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Clarence River

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29°25'19.66" S, 153°20'56.12" E

The Clarence River is the largest river in AUstralia south of the Tropic of Capricorn, it runs 394km from the Great Dividing Range, it’s joined by 24 tributaries and has a massive catchment area. The Clarence River is home to a large prawn trawling and fishing industry, however parts of the Clarence River are also protected from commercial fishing. Clarence River fishing spots are popular amongst locals and tourists, the upper reaches have bass and eastern freshwater cod (protected species), the salt water is home to a fantastic Bream fishery.

There is a maze of mangroves, islands, gutters, man made structures and sand bars making the Clarence River a fantastic place to go fishing. The small population of Yamba and Iluka love fishing but there are still many secrets to discover when fishing the Clarence River.

What fish Species are caught in the Clarence River?

The main target fish are:

  • Bream
  • Flathead
  • Whiting
  • Tailor
  • Mulloway
  • Luderick

The headlands and break walls around Yamba and Iluka offer:

  • Cobia
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Longtail Tuna
  • Snapper
  • Bream
  • Luderick
  • Tailor

There are many great land based fishing spots around Yamba that are family friendly and some that are more for the dedicated angler. A boat is great for exploring and really opens up the potential for some great fishing. Also a kayak is great for the upper reachers when targeting bass, the ability to sneak up is unmatched.

Land Based fishing spots in Yamba

Yamba South Wall
Fish either side of the break wall, some great catches are made along here, take metal slices for Tailor, Longtail Tuna and the odd Spanish Mackerel from the end. Bream and the occasional Mulloway lurk along here, change of tide is great for Mulloway at night surfside.

Iluka Break wall
Fish either side for Bream and Tailor, metal slugs work well for tailor. Towards the end of the break wall anglers often catch longtail tuna, cobia, spanish mackerel and at night time the occasional mulloway.

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Boat and Kayak fishing Clarence River

Dart Island
Fish the run out tide with soft plastics for Flathead along this sand bar. Whiting on a incoming tide.

Freeburn Island Gutter
Fish along this shore line and at the gutter on a run out tide for Flathead, soft plastics bounced along the bottom work well.

Clarence Valley
The jettys / wharfs in here hold bream but take note of any no fishing signs.

Romiaka Channel
Great flathead fishing in the channel at the start of the run out tide, towards the end of the run out tide fish the mouth.

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Recommended fishing gear for the Clarence River

Fishing the Clarence River, a 4-6kg spin outfit with braid and fluorocarbon leader will cover most fishing when chasing Bream, Flathead, Whiting and Luderick.

Fishing for tailor is a bit different but 6kg outfit will cover most Tailor, 10kg is preferred. Mulloway will require a more heavy duty setup, around 15kg will cover it.

Here are some quick tips for fishing in the Clarence River

  • Flathead – 3” pink soft plastics work well
  • Whiting – Fresh pumped yabbies
  • Bream – will take all sorts of lures and bait, deep water metal vibes work well. Soft plastics around man made structures like jetties. Bait works well at most land based spots
  • Mulloway – Live bait like mullet is dynamite, however jewfish will readily take larger soft plastics and even hard body lures in the right conditions
  • Tailor – metal slugs around 50-90g retrieved at a constant speed not far from the surface
  • Luderick – Cabbage weed or stringy weed, have been known to take prawns, worms and yabbies
  • Spanish Mackerel – larger hard body lures retrieved quickly, metal slices. Gar on floats

If you just like to go have fun with the family a simple running ball sinker setup using fresh bought bait will work wonders for Bream, Flathead, Luderick and Tailor!

 

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Where to go fishing near Clarence River?

  • Sportsman Creek

    Bream and the occasional Mangrove Jack in summer in Sportsman Creek. Further upstream in the Brackish and Freshwater is some good fishing for Australian Bass.

  • Sportsman Creek Bridge

    The run out tide here fishes well for Bream and Flathead around the pylons.

  • Broadwater run out tide

    The drop off here fishes well on a runout tide for Bream, Flathead and small Mulloway, live bait works best but bream and flathead will readily take frozen baits.

  • South arm rocks

    Large set of rocks at the mouth of South Arm, fish this spot on the run out tide for Bream and Mulloway mostly, bait works well but be careful of snags!

  • Mororo Bridge

    Good bream and mulloway fishing in the deep hole and around the pylons of Mororo Bridge.

  • Goodwood Island Bridge

    The bridge pylons and rocks to the north and another set of rocks on the north bank upstream hold good bream. Mulloway are sometimes caught around the bridge in the deeper hole.

  • Palmers Rock wall

    Drift along the rock wall for good size bream.

  • Palm Channel and gutters

    The 3 channels here fish well on a run out tide for Flathead. At the top of the tide access to possible up into the channels, this is a quiet fishing spot on weekends and well worth a look if there is a lot of boat traffic.

  • Nihill Island

    All the small drains, sandbars and drop offs around here fish well for Flathead on soft plastics. Yabby beds at low tide and whiting move onto the sand flats on a incoming tide.

  • Bill Weiley Bridge

    Esk River is a popular fishing spot for Mangrove Jack in summer. Bream and flathead are also caught throughout the river all year around, great for casting hardbody and soft plastic lures.

  • Bolorobo Island Channel

    Drift down the sand bar and channel on a run out tide for Flathead on soft plastics.

  • North Arm break wall

    Good spot for bream and luderick, winter fishes best for bream here.

  • Browns Rocks

    Great bream fishing in Winter, reef structure provides a great habitat, bait and lures work well. Mulloway are also caught around here.

  • Harwood Bridge

    A popular fishing spot at night for Mulloway, they will take live baits and soft plastics towards the end of the incoming tide. Bream and flathead are also around.

  • Oyster Channel Gutters

    The gutters and drains that flow back into Oyster channel along here all produce flathead on a run out tide, easy fishing!

  • Oyster Channel Sandbar

    Good whiting fishing on an incoming tide. Fairly shallow access in Oyster Channel.

  • Oyster Channel Bridge

    Fishing the pylons here will produce Bream and Luderick. This is a popular spot for Mulloway, particularly at night.

  • Micalo Channel Bridge

    Good fishing on a run out tide for Flathead, on the incoming tide Bream around the rocks.

  • Yamba Canals

    Good bream fishing on lures around the wharfs, take notice of any no fishing signs. Good flathead fishing on the run out tide towards the mouth of this canal system.

  • Romiaka Channel

    Great flathead fishing in the channel at the start of the run out tide, towards the end of the run out tide fish the mouth.

  • Clarence Valley

    The jettys / wharfs in here hold bream but take note of any no fishing signs.

  • Freeburn Island Gutter

    Fish along this shore line and at the gutter on a run out tide for Flathead, soft plastics bounced along the bottom work well.

  • Dart Island

    Fish the run out tide with soft plastics for Flathead along this sand bar. Whiting on a incoming tide.

  • Yamba Break wall bream

    A popular fishing spot for Bream and Luderick, fish the outgoing tide.

  • Marine Rescue Iluka

    Fish the tides for Bream and Luderick, this is a good fishing spots to get out of the current whether incoming or outgoing tide. Flathead are also caught here on all tides but going seems to be best.

  • Yamba Marina

    Fish off the rock wall for Bream and Luderick on bait. The trawler moorings have some great fishing at night on lures for Bream, but take note of any no fishing signs.

  • Whiting Beach

    A popular swimming spot in the corner, the beach along here is a great family fishing spot close to Yamba for Whiting and Flathead, fresh bait works the best!

  • Yamba Luderick

    A good spot for Luderick and Bream on the incoming tide, the back eddy here holds bait and slows the current down. Mulloway at night lurk around here waiting for a feed, fish the top of the incoming and start of the outgoing.

  • Iluka Break wall

    Fish either side for Bream and Tailor, metal slugs work well for tailor. Towards the end of the break wall anglers often catch longtail tuna, cobia, spanish mackerel and at night time the occasional mulloway.

  • Yamba South Wall

    Fish either side of the break wall, some great catches are made along here, take metal slices for Tailor, Longtail Tuna and the odd Spanish Mackerel from the end. Bream and the occasional Mulloway lurk along here, change of tide is great for Mulloway at night surfside.

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Tide Times Clarence River

Clarence River - Hickney Island (0.4km)
Sunday 14 Aug 2022

Low - 4:09AM
0.16M
High - 9:57AM
1.36M
Low - 3:45PM
0.24M
High - 10:24PM
1.76M

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Recommended Lures for Clarence River

Find the best lures for fishing Clarence River. 5 stars mean this lure has been hand picked for Clarence River.

Squidgies Pro Wriggler – 100mm

$9.99
Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Australian Bass
Berkley Gulp! Shrimp 2"

Gulp Shrimp 2″

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Dusky Flathead, Mangrove Jack, Yellowfin Bream

Tiemco Soft Shell Cicada

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Australian Bass

Bream Prawn Vibe

$12.95
Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Yellowfin Bream
Bream Lure the Strike Pro Pygmy 2

Pygmy 2 – Strike Pro

$12.99
Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Australian Bass, Yellowfin Bream

Twisty 70g

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Longtail Tuna, Tailor

Squidgies Pro Critter 55mm

$9.99
Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Yellowfin Bream
Storm Gomoku Fishing Jig

GOMOKU SLOW ROCKER Micro Jig

$8.95
Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Pink Snapper
Jackall Squirell 79 hank tuned

Jackall DD Squirrel 79SP Silent ‘Hank Tuned’

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Mangrove Jack

Squidgies Pro Wriggler – 80mm

$9.99
Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Yellowfin Bream

Laser Pro 160

$16.99
Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Spanish Mackerel

Skippy Surface Lure

$13.49
Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Yellowfin Bream, Yellowfin Whiting

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