Dampier Peninsula stretches 220km north of Broome to Cape Leveque. The country side is rugged but beautiful. The western side of Dampier Peninsula is lined with fishing spots. Creeks break up the red headlands and white sandy beaches.
Dampier Peninsula fishing spots consist of creeks, headlands and beaches. Land based anglers can expect some fun fishing at most camp grounds along the way. While boat anglers can enjoy the mangrove lined creeks and offshore headlands.
Along the coastline there are numerous headlands where anglers can target Trevally and Queenfish. For the adventurous angler, walking the creeks at low tide and fishing the remaining deep water holes can produce Mangrove Jack, Cod, Blue Salmon, Trevally, Bream and the odd Barramundi. Threadfin Salmon are also around although Blue Salmon are more common.
Starting from the south, hidden Creek is the first land based spot. It can only be accessed via four wheel drive and requires 2 creek crossings. Low tide is the best and only time recommended to access this spot. The creeks are small or just hard packed sand at low tide, however at high tide there is 6m+ of water. At hidden Creek, walk the deep pools at low tide casting lures for Mangrove Jack, Cod, Bream, Flathead, Trevally and the odd Barramundi. Launching a small boat here is possible from the hard packed sandy creek mouth. The waters can be accessed from low-mid tide up. Further upstream are many deep pools and thick snags, Mangrove Jack are throughout the creek.
Beagle Bay has a camp spot known as Banana Wells. The camp spot gives access to Beagle Creek and the inlet. Here land based anglers can soak a bait in the main channel waiting for Barramundi, Salmon and Mangrove Jack. Launching a boat here is possible for smaller boats under 4m, a third wheel on the boat trailer is necessary as the creek bank is steep from mid to low tide. Beagle Bay has Mangrove Jack, Trevally, Blue and Threadfin Salmon, Queenfish and the usual by catch of Bream, Cod and Flathead.
Gnylmarung is a beautiful camp spot and provides access to fishing 2 headlands and the beaches. The headlands produce Queenfish and Trevally on hidetide. There are also Blue / Tuskfish amongst the reef on high tide, live crabs are a good bait. Launching a boat is possible via a the beach, suited to boats under 5m with a 3rd wheel setup.
A stunning camp ground with protected waters. There is good rock fishing here for Queenfish and Trevally. A car topper boat gives access to the small inlet to the south, where anglers can target Mangrove Jacks. Launching a small boat is via the beach.
To the north of Middle Lagoon is slightly deeper water and reef, which fishes well for Coral Trout and Tuskfish, try using small live crabs for bait.
Permisson required to access Lombandia, call ahead first. Fishing the small inlet here produces Mangrove Jack and Salmon. The inlet has protected waters, and gives way to a reefy area that fishes well for Tuskfish, Coral Trout and the odd Emperor.
Camping available at Chile Creek. The creek is small and shallow however produces the odd Mangrove Jack and Mud Crabs. Fishing the rocky reef at the mouth of the creek produces mostly Trevally and Queenfish. A small boat gives access to deeper water, target Coral Trout, Tuskfish and Emperor along the drop off during a run out tide.
A must do camp spot for any traveler, Kooljamin is absolutely stunning. Catching a fish is a bonus here, land based fishing produces mainly Trevally and Queenfish. Offshore there are strong currents, the best fishing is during neap tides. There is deep reef waters around Leveque Island which produce Coral Trout, Cod, Tuskfish and Emperor. Further offshore big Trevally, Queenfish, Mackerel, Tuna and Sailfish patrol the waters.
Another fantastic camp spot, Hunter Creek has Mangrove Jack, the odd Barramundi and Mud Crabs. Talk to the camp owner, they are more than happy to show you how to get Mud Crabs, Kimberley style.
Accessed through the Hunter Creek camp area or via boat, the headland here is strong currents. During big tides it is not recommended for small boats. On neap tides rocky areas around the head land produces Trevally, Queenfish, Barracuda and Mackerel. There is also good reef fishing for Coral Trout, Emperor and Tuskfish.
Permission is required to launch a boat here, please call ahead first. The boat ramp is basically a beach launch however it is suitable for boats up to 7m. The waters in King Sound are subject to very strong currents. The shallow bays produce Bream, Whiting and Flathead. Why the headlands hold Trevally and Queenfish. Offshore the possibilities are endless however dangerous.
Cygnet Bay offers beautiful camping, a restaurant and modern facilities. The bay is rather shallow however walking the flats anglers can sight cast for Trevally, Bream and Whiting. Via a small boat anglers can access small inlets in Cygnet Bay. These small creeks have Mangrove Jack and Cod. Walking the creeks are low tide and cast lures into the deep poles will produce some fun fishing at times. During the big tides the creeks many produce Trevally. Baramundi, Blue salmon and the odd Threadfin Salmon are also caught here.
The beaches have Trevally and Bream, try fishing the small point to the east for best success. Launching a small boat here is possible, which gives access to the small inlet. Here anglers can target Mangrove Jack and Cod. The odd Barramundi also turns up however they are rare here.
For the land based angler the best rod would be a beach rod around 8ft long. The weight rating varies as surprise fish can show up like a big Barramundi. Around 3-8kg should cover most fish from the beaches and headlands. Good braid 5-10kg with 20 pound leader will land Trevally, Queenfish and the odd Tuskfish from the shore. A good cheap setup for casting poppers, metal slugs, plastics and hard body lures is the Daiwa Crossfire CFS 86 with a 2500-4000 size reel.
For the boat angler, good baitcaster setup is necessary when hunting Mangrove Jacks in the creeks. Heavier 20 pound braid with 20-30 pound leader will be good enough to pull out big cod and mangrove jacks from the snags. This is also a good combo for some bottom bashing on the reefs also. A longer spin rod and reel combo is also good when fishing offshore from Dampier Peninsula. Big Trevally and Mackerel will often show up, Barracuda are also common so wire trace is a must.
Cygnet Bay (7.8km)
Monday 25 Oct 2021
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