Ultimate Guide to Fishing in Darwin, NT

Darwin is recognised as one of the fishing meccas of the world with keen anglers flying in from all over the globe to catch that fish of a life time!

Barramundi clearing the water when Helifishing
A healthy Barramundi caught in a local creek

Fishing spots in Darwin

There a several fishing spots in Darwin to consider. Below is a map along with a list of Darwin fishing spots that are worth checking out:

Map of where to fish at Darwin
  • Golden Sands
  • Mandorah
  • Channel Island
  • Elizabeth River Bridge
  • Stokes Hill Wharf
  • East Point Rocks
  • Ludmilla Creek
  • Rapid Creek
  • Lee Point
  • Micket Creek
  • King Creek

Fishing spots surrounding Darwin

If you’re looking for fishing spots outside of Darwin then below are a number of popular spots. Most of these locations are in remote areas of the Northern Territory so you may like to consider a Darwin Fishing Charter operator to take you there.

  • Daly River
  • Adelaide River
  • South Alligator River
  • The Roper River
  • Dundee
  • Corroboree Billabong
  • Shady Camp
  • Vernon Islands
  • Finnis River
  • Leaders Creek

What fish can you catch in Darwin?

There are a number of great species that you can catch in and around Darwin. Some of the most commonly caught species include:

  • Barramundi
  • Jewfish
  • Milkfish
  • Tarpon
  • Threadfin Salmon
  • Queenfish
  • Mangrove Jack
  • Saratoga
  • Trevally

Can you catch mud crabs in Darwin?

Yes, you certainly can! Darwin is prime mud crab land with muddies up for catch in numerous places in and around Darwin. If you are keen to catch a mud crab in Darwin then you want to focus around the coastal flats near creek mouths, estuaries and rivers.

Remember though, where there are muddies in the Northern Territory it’s likely that crocodiles are also occupying the same waters so also be croc aware!

For more information of catching mud crabs in the NT check out this fisheries guide.

Darwin Fishing Charters

Darwin has some of the most remote and healthiest ocean and freshwater ecosystems around, producing some of the best fishing you’ll find in Australia. With this in mind there are numerous well experienced fishing charters in Darwin that can put you onto the fish.

Tarpon caught when fishing with Helifish
A Tarpon caught with Helifish adventures

Check out our Darwin Fishing Charters page for a list of fishing charter operators in the area. Or alternatively if you want a fishing experience of a lifetime, be sure to check out our Darwin Helifishing Charters page.

Darwin Fishing Tackle Stores

There are a number of great fishing tackle stores in and around Darwin. Here are some that are worth checking out:

Do you need a fishing licence in Darwin?

No, unlike other states you do not need a recreational licence for fishing or for boating, however there are certain recreational boat laws you must follow. For more information on recreational rules and regulations in the Nothern Territory check out the links below.

Fishing Licences

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