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Weipa Fishing Spots

4.4/5 - (8 votes)
12°38'7.13" S, 141°48'11.32" E

Weipa is a fisherman’s dream, known as the Barramundi capital of Queensland this small oasis town offers anglers some of the most prestine and remote fishing in Australia.

Several large estuary systems the Emberly, Mission, Pine and Nomenade River offer superb fishing spots in Weipa, whether land based or boat there is great fishing to be had. Commercial fishing has been banned from the Weipa area allowing the ecosystem to truly flourish with a large diversity of fish species to target. Mangrove Jack, Barramundi, Fingermark, Trevally, Queenfish, Cod and more can all be caught in any of the estuaries.

There are also some great offshore fishing spots in Weipa. The near shore reefs, sand flats and headlands produce Tuna, Giant Herring, Queenfish, Trevally and Permit. Further offshore Pink Snapper, Mahi-Mahi, Cobia and Mackerel are abundant and hang off rock bommie’s and in deep holes – diving birds are a dead give away.

The best time to Fish Weipa

The fishing in Weipa is defined by distinct seasons that will determine the best fish species to target.

From January to March is wet season in Weipa, heavy downfalls of rain creates murky water and a lower salinity in the estuary systems. However the water flow from the feeder creeks creates aeration and fishing during this time is usually pretty good. A lost of species are moving upstream or downstream to spawn.

From March to June after the wet season is most likely the best time to fish in Weipa and Far North Queensland in general. The weather conditions during this time is almost perfect, little wind and clear sunny days create pleasure fishing in Weipa. This time is best to target Barramundi, Mangrove Jacks, Fingermark, Threadfin Salmon and Trevally.

During the cooler months from June to August the winds blow off shore making the seas calm and the estuary systems glassy. Barramundi are still very active along with Queenfish, Trevally and Tuna offshore.

September to December the weather really starts to heat up again and conditions can be quite humid. Barramundi are very active and preparing for their yearly spawn. Mangrove Jacks really start to fire up with the warmer weather and lures can be worked hard with pauses to entice hard hitting fish.

Share this with your mates. We hope you start catching a few fish at Weipa!

Access to Weipa

There are several Weipa fishing spots that are great for land based access. If the boaties access there are three official launch spots in Weipa, Evans Landing, Rocky Point Boat Ramp and Andoom Creek Boat Ramp. However beach / shore launching is also possible with the right setup trailer.

Tide Times Weipa

Weipa (1.6km)
Monday 25 Oct 2021

Low - 2:35AM
High - 8:32AM
Low - 11:47AM
High - 6:20PM

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Current Rating Weipa April, 2016
4/5 - (23 votes)
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Recommended Lures for Weipa

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

Jackall Squirell 79 hank tuned

Jackall DD Squirrel 79SP Silent ‘Hank Tuned’

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Barramundi

Squidgies Pro Wriggler – 140mm

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

Squidgies Slick Rig 130mm

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Barramundi

Junior B52

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Barramundi

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, Bream, Golden Snapper / Fingermark, Queenfish, Trevally

Lucky Craft Sammy 65

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Bream

Jewie 150

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Barramundi

Twisty 55g

Suited for some Fish Species.

Squidgies Pro Lobby

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Bream

Roosta Popper 160

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Trevally, Tuna
The Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow suspending lure has great constrast and is good for Barramundi


Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Barramundi, Threadfin Salmon

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9 Comments on “Weipa” fishing

  • david gray


    we are going to weipa in june are there maps for fishing areas at weipa we have never been there
    we come from Muttaburra so a hole new world for us

    • Luke Van Lathum


      Hey David, we have a back-log of fishing spots to add to Weipa, especially land based, currently we won’t get these online for a few months yet. Are you land based or are you taking a tinny up? In the meantime I wish you the best of luck up there, barra, jacks and fingermark are all going off up there at the moment.

      • david Gray


        Hi Luke,
        emailed in February. Heading to Weipa this week for classic. Just wondering if you have added fishing spots at Weipa yet. We are taking our boats up. Have no idea where we are going. Is there a map we can print out or purchase.

      • Fishing Spots


        Hey David, we’re very sorry mate, we still haven’t gotten the time to add in the rest of the Weipa fishing spots YET! A lot of guys have success in the drains, but the barras are only small this time of year. We spent most of the days just sounding around looking for fish on the neap tides. The deep holes during neap tides hold threadies and barra. On the spring tides we fished deep into the shallow drains on the incoming and at the drain mouths on the out going, mainly up Mission River. Good luck mate.

  • David


    Thank you for these spots. We are heading off tomorrow. Looking forward to it.

    • Fishing Spots


      Awesome mate, I am very jealous!

  • Brendan Gallagher


    Hey luke,have you got any more updates on Weipa fishing marks,heading up at the end of September and would really appreciate any more information.Brendan

  • Melissa


    Hi Guys

    We are really stumped as to where the 3, 9 and 12 mile reefs are as you can not see anything on the nav charts, can anyone shed some light? Are they reef, ie reef to us is coral reef or is it rock and ruble.



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