Fraser Coast Fishing can be top fun if you like catching mud crabs and prawns, heading offshore for a bit of reef fish, working rocky headlands and islands for pelagics or chasing a wide variety of estuary species. You have chosen a great area for a fishing holiday so get out and do a bit of fishing. Some of the best spots to wet a line include Woodgate and Burrum River, Baffle Creek, Lake Monduran, Kolan River, Bundaberg Coastal, Lake Gregory, Hervey Bay, Lake Lenthal, Mary River, Great Sandy Strait, Fraser Island and Lake Cootharaba.
Fraser Coast Fishing Photos: Brian with a thumper mud crab and Mal enjoyed some great Fraser Coast Fishing in the Sandy Strait where he caught this quality Jewfish (courtesy of Maroom Caravan Park). Greg Pearce with a nice bluey he caught while Fraser Coast Fishing (Courtesy of the Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Competition).
Fraser Coast Fishing Tips & Spots
Woodgate/ Burrum River - The drying sand flats through the mouth of Theodolite Creek and Woodgate Beach make it a great area for some Fraser Coast Fishing. Target whiting and flathead in the low tide holes around the mouth or fish the flats on a rising tide. If you are fishing from a boat make sure you plan your fishing around the top half of the tide.
Baffle Creek - This is a fantastic estuary for crabbing and Fraser Coast fishing. Work the deep holes and bends for salmon, barra, cod, grunter and jacks around the bottom half of the tide. You will find yabby beds on the flats inside the mouth. Fish the yabbies around the beds as the rising tide covers them for flathead and whiting.
Lake Monduran - has a surface area of 5340 hectares when full, a capacity of 586 000 mega litres at an average depth of more than 10 meters. Lake Monduran is popular for those chasing barra and bass. Other species stocked into Lake Monduran include golden perch, saratoga, silver perch and sooty grunter however catches of these are limited.
Kolan River - Good fishing for flathead and whiting around the mouth. Further upstream throw your crab pots in and hit the deep bends for grunter, flathead and jacks. 5. Burnett River - This river is deeper than most of the estuaries along the Fraser Coast making it ideal for boaties to fish and crab on all tides. The numerous rock walls around the mouth of the river hold a variety of estuary species including salmon, grunter and jewfish. If you are fishing around the city of Bundaberg some of the target areas include around bridges, rocks and creek mouths that run into the river.
Bundaberg Coastal - Due to the protection offered by Fraser Island, the numerous launching options and the great fishing that is on offer the coast east of Bundaberg is a popular Fraser Coast fishing and boating area. Structure around creek and river mouths are worth a look. The rocks around the mouth of the Elliot River and along the coastline north from the river hold grunter, jewfish, mackerel and plenty of other species. There are a number of reefs that can also be fished. One of the most popular is large Cochrane Artificial Reef that is less than 3nm north-east of Elliot Heads. Head out to the centre of the reef (24’ 54’ 110 S, 152’ 32’ 060 E) and use your sounder to locate suitable structure and fish. There are a number of ships, planes and other structures in this expansive reef system so don’t be afraid to have a look around. Visit www.badarai.asn.au for more information and GPS points.
Lake Gregory - Also known as the Isis Balancing Storage this small and shallow impoundment is a popular spot for bass and silver perch fisherman. These are the stocked species, however you can also catch the occasional saratoga. Fish the edge of weed beds or the deeper water across from the bank launch.
Hervey Bay - If you like to chase mixed reef fish and pelagic species in waters that are quite often calm than Hervey Bay is a perfect area for you, and this can all be done within 10nm from the local ramps. Point Vernon, Urangan Jetty, Roy Rofus Artificial Reef and around Woody Island are popular starting spots. Around Moon Point on the western side of Fraser Island is also a productive area with the ledges west of Moon Point holding mixed reef species and pelagics. The beaches either side of the point produce flathead and whiting.
Lake Lenthal - This relatively small and shallow dam offers daytime fishing amongst some beautiful scenery. It has a surface area of 400ha, an average depth of about 4 meters and a capacity of 28 000 Mega litres when full. The lake has been stocked with bass, barramundi, yellow belly & silver perch . Bass and barra are the most common target species. Use soft plastics and lures around the edge of weedbeds and waterlilies.
Mary River - From Beaver Rock Boat Ramp down to the mouth of the Mary River has plenty to offer those chasing crabs, prawns, grunter, bream, flathead, barra, jewfish, trevally, salmon, fingermark and mangrove jacks. Fish holes and channels within the system or the mouth around the bottom of the tide and the first of the run in. As the tide rises fish the flats and as the tide runs out target creek mouths and areas where water is running off the flats. The Susan River (runs into the north side of the Mary River inside the mouth) fishes well. The smaller size of the system makes finding fish and productive areas easier. Anglers around Maryborough can target barra and jacks near snags, man made structures or small creeks that run into the river and the deep bends.
Great Sandy Strait - It is easy to see why the Great Sandy Strait is such a popular fishing area. It is protected by Fraser Island and anglers can target everything from mud crabs, salmon, jacks, jewfish, flathead, whiting, bream, grunter, cod and prawns. Most of the small towns along this gorgeous stretch of the coast have caravan parks and quality boat ramps.
Fraser Island - The tailor fishing along the east coast of the island can be red hot from August to September. Just look for the fisherman standing shoulder to shoulder with their beach rods. There seems to be endless channels and gutters that look fishy as you drive along the beach. Pull up and have a fish at any of them, but be prepared for the crowd to build if you start catching a few. Jewfish, whiting, trevally, dart and sharks can be caught year round. Any of the rocky headlands are worth fishing as are the creek mouths on the west side of the island. Beach fishing the east coast of the island is best around dawn and dusk and when the wind is blowing less than 10 - 15 knots. 13. Cooloola Beach - Fishing from the beach for bream, flathead, dart and whiting. Look for channels and holes as you are driving along the beach. Sea birds chasing baitfish are a good sign of an area that is worth fishing. As with most beach fishing it is best in light winds.
Lake Cootharaba - The channel on the southern end of the lake that runs through to Lake Coroiba which then runs into the Noosa River is the best option if you are fishing the lake. Look for holes in the channel, deep bends or snags to catch salmon, jewfish, bream, flathead, tailor and jacks.
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