Broome to Katherine – Fishing
Relax or be on the edge of your seat fishing in the Kimberley. Freshwater and sea fishing are available, with Barramundi, Sooty Grunter, Catfish and Threadfin Salmon among the prizes.
Ask the locals about bait, which includes small fish, red meat, shrimp and worms, and pick up a couple of lures. Many hotel kitchens will cook your fish for you (ask before you go fishing) or create a campfire masterpiece!
Some of the hot spots are:
- Broome Jetty has Queenfish, Trevally and Spanish Mackerel, and Fishermen’s Creek to Crab Creek is popular.
- Broome’s offshore reefs have a complete range of pelagic and reef fish.
- Derby’s Jetty (check the tide is not too low) has good fishing and mudcrabs.
- Ask the locals at Camballin if you can fish for Sooty Grunter behind the dam wall and in April / May the Cherabin (large freshwater prawns) are in good numbers.
- Kununurra’s best fishing is below Ivanhoe Crossing, and Bullock’s Creek is popular for fishing and camping.
- The King River, south of Wyndham, is known for barramundi.
- Keep River National Park has several good fishing spots (NT regulations apply).
Anglers do not require a licence to fish recreationally in The Kimberley (except for catching Rock Lobster, Marron or Abalone) or the Northern Territory, except if fishing in some stocked impoundments or Aboriginal land, however there are some regulations to keep fish populations healthy.
Size limits are based on each species reproductive cycles. Minimum size limits generally allow fish to spawn at least once and contribute to the population before they are taken. However in some species larger individuals contribute more to the population such as the barramundi which begins its life a male and later, when larger, becomes female. A maximum size limit is applied to protect large females and allow them to spawn.
Take care when fishing! Saltwater crocodiles inhabit many of the Gulf Savannah’s waterways, so stay back from the water’s edge, avoid repetitive behaviour such as checking crab pots at the same time every day and clean fish well away from the water. Be Crocwise in Croc country!