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4.1/5 - (8 votes)
23°50'21.54" S, 151°14'48" E

Gladstone is a small industrial town, where half the population owns a boat and for good reason. It is really the first gateway to some spectacular barramundi fishing. Bug barramundi lurk the harbour and creeks, and Awoonga damn is a fully stocked barramundi impoundment.

Barramundi is just the start of the fishing potential in Gladstone. Big cod, Jewish, grunter, finfermark and blue salmon also provide great fishing in the Gladstone harbour.

From the Gladstone marina the nearest reef is rockcod shoals, masthead and 12 mile. However there are wrecks and inshore reefs closer in, however require a bit more local knowledge to produce good fishing results.

Black spot tushfish from Seal Rocks, a great fishing spot not far from gladstone

The inshore reefs around Curtis, facing island and seal rocks have some great tuskfish, stripeyse, cod and School mackerel. Small mouth Nannygai also venture in close however they are smaller models and can be tricky to anticipate when they’ll be in closer.

Gladstone summer fishing

The target species in the warmer months is barramundi expect from November 1 to January 1st when there is a closure on Barra fishing. Big Jews, grunter, flathead, bream, cod and blue salmon are around in the harbour all year round.

Gladstone Winter fishing

During winter the barramundi are quiet, but still around depending on their breeding cycle, they often congregate the creek mouths, before heading up stream.Blue salmon and grunter fishing really fires up in winter. Queenfish are also coming into the creeks.

A small jewfish from Gladstone Harbour

Land based fishing Gladstone

There are some good land based fishing spots in Gladstone, that are suites for both families and the adventurous angler. Soaking a bait at the warm water outlet or heading to a small creek near turkey beach can both provide some fun fishing in Gladstone.

Boat based fishing Gladstone

The Gladstone harbour has a huge array of potential spots to fish, but remember anglers must be at least 20m from the inside of a wharf and 50-200m away from the front of the wharf. The pylons leading to the tie up terminals are usually okay to fish, and hold some good fish at times. Fishing the tidal run is key landing Barra, blue salmon and cod on lures. Spring tides can fish well. Neap tides anglers can target fingermark, and Jewish.


Where to go fishing near Gladstone?

  • South Trees Pipe Bridge 1

    Barramundi, Salmon and Cod. Best on the run in tide. About 6-8m deep.

  • South Trees rock hole

    Barramundi, Grunter and Mangrove jacks (summer). Fish the start of the incoming tide. Herring bait in...

  • South Trees pontoon

    Mostly bream and grunter. Rocky bottom that is quiet shallow at low tide.

  • Lillys Flats

    A big high tide at night these flats are exposed to the SE trade winds. Has...

  • BSL Wharf 2

    Popular jew fish spot. 12m deep.

  • Wiggins feeder creek

    Bream, Grunter and Flathead on the outgoing tide.

  • Wiggins Flats

    Good winter Bream, sight cast when the water is clear. Shale bottom.

  • South Trees feeder creek

    Bream and flathead on the run out tide. 

  • South Trees Pipe Bridge 2

    Barramundi around the pylons. Larger soft plastics work well. Suffers from a fair bit of pressure.

  • South Trees Rock bar

    Rock bar extends ¾ across the creek. Holds few fish, best fished with bait.

  • BSL Bridge

    Holds Barramundi, Grunter, Cod and Mangrove Jack. Heavily fished so live baits are the best. Night...

  • QAL Pump station

    Good grunter and Barramundi around the pylons

  • Old meatworks jetty

    Grunter, Barramundi, Pelagics and more all haunt this area. Heavy structure under water be careful. Vibes...

  • Barney Point Wharf

    Barramundi, big Bream and Grunter  on an incoming tide.

  • Gladstone Rock Wall

    Bream and Cod along the rock wall, incoming tide.

  • Calliope River Mouth

    Bream, Cod and Barramundi along the rock wall. Incoming Tide.

  • Calliope River old wharf

    Bream, Cod and Barramundi on an outgoing tide.

  • Picnic Island

    Out going tide produces a big back eddy. Rocky drop off holds Jewfish, Blubber lip, Grunter...

  • Curtis island flats

    Flats have Blue Salmon and Flathead. Open the SE wind, best fished incoming tide in Winter.

  • Witt Island

    Deep hole and big back eddy on a run out tide. Produces Jewfish, Cod and Barramundi.

  • Tide Island

    Deep hole has jew fish at times. 

  • Compigne Island

    Sunken shipping container holds Grunter, Barramundi and Jewfish at times.

  • Quion Island

    Large back eddy drops into a hole. To the north Barramundi, Grunter and Cod at times.

  • Turtle Island

    Rocky out crop, has good fish on an outgoing tide. Barramundi, Queenfish, Bream and Cod mostly.

  • Fishermans Landing

    Big back eddy and nervous water on a run out tide. Cod, Grunter and Bream.

  • LNG Pipe

    Underwater pipe has mostly cod however Jew fish turn up at times.

  • Rat Island

    GT, Queensfish, Cod and the odd Coral Trout.

  • Manning Reef

    Small reef species like Spangled Emperor, Tusk fish and cod around manning reef. 

  • East Banks

    Queenfish and the occasional Giant Herring.

  • Pilot Marker

    Has big spanish mackerel and school mackerel in winter. Bottom fishing sometimes produces small Nannygai. Good...

  • Sable Chief Rocks

    Holds small tusk fish, Cod, Coral Trout, Squid in the shallows and lots of flowery cod....

  • Facing Island Rocks

    Fishing well for bream and flathead on the run out tide. 

  • Gladstone Yacht club

    Pontoon, good for soaking a bait with the kids. Cast net for prawns on the big...

  • Auckland Wharf

    Cast towards the pylons for Cod and Bream.

  • South Trees Boat ramp

    Family friendly bait spot for the kids. Small Bream mostly. Rocky to the north. Live bait.

  • Yarwun Pond

    Fish the start of the run out tide for Bream, Barramundi, Blue salmon, Cod and grunter....

  • Hot Water outlet

    Warm water from the power station pumps out here. Barra school up in here during winter....

  • Calliope River Bridge

    Best fished on a run out tide. Bream, Flathead and the odd grunter. Rubble bottom.

  • Calliope River Anabranch

    Deep hole. Live bait for Barramundi. Bream, Flathead and Grunter also move in and out of...

  • Calliope River Powerlines

    Quiet place to soak a bait. Barramundi, Bream, Flathead, Grunter and Blue salmon.

  • South trees hole

    Deep rocky hole about 5m offshore. Fish the start of the incoming tide for Barramundi, Mangrove...

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Capricorn Coast / CQ Fishing Report March, 2017

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Current Rating Gladstone March, 2017
2.9/5 - (65 votes)
Fishing Report Provided By Coucom’s Crabpots and Fishing Gear

Recommended Lures for Gladstone

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Killalure Flatz Ratz 2

Flatz Ratz – Killalure

Suited to Gladstone.
Good for: Barramundi, Black Spotted Rockcod, Gold spotted rockcod, Mangrove Jack

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, Black Spotted Rockcod, Gold spotted rockcod, Spangled Emperor
The Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow suspending lure has great constrast and is good for Barramundi


Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Barramundi, Black Spotted Rockcod, Gold spotted rockcod, Mangrove Jack

Laser Pro 160

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


Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Queenfish, School Mackerel, Spangled Emperor, Trevally, Tuskfish - blackspot

Twisty 55g

Suited for some Fish Species.

Squidgies Pro Wriggler – 100mm

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Spangled Emperor

Bream Prawn Vibe

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

Squidgies Pro Wriggler – 80mm

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

Pygmy 2 – Strike Pro

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Yellowfin Bream

Squidgies Pro Wriggler – 140mm

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Golden Snapper / Fingermark

Squidgies Pro Flickbait 110mm

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Spangled Emperor

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