Fishing in the North West


Some of the best fishing in the world can be found in Australia’s North West. Beach fishing, reef fishing, big game fishing and chasing the elusive Barramundi, the North West has it all.

Pilbara Fishing

Pilbara fishing opportunities include the amazing Dampier Archipelago and Mackerel Islands. Chase threadfin tuna or blue salmon, red emperor, Norwest snapper and coral trout. Check out the freshwater fishing challenges along tidal creeks and rivers of the Pilbara region.

Kimberley Fishing

Kimberley fishing beaches give you the opportunity to chase salmon, triple tail, and bluebone. Go reef fishing for rankin cod, sea perch, emperor or try trolling for mackerel and tuna. And for a unique freshwater fishing challenge try hooking the elusive Barramundi - regarded as the premier sports fish in Australia. 

Game Fishing

Broome is Australia’s premier game fishing location. Nowhere else in the world can you experience the thrill of game fishing so close to the coastline, with record numbers of sail fish and marlin. Day or extended charters are available from May until October.

Mud Crabs

Green and brown mud crabs thrive in the tidal mangroves and creeks. Drop your pots along the creek systems, or join a tour with a local Indigenous guide to hook crabs in the mangrove areas. Search for Indigenous tours.

Fishing Charters and Tackle

Specialist fishing tackle stores will advise you on the best fishing spots and provide you with all the right equipment. Alternatively, join a professional day or extended fishing charter for the experience of a lifetime. Search for fishing tours.

Fish for the Future

Australia’s North West has a pristine marine environment and an abundance of great fishing experiences. To help keep it that way, please follow the principles of Fish for the Future.

Fishing Safety Tips

  • Take extra fuel, water, tools, basic spare parts and a first aid kit.
  • Tell someone where you're going and when you expect to return.
  • Always stay with your vehicle or boat if something goes wrong.
  • If you intend to venture off road, make sure your vehicle and trailer and suitable for the terrain and that you carry the necessary recovery and safety equipment.
  • Carry an EPIRB or satellite phone, life jackets and sufficient food and water for those on board.
  • Be wary of saltwater crocodiles.
  • Clean fish away from camp and boat ramps, camp away from the water's edge and do not provoke crocodiles in any way.
  • Be wary of box jellyfish and Irukandji, which inhabit northwest waters. The sting can cause extreme pain and can be life threatening. Always have vinegar in the boat for stings and seek medical advice if stung.
  • Check tide charts before you head out - it's easy for boats to become stranded at low tow tide or to get caught out by the incoming tide if creek fishing.

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