The beautiful Noosa River has over 40 kilometres of pristine waterways that await you, with an A rating for its water quality and its abundance of wildlife. It’s one of the few Queensland rivers that enjoys a continuous year-round freshwater inflow making it not only safe for swimming and boating, but great for fishing and crabbing. Noosa has a fishing experience for everyone. Try your luck offshore on the reefs or take a boat and fish the estuaries of the Noosa River. The real catch is the scenery!
If you manage to bag a few then you can cook them up on the Resort’s BBQs.
Before you head out on a fishing trip, it is important that you consult the local tackle shop if you are unsure of the recreational fishing regulations that apply in Queensland as there are serious penalties for infringements. The Queensland Department of Primary Industry is responsible for regulating recreational fishing in Queensland.
Regulations apply to:
• The size and number of fish you may catch
• The seasons that you can catch certain fish
• And the type of equipment you are permitted to use
For the offshore fisherman, our reefs produce excellent catches with winter being the most productive season. Reef species regularly caught are Snapper, Squire, Coral Trout, Pearl Perch, Moses Perch and Scarlet Sea Perch, Sweetlip, Red Emperor and Maori Cod, just to name a few. In the warmer months there are Dolphin Fish, Spotted and Spanish Mackerel, Tuna and Cobia. Game fishing enthusiasts can target species such as Marlin and Sailfish.
Kilometres of golden beaches are ideal for surf fishing with good catches all year round. Best spots are Peregian, Sunshine, Alexandria Bay, the North Shore and of course Marcus Beach on your doorstep. The groynes on Main Beach sometimes produce good size Tailor and the Eastern Beaches yield Whiting and Dart.
For the rock fishing enthusiast, the Noosa National Park can turn on the action for the novice to the most experienced daredevil cliffhangers. Local knowledge should be sought before fishing in this area.
Noosa ’s 40km of rivers and lakes provide safe and productive family fishing in all seasons. Bream & Trevally are often on the bite around Munna Point on the Noosa River. Tailor & Flathead can be caught around the river mouth.
During the warmer months, the top end of the Noosa River and Kin Kin Creek provide some hot fishing on lures and a light line. Lake McDonald and Borumba Dam also provide breathtaking scenery and good quality.
Davo’s, a great source of information on all things fishing, is located at Shop 6, Noosa Homemaker Centre, Mary Street, Noosaville. It has the largest range of bait and tackle on the Sunshine Coast, including:
• rods, reels, lures, nets and fishing accessories
• weather reports and forecasts
• live, fresh and bulk frozen bait
• expert rod and reel repairs
• latest fishing hotspots
There are also many bait and tackle shops on the Noosa River along Gympie Terrace with a full range of bait, fuel, rods and reels, snacks, drinks and ice creams.
If it’s boating, fishing, jet skiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, sailing or simply a relaxing tour on the Noosa River you are looking for, then the following boat hire operators are available at various jetties along the Noosa River at Noosaville, and also at the Noosa Harbour Marine Village at Tewantin:
All of the above can be booked through Reception.
A variety of vessels, including peddle boats for the kids, are available to suit people with different skill levels and taste. No licences are required. Most boat hires include fuel, fishing tackle, life jackets and eskies.
Enjoy a barbie and a few social drinks on a luxury BBQ pontoon boat cruising the Noosa River or pack a picnic and lunch on a private sand bank away from all the crowds. Go swimming and have fun in the sun. Boat or paddle around the canals at Noosa Sound just to check out all the fancy houses and resorts, then stop off for lunch or coffee on Hastings Street. Continue cruising along the beautiful Noosa River to historical Tewantin, and up to the lakes of Cooroibah and Cootharab
Organised Fishing Charters and Scenic Cruises
Don’t have a fishing license or experience but want to go fishing? Noosa has all types and styles of fishing to offer right on its doorstep for all the family to enjoy. For experienced instruction and a great day out take an offshore or river fishing trip with one of the local tour operators.
A variety of fishing charters, scenic cruises and water sports can be booked on-line here or through Reception.