The Burke Shire is renowned as a destination for recreational fishers. Along with the iconic Barramundi, there are many other fish species and crabs and prawns that are found in our creeks and rivers as well as the waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria.
As size and possession limits are subject to change under Queensland law, the Burke Shire recommends that, for consistently accurate information, you refer to the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website.
Have instant access to Queensland’s fishing rules anytime and anywhere. The Queensland Recreational Fishing App provides up-to-date information on recreational fishing rules and regulations in Queensland, including size and possession limits, species identification, closed seasons, closed water and stocked impoundment maps, angler diary, and access to tide and weather information.
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The Gulf of Carpentaria closed season for barramundi is midday 7 October to midday 1 February (but possession on boats allowed to midday 17 October).
Throughout the Gulf of Carpentaria and adjoining waterways west and south of the intersection of longitude 142°09’E with the shore at high tide, a closed season applies to barramundi.
Throughout the Queensland east coast, a closed season applies to barramundi from midday 1 November to midday 1 February.
It is also prohibited to deliberately target barramundi for catch and release during these closed seasons, as the stress of capture may prevent a fish from spawning.
Every year on the Easter long weekend (weather and roads permitting), Burketown hosts the World Barramundi Fishing Championships.