Fishing Spot Close To Canberra


With the Australian Capital Territory located far away from the coast, it might seem that fishing won’t be a popular activity in the region. In actuality, the state is very much angler-friendly. There are a lot of world-class fisheries located close to the capital, Canberra, and they’re consistently filled with a variety of fish species. Read on to discover some of my favourite fishing spots in Canberra.


Lake Burley Griffin is located right in the heart of Canberra. The artificial lake has a 40-km shoreline so you can choose from a lot of different locations. However, the most popular spots are Blue Gum Point, Black Mountain Peninsula, Blundell’s Cottage, Yarralumla Bay and Weston Park.

Lake Burley Griffin is suitable for year-round fishing. Aside from shore-based fishing, you can launch your boat at the ramp in Black Mountain Peninsula and fish in deeper waters. You can also use a kayak to access the hard-to-reach pockets of the lake. You’ll be able to catch Carp, Golden Perch, Murray Cod, Trout and Redfin.


Lake Ginninderra is another artificial fed by Ginninderra Creek. It’s about 15 minutes from the capital. The urban lake is a popular fishing destination in the Canberra metropolitan area. There are two fishing jetties — one is located on the western shore while the other can be found near the southern part. Fish species found in the water include Golden Perch, Redfin, Murray Cod and Carp.


Similar to Lake Burley Griffin and Lake Ginninderra, Lake Tuggeranong is a man-made waterway. It’s about half an hour away from Canberra. You can fish from the shore or on a non-motorised boat. I believe electric motors are allowed but check with the authorities. In this urban lake, anglers will be able to catch Golden Perch, Redfin, Murray Cod and Carp.


Yerrabi Pond is located in Gungahlin. It’s about half an hour away from Canberra. Anglers can choose to fish on the dam wall or while riding a kayak. You’ll be able to catch Golden Perch, Redfin, Murray Cod and Carp, among other fish species.


The Murrumbidgee River begins in Kosciuszko National Park and flows all the way to the Murray River in New South Wales. About 66km of its 1,600-km length traverses the Australian Capital Territory.

The Murrumbidgee River Corridor has a number of the best river fishing spots in Canberra. You’ll be able to catch Golden Perch, Redfin, Murray Cod and Carp, among other species.

Since the river is filled with heavy structure, you can reach more fishing spots on a kayak. However, anglers should be careful as there are strong rapids and snakes in the water.

These five fishing spots in Canberra are just some of my favourite fishing destinations in the Australian Capital Territory. Even though it’s far from the coast, fishing is always action-packed. If you live in the region, you always have these nearby fishing spots for a quick weekend expedition. If not, you can always make my favourite fishing spots in Canberra as a multi-destination fishing trip.



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Robert M Davies
Robert M Davies

Robert passed the "Obsessed With Fishing Test" with flying colours. Instead of talking, Robert has turned his hand to writing about his experience in fishing all around Australia.