Top 30 Fishing Spots in Darwin Northern Territory Australia

Fishing in Darwin and around the northern territory is fantastic as some places you won’t see another human for hours or days even.  Pristine waters, billabongs and rivers and fish aplenty.  Life’s better with a boat but you can still catch fish without one and there are many jetties and wharves in the harbour and the city peninsula.  Remember to check the tides before you head out as these can affect fishing conditions and of course watch out for the crocs, sharks and jellyfish.

Most anglers are chasing the popular barramundi but there are many other varieties of fish to catch in the NT which are large and delicious so don’t limit yourself. 

Enjoy Darwin & NT fishing and don't forget to throw the little ones back in.  Fish for the future in Darwin, NT, Australia.  Here is a list of the top fishing spots in Darwin and NT surrounds and some of the fish you can catch at each of them.  

Top 30 Fishing Spots in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia:

  1. Shady Camp – Barramundi, threadfin, Spanish mackerel, grunters/black bream, queenfish, cod and mud crabs.
  2. The Peron Islands
  3. Finniss River
  4. Crab Claw Island
  5. Stokes Hill Wharf – Black jewfish
  6. Elizabeth River Bridge - Barra, mangrove jacks, trevally, bream, sharks and threadfin
  7. Channel Island Bridge
  8. Buffalo Creek – Barramundi, threadfin
  9. East Point Rocks – Queenies, threadfin salmon (blue), tuna, giant trevally, spanish mackerel and barramundi
  10. Lee Point – Barras, tuna, trevally, queenfish and mackerel
  11. Nightcliff Jetty
  12. Rapid Creek Footbridge – Barramundi,  bream  and some small queenies and trevally
  13. Hope Inlet – Dhufish/jewfish, barramundi and golden snapper/fingermark
  14. Mandorah Queen Ship Wreck – Cod and black dhufish
  15. King Creek – Barramundi
  16. Daly River – Barramundi
  17. Mary River, Corroboree Billabong – Barramundi and saratoga
  18. Tommycut Creek
  19. Sampan Creek
  20. Melville Island – Mud crab
  21. King Ash Bay - Barra, queenfish, shark, groper, threadfin and mangrove jack
  22. Lorella Springs
  23. Limmen Bight
  24. Roper River
  25. Darwin Wharf
  26. Fisherman’s Wharf – Barramundi
  27. Kakadu National Park Billabongs (Jim Jim, Mardugal, Home, Red Lily, Alligator and Leichhardt ) - Barra, saratoga and sooty grunter
  28. Milly Point Rocks – Queenfish
  29. Fanny Bay – Barramundi
  30. Mindil Beach – Barramundi

Top 21 Fish Caught in Darwin and the Northern Territory, Australia:

  1. Barramundi
  2. Saratoga
  3. Threadfin Salmon
  4. Black Jew Fish (dhufish)
  5. Mangrove Jack
  6. Top End Mud Crab
  7. Red Emperor
  8. Coral Trout
  9. Golden Snapper
  10. Blue Bone (Black Spot Tusk fish)
  11. Blue Lined Emperor(grassy sweetlip)
  12. Long Tail & Mack Tuna  
  13. Queenfish 
  14. Trevally (GT,Turrum ,Brassy and Bludger)            
  15. Mackerel (spanish and Grey)
  16. Marlin and Sailfish
  17. Cobia
  18. Cod
  19. Groper
  20. Pikey Bream
  21. Saddle-tail Snapper

Top 27 fish caught in Darwin, North Territory, Australia since 2010 according to one Darwin fisherman:  

Fish caught on lure in Darwin on the land from 2010 - 2015
Locations: Mindil Beach, Fannie Bay, East Point.





Blue Bone




Blue salmon


Cat fish


Flat head


Golden Cownose ray


Golden snapper


Lady fish


Long tom


Mangrove jack


Moses perch




Puffer fish


Queen fish


Red barracuda


Reef cod


Rock cod


Spanish flag


Sting ray


Stone fish


Sucking fish


Sweet lip













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