Fishing and Camping

Brewarrina is famous for its fishing.  Renowned as the ‘Fishing Capital of the West’, it’s a mecca for many fisherman throughout Australia, who return each year to enjoy its peaceful tranquillity and reap the rich rewards from fishing this bountiful section of river to catch Murray Cod, Yellowbelly, Black Bream and Catfish.  

Popular fishing spots include the Straight, Black Stump, Boomerang Island, Barwon Bridge Boat Ramp, 4-mile Camping Reserve and 6-mile Reserve up stream of Brewarrina. Locals suggest floating bait near snags or from the sloping bank and trying imitation frog lures for Yellowbelly. Fresh shrimp is excellent bait. Bait is available at Macdonald Rural CRT and the Friendly Grocer. To fish in NSW you need to have a Recreational Fishing License. 

There are some exemptions to having a fishing licence. If you are:

1. under the age of 18

2. an adult assisting a person under the age of 18 to take a fish using a single rod or to take prawns using a single dip or scoop net

2. a person fishing in a private dam with a surface area of two hectares or less

3. an Aboriginal person

4. the holder of a:

  • current Pensioner Concession Card issued by Centrelink
  • current Pensioner Concession Card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Commonwealth Department of Veterans' Affairs Gold Treatment Card endorsed "Totally and Permanently Incapacitated"(TPI)
  • Commonwealth Department of Veterans' Affairs Gold Treatment Card endorsed "Extreme Disablement Adjustment" (EDA)
  • letter from the Commonwealth Department of Veterans' Affairs stating that the person receive a disability pension of 70 per cent or higher, or an intermediate pension.

NSW Recreational Fishing Licences are available online. Fees are as follows:

  • 3 days : $7
  • 1 month: $14
  • 1 year: $35*
  • 3 years: $85

CLICK HERE to purchase a fishing licence online

Contact Details

Brewarrina Visitor Information and Exhibition Centre
Phone: 02 6830 5152
vic@brewarrina.nsw.gov.au