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.
Further information can be accessed on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park website.
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|
|2014||21 Oct – 25 Oct||19 Nov – 23 Nov|
|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|
Most fisherman find that lures towed behind the boat or dinghy are easy to manage and are mostly successful in the Whitsunday waters. You are welcome to bring your own fishing gear or you can rent spinning reels and rods from Whitsunday Escape.
All of Whitsunday Escape’s fleet are fitted with rod holders for your fishing enjoyment. 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. Catch the big one whilst fishing on your charter boat in the Whitsundays. Whitsunday Escape hires:
- quality spinning reels with 30lb breaking line
- sturdy boat rods
- fully equipped tackle boxes
Local Fishing Stores