Size and Possession Limits

The Burke Shire is renowned as a destination for recreational fishers. Along with the iconic Barramundi, there are many other fish species, crabs and prawns that are found in our creeks and rivers as well as the waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

As size and possession limits are subject to change under Queensland law, the Burke Shire recommends for consistently accurate information you refer to the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website - Recreational Fishing Rules 

Throughout the Queensland east coast and the Gulf of Carpenteria a closed season applies to barramundi - please refer to the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website - Seasonal Closures


Download the Queensland Recreational Fishing App

Have instant access to Queensland’s fishing rules anytime and anywhere. The Queensland Recreational Fishing App provides up-to-date information on recreational fishing rules and regulations in Queensland, including size and possession limits, species identification, closed seasons, closed water and stocked impoundment maps, angler diary, and access to tide and weather information.

Fishing rules at your fingertips – download the free Qld Fishing 2.0 app via the App Store or Google Play.

More information regarding recreational fishing can be found at Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries


Important Information About Barramundi

Throughout the Gulf of Carpentaria and adjoining waterways west and south of the intersection of longitude 142°09'E with the shore at high tide, a closed season applies to barramundi.

  • Queensland east coastbarramundi closed season – 1 November to 31 January
  • Gulf of Carpentariabarramundi closed season – 7 October to 31 January
  • You can’t target barramundi for catch and release during these closed seasons, as the stress of capture may prevent a fish from spawning.


The World Barramundi Fishing Championships

Every year on the Easter long weekend (weather and roads permitting), Burketown hosts the World Barramundi Fishing Championships.