Cairns to Normanton – Fishing
Fishing is a popular activity in the Gulf Savannah, and there are many opportunities to try your luck.
Check our Events page for fishing competitions across The Savannah Way. Even if you don’t compete it will be a lot of fun and some great eating!
Some of the renowned hot spots are:
- Tinaroo Dam: On the Atherton Tablelands with stocked barramundi. Great with a tinnie to find the fish hideouts. More information here.
- Croydon: The Norman River’s freshwater end is good for perch, black bream, sooty grunter and red claw yabbies. Lake Belmore has barramundi and bream.
- Georgetown: Fish in the fresh headwaters of the Gilbert River for sooty grunter, barramundi and red claw yabbies.
- Normanton: The Norman River is home to barramundi, king salmon, bream and mud crabs. Fish from the riverbank, old wharf or bridge or launch from the boat ramp. The inland freshwater lagoons of the Norman also hold red claw yabbies and barramundi.
- Karumba and Karumba Point: Famous for golden grunter, a great fighting fish up to 4 kg. Fish from the beach at the point or in the estuary. Launch from the old flying boat ramp or hire a boat to get to the big barramundi, jewfish and mudcrabs.
Watch this fishing video to learn more.
Anglers do not require a licence to fish recreationally in Queensland, except if fishing in some stocked impoundments, 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 as a male and later, when larger, becomes female. A maximum size limit is applied to protect large females and allow them to spawn. Closed season on barramundi from 1 November to 1 February also helps sustainability.
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 !