Tuesday, September 26, 2017 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Finding the Best Fishing Spots in Australia

As the world’s largest island, Australia naturally has some of the best deep sea fishing you’ll find anywhere in the world. However, it also has plenty of other types of fishing you can enjoy, from angler fishing to fly fishing in lakes, rivers, and more. If you’re one of the many who dream of fishing in Australia, here are ten awesome spots to check out.
1    South West Rocks, New South Wales

This expansive fishing area has a lot to love. You can fish along the rock wall for bream, flathead, blackfish. The end of the break is good for bream, whiting, flathead, and tailor fish. Snokey Beach can be a good place to fish sometimes, so if your travel buddies prefer tanning or swimming, this is a good option to look into. You can take a boat or even charter a fishing boat, as well. If you go in a boat, you can get snook and black marlin.
South West Rocks, New South Wales
2    Exmouth, West Australia

This is a world-famous fishing spot, and it will give you some of the best fishing experiences in Australia. You can line fish from the shore, or take a boat out to sea. If you plan to opt for a boat, some good places to launch a boat are Town Beach, Bundegi, Tentbiddi, and Learmouth Jetty. If you don’t have a boat, you can enjoy beach fishing or rock fishing for jacks. High tide is best fishing time is Exmouth. Once a year, this area hosts the GAMEX Game Fishing Tournament. Are you up for the challenge? Even if you just want to fish casually, it’s fun to watch other people compete.
Exmouth, West Australia
3    Port Lincoln, South Australia

In Port Lincoln, you can fish from Town Jetty, Kirton Point Cavern Point Jetties, North Shields, and several other jetties. There are also plenty of places to fish from the rocks. Anywhere you go around Port Lincoln, you’ll experience good fishing all year for whiting snapper salmon sweep, snook, and even squid.
Port Lincoln, South Australia
4    Jindabyne

One of Lakeside Town’s top ski locations is also a top fishing location. This is a five and a half hour drive from Sydney, a trip that is worth it for to experience fishing in one of the best trout lakes around. Brown rainbow and brook trout are everywhere! You can boat anywhere in the lake, and there are many launching points. All methods of fishing are allowed, but you’ll need a New South Wales Freshwater Anglers License. The best time of year to fish here is winter.
5    Blue Rock Lake, Gippsland, Victoria

There are endless lakes in Gippsland, but Blue Rock Lake is one of the best. It boasts huge brown trout and decent redfin, among other species. This is a good place for shore fishing, and there are lots of nooks and crannies to claim for a good day of fishing. Many visitors enjoy fly fishing, which is ideal on cloudy days or for evening fishing.
Blue Rock Lake, Gippsland, Victoria
6    Cairns, Queensland

Do you dream of Great Barrier Reef fishing in the Pacific? This is your place! It is considered the black marlin capital of the world, and also has a lot of sailfish. If you don’t have your own boat, it’s easy to find a good fishing charter company to take you out and help you snag a big one. This is a memorable way to experience the Great Barrier Reef if you’d rather stay dry.
Cairns, Queensland
7    Cape York, Queensland

Cape York boasts excellent angler fishing. In general, this area is hard to reach, making it a rustic adventure. You can choose between reef fishing and inshore fishing here. There are plenty of fish, including barramundi, blue salmon, threadfin salmon, mangrove jack, fingermark, and more. You can wander down to the river’s edge on your own, or you can join a fishing tour or charter for the ultimate guided experience.
Cape York, Queensland
8    Great Lake, Central Highlands, Tasmania

This area has awesome trout fishing in its thousands of lakes, and Great Lake is one of the very best. This freshwater lake in the center of Australia is the ideal location for both rainbow and brown trout fishing, and most fish weigh between two and five pounds. In this part of Australia, bad weather means awesome fishing. If you like, you can fly fish as well as bait fish.
Great Lake, Central Highlands, Tasmania
9    Karuah River, Port Stevens, New South Wales

Karuah River is an awesome place for an outdoorsy daytrip if you’re staying in Sydney, since it’s only a two hour drive away. Enjoy game fishing for bream, whiting, luderick, flathead, sole, flounder, and blue swimmer crabs. Karuah Pool, located at the mouth of the river, is probably your best bet, but the whole river has plenty of great fishing sports.
Karuah River, Port Stevens, New South Wales
10    Avon River, Victoria

Gippsland is known for good fishing, and Avon River is a great place to start your Victoria fishing adventures. The lower sections are good for salmon. The best fishing in this area is Royalty Bridge Pool. Upstream of Salisbury, you can catch nice trout. If you’re into fly fishing, Avon River is the place to go. Besides, Gippsland is simply gorgeous—you’ll never want to leave!
Avon River, Victoria
Australia has some of the best fishing spots in the world and is an angler’s paradise for both visitors and natives. From inland rivers and freshwater lakes to shore fishing and even the Great Barrier Reef, you can find the perfect spot to spend a few hours or a few days.

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