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Brisbane fishing is very diverse. From freshwater native bass, to Pink Snapper in Moreton Bay there is enough fishing too keep keen anglers happy year round.

Brisbane fishing is broken into 2 distinctive seasons, Summer and Winter. Summer is when the pelagics are in Moreton Bay, like Mackeral, Tuna, Trevally, Kingfish and Cobia. The rivers also fish the best in summer, Mangrove Jacks, Bass, Bream, Whiting and Flathead are throughout the River and bay.

Brisbane River also has a healthy population of Threadfin Salmon. They are usually found in the deeper holes towards the front of the Brisbane River. Land based anglers do catch them, but put in the hours. The odd Barramundi has also been caught in the Pine, Brisbane, Logan and Gold Coast rivers.

Winter time provides the better reef fishing for Pink Snapper, Grassy Sweetlip and Tailor are also around in numbers. Winter to Spring also produces some prized catches like Jewfish.

Brisbane fishing – land based

Brisbane fishing spots are limited to boats and kayaks, there are some great land based fishing spots. Learn more about fishing Brisbane land based here.

Brisbane River Fishing

Fishing the Brisbane River can be surprisingly productive. The river holds the usual suspects, Bream and Flathead, however it also produces Threadfin Salmon, Tuna, Snapper, Sweetlip, Cod, Jewfish, Tailor and Mangrove Jack. Further upstream Bass (some still native) are washed over the Wivenhoe Dam.

There are almost endless fishing spots to explore, plus the tributaries all hold fish at times. The key to success in the Brisbane River is finding where the bait fish are holding at a particular time of the year. A general guide is that after the rains bait can be washed downstream. Summer upstream for Bass and Jacks, winter around the mouth for Spawning Bream, Snapper, Tailor and Jewfish. Note the mullet move out of river early Winter for spawning, this is a dynamite time for Jewfish.

Brisbane / Moreton Bay offshore Fishing

Moreton bay fishing is diverse and it would take years to cover all the fishing spots. It is generally shallow with most structure around the islands, shoreline of the main land and some pebble bottom near contour lines in the bay. There are also many artificial reef installations in the Bay, which do attract fish. Finding rocky/pebble bottom in 2-6m of water is key to catching Snapper, Sweetlip and other species in the bay. Dawn and dusk is also when Snapper feed, so focus efforts around these times. Learn more about catching snapper in Moreton bay shallows here.

June to September is the best time to target Snapper in Moreton Bay

Again, Moreton Bay fishing is broken into 2 distinct seasons, warmer and cooler months. Winter is the best time to target Snapper, Bream, Tailor and diver whiting. While summer is better for pelagic’s like Tuna and Mackerel. Learn more about Moreton Bay fishing.

Brisbane Bass Fishing

Basically any river, creek or puddle connected to the ocean will hold bass. Some of the better bass fishing around Brisbane is downsteam of the stocked dams like Wivenhoe, Samsonvale, North Pine, Hinze and Somerset. Catches of up to 20 bass in a session is fairly common over Summer. Even around the areas where public access is easy, down stream from the Mt. Crosby weir is a great place to start. A kayak is an advantage for bass fishing around Brisbane. However fishing land based can be just as successful, just be prepared to bash through the bush!

Here is a list of the all the river and creeks where bass are found:

  • Brunswick River
  • Tweed River
  • Nerang River
  • Comera River
  • Albert River
  • Logan River
  • Brisbane River
  • Bremer River
  • Pine River
  • Caboolture River
  • Marrochy River
  • Noosa River
  • Mary River

Targeting bass is best and most exciting on lures. They will take all forms of lures. Spinnerbaits, Hard Bodies, soft plastics and a variety of soft plastics. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings for lure selection. If it has just rained and its an overcast day, surface frog lures can be dynamite! If there is a lot of cicadas making noise, a surface popper or cicada lure cast deep under a tree during low light will produce results!

Some of the bigger rivers will hold schooling bass. These bass are generally from stocked dams. They will school up in the deep sections of the river and stay there. Stark constrast compared to wild bass which will hide out under shade and in deep structure.

Lure technique for bass is generally a slow retrieve with several pauses. Suspending hard body minnow lures work very well. Colour choice doesn’t seem very important for bass.

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South East Queensland Fishing Report

Moreton Bay, Gold Coast & Dams Fishing Report for April 2016

Anglers have been spoilt for choice over the last few weeks. From the pelagic action off the Sunshine Coast to bass in the upper reaches of the Brisbane River the options are... Read more

Fish currently being caught in the South East Queensland region April, 2016

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

Twisty 70g

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Longtail Tuna, Tailor
Jackall Squirell 79 hank tuned

Jackall DD Squirrel 79SP Silent ‘Hank Tuned’

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Mangrove Jack

Squidgies Pro Wriggler – 100mm

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Australian Bass
Killalure Flatz Ratz 2

Flatz Ratz – Killalure

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Mangrove Jack

Squidgies Pro Critter 55mm

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Whiting, Yellowfin Bream
Reidy's Lures - Little Lucifer Hellraiser

Little Lucifer Hellraiser – Reidy’s Lures

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


Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Mangrove Jack, Threadfin Salmon

Lucky Craft Sammy 65

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Australian Bass
Bream Lure the Strike Pro Pygmy 2

Pygmy 2 – Strike Pro

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Australian Bass, Yellowfin Bream
Storm Fishing Jig for Snapper


Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Pink Snapper
Storm Gomoku Fishing Jig


Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Pink Snapper

Tiemco Soft Shell Cicada

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Australian Bass

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  1. Ellis Dobson

    Gday. I fished at jumpinpin bar couple weeks back didn’t have much luck. Do you guys have any tips for targeting flathead and bigger game fish? Thanks

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