The search for Barramundi is the reason most fishers head to the Kimberley, but it’s certainly not the only thing you’ll catch. Threadfin Salmon, Mangrove Jack, trevally and more can be found in the warm Kimberley waters. And the best thing about fishing in the Kimberley? Along with great catches, you’ll also get a chance to see some of the incredible Kimberley sights along the way.
Fishing in Broome
There’s no shortage of options for fishing just out of Broome. There are plenty of spots along the Dampier Peninsula and everyone will claim to have their own secret spot. If you have a 4WD, we recommend heading up to Barred Creek or Quandong to do some beach fishing. Make it a day trip or camp overnight.
If you want to get onboard a boat, there are half and full day fishing cruise tours out of Broome. Head out for some reef fishing to catch snapper, trevally and tuna, or do some creek fishing where you’re likely to catch a barramundi, along with the chance to do some mud crabbing. If you join a fishing tour, the crew will usually clean your catch and put it on ice, ready for you to prepare for that night’s dinner. If you don’t have access to a kitchen, the chefs at Cable Beach Club Resort will even cook your catch for you (just arrange it with The Club prior to arrival).
For an even more relaxing and luxurious fishing expedition you could board a Broome Cruise with fishing at the forefront of the itinerary, like the ‘4 Night Kimberley Fishing Extravaganza’ onboard the MV Great Escape, where you’ll fish at Glenelg Rover, Sale River, Raft Point, Walcoptt Inlet and Broome.
Fishing in Kununurra
Just out of Kununurra, the Lower Ord River, particularly around Carlton Hill Station, is a popular fishing spot for locals and keen fishers travelling from all over Australia. If you’re going to catch a big barra, you’ll catch it here.
You can also head west to El Questro to combine glamping, exploring cliffs and waterfalls with fishing. Local guides will take you out to the Pentecost River or the smaller rivers across the wilderness park.
Kimberley Coast Fishing Cruises
Most Kimberley cruises, particularly the smaller boats, will include the option to do some fishing on all cruises, but you’ll find special fishing cruises later in the year – usually October and November – to make the most of the best barra fishing season. Most cruises run for 4 to 5 days and along with fishing, includes all the coastal highlights that come with a Kimberley cruise.
Many of the cruises are staffed by local crew and you’re bound to find someone who’s passionate about fishing and knows some great spots. Fishing gear is usually provided but passengers can arrange to bring their rods with them.
If you want to do something different, try helifishing. The helicopter pilot will take you to some of the most remote spots to fish where few others have been. Along with fishing, you’ll get to see some of the most spectacular Kimberley landscapes. You can arrange helifishing out of Broome, Kununurra, or El Questro, or include it on some cruises such as True North, or book while you’re staying at wilderness retreats such as Kimberley Coastal Camp or Berkeley River Lodge.
If you have a budget or some dates in mind for a fishing trip in the Kimberley, get in touch with us and we can take you through the best options for your budget and dates!