Maroochydore fishing spots are mainly focused around the Maroochy River. There are also some great beach fishing spots both north and south of Maroochydore.
Fishing around Maroochydore beaches anglers can expect mainly Tarwhine, Tailor, Jewfish, Dart and the odd small Squire (small Snapper). Maroochy River produces Mangrove Jack, Bream, Flathead, Whiting, Trevally and the odd Grunter.
The beach fishing is broken into distinct seasons; late winter to December produces the best beach fishing. Anglers can target Jewfish from winter onwards, strip mullet and live mullet on an incoming tide works the best. Look for deep gutters along the beaches and at the headlands near Coolum. Fishing these locations at night is the best bet for a jewie.
Tailor also make their annual run north during Winter. They can be targeted on Metal Slugs and strip mullet baits.
Over Summer, early mornings, Pelagics like School Mackerel will sometimes move in close to the rocky headlands. They can often been seen chopping up the waters not from shore. They will happily take metal slugs and poppers ripped through the water.
Look for the deeper gutters, the incoming tide and top of the tide fishes best for Tailor, Jew and Pelagics.
A deeper gutter runs along the rocks and Pelagics can often been seen not far offshore. This spot also has some good rocky structure where jewfish hold in to feed on high tide.
The sand moves around along the beaches however these rocks are often exposed which creates good structure for Tarwhine. They will take most baits rigged on light tackle.
The river mouth has ever changing sand but always has a deep hole where Jewfish sometimes hold in, particularly after big rains and in Spring. Tailor sometimes move in close to the river mouth.
Pincushion Rocks also creates some good gutters at the front of the river mouth. Bream and Tarwhine are the main catches here, Bream being the most active at the river mouth during winter.
The southern side of the river mouth has several sandbag walls. Check these out for deeper channels where the odd Tailor can be targeted.
The river is heavily fished despite this, the Maroochy River remains healthy, and the fishing can be really fun. The Maroochy River offers some great fishing spots and its worth the trip if you are anywhere on the Sunshine Coast.
The Maroochy River extends from the mouth at Cottontree to the ranges of Mooloolah and Blackall with 26km of fishable water, not including the fresh water. There are 3 catchment dams on the Maroochy River, Wappa Dam, Cooloolabin Dam and Poona Dam, all of which have native Australian Bass.
The health of the ecosystem for the Maroochy River has been on a slow increase and fishing in the Maroochy River remains relatively good. The Flathead and Bream population is really great despite the fishing pressure.
The River is probably a little underrated by travelling anglers however lure based anglers will be rewarded with flathead, bream, trevally, whiting and even mangrove jack in summer. Further upstream in the North Maroochy River on the northern side of Ninderry Road and in the Eudlo Creek are native Australian Bass. Kayak launching is possible from the Ninderry road.
Yellowfin Bream can be found foraging in shallow waters and tight in mangrove structure throughout the river. Bream will also head upstream during summer, so they can be found almost anywhere in the creeks. Dusky Flathead start spawning around Spring. Flathead will be found closer to the mouth of the Maroochy River during summer. Whiting come out in good numbers and can be targeted on poppers over weed and yabby beds in Summer. Australian Bass make their way upstream, as the water heats up the Bass come alive in the North Maroochy area. There isn’t massive Bass in the Maroochy River, but they are plentiful around snags and higher in the water column, great fun on surface lures at dawn and dusk. Summer is also a great time to target Mangrove Jack on strip mullet, livies and lures. The best places to target looking are up Eudlo and Petrie Creeks. Some days they’re on and anglers catch several jacks while other days can be very quiet. Long casts and thoroughly working snags from all angels is key to success.
When cold weather starts moving in, Bream go into deeper water. Bream will also start moving down stream in late Autumn. Flathead start moving back upstream. Australian Bass slowly start moving downstream in anticipation for the Winter spawning. The Bass are much harder to catch during this period.
Bream spawn near estuary entrances during July and August, so fishing around the mouth of the rivers is the best. During winter, the bream will also be in deep water where there is overlying mud. Flathead fishing is often at its best in the Maroochy River in winter, with less boat traffic and calm winds. The Bass move into estuarine reaches for spawning. They can shutdown during this time, bass will also be found in open waters deeper in the water column. Slow techniques and deep water fishing is effective during winter on all species.
Bream start heading back up stream after spawning. Late spring is a good time to target Dusky flathead head around the Bli Bli area and upstream, fish around the small creek mouths and drop offs, the out going tide is the best. The male flathead start moving around and this can be a productive time for smaller flathead. Bass move upstream after spawning in the Maroochy River. As the water warms the bass become more predatory. Often the bass are trapped in pools until the rain comes.
Starting at the mouth of the Maroochy River there is often strong turbulent waters from the incoming and outgoing tides. Big bream can be caught around the mouth of Maroochy River during Winter.
Further from the mouth on the southern side is deep water where Bream can be taken on prawn baits. On the northern side is Black Banks which on low tide has large yabbie beds, fishing these beds on high tide is great for whiting and bream, shallow running crank baits work well.
The Sunshine Plaza fishes great for Bream, Flathead and large resident Estuary Cods, however access can be tricky for land based anglers as you are required to walk along large rocks under the Plaza. It is possible to kayak and boat into here.
If there is a large incoming or outgoing tide anglers should consider flicking 65-100mm soft plastics around Twin Waters Weir for Trevally.
Directly opposite the weir on the southern side of Maroochy River is another fantastic fishing spot – Chambers Island. With great access for land based fishermen this is a good fishing spot to target Whiting on poppers and flathead on soft plastics. In South East Queensland targeting Flathead is best with soft plastics or hardbody lures in a red or pink colour, remember when using soft plastics for Flathead not to lift the rod too high when jigging.
Another popular fishing spot in the Maroochy River is the Cod Hole – which is often crowded with bait bashers, however this deep hole of 8m with rubble bottom holds some large fish at times including Jew / Mulloway, Mangrove Jack (summer) and Trevally. Live bait is the best tactic at the Cod Hole in Maroochydore, but it does seem fished out.
Heading upstream the best time to fish is an outgoing tide, targeting Flathead around the drop offs and small feeder creeks is usually successful. Also around the deep holes near Coolum creek can sometimes hold school Jew / Mulloway however access is only via boat or kayak.
Maroochy River Freshwater Bass
Towards the Bruce Highway bridge and Yandina the Maroochy River splits into tributaries, North Maroochy River and South Maroochy River. The water in these parts I brackish however the odd Yellowfin Bream and Flathead still hang around these parts.
Heading upstream from the Ninderry Road bridge anglers can target native wild Australian Bass, the creek has some deep pools with thick snags and over hanging trees. During the Summer time the bass can really hit hard making the North Maroochy River a great fishing spot. Land based access here can be difficult and is best approached in a Kayak.
The South Maroochy River is also mainly reserved for kayak based fishermen however there are a few access points for land based anglers wishing to fish the Maroochy River. From the Bruce Highway Bridge and upstream to Wappa Dam are Bass and the odd Bream and Flathead.
Rocky structure here is a popular spot for baiting Mangrove Jack during summer.
Access to deeper water and good structure for land based anglers. The change of the tide produces Flathead and the odd Jewfish. Can be good Bream fishing in Winter when they prepare to spawn. The odd Mangrove Jack in summer.
Larger feed creek is always worth a cast around the mouth for Flathead on a run out tide. Bream move up onto the flats around here during the incoming tide also. Up the feeder creek is the odd Mangrove Jack and Cod.
Good flathead fishing on an outgoing tide around the drop offs where Coolum Creek meets the Maroochy River. Red or pink colour hard body and soft plastic lures work great.
A good place to live bait for Mangrove Jack in Summer during the night. The rest of the year produces mostly Bream and Flathead.
Good fishing for Flathead and Bream on a large run out tide. Hard body and soft plastic lures work well.
A good spot to try live baiting for Mangrove Jack during the summer. Strip mullet baits also work. Fairly shallow rock and a deeper hole.
Good snags around the mouth of this small feeder creek, usually holds fish. Flathead on the run out tide and Bream throughout the tidal movements.
Deep hole here holds school jew at times. Best fished during Winter and Spring during a changing tide. Soft plastics and soft vibes jigged on the bottom and strip mullet baits are effective.
Larger feeder creek that has Flathead on the last of the run out tide. Bream also to the south west in the deeper water.
Fish the small feeder creeks on an outgoing tide for Flathead. Red soft plastics work really great on flathead in South East Queensland. Some feeder creeks fish better than others depending on the tide height. The odd bream and whiting on the flats here also but on an incoming tide.
The oyster rack here provides good structure for Bream. It can fish well on both incoming and outgoing tides, small hard body minnows work well and are less likely to get snagged on the bottom. Setting out prawn baits is also effective. Flathead are caught here also on the outgoing tide.
Australian Bass in Eudlo Creek, they will take a variety of lures, small hard body minnows like LivelyLures Micro Mullet always work well. Best fished in Summer to Autumn, wear boots and thick pants as snake are around.
Mangrove Jack have been caught in the deeper waters along this stretch of Eudlo Creek. Long casts and thoroughly working snags with soft plastics or hard body lures is key to success.
Deep waters around the bend and next bend further upstream. Good spot to set out a strip mullet bait for Mangrove Jack during summer.
Fish the out going tide in the deeper hole around towards the shore for Bream and Flathead.
Sitting on live baits during summer can produce Mangrove Jack from the canals here. Rest of the year Bream are the main target species and can be taken on baits or small soft plastics and hard body lures. Target the rocky shore lines and around the bridge pylons.
Land based anglers can target Whiting and Bream on poppers here over summer. Best fished early morning or late afternoon into the night.
Good flats fishing during a rising tide in Summer for Whiting and Bream. Small shallow diving hard body lures and lightly weight soft plastics are effective. During Winter and Spring the flathead fishing can be great here, target the drop offs and weed patches with soft plastics. Winter also produces the odd Trevally and Tailor here also. Target them with metal slugs and poppers.
Bream hold in the deep hole during the moving tides. Best fish with small vibes or baits. Trevally also turn up, large outgoing tides can fish very well here.
Fish the outgoing tide with soft plastics for Flathead during Summer.
Fish the rock wall on the smaller outgoing tides for Bream and Cod. Soft plastics work well here, also target the jetties pylons.
Heavily fished deep hole with a hard bottom. Holds large numbers of bait fish, best fished an hour either side of the tide and at the change of tides with soft plastics. Rumours of Barramundi and Mulloway living here.
Small Bream around the weir. On an outgoing tide Trevally and Bream on the Maroochy River side. Fish the northern side on a large incoming tide. Soft plastics work well once the tidal flow has slowed.
Good flathead fishing on the outgoing tide in Spring.
Walk under the Sunshine Plaza or boat in for Bream, Flathead and Estuary Cod on Soft Plastics.
Fish the ever changing flats on an incoming tide for Bream, look got eddies and still water, soft plastics best.
Cast metal slugs into the turbulent water for Trevally and Tailor.
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Maroochy Conservation area. On low tide there are good banks in the middle of this photo to pump for yabbies.
A good spot to target flathead on the last of the run out tide around the small creeks that drain out. Looking north-east towards the river mouth of Maroochy River.
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