Bag a trophy barra in 2024

Published on 31 January 2024

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Welcome to Rockhampton - home of the barramundi!

Tis the season to bag a trophy barramundi!

From the moment the clock strikes 12.01am on the 1st of February each year, Barramundi Season officially kicks off in Rockhampton.

During this time, the region, becomes a hive of activity for fishing enthusiasts far and wide to target trophy size barramundi in the mighty Fitzroy River (Tunuba).

Rockhampton is the only city in Australia where you can fly in, check in and boat out in less than an hour and catch a barra right in the heart of the city.

Barra season carries right through until midnight on 31 October, at which time barramundi must no longer be targeted to allow the fish to spawn. If you happen to catch a barra during the closed season, release it back into the water.

With more than 300 days of sunshine and above average winter temperatures, Rockhampton is a draw card destination for fishing enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels.

young many in a boat in the Fitzroy River smiling holding a trophy sized barramundi
Get ready to bag that barra.

All about barra

Barramundi, (pronounced “bardda-moon-di” by the Darumbal people), are a fast growing fish and commonly reach legal size in just three years. They can attain trophy size (more than a meter in length) in as little as six to seven years. They may even survive well into their teens.

Freshwater barramundi are recognised by their darker upper body, golden lower body and thick tail. When found in freshwater, particularly in land-locked billabongs or lagoons, the barramundi will have large fat deposits.

Saltwater barramundi, on the other hand, feature a blue or green-grey colour on their upper body, silver on the lower body and usually have very little internal fatty tissue.

The legal size range for barramundi in Rockhampton is 580mm to 1200mm (58cm to 120cm), with anglers allowed to keep up to five fish per day. However, the Rockhampton Recreational Fishing Voluntary Code of Practice (VCP) encourages keeping just two fish per day between 580mm and 1000mm (58cm and 100cm) in size.

Man in a wheel chair along with his wife walking along one of the land-based fishing platforms in Rockhampton
There's nothing quite like a fishing adventure in the Fitzroy (Tunuba)

Prime fishing spots

Rockhampton region could very well have been designed by fishermen, with an extensive river, large delta and interconnecting creeks, a bay with islands and reefs, vast flood plains, billabongs and lagoons.

Accessing the water is easy, whether you have a boat, a charter, or just a fishing rod and a dream! Check out our full list of boat ramps and land based fishing pontoons including two accessible land-based fishing platforms (Huish Drive and Donovan Park).

We've listed the main areas where you can fish in our region below:


There are plenty of fishing spots along the Fitzroy River (Tunuba) allowing you to choose your fishing adventure right in the heart of town.

The freshwater side of the river is mostly sheltered with two boat ramps and one pontoon, offering access from both the north and south side of Rockhampton.

The saltwater side of the river has several fishing spots when you can wet a line from a boat ramp, pontoon and jetty. There's even a four-wheel-drive (4WD) access fishing spot available.


Situated 45 minutes south of Rockhampton is Port Alma - the main access point for Casuarina CreekInkerman CreekRaglan Creek, Connors Creek, the Narrows, the northern point of Curtis Island and Yellow Patch.

It is also the set-off point for offshore fishing, and is a prime location for fly fishing.

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Ah, the serenity!

Get the local edge to bag your barra

Know what the locals know and read on for some hot fishing tips :

  • Station yourself around the pillars of the old Fitzroy Bridge and using a soft plastic lure, you can yield results
  • When the river is in high flow, after recent heavy rainfall, it is better to fish in the estuaries that are protected. Port Alma is a great location for fishing in this instance.
  • Use live prawns from the land-based fishing areas at Koongal, Queens Park and North Rockhampton Boat Ramp towards the top of the tide
  • Aim for lure-based fishing (hard bodies) around the structures of Depot Hill's land based fishing area (at the riverbank, via Lucius Street)
  • If you have a boat, head to the stretch of river from Devils Elbow to the top of Teys
  • Tanaki Rocks, at low tide near the Neville Hewitt Bridge, is also another great spot – lures are recommended!
  • Generally speaking, the warmer months are best within the Barramundi Season, but with Rockhampton's mild winters, they never really stop biting!
  • The best tides for lure and fly fishing for barramundi are the last half of the run-out and the first part of the run-in, especially two or three days after a neap tide (smallest tidal movements) and as the tidal range starts to build towards the spring tides.

Shop local for your tackle and fishing gear

Sourcing the right bait, fishing and boating gear is easy when you know where to go. We've listed some of our local favourites below.

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Take to the skies on a heli-adventure.

Take your fishing to great heights

Want to take your fishing adventure to the next level? Perhaps you're sourcing a prime remote location to bag your next barra?

Explore the region from the sky with one of Rockhampton's Heli-Adventures and enjoy a scenic experience like no other.

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Settle in for a little RnR.

settle in for the night

Looking for a place to stay after your Rockhampton fishing adventure? If you're looking for accommodation that has room for a boat, check out these options below:

For a full list of other accommodation options in Rockhampton, click on the button below.

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Written by Explore Rockhampton