Impoundment Barramundi Australia

Impoundment Barramundi Australia

What's an impoundment fishery?

Impoundments are 'put, grow and take' fisheries, stocked with native fish specifically for recreational fishing. They provide a sustainable fishing option that reduces the fishing pressure on wild fish stocks.


There are more than 60 impoundments (dams and weirs) in Queensland that require a Stocked Impoundment Permit to fish with a line. You can purchase your permit directly from Queensland Australia Post outlets.



Catching impoundment Barra:

Impoundment Barramundi have behavioural characteristics which have baffled the most seasoned of anglers. Balls of muscle, scales and slime, the first run of an angry dam Barra is intense and exciting - they will take off hard and fast, heading for structure or deep water!

Fishing impoundments Australia:

Of all the impoundments in Queensland to choose from, these are a few of my tried and tested go-to's:

Awoonga Dam, Queensland:

Awoonga Dam offers a unique fishing experience, having been stocked with over 6 million Barramundi, including 1 million in the last year alone, with plans to release 1.2 million fingerlings every year!


It's a place of majestic scenery, with its very own ecosystem, including 100's of species of Birds, Kangaroos, Wallabies and wild Brumbies grazing on the grasslands. You can really feel the serenity here! The dam's calm waters and abundant fish population make it an ideal spot for both novice and seasoned anglers.


Optimize your chances of a successful catch with experienced local charter:

Lake Monduran, Queensland:

Home to the 2010 world record catch, which tipped the scales at 44.6kg (98.32pounds), you are guaranteed to have a whale of a time trying to land the next world record breaker. Lake Monduran covers approximately 5,340 hectares and when full has an average depth of 11.0 m creating the perfect conditions for Barras.

If you're after guaranteed success, hook up with experienced local charter operator, Rob from Lake Monduran Guidelines Fishing Charters



Lake Tinaroo, Queensland:

Lake Tinaroo is a huge lake inland from Cairns, stocked with both barramundi and sooty grunter (black bream). Phenomenal growth rates from these fish have been observed and the famous Barra Bash is held here each year around November.



Check out these videos for tips, tricks and loads of BIG Barramundi action at Lake Tinaroo:




Fishing Gear to catch impoundment Barra:


Catching barramundi demands specific fishing gear and techniques tailored to the Australian waters. Here's a breakdown of what you'll need for a successful barramundi fishing expedition:


Rod and Reel: Opt for a medium to heavy-action rod paired with a reliable baitcasting reel. This setup provides the strength needed to handle the barramundi's powerful strikes and acrobatic leaps.

ATC Combat 200plus

Blade n Tails Baitcaster Rod


Fishing Line: Use braided or monofilament fishing line with a test strength ranging from 20 to 40 pounds. Barramundi are known for their sharp gill plates, so a robust line is essential to prevent break-offs during the fight.


Lures and Baits: Barramundi are opportunistic feeders, and they can be enticed with a variety of lures and baits. Popular choices include soft plastics, diving lures, and surface poppers. Live baits like mullet or prawns are also effective, especially when fishing in estuarine environments.






Techniques: Barramundi are often found near structure, such as submerged snags, rock bars, and mangrove-lined shorelines. Cast your lures or baits near these structures and use a twitching or jerking retrieve to mimic injured prey. Patience is key – barramundi are known to strike suddenly, so be prepared for an adrenaline-pumping battle.



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