Australia's last frontier. When it comes to recreational fishing it would be difficult to argue otherwise. Like most top end fishing the Kimberley is the home of Australia's premiere sportfish the Barramundi. It's the fish that people dream of catching when visiting the Kimberley. Barramundi is the name given to the fish by the Aboriginal people meaning large scaled fish. Although the Barramundi does not rate high on the menu for Aboriginal people it is often depicted in stories and art throughout the Kimberley region.
In the vastness of the coast and the many rivers and estuaries here in the East Kimberley lie some of the best kept fishing secrets and some of the most scenic and most exciting fishing in the country. The Cambridge Gulf provides many opportunities for quality estuary fishing where Fingermark Bream, Threadfin Salmon, and Mangrove Jack, Mulloway along with the Barramundi are more sought after, and provides excellent eating qualities.
The Ord River since the construction of the dams now provides a constant flow on the waterway, which has increased the habitat for fish species, and allows fish such as the barramundi to migrate more freely in the upper river reaches. This provides a unique year round fishing environment for anglers.
In recent times local community have recognised the importance of preserving key angling species such as barramundi for the longer term. Through the establishment of a local recreational fishing advisory committee and in consultation with Fisheries WA,
Community has undertaken the necessary steps such as, increasing awareness and education, which will ensure the quality fishing experience we presently enjoy here in the Kimberley, is maintained for future generations.
The increase in the fishing participation rate and visitors to the region has meant that managing the fishery with a limited understanding is difficult, however should be on the side of caution.
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