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Port Douglas

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16°29'8.84" S, 145°27'31.04" E

The Dickson Inlet is home to some of best fishing charters in Australia for reef fishing. The Dickson Inlet is a moderately sized estuary system lined with mangroves, feeder creeks and quite a few under water drains. The feeder creeks are worth fishing on the out going tides around the mouths where you will find Grunter, Barramundi, Jacks, Flat head and the usual estuary species. Fishing in the marina is off limits – however these structures would hold some great fish.

The small feeder creek almost directly opposite the boat ramp can fish well on a incoming tide, just past the small mangrove island is a flats section with some underwater drains, here you will find Trevally and Queenfish in the cooler months.

Further upstream are deep holes at every bend and most feeder creek mouths, always worth fishing these deep holes with bait. At the first sharp bend is a rock wall again worth fishing with a hardbodies or soft plastics rigged up with weedless hooks. A little further up from the first bend is a yellow caution marker, the depth is around 5m and the structure sits around 3m (possibly a sunken boat) – fishing around this structure can product good fish. We fished this structure on an incoming tide with no luck, the outgoing tide produced better results, in fact we found this system best on the outgoing tide.

Land based fishing in Port Douglas

The headland and the wharf are great places to drop some bait, there are always a lot of people fishing here catching Bream, Flathead, Grunter and the odd Barramundi. Its worth talking to some of the locals here as they will give you the heads up.

Muddy Creek

Heading further North is Muddy Creek which can only be accessed on mid to high tide, its well worth a fish on calmer days. Muddy Creek holds Grunter, Barramundi, Flathead, Bream, Trevally and Mud Crabs. Fishing Muddy Creek early mornings is the best time, otherwise mid day search for deep snags around 2-3m under as the creek banks do not tend to hold the bigger fish – check the map above for “Muddy Creek Under Water Snag” as it holds some good fish.

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Recommended Lures for Port Douglas We're still working on the equation for the best lures, so please be patient!

Junior B52

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Barramundi

Roosta Popper 160

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Giant Trevally, Golden Trevally

Lucky Craft Sammy 65

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Bream

Squidgies Slick Rig 130mm

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Barramundi
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, Mangrove Jack

Laser Pro 120

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Barramundi
Squidgies Pro Wriggler - 100mm - Bloodworm

Pro Wriggler – 100mm

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Barramundi, Black Spotted Rockcod, Bream, Flathead, Golden Snapper / Fingermark, Mangrove Jack, Queenfish
Killalure Flatz Ratz 2

Flatz Ratz – Killalure

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

Squidgies Pro Critter 55mm

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

Pygmy 2 – Strike Pro

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

Skippy Surface Lure

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Yellowfin Bream

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  1. Amy Ritchie

    Hello. Is there a public fish cleaning area in Port Douglas? Thanks, Amy Ritchie

  2. Chris

    There should be a fish cleaning area close to sugar wharf near the river mouth. There are also hose connections at the dickson inlet boat ramp but fish cleaning close to the boat ramp is not allowed, Otherwise the DPI & Coast Guard offices are located next the boat ramp so you can ask them!

    • Ray

      If you go behind the quicksilver were the rocks are there are some good fish there

      • Fishing Spots

        Thanks Ray, we haven’t done too much fishing there YET! What kind of fish do you get there?

  3. Ray

    I need some good fishing spots in port Douglas on a boat

  4. Ray

    I need some good fishing spots in port Douglas on a boat in the reef

    • Fishing Spots

      Hey Ray, we haven’t done much reef fishing near Port Douglas yet. But we have fished east of the Daintree River mouth to the north of Snapper Island. There was plenty of big trevally at the drop off – close to the map marker. Also caught a few coral trout and emperor on soft plastics around the reefs here. East of Port Douglas, I have marked 2 chartered wrecks for you, one is almost directly east, in about 15-20m of water, maybe worth a fish on your way out to the reef. Good luck and I’d love to hear how you go.

  5. tom skipper

    hi, I am going up to Port Douglas early oct this year. Can you please recommend the best charter for fishing the estuary. I have a son 16 and he is very keen and good fisherman.
    Perhaps there is better fishing around carins. I have never been up that way.
    please contact by email please

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