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Barron River

4.1/5 - (7 votes)
16°51'48.53" S, 145°44'53.09" E

The Barron River is a medium sized estuary system and is home to the beautiful Barrons Falls which is located approximately 18km upstream. The Barron River provides only a short tidal system, the saltwater turns into fresh water very quickly which isn’t an ideal system for holding large fish, some people have joked the Barron River got it’s name from being “barron” of life. Combined with its close proximity to Cairns and the Northern Beaches suburbs the river is under a lot of fishing pressure and boat traffic. However good fish can be caught here with the right tactics, knowledge and local knowledge.

There are several key spots marked on the map above that should be your first reference to start fishing the Barron River. Towards the mouth of the river are rock walls located on the outside bank of each bend, these rock walls are best fished at low tide with deep diving rattle lures preferably trolled. Classic barra lures are best here and should dive deep enough to almost hit the bottom.

Redden Creek is the first of the larger feeder creeks and is worth lure fishing as the tide is falling, there is often snags around the mouth of the feeder creek washed downstream from the Barron. Soft plastics in white colour work best in the Barron River for fishing rigged with weedless hooks and around 1/6 weight.

Past Machans Beach boat ramp on the northern side of the Barron River is the airport lights, here you will see old pylons. Fishing here at night with live baits can produce good Barramundi and Tarpon although you can expect company. Not much further up on the southern bank is a sewage outlet point so if you want to each your catch head up stream on the out going tide!

Upstream past the Captain Cook Highway bridge there are a series of pylons and a jetty for land based fishing. Here you will catch Bream, Cod, Grunter and maybe a Mangrove Jack.

Further upstream on norther side you will arrive at a large feeder known asThomatis Creek, the mouth has a rocky out crop protruding into the Barron River which can hold Barramundi in the warmer months. Upstream from here the water starts to turn brackish and then into fresh water, the Barron River fresh water can produce some great lure fishing for Sootie Grunter and Jungle Perch.

Lure fishing the Barron River

Fishing the snaggy, mangrove lined Barron River with lures can be a lot of fun. The classic barra lures are always a good safe choice for casting and trawling. If you want to flick soft plastics into the mangroves then rigging up for your soft plastics with weedless hooks is the way to go.

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Tide Times Barron River

Machans Beach (0.9km)
Tuesday 24 May 2022

High - 5:23AM
Low - 11:45AM
High - 5:55PM
Low - 11:39PM

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Recommended Lures for Barron River

We're still working on the equation for the best lures, so please be patient!

Bream Prawn Vibe

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Grunter, Yellowfin Bream

Squidgies Pro Wriggler – 140mm

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Golden Snapper / Fingermark
Bream Lure the Strike Pro Pygmy 2

Pygmy 2 – Strike Pro

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Yellowfin Bream

Junior B52

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Barramundi

Squidgies Pro Critter 55mm

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Yellowfin Bream

Zman 9” GrubZ Big Guibz

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Barramundi, Gold spotted rockcod

Laser Pro 120

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Barramundi
The Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow suspending lure has great constrast and is good for Barramundi


Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Barramundi, Gold spotted rockcod, Mangrove Jack, Threadfin Salmon

Roosta Popper 160

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Giant Trevally, Golden Trevally

Squidgies Pro Lobby

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Yellowfin Bream

Jewie 150

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Barramundi
Squidgies Pro Wriggler - 100mm - Bloodworm

Pro Wriggler – 100mm

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Barramundi, Golden Snapper / Fingermark, Mangrove Jack

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5 Comments on “Barron River” fishing

  • mick hicks


    Hi! are there any land-based spots close to the Barron River mouth?

    • Fishing Spots


      Hey Mick! I have marked a spot on the map for fishing the Barron River mouth. Access it via Cinderella Street. About 500m upstream is a rock patch where Barramundi are caught. Live baiting during neap tides with mullet is the go! Good luck mate.

  • michael


    Thanks for the quick reply and the information, really appreciated. Collecting the recommended lures for the area[great idea] are they the recommended colours for the lures? Has anyone fished Redbank creek in Cairns? saw it on Google maps. looks too be out of the way and hopefully doesn’t get too much fishing pressure. looking at fishing the boat ramp, hopefully get something. Also is there somewhere you could recommend somewhere to catch livies with a bait-jig? tried the floating pontoon at the Barron River with no luck. Thanks,Mick.

    • Fishing Spots


      Hey Mick, have you done much cast netting? There is some mullet around Barr Creek and the small Barron River creek mouth on Marshall street.. Live baiting is the best way to fish here during spring tides. During the neap tides you can use lures more effectively, try using soft vibes bounced along the bottom. Hard bodies around those rocks a bit upstream and around the point of the Barron River mouth – there should be a few current and dirty water lines formed here on the out going tide. A few people might disagree, but for Barramundi the lure colour isn’t too important. As long as the lure has a good contrast, black / dark on top and light on the sides or bottom. When the lure swims the flashing between dark and bright can set off the barra. Here is an example of colour: And more importantly the lure is swimming at the right depth.

      Here is a video on getting bait at the creek mouths:
      Rigging live mullet:
      Big barra landbased:

      I hope that helps! I would love to hear how you go.

  • lachlan


    where is the best place to go fishing in Edmonton.

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