Tinaroo Falls Dam was constructed in 1958 on Barron River. It holds 436 500 mega litres of water, has an average depth of 13 meters and has a surface area of 3360 hectares. The dam wall is mass gravity concrete construction that is 45 meters high, 533 meters long and 35 meters thick at the base. Lake Tinaroo extends 15kms upstream with a shoreline of approximately 210 km.
Fishing Lake Tinaroo
Fishing in Tinaroo Dam can be quite the experience either out in a boat or straight off the banks. Fishing species include: Barramundi, Sooty Grunter, Red Claw, Fork-Tailed Catfish, Tilapia, Archerfish, Mouth Almighty, Bony Bream, Silver Perch, Sleepy Cod and Mangrove Jack. Tilapia were illegally introduced into Lake Tinaroo and have established themselves. This pest species should be destroyed if caught. It is illegal to place them back into the lake once they have been caught. The main drawcards to Tinaroo Dam are the Sooty Grunter (in excess of 6 kg) and famous Barramundi (recorded to 45kg).
Use neutral colour lures for fresh water fishing. Lures ranging from 4-6” in size are good for targeting Barramundi and smaller lures for fish like Sooty Gunter and Mouth Almighty. Poppers have also proven effective and fishing in quiet sheltered bays is ideal. * A Stocked Impoundment Permit (SIP) is required to fish within Lake Tinaroo. These permits can be purchased online at the Queensland Government Fisheries website or from a Queensland Post Office, the closest being at the Kairi Store. You can choose either a yearly or weekly permit for the area and anyone under the age of 18 are free.
There are currently no boating restrictions with several concrete boat ramps available. The most commonly used is located only a few hundred metres from our park just off Lamb St. There is another boat ramp located at Blackgully.
Fish Size and Bag Limits
Size Min and Max
|Barramundi||58cm Min 120cm Max||Bag Limit of 5 per person|
|Sooty Grunter||28cm Min No Max||Bag Limit of 10 per person|
|Red Claw||No Min or Max Size||Max 4 pots per person||Please only take enough for 1 meal and throwback small and berried ones.|
|Fork-tail Catfish||35cm Min No Max||No Bag Limit||Please kill, as they are a pest.|
|Tilapia||No Min or Max Size||Illegal to Release||Illegal to Release. Kill and dispose of in rubbish bin.|
|Archerfish||No Min or Max Size||No Bag Limit||Excellent for live bait.|
|Mouth Almighty||No Min or Max Size||No Bag Limit||Excellent for live bait.|
|Silver Perch||30cm Min No Max||Bag limit of 5 per person|
|Bony Bream||No Min or Max Size||Bag limit of 20 per person|
|Mangrove Jack||35cm Min No Max||Bag limit of 5 per person|
Tinaroo Local Fishing Tips
Find a calm, quiet bay and trawl up and down the shallow banks. Try flicking your lures around fallen trees and snags. We recommend using non-rattling neutral colour lures for best results. For a bait option, live is definitely best.
(Minimum size limit 58cm, bag limit 5)
You most often find these fish near fallen logs and tree branches. For bait try using cheese, meat or lures. You will also need to use a 6kg line or heavier.
(Minimum size limit 28cm, bag limit 10)
These guys are found in most areas of the Dam. Good bait to use is prawns or squid.
(Bag limit 20)
Again, found in most areas of the Dam and can be caught using any type of bait or lures.
Found nearly everywhere! Especially in small creeks and at most times feeding on insects.
Most commonly caught. You will likely catch one with any type of bait in the shallows around fallen trees and branches.
(Minimum size limit 35cm, bag limit 5)
Red Claw Crayfish
We recommend using cooked potato, dog food, cat food or soap to set the pots. You can purchase Opera House pots from our office.
Please keep in mind females with eggs MUST be put back.
(Bag limit 40)