Recreational fishing is permitted at most of the Whitsunday islands and no licence is required to fish in the marine waters of Queensland. However, we are governed by zoning regulations which apply to Great Barrier Reef waters.



Fishing Closures

Fishing closures for spawning aggregation apply for all coral reef fin fish species found on the Great Barrier Reef. During this time, fishing for certain species of reef fish is prohibited and hefty fines apply.

Fishing for game fish species is still permitted during these periods. Before fishing for any coral reef fin fish species, visit the Queensland Department of Primary Industries fishing website to find out more information.

Year Fishing Closure 1 Fishing Closure 2
2015 10 Oct – 14 Oct 09 Nov – 13 Nov
2016 28 Oct – 01 Nov 26 Nov – 30 Nov
2017 17 Oct – 21 Oct 15 Nov – 19 Nov
2018 06 Oct – 10 Oct 05 Nov – 09 Nov

charter boat fishing whilst sailing with Whitsunday Escape

Fishing Gear

Most fisherman find that lures towed behind the boat or dinghy are easy to manage and are mostly successful in the Whitsunday waters. All of Whitsunday Escape’s fleet are fitted with rod holders for your fishing enjoyment.

You are welcome to bring your own fishing gear or you can rent spinning reels and rods from Whitsunday Escape.



Spear Fishing

Spear fishing is only permitted in a very small part of the Whitsundays (outside the public appreciation boundary) details are on the zoning map.

It would not be worth bringing spear guns as the visibility in the small permitted area is usually poor. 

Fishing with Whitsunday Escape