The Fisherman’s Catch | 5 Brisbane River Fish Species

Brisbane River Fish Species

Before any fishing trip, it’s vital to know what you’re chasing. Whether it’s an everyday staple or a trophy fish, you need to know which techniques, tackle, and times to fish. The same is true of fishing in the Brisbane River. The Brisbane River might seem like an unlikely fishing destination, but it offers a surprising array of species.

So take a look at our Brisbane River fish identification guide. We’ve included a few tips on how to catch them, and where to find them. Between these five Brisbane River fish species, there’s more than enough for a challenge!

Threadfin salmon are a staple species of the Brisbane River – here’s how to catch them

As far as Brisbane River fish species go, threadfin salmon stands as one of the more impressive. Growing well beyond one metre in length, these powerful fish will test your gear, your skills, and stamina. That is if you can find them. Threadfin salmon are a relatively elusive species. Let’s just say they don’t get that big for being reckless. Luckily, though, there are some places you can find them pretty reliably. First of all, they’re easiest to find at night. And believe us, nothing matches their radiant gold under torchlight. On a run-in tide, you can find these powerful fish terrorising bait on the mudflats. On a runout tide, they will patrol deep gutters and holes adjacent to the flats, waiting for baitfish to drain in.

There are several species of flathead in the Brisbane River, which always makes fishing trips exciting

Flathead is a southeast Queensland favourite. They’re relatively easy to find, they grow to big sizes, and you can target them using a variety of techniques. The two most common species of flathead in the Brisbane River are dusky, and sand. Dusky flathead generally grows to larger sizes, and they’re a little more common in the Brisbane River. Finding them is simply a matter of looking for sandbanks and mudflats. Flathead prefers the shallows, and they’ll gladly take a soft plastic, a hard-bodied lure, or a well-presented bait.

Whiting fishing is hard in the Brisbane River, but they are in there – here’s what you need to know

Whiting are found across every corner of the Australian coast, including the Brisbane River. However, it’s not well-known as a whiting fishery. Whiting generally prefers clearer, saltier water. That means your best chance of finding them will be out along the coastline. Nevertheless, you can find whiting in the Brisbane River. Like flathead, they prefer sandbanks on a high tide.

If lure fishing is your preferred approach, the Brisbane River offers an abundance of bream

Bream are a lure fishing staple. They’re aggressive, crafty, and they fight to the very end; what more could you want? They’re also abundant, and you can find them pretty much anywhere in the Brisbane River. In fact, bream are probably one of the most common Brisbane River fish species. They love hanging out along rock bars, and will quickly drag an unsuspecting lure into the snags. It’s exciting stuff!

The elusive Jewfish is the crown jewel of Brisbane River fishing – here’s how to find one

Finally, let’s talk the crown jewel of Brisbane River fish species: the jewfish. Finding a jewfish can take years of dedicated practise. You need to know where they are, what they’re eating, and on what tide they’re eating. And even with all of that knowledge, there’re no guarantees! Still, it’s a great goal and it can really give your fishing some direction. You’ll need a boat though; jewfish live in the deep, fast-flowing holes of the river. Sometimes, they even school up!

 

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