The Gulf Savannah is a Mecca for anglers. Most enjoy the offshore fishing in the Gulf of Carpentaria, expansive dams or exploring the rivers and creeks along the way.
- A basic rod and a few lures are all you need to try your luck in scenic local rivers
- Check with the locals for the best bait, usually available at roadhouses
- Be aware of crocodiles and stay away from the water’s edge. Never stand on logs or similar overhanging the water as estuarine crocodiles can jump. Don’t go near the water at night time or return to exactly the same place at the water on a regular basis. Avoid places where native animals or cattle drink.
- Standard catch regulations include size limits for Barramundi (58cm min 120cm max and bag limit 5 per person) and Sooty Grunter (28cm min and bag limit 10 per person)
- Barramundi Season Dates: Closed 7th Oct -2nd Feb (2013)
More details are available here.
Great Fishing Spots
- Kidston Dam – 157km south east of Georgetown (gravel road 102 km). Minimal Facilities at camping area, boat ramp. Red Claw, Black Bream, and a few fresh water crocodiles in the area. This remote fishing spot has an abundance of fish.
- Einasleigh – Seasonal fishing at Copperfield Gorge. When the water flows so do the fish!
- Cobbold Gorge – Offering a “Fishing Experience” tour, Cobbold Gorge tour guides will escort you to one of the property’s fishing spots to test your fishing skill.
- Lake Belmore – Enjoy fishing for Barramundi, Red Claw and Sooty Grunter all year (fishing closures do not apply in Lake Belmore). Fishing and boating regulations for Lake Belmore can be picked up from the True Blue Visitor Information Centre. Facilities include boat ramp, free electric BBQs, large shelter areas and modern amenities. No camping permitted.
- Karumba – Fishing off the beach is great for Bream, Jew fish, grunter, thread fin salmon and barramundi. Boat hire, fishing charters and crabbing tours also available. Offshore fishing tours and charters supply all gear and take you to the most likely spots for success
- Normanton fishing bridge over the Norman River – Facilities include seating, lighting, guard rails and taps. Great for those without a boat.
- Sweers Island in the Gulf near Burketown is a purpose run fishing camp with legendary catches
- Burketown has renowned barramundi fishing, plus king salmon, sooty grunter and mudcrabs
Check at Visitor Information Centres for tips!