Where’s the Best Fishing in Brisbane?

Brisbane is an angler’s paradise. The rivers and estuaries of the Greater Brisbane region are teeming with fish, allowing anyone to throw a line in and bag themselves a snapper, flathead, cod, or if you’re unlucky, a bull shark.

But with so many spots to choose from around Brisbane, how do you know which is best? In this article, we will explore some of the best fishing spots in Brisbane, so that you can catch yourself a boatload of the tastiest fish in the area.

Moreton Bay

With the beautiful and bountiful Moreton Bay on Brisbane’s doorstep, a jaunt to the bay is usually a good choice. But where are the fish likely to be biting?

Harry Atkinson Artificial Reef

The Harry Atkinson Artificial Reef is our first pick, and undoubtedly one of the best fishing spots in Brisbane. Harry’s was created specifically to attract marine life, and turn the area into a rich fishing spot for local anglers of all types, including spearfishers, bottom fishers, and game fishers. The reef covers a total area of 34 hectares, and is located at the western end of the Rous Channel, 7km east-south-east of St Helena Island. 

A favourite among anglers, Harry’s is protected from most winds, with the exception of the north-westerlies. It’s best not to anchor but rather target individual spots and keep moving. Some recommend fishing the reef towards the end of the ebb tide, because the shallower water forces the fish away from the reef where they’re easier to catch.

Here is a handy map of the area, courtesy of the Queensland Government.

Mud Island

Mud Island is our other favourite spot on the bay. It’s an easy trip, roughly 5km from the mouth of the Brisbane River, and includes different fishing zones to the north, south and west of the island. This is another prime spot for snapper, but there are lots of other species such as pelagic, bream, tailor, and grass sweetlip. You’ll also find mack and long tail tuna, along with school and spotty mackerel. With so many fish to catch, it can get busy, so if you can get out on a weekday you’ll fare much better.

West Peel Artificial Reef

West Peel Artificial Reef sits a couple of kilometers between Peel Island and Cleveland. As with the Harry Atkinson Reef, the area was created to encourage marine life, and has become a prime spot for catching snapper. Fish the ledge and you’re almost guaranteed to find fish such as parrot, moses perch, bream, tailor, and grass sweetlip.

According to My Fishing Forecast, the best time to fish at the reef is between 10am and 4pm, which includes a lull at around midday.

Here’s a map of the area.

Pumicestone Passage

Pumicestone Passage is a 35km channel between Bribie Island and the mainland, stretching from Calounda to Deception Bay. It’s part of the Moreton Bay Marine Park, and is an important breeding ground for fish, crabs, and prawns, making it one of the best places to fish in Brisbane. The channel is home to an abundance of fish species, including flathead, snapper, tailor, bream, turk-fish, jewfish, flounder, mackerel, whiting, and mulloway.

The entire passage offers good fishing, but it’s good to know how to make the strong tidal currents work in your favour, particularly around the eddies on the edges of banks, which bring plenty of fish. head north of the bridge and you’ll be able to reach some great fishing spots that can’t be accessed by land.

If you’re looking to catch a big snapper, the season is from June to October, and one of the best spots is just outside the Pacific Harbour canals on the Bribie side of the passage.

Deep Water Bend Reserve (Pine River)

Our final good fishing spot in Brisbane is the Deep Water Bend Reserve in the Pine River, just north of Bracken Ridge. This area is one of the busiest areas of the Pine River system, offering plenty of facilities for anglers, including a picnic area with barbeques, a boat and canoe ramp, and pontoon for accessing the river. On the right day you can even motor right out into the bay itself. Make sure you follow the markers as the banks are extremely shallow at low tide.

The Deep Water Bend Reserve boasts plenty of fish species, including bream, luderick, tailor, jewish, flathead, and whiting.

Shorncliffe Pier

Shorncliffe Pier is the largest timber pier in Brisbane, and one of the longest recreational piers in Australia. Having undergone a recent renovation, the pier is now much studier, and includes fish cleaning stations, water fountains, and plenty of benches. Those fishing from the pier can expect to catch bream, tailor, flatheads, whiting, and garfish.

Boggy Creek

Boggy Creek is a shallow, muddy waterway in Pinkenba, near the mouth of the Brisbane River. While it isn’t the most picturesque of spots, the proximity to Brisbane makes it popular, and there’s plenty of bream, flathead, as well as some tailor and cod. 

Newstead Park Jetty

The Newstead Park Jetty is one of the most centrally-located fishing spots in Brisbane, just a ten-minute drive from the CBD. The confluence of the Breakfast Creek and Brisbane River has carved a deep hole in the riverbed, and you can find the usual bream, cod, flathead, jewfish, and tailor dipping in and out.

Need a boat so you can enjoy some of the best fishing in Brisbane? Contact Holt Marine today, and we will get you on your way.

Schulz Canal

The Schulz Canal is a waterway that flows into Moreton Bay at Nudgee Beach, and is a great spot for catching whiting. The mouth of the canal has tidal creeks on either side, which attracts plenty of fish, and increases the chance of your line twitching.

The best spot is the area at the front of the canal, where waves meet the channel. As well as whiting, you might also catch bream, catfish, eels, jewfish, and even salmon.

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