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Fishing & Boating

15 April, 2021

Local freshwater fish are second to none

WHILST our region is known for ocean fishing, freshwater fishing in the Mackay Region is second to none.


The Pioneer Valley has three world-class impoundment fisheries all located within 90 minutes of the Mackay’s City Centre.

Whilst other barramundi fisheries are off limits from 1 November to 1 February, this is the time Mackay’s impoundment fishing really heat ups.

Hard bodied lures are normally the go to, but success can also be achieved by trolling, surface poppers, soft plastics and fly fishing.

The key is to get those casts right under the lilly pads and snags, to lure out the monsters.

Anglers up for a challenge can head west to Lake Elphinstone, Bundoora Dam and the nearby creek systems for redclaw crayfish, sooty grunter or the ancient saratoga.

Spot Profile: Kinchant Dam

If it’s that magical metre barramundi you are looking for, then look no further than Kinchant Dam. Kinchant is located just 30 minutes from Mackay, and is renowned for its monster barramundi, and stocked sooty grunter and sleepy cod.

Best of all, barramundi in Kinchant, Teemburra, and Eungella dams can be targeted year-round with a stocked iImpoundment permit.

Target Species: Sooty grunter

Not as well-known as the barramundi, fishermen travel from far and wide nonetheless for that adrenaline burst of a sooty grunter strike.

The rivers and creeks west of Mackay are full of sooties but if it’s a monster 50cm+ fish you seek, then head to Eungella Dam.

*By Mackay Regional Council


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