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Johnstone River

4/5 - (5 votes)
17°31'13.28" S, 146°3'35.43" E

The Johnstone River runs through Innisfail is approximately 90km south of Cairns. It is a great place target Barramundi and the River has been stocked since 1994 and continues to be stocked with the last release was in 2009.

The Johnstone River has a few notable features to get you started catching fish including rocky outcrops, mangroves, feeder creeks and sand flats. Barramundi can be targeted all year around with exception to the closed season, experienced lure fisherman will know the techniques required – during the cooler periods remember to slow down the lure retrieve. The classic Barra lures will work well in the Johnstone River, remembering dark lures on cloudy days. Soft plastics rigged on weedless hooks are always a confidence booster when fishing the mangrove forest for Mangrove Jacks, try white plastics.

After the rains its well worth casting at the feeder creeks on a receding tide Barramundi, Jacks and Grunter.

Upstream the Johnstone River produces some of the best fresh water creek fishing in Far North Queensland with great Sooty Grunter and Jungle Perch on offer. A stealth approach is key when chasing Jungle Perch as once they are startled they can completely shut down and move on.

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Port Douglas Fishing Report for February 2016

As we enter into March the full extent of the wet season is still yet to be determined. Do date it has been a moderate wet season with occasional huge dumpings of... Read more

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Current Rating Johnstone River April, 2016
3.4/5 - (70 votes)
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Recommended Lures for Johnstone River

Click here to find the best lures for fishing Johnstone River. 5 stars mean this lure has been hand picked for Johnstone River.

The Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow suspending lure has great constrast and is good for Barramundi

CRYSTAL MINNOW™ SUSPENDING

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Barramundi, Black Spotted Rockcod, Mangrove Jack
Berkley Gulp! Shrimp 2"

Gulp Shrimp 2″

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Black Spotted Rockcod, Bream, Cod, Dusky Flathead, Flathead, Grunter, Mangrove Jack, Yellowfin Bream

Lucky Craft Sammy 65

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Bream

Bream Prawn Vibe

$12.95
Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Grunter, Yellowfin Bream
Squidgies Pro Wriggler - 100mm - Bloodworm

Pro Wriggler – 100mm

$9.95
Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Barramundi, Black Spotted Rockcod, Bream, Flathead, Golden Snapper / Fingermark, Mangrove Jack

Skippy Surface Lure

$13.49
Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Yellowfin Bream
Squidgies Pro Range Wriggler - 65mm

Pro Wriggler – 65mm

$8.95
Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Bream, Dusky Flathead, Flathead, Yellowfin Bream

Junior B52

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Barramundi

Laser Pro 120

$12.00
Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Barramundi

Laser Pro 160

$16.99
Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Barramundi

Squidgies Slick Rig 130mm

$9.99
Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Barramundi

Squidgies Pro Lobby

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

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One Comment “Johnstone River”

  • Johnny Riley

    says:

    What are the fish you see in the weeds off the bridge are they luderick

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