Northern Territory Fishing

Fishing off Darwin's boat ramp © Ken Hodge

The Northern Territory is a sport fisherman's paradise, offering a vast range of fishing experiences on the inland billabongs, tidal rivers, mangrove-lined estuaries and in the clean and clear coastal waters. Particularly exciting are encounters with the barramundi, a predatory fighting fish found in the rivers and billabongs, renowned for its strong runs and high jumps. Among the prey in the ocean and Darwin harbour are black jewfish and snapper. There are plenty of fishing lodges and boat charters on offer, as well as guided fishing safaris.

There are good fishing opportunities in the Northern Territory year-round, but the year is divided into four distinct fishing seasons: the wet season, between January and mid-March, can be great for fishing, but the monsoonal storms are best avoided; the run-off season, between March and April, is the best time for barramundi fishing; the dry season, between May and September, is the peak bluewater fishing (game fishing) season; and the build-up season, between October and December, is also good for barramundi fishing.