Cairns Fishing

Tropical North Queensland is host to some of the most diverse fishing opportunities in the world, and nowhere in the region is that more evident than in the vibrant city of Cairns. From fishing its pristine estuaries and tropical waterways, to Cairns' booming popularity as Australia's new fly fishing central, all the way to heavy tackle fishing for everyone's favorite pelagics, there's something in store for everyone. And to all you die-hard Barramundi lovers, looking for that perfect fishery to indulge in your obsession - welcome home.

Known For

The Great Barrier Reef, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Barramundi fishing, Daintree rainforest, Atherton Tableland, Green Island, Esplanade Boardwalk, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Black Marlin Frenzy

Rules & Regulations

No licence is necessary for recreational fishing in Queensland tidal waters. Licences may be required if fishing in some stocked impoundments. Throughout the Queensland east coast, a closed season applies to Barramundi from midday 1 November to midday 1st February. Recreational fishers may not sell the fish they catch Spear guns and spears must not be used to take fish while using or wearing underwater breathing apparatus other than a snorkel. You are not permitted to use more than 6 fishing lines at any one time in QLD waters. Explosives, electrical devices or poisons are prohibited as a means of taking fish in QLD

Types Of Fishing

Light Tackle for Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna and Wahoo, Spectacular Barramundi fishing, Reef fishing for Coral Trout, Red Emperor, Nannygai and Sweetlip, Heavy-duty offshore fishing for Black Marlin, Blue Marlin and Sailfish, Freshwater fishing for Jungle Perch and Sooty Grunter

Cairns Fishing Calendar

See what’s biting by month or species.