your efforts.

When they are feeding they will readily take most lures or wet flies.


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Coal River, Tasmania

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Coal River is a slow meadow-style stream, part of which forms Craigbourne Dam.

The best fishing is below the dam where the flow is cool and more reliable, however good fish are caught in the pools above the impoundment when conditions have not been too harsh.

The river is mostly deep reed-lined pools, with reasonable room for fishing between overgrown areas.

Occasional rainbow trout are taken as the dam is stocked with these.

Expect mostly brown trout to 1.5kg and plenty of small redfin.

The best fishing is between Richmond and the dam.

Sea trout are caught below the weir near Richmond Bridge in spring, look for whitebait bust-ups.


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Tasmanian trout fishing seasons calendar

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Tasmanian trout fishing is seasonal, both in the legal sense, and in that conditions change through the year.
The island has four distinct seasons, along with the vagaries of changing annual weather patterns.
Lowland waters are warmer than highland waters, and tend to start fishing earlier.
Highland waters might be a better choice when hot summer conditions hit lowland spots.
Annual rainfall plays a large part in determining fishing quality, as well as previous recent spawnings, stocking, cormorant numbers, and more.
Some Tasmanian waters are legally fishable all year, so there is always somewhere to enjoy the sport.

Spring trout fishing

Most Tasmanian trout waters open on the first Saturday in August. This follows the spawning period. Brown trout spawn first, followed by rainbow trout. This can be a good time to fish the lowland waters, as highland waters will have harsh weather. Nonetheless highland fishing can be good if you pick your weather. After brown trout have spawned they are usually hungry. Rainbow trout spawn later but are also aggressive at this time. In lakes the trout are often feeding at this time in the shallows by “tailing” with their heads down. Late winter and spring is when sea run trout are caught in numbers in river estuaries as they chase whitebait and juvenile eels and lamprey.

Summer trout fishing

This is when dry fly fishing on highland waters is at its best. The shallow edges of lakes fish well but usually only in the early mornings. Look for tailers and midge feeders as the sun rises. For boaters, later in the day wind lane fishing can be productive during midge hatches. Rainbow fishing can be particularly exciting around the wind lanes. Look for mayfly hatches for the best dry fly fishing. Weather will play a large part in the type of fishing you do. Avoid very hot days. Sight fishing in the shallow waters can be done all day, but is best in mornings and when it is overcast. Look for lake banks with high trees that provide a period of long shadows in the morning. In the evening an insect hatch might get fish feeding again at dusk. Streams start running lower in summer, how much will depend on rainfall, but insect activity will generally increase, especially when there are warm nights. By February river levels usually hit the lowest point and overgrown riverbanks that are otherwise mostly inaccessible such as along the Huon will fall below the scrub line, exposing pebble shores and shallows that can be walked and waded – however this can change very quickly with rainfall. In these low water conditions, pick overcast days. The really big river fish will be mostly out and about at night.

Autumn trout fishing

The mayfly hatch slows down in March but midge and beetles become the new attraction. All the best known lakes are worth a try. By late March and April try sight fishing for trophy trout chasing bait in the shallows. When seasonal rainfall has been poor, choose rivers that have a reliable environmental flow from an upstream dam.

Winter trout fishing

Trout waters are mostly closed from the end of April, but some are open all year. If you plan to fish the winter you will need appropriate clothing, including neoprene waders, not the thin PVC type. Rivers will usually be flowing hard, waiting for the next push of spawning fish in April. Winter fishing can be good, but it can be very cold. Lowland waters are the logical choice.

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Derwent River (lower), Tasmania

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The Derwent River estuary produces bream, flathead, cocky salmon, garfish, yellowtail kingfish, jackass morwong, snotties (warehou), silver trevally, cod, pike, whiting, wrasse, cod, barracoutta, squid, yelloweye mullet, slimy mackerel, striped tuna, dory and blue grenadier. Pink snapper are an occasional catch.

Resident and sea-run trout and Atlantic salmon are caught in the estuary and up to New Norfolk.

The lower river can be divided into three parts …
1. The upper estuary from Bridgewater to New Norfolk
2. The middle estuary from Bridgewater to Tasman Bridge
3. The lower estuary from Tasman Bridge to South Arm.

The upper estuary

The river from the rapids above New Norfolk downstream to Granton have brown trout, including sea runners.

The seaward limit requiring a freshwater licence is upstream of a line through Dogshear Point.

If you have no trout licence or the season is closed all trout must be returned.

There is a concrete ramp downstream from New Norfolk, and a gravel ramp between Granton and New Norfolk.

Another launch site is on the opposite side of the river where an unsealed road crosses a train track and goes to the riverbank.

Boaters can also launch from a ramp next to Bridgewater Bridge.

Fishermen chasing sea trout usually troll or cast lures to the river’s edges.

Electric motors or pedal-power helps get close to feeding trout.

Look for splashes or bubbles against the bank left by trout feeding on whitebait.

Most trolling action is done along the edges. Try trolling about 2m out from shore.

Some of the best fish are caught at night.

The middle estuary

Bream fishing is especially good from Bridgewater to the Tasman Bridge, but expect also trout, Atlantic salmon, flathead and cocky salmon.

Bream move further upstream from around December, depending on rainfall.

There are several boat ramps, and kayaks can be launched at various parks.

Otago Bay upstream of Bowen Bridge on the east shore produces trophy bream. Sea trout and resident trout are caught here all year from boat and riverbank.

Good fishing spots include Austins Ferry, Dogshear Point (the shallow flats from Claremont to the DEC, including a rock drop-off in front of Morilla), Prince of Wales Bay, New Town Bay
and Cornelian Bay.

On the east side try Kangaroo Bay, Montague Bay (and rocky shore to Geilston Bay), Bedlam Walls and Store Point to Old Beach.

Bream can be taken in the shallow bays using flats techniques, fishing with shallow lures.

For best results fish big high tides during the early morning or during an overcast day.

Bream will feed up to the edges, especially along rocky shores.

In this skinny water, cast in front of fish so they swim towards your lure without being spooked.

Lures should dive deep enough to hit bottom occasionally.

Pylons and other structure attract bream, and soft plastics are ideal to sink beside such vertical structure.

The lower estuary

South of the Tasman Bridge the species list gets longer and the fish get bigger.

In recent years yellowtail kingfish have been a regular catch, with some pink snapper.

Ralphs Bay on the east side of the estuary has flathead, whiting, flounder, mullet and cocky salmon.

Tranmere near the Tasman Bridge has Punchs Reef, which produces morwong, trevally, cod, garfish and cocky salmon.

Silver trevally can be caught from the shore at Kangaroo Bluff and Howrah.

Sandy Bay can produce flathead, garfish, morwong, mullet and cocky salmon from shore.

Tasman Bridge to Bowen Bridge is best for bream, with Lindisfarne Bay, Prince of Wales Bay and Bedlam Walls among the best spots.

Barracoutta are caught around the Tasman Bridge.

In the lower estuary, diving birds reveal schools of fish such as cocky salmon.

Squid will readily grab lures in the warmer months.

Bluethroat wrasse are caught around the rocks. Try Kingston Beach for these.

Schools of silver and snotty trevally are seasonal. Striped tuna turn up on occasion.

Piersons Point and Iron Pot mark the lower limit of the estuary and the beginning of Storm Bay and the Tasman Sea.

Tinderbox has a boat ramp, but note the Marine Reserve. Outside the reserve are sand flathead and the larger tiger flathead, along with pike, snotties, gar, cocky salmon, barracoutta and squid.


Don’t eat fish from the Derwent, especially bream, as legacy pollution exists in the form of heavy metals. This is a catch-and-release fishery.

The Derwent is a Shark Refuge Area. No taking of sharks, skates or rays other than elephant fish is allowed.

There is a large shore-hugging marine reserve around Tinderbox.


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Brushy Lagoon, Tasmania

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Brushy Lagoon is one the few Tasmanian fishing locations where Atlantic salmon, brown, rainbow and brook trout can be caught.

There’s also redfin.

Large hatchery salmon have been historically released in the lagoon, to 12kg, making for interesting fishing.

Brushy Lagoon is open all year.

Being less than an hour drive from Launceston or Devonport, it is popular, so expect company on weekends.

There is dirt road to transit but it does not require 4WD.

The best ramp is near the dam wall. There is also a ramp and camping area on the east side of the lake.

Lagoon surroundings are bush, with mostly tea tree around the edges.

The area near the dam wall is a convenient and proven place to bait fish from shore.

The south-west side has good wading areas, but summer weed is a problem.

There are patches of dead trees that require careful navigation in boats, with the north end containing the most snags.

Trolling is easier at the southern end.

Brushy has black and red spinner mayfly hatches, and dun hatches.

Midge hatches happen in the morning and evening in sheltered corners from October.

Trolling shallow-swimming bibbed lures in bright colours is a proven method.

Most bait fishers use worms or a live mudeye (dragonfly larvae) under a float.

Note that where Brushy Rivulet flows in there is a surrounding 50m no-fishing zone.


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Tasmania’s best trout fishing spots

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Tasmania’s trout fishery is primarily lake-based, but there is good fishing for mostly small fish on some of the island’s streams.

Choosing a “best spot” is a seasonal affair, as annual weather patterns, the time of year and other factors can affect the quality of fishing.

It also depends on what sort of trout fishing you like. Do you want to stalk fish with a fly rod in a lake’s shallows? Wade a fast stream? Chuck spinners? Or troll? Or catch a single big fish rather than many small ones?

The Tasmanian fishery is divided between highland and lowland waters. Lowland fisheries tend to be warmer and fish earlier, with alpine conditions experienced in highland locations.

There is a division between brown trout and rainbow trout waters, with only a few fishing well for both species.

Brown trout are by far the dominant species, with only a very few waters where rainbow trout dominate, and fewer still that are brook trout locations.

Atlantic salmon can be targeted in some areas as these fish escape from farm pens and hatcheries, and a few adult fish are released annually by Fisheries.

Redfin are found alongside trout at some locations, but thankfully carp are not widespread.

“Sea trout”, being trout that have run to sea, or which set up permanently in an estuary, can be caught around Tasmanian river mouths in late winter and spring when whitebait moves up the rivers.

Tasmania has many small lakes and streams that are tucked away in hidden locations, and most of these hold trout.

There are also private fisheries.

Some Tasmanian trout fishing spots are historically consistent producers, so here’s a list to get you started.

Tasmania’s best trout lakes

Arthurs Lake – a premium location where you can stalk fish around the shallow edges. Quality of fishing fluctuates, but when it is good it is great.
Four Springs Lake – the dammed confluence of four creeks. Some big fish at times.
Woods Lake – a large impoundment located south of Arthurs Lake. Lots of fish to 2kg, all types of fishing styles work with easy bait fishing on northern shore.
Little Pine Lagoon – premier fly fishing water, with great dry fly fishing at times. Best fished by wading.
Craigbourne Dam – open grassy banks just an hour from Hobart. Good fishing but can suffer from low rainfall.
Penstock Lagoon – great highlands fly fishing for brown and rainbow trout.
Bronte Lagoon – a popular fly fishing location.
Bradys Lake – this is part of a chain of three lakes, all with good general trout fishing from boat or shore.
Lake Pedder – loads of mostly brown trout to 1.5kg. Boat fishing is best as shore access is limited.
Lake Gordon – loads of mostly brown trout to 2kg, and redfin. Some shore access for landbased fishing.
Lake Burbury – small rainbow and brown trout, usually lots of them.
Great Lake – quality brown and rainbow trout but pick your weather.
Lake Crescent – some of Tasmania’s biggest trout have been caught here. Rainfall dependent.
Lake Sorell – same as Lake Crescent. Has had a problem with carp.
Western Lakes – a small number of trophy trout are taken from the shallow clear lakes of the plateau, including the popular Nineteen Lagoons area. This a very special remote setting, but this is an area only for well-prepared, fit fishos if you are leaving the main tracks.

Tasmania’s best trout rivers

Tyenna River – this Derwent tributary river has a large concentration of fish and some good bankside access. Browns and rainbows.
Derwent River – a large river that usually flows hard, contains some big fish, but bankside access is limited.
Mersey River – fast river which contains browns and rainbows.
Meander River – fast river with good brown trout fishing, and more opportunities at Huntsman Lake in the headwaters.
South Esk – Tasmania’s longest river, although not a powerful one. Best section is between Clarendon and Mathinna.
Brumbys Creek – possibly Tasmania’s best trout stream. A lowland fishery with that provides great fly fishing. Divided into three main sections behind weirs.
Macquarie River – great fly fishing in the quiet backwaters.
Leven River – sea trout in the estuary, with good fast-water stream fishing at Gunns Plains and Loongana. Mostly browns.
St Patricks River – for those who like small streams.

Tasmania’s best sea trout estuaries

Derwent River – plenty of sea trout are caught from Hobart to almost as far upstream as the paper mill.
Huon River – produces some good sea runners, with the area near the town bridge down to Egg Islands as good as anywhere.
Tamar River – Launceston’s river produces sea trout in season.
West Coast rivers – most of these produce sea trout in season. Tasmania’s East Coast is drier and the small rivers are better for bream fishing.
North Coast rivers – some, such as the Forth, produce good sea trout in season.

Tasmania’s best rainbow trout waters

Weld River (southern Tasmania) – small but strongly flowing stream that runs through forests in southern Tasmania. Difficult access, plenty of small rainbows.
Weld River (northern Tasmania) – small stream with rainbows.
Vale River – small rainbows.
Mersey River (upper section) – small rainbows.
Lake Burbury – about 50 per cent of catch.
Great Lake – about 25 per cent of catch.
Lake Skinner – small lake, long uphill walk, limited bankside access. Stocked only with rainbows.
Other lakes with some rainbows – Bradys Lake, Bronte Lagoon, Pine Tier Lagoon, Lake St Clair, Lake Echo, Lake King William, Penstock Lagoon, Dee Lagoon, Brushy Lagoon, Four Springs, Curries River Dam, Lake Leake, Tooms Lake and Craigbourne Dam and Lake Sorell.

Tasmania’s best brook trout waters

Lake Plimsoll – a specialist brook trout fishery on the west coast. Easy bankside access.
Lake Rolleston – a specialist brook trout fishery on the west coast. Easy bankside access.
Clarence Lagoon – regular brook trout catches.
Other waters – brook trout are occasionally released from hatcheries and show up in nearby waters, such as the Huon River.

It is likely that rainbow and brook trout will be first affected by warming from climate change. Highland fisheries and lakes will likely be least affected.

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Redcliffe, Queensland

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Redcliffe Peninsula is a great fishing area north of Brisbane, with many good landbased locations thanks to the prevalent shallow reef and rubble.

Being located within northern Moreton Bay, with Moreton Island providing shelter from the open ocean, Redcliffe’s coastline is a low-energy environment, with somewhere safe to fish in most weather conditions.

Redcliffe is reached by vehicle from Brisbane via the Hornibrook Highway bridge, which crosses the mudflat and channels of Pine River mouth and Hayes Inlet.

Hayes Inlet is a good fishing spot for boaters and landbased fishos, but note the green sanctuary zone.

There are two channels into Hayes Inlet. The southern channel that runs into a creek system inside the sanctuary is a particularly good area for bream and flathead.

Fish the channel for bream and flathead during the five or so hours of low tide.

It is possible to walk the channel edge at Hayes Inlet at low tide as the bottom is mostly firm. Try walking out from the end of the street on the north side of the inlet.

Note that stonefish and stingrays are common in the shallows off Redcliffe, so don’t wade.

Immediately north of Hayes Inlet, Clontarf is one of the good fishing areas, with quality bream around the rocky foreshore at high tide.

Clontarf jetty is on the north side of the Hornibrook Highway bridge. This is a popular spot, but fishing either side of the jetty from land avoids the jetty crowd and produces bream, flathead and whiting, along with whiting, trevally and oxeye herring.

Squid are caught here and are best across Redcliffe in winter when the water is clearer. Both arrow squid and tiger squid are caught.

To the north, Woody Point has a long jetty that produces a variety of fish, along with sand crabs, squid and sharks.

Once again, better bream fishing can be had fishing rough ground either side of the jetty during large high tides, which helps avoid the jetty crowd. The east side of the jetty foreshore can be fished on smaller tides for flathead.

North of Woody Point is Scotts Point, which has a sanctuary (no fishing) on the south side. The north side is an excellent landbased spot for bream and small snapper.

Fish Scotts Point around the bottom half of the tide, including about the first two hours of run-in, as the rocks are submerged at high tide. It can be slippery.

Further north, Redlciffe jetty is hugely popular at times, with plenty of winter squid. There are usually baitfish around the pylons, including pike. Both sides of the jetty have shallow reef, with bream, snapper, flathead and the chance of passing chopper tailor and school mackerel.

The Shields St platform north of Redcliffe jetty is a rocky spot that reliably produces snapper.

Further north, the Osbourne Point platform produces mainly bream. It has a boat ramp next to it for small craft (yaks and cartoppers).

Scarborough has a platform with a small-craft launching area. At high tide it is only a metre or so deep, and at low tide there is no water. Bream, flathead and snapper can be caught here on bigger high tides, and squid. Scarborough reef is home to bream and small snapper.

Scarborough marina has a rock foreshore that is a good landbased spot in winter for tailor, bream and flathead, with bream and flathead in summer.

The spit at Scarborough is a great place to net hardiheads for bait.

Newport Canal mouth has a fishing platform nearby with barbecues and seats, it is not usually a red hot spot but it is pleasant.

Snorkelling around Redcliffe reveals that mud crabs live in the crevices of some of the shallow inshore reefs, and there are some huge bream about that are difficult to tempt on a line.

Also, flathead can often be seen lying among the rocks, these fish don’t just dwell on the flats.

Around Redcliife, jacks are caught from time to time, as well as goldspot cod, gold-spotted sweetlip, tuskfish (bluebone) and even cobia.

For boaters and landbased fishos, night fishing can produce excellent results on the shallow reefs.

Great winter whiting grounds exist just a little offshore in Bramble Bay and Deception Bay, with school and spotted mackerel and tailor often caught at the same time.

The rock worms found around much of the Redcliffe foreshore are exceptional bait, as are small crabs.

Pilchard baits work well for flathead, and mullet and chicken gut baits work well on bream.

Lure fishing is best in winter when the water clears.


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Redcliffe snapper fishing

Landbased squid fishing at Redcliffe

Redcliffe kayak fishing

Redcliffe fishing

Redcliffe lure fishing

Redcliffe flathead

Redcliffe kayak fishing

Hornibrook Bridge fishing

Redcliffe tailor fishing

Gathering rock worms at Redcliffe

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Nudgee Beach, Queensland

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Nudgee Beach is an easily accessible fishing area located just west of Brisbane Airport.

The main feature is Schulz Canal (also known as Jacksons Creek and Kedron Brook Floodway) which flows into Brisbane’s Moreton Bay at Nudgee.

The entrance to Schulz Canal runs through muddy sandflat at Nudgee Beach.

The canal leads upstream through Toombul and becomes Kedron Brook. Much of the waterway is served by a biking/walking path.

There are many spots suitable for landbased fishing. The best fish are caught in the lower section near the mouth.

The canal’s mouth is flanked by small tidal creeks to the east and west.

This region is great for small sand whiting, with easy access along the western shore from the Nudgee Beach road.

The area out the front of the canal where wave action meets the channel and flats edges is usually the best spot for whiting, but they can be caught on the flats and canal edges.

The stage of the tide will decide where you fish. Whiting are on the flats at high tide, and can be caught in the wash of the small waves on the flats edges at low tide.

Use fresh worms or small pieces of frozen prawn for whiting.

Flathead are found along the canal edges, with livebait and lures working well.

Other species include bream, catfish, pikey eels and stingrays. Jewfish and threadfin salmon are a chance.

There are prawns in season, and occasional mud crabs.

Whiting are best in summer and bream in winter.

There is a boat ramp on the west bank with a large parking area.

Read some Schulz Canal history here …


Some external videos filmed around Nudgee Beach are featured below.

Nudgee Beach flathead

Nudgee Beach flathead

Nudgee Beach bream

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