Lake Tinaroo is a huge lake with over 200km’s picturesque shoreline and unlimited fishing spots.The Queensland Department of Primary Industry wisely decided to stock Lake Tinaroo with both barramundi and sooty grunter (black bream) as part of its Recreational Freshwater Fishing Enhancement Program. Both species thrived and phenomenal growth rates from these fish have been observed.
The world record barramundi (121cm and 38.75kg) and the world record sooty grunter (5.45kg) have been caught in Tinaroo and the famous Barra Bash is held here each year around November. There is no closed season, no maximum size limit and the lake’s ability to produce World Record fish makes it a unique fishing destination!
Barramundi is a loanword from an Australian Aboriginal language of the Rockhampton area in Queensland meaning “large-scaled river fish”. The Barramundi is highly prized by anglers for their good fighting ability and spectacular leaps from the water during the fight and as such justifiably commands respect from those who seek it out. The best time to target Barramundi on Lake Tinaroo is at sunrise and sunset. During the warmer months from October – March the fish are a lot more active and so you’ll have a lot more chances at landing the “Big One”.
When fishing for Barramundi look for any holding structure in the lake, shallow weed covered water, or small running creeks where they will ambush their prey. There are some monsters found in this lake and light tackle is not the go here. Strong, medium length bait casting or spinning gear, loaded with at least 10kg line is required as is hardy lures with solid hooks and rings.
Sooty’s are not so structured in their feeding habits and can be caught throughout the day but morning and late afternoons are still the best for these also.
Lake Tinaroo is the only waterway in Queensland where the normal closed season for the taking of barramundi does not apply, but there are a few rules:
It is open all year round however the bag limit of 5 fish per person still applies.
As large fish can not breed, the maximum size limit of 120cm also does not apply, the minimum size limit of 58cm does however.
Any fish caught and taken during the normal closed season, November 1 to February 1, must be taken to an approved tagging station.
Any fish of over 120cm must similarly be tagged.
The tagging stations are at the following locations:
– Kairi Store and Post Office
– Lake Side Motor Inn
See you in Yungaburra!