Burketown is well known for its barramundi fishing - and the World Barramundi Fishing Competition – and has king salmon, sooty grunter, and mudcrabs amongst its offerings.
April to June, when the 'run-off' from rains is strong, usually produces the best fishing and weather conditions in the Gulf. The 'build-up' from September to November also fishes well for the angler who is prepared to brave the heat and humidity. From June to September the dry season is the most comfortable time to travel the Gulf of Carpentaria and the fishing is usually pretty good.
Size limits are based on reproductive cycles and allow fish to grow to a good size. Keep to the maximum size limits for barramundi which become female as they increase in size and age.
Designated recreation areas have been established on Gangalidda Garawa country and permits are required when fishing and camping at these locations– visit the Gangalidda Garawa website for details.
Be sure to catch Yagurli Tours Fishing Tour for a chance to catch a barra and experience thelocal waterways and see traditional fishing methods in action. Charters are available on request through the Burketown Visitor Centre.
Boat access to the Albert River is possible at the Wharf Area 7km from town by public boat ramp.
Barramundi Fishing Championships
The Burketown Barramundi Fishing Organization Inc. hosts it’s “World Barramundi Fishing Competition” every Easter and this competition is now (2017) in its 39th year. The competition is based in the Albert, Nicholson and Leichhardt Rivers around Burketown. In 2015 it attracted 335 competitors and their families to the region. Unfortunately it was cancelled in 2016 due to regional floading.
Sweers Island Fishing Resort
Sweers is a purpose built fishing camp catering for keen fishing groups and families. The island is surrounded by acres of rock reef, with some coral, much of which has never seen a fishing line. You can fly-fish off the beach or troll from the boat. You’re welcome to visit for the day or stay as long as you wish.
Phone (07) 4748 5544 / Fax (07) 4748 5644 / International +61 7 4748 5544
Weather & Tides
Please note - actual times have the potential to change depending on weather conditions.
Burketown wharf tides are approximately 3.5 hours behind Karumba.
Albert River mouth tides are approximately 2 hours behind Karumba and the most reliable.
The "Qld Fishing" smartphone app provides anglers with up-to-date information on bag and size limits, as well as a guide to species identification and even a diary to record your catch. It is available to download for free and has helpful links to tide and weather information.
Apple: Qld Fishing app for Apple
Android: Qld Fishing app for Android