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Noosa is surrounded by some of the most beautiful waters located in Queensland. Clean, and crystal blue as far as the eye can see; making for a beautiful backdrop for fishing. Many locals and visitors to the area enjoy Noosa for fishing – on and off the land.

Fantastic fishing all year round!

With fishing in Noosa available throughout summer and winter, it’s always the season for an impressive catch. This is thanks to the incredible sub-tropical weather, keeping holiday goers and locals in optimal comfort while they cast away.


Summer you can expect to catch fish like the Coral Trout, Golden Trevally, Mackerel, Tuna and Marlin. Noosa waters are renowned for bringing in the catches of many different species. Coral Trout is one of the most sought after fish and the waters are simply brimming with them.


In the winter, you can look forward to incredible reef fishing for variety in Snapper, Mulloway, Tailor, and Winter Whiting. Wintertime also brings out Bream in abundance. These wondrous little fish that are silver in appearance with a yellow underbody, make for very good eating; there is a generous limit of 30 you are permitted to catch. The water temperature in winter is quite cool making excellent breeding grounds for these divine species of fish. Best of all, you can basically use any type of bait to snag a Bream; from prawns, squid and even bread, if you must.

Another fish to look out for between April and October is the Wild Australian Bass. Best fished at dusk or dawn, these fish are not fussy about the bait used; but are extremely quick feeders making them a thrill to catch. Be aware there is a limit with these fish of two per bag, per day.

Where to fish in Noosa:

You can catch plenty on land, casting right from the headlands, rocks, beaches or from bays like; Little Cove, Granite Bay, Teewah Beach, the shores of Noosa River, Webya Creek, or Laguna Bay. Areas like Noosa North Shore and Double Island Point have large gutters that make beach fishing a breeze.

For the larger catch, take a kayak or boat and cruise the 40km of River available; catching everything from Flathead to Mud Crabs. Try your hand at both saltwater and freshwater fishing on Noosa River; travelling further inland for the freshwater fishing spots.

Otherwise, head just 15km out to sea to the Noosa Bar for larger reef fish. Even further out Noosa has some incredible canyons for larger fish.

Fishing tours:

Many boating companies offer guided fishing tours to take you to local spots. They provide both training and knowledge about the type of fish and their habitats. Companies like the Noosa River Fishing Safari will take you through the river and river mouth. To explore beyond the shores, look to Fishing Offshore Noosa; for chartered boats that will take you to the reef, deep-sea or into full game fishing. You’ll be exploring not just the marine life below but the stunning reefs and ecosystems that embody Noosa.

For the total fishing experience; save a few days in your itinerary to fish both land and sea, guided or unguided. Regardless of how you choose to fish, you’ll find the waters teeming with marine life; satisfying for any keen angler.

Fishing Tips:

Noosa waters and beaches are prestigious in their own right. Not only for their beauty and exceptional fishing opportunities, but also because they play home to many different types of wildlife as well as marine life. Respecting the area you are welcomed to enjoy is paramount in providing a future for fish to breed continuously and allow future visitor’s to the area the same enjoyable moments that you have had.

Being mindful of your waste and disposing of items thoughtfully at all times is important. Always remember to take with you your rubbish. Be aware of the size of the fish you are catching and what is legal to take home. There are certain season that some fish are not able to be caught and taken away from the waters and you should always check with the Department of Primary Industries in regards to this.

Some equipment is unable to be taken onto the waters; and this also needs to be verified before setting out on the open waters. Pay close attention to seasonal catches with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Sustainability is always at the forefront of any responsible fisher; make sure you only catch what you what to eat and throw the rest back.

More information can be obtained from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.