The Richmond River is a long complex river extending from the Queensland/New South Wales border west of Mount Lindesay where it meets the ocean at Ballina. It has the 6th largest catchment in New South Wales, it is closed to commercial netting meaning the Richmond River has some fantastic fishing spots! Located 200km south of Brisbane and 700km north of Sydney, Ballina is a popular tourist destination. There are some great land based fishing spots along the Richmond River along with some great spots only accessible via boat or kayak.
The Richmond River mouth is also one of the deeper bar crossings on the North Coast, making it easier to access offshore Ballina fishing spots.
Fishing the Richmond River, fish species most caught are:
Fishing the headlands around Ballina, anglers can expect to catch these fish species:
Some popular fishing spots at Ballina are the South Wall, Missingham Bridge, River Street Boat Ramp and Missingham Beach just to name a few. We have over 20 fishing spots along the Richmond River with some great insider tips on when, where and how to fish these spots.
Further upstream towards Coraki, Australian Bass are caught throughout the river system. Australian bass are a great fish to target and will often take all sorts of lures, summertime surface lures and winter time hardbody and vibes. They are not a well known fish for their eating value however they are provide great fishing in the Richmond River particularly upstream.
A 4-6kg spin outfit with braid and flurocarbon leader will cover most fishing in the Richmond River. Bream are best targeted with a more finesse approach so the lighter the setup the better especially using lures. Bream will take surface lures on top of sea grass beds early mornings, walk the down or small poppers. Small hard body lures work around jetties and any rocky structure.
Fishing with bait in the Richmond River, a running ball sinker with prawn, squid or pilchards is great bait, even chicken gut and strip mullet works.. If lure fishing, small pink soft plastics with jig heads from 1/8 to ¾ ounce will cover most scenarios for flathead.
Mulloway and Tailor will require a slightly heavier setup, but not to heavy. Live bait like whiting and pilchards work well for Mulloway.
Bream fishing along the park, a good spot to soak local baits and fish with the family.
Great bream fishing along here.
A popular fishing spot near Ballina for Mulloway, live mullet is the best bait, however mulloway will also take soft plastics slowly hopped along the bottom. Land based access on the southern bank.
A great land based fishing spot for Bream and Mulloway on live bait. Mulloway will also take large soft plastics slowly bounced off the bottom.
The sand flats here are a good place to pump for Yabbies and on the incoming tide fish for whiting.
Good winter fishing for Bream and Tailor, find a good gutter on an incoming tide.
Fish along the creek bank and around the jetty structures for Bream on lures, soft plastics sunk down beside pylons and hard body lures retrieved under the platforms works well.
Old bridge structure holds Bream, Flathead and Mulloway. Mulloway best on live baits however will take soft plastics.
Fish the channel markers for Mulloway. Sand flat to the right is a good spot to cast around the mouth with soft plastics for Flathead on a run out tide.
Mostly bream around the jetty structures, good spot to cast lures.
The jetties along here are well worth casting lures at for Bream. Soft plastics cast beside the pylon and let sink works well.
On the outgoing tide, the draining channels and gutters fish well for flathead on soft plastics.
The gaps in the rock walls are a great place to fish on the outgoing tide for Flathead as the water drains out, soft plastics bounced off the bottom work well.
Drift along the rock wall for Bream and Flathead. Around the entrance some big Mulloway are caught particularly on a run out tide, live bait works awesome.
Good yabbies banks throughout Mobbs Bay, fish the incoming tide for Whiting. Fish the outgoing tide for Flathead, soft plastics work well.
Good spot to pump yabbies and on high tide fish for Whiting.
Bream and Luderick along the rock wall on an incoming tide. Bream mostly inside the harbour, a good lure fishing spot.
Can park on the south side of the bridge on side road, more for dedicated anglers, Bream, Flathead and Mulloway at night. Incoming tide is the best time to fish here.
A nice park and family friendly fishing spot in Ballina. Fish along here with strip mullet, pilchards and herring for Bream and Flathead.
Good fishing spot right in Ballina for Bream particularly at night. Drifting soft plastics down the side of a pylon works well or bait dropped down the side.
Friendly fishing spot in Ballina, mostly bream are caught here. Use bait such as strip mullet or prawns.
Good Bream and Flathead fishing off the rock wall, bait works best. Bream around the boats.
Good structure here holds Bream and Luderick. To the south, walk the bank casting metal slugs out for Tailor or soak some bait for Bream and Flathead.
The tide can move fast through here so it is best fished on the smaller tides. Bream, Flathead and Mulloway on live bait. Flathead can be caught here on soft plastics weighted heavily. Good access both north and southside.
Pick a spot along the wall into Shaws Bay, this Ballina fishing spot is best fished with bait either live or not, Bream, Flathead and Luderick are the main catches in Shaws Bay.
Big sea wall, hard to fish at times has there is strong current and large swells. Bream, Tailor and Mulloway are the main catches, fish either side of the wall weather permitting.
At the end of the seawall anglers can target Spanish Mackerel in Summer. Good spot to live bait for Mulloway. Tailor on metal slugs. Bream all year round. A lot of tidal movement here, best fished on small tides and change of tides.
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