Barramundi|Lates calcarifer


Barramundi is also known as Barra, Silver Barramundi, Giant Perch, and Palmer Perch. Adult Barramundi have a bright silvery grey upper body colour whereas fish found in freshwater areas billabongs and impounds have a darker greenish bronze upper body progressing to silvery sides and belly area. Juveniles are mottled brown to dark brown with a distinctive white stripe from the dorsal fin to the snout often fragmenting to white dots or blotches. Most barramundi begin their lives as males and change to females as they become much larger. Barramundi can grow up to 60kg however most commonly caught up to 6kg.

Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia.

barramund lates calcarifer

Light tackle Medium Tackle and Heavy Tackle depending on your fishing situation

Poppers, Minnows, Soft Plastics, Saltwater fly, Jigs and chrome lures

Barramundi are mostly caught on variety of live baits including Mullet, Garfish, Herring, Prawns, Cherabin and Freshwater Yabbies

Sex Change

The barramundi is known to have a hermaphroditic life cycle. The fish are all born as males and remain so for the first few years of their life. Then. they change sex to become functional females in the larger sizes. To sustain a viable population, a complete cross—section of sizes is obviously needed. This sex change normally takes place at weights of between 5 and 8 kg, but certain populations of barra exhibit changes at much smaller weights. and sexually mature females as light as 2 kg have been recorded.

Great Allrounder

It’s hard to imagine a fish of greater appeal to fishos than the mighty barramundi. It grows to as much as 50 kg. though fish of more than 30 kg are extremely rare these days, and inhabits both estuarine and freshwater habitats. It is an excellent table fish. a predator which responds to many different types of lures and live baits yet remains a wary sporting opponent and is a fish of handsome appearance which leaps and fights and often escapes.

Barramundi Spawning

The adult fish move down into estuary mouths during the start of the monsoonal floods. where the eggs are released. juvenile fish then gradually move upstream, swimming against the flow of floodwaters and moving into tidal creeks. freshwater pools and billabongs as far as dams or waterfalls will allow. Some mature fish will also move upstream. but the majority at this time will be caught in the estuary. The juvenile barramundi uses these sheltered habitats in holes and freshwater swamps as nurseries in which to grow, pending the next season’s rains.

Stocked Barramundi Impounds

Location stockedCatchmentSpecies stockedNumber stocked
Theresa Creek DamFitzroyBarramundi1500
Charters Towers WeirBurdekinBarramundi10101
Fitzroy River BarrageFitzroyBarramundi10000
Payards LagoonBurdekinBarramundi250
Hutchinga LagoonBurdekinBarramundi250
Favero's LagoonBurdekinBarramundi250
Dicks Bank LagoonBurdekinBarramundi250
Churches LagoonBurdekinBarramundi250
Gorizzia's LagoonBurdekinBarramundi250
Herbert RiverHerbetBarramundi8741
Gleeson WeirTownsvilleBarramundi613
Marian WeirPioneerBarramundi1000
Charters Towers WeirBurdekinBarramundi13500
Burdekin Dam/Lake DalrympleBurdekinBarramundi5000
Kinchant DamPioneerBarramundi400
Peter Faust DamWhitsundaysBarramundi3000
Burdekin Dam/Lake DalrympleBurdekinBarramundi5032
Peter Faust DamWhitsundaysBarramundi3200
Charters Towers WeirBurdekinBarramundi2900
Dicks Bank LagoonBurdekinBarramundi150
Teemburra DamPioneerBarramundi5000
Norman RiverGulfBarramundi232
Peter Faust DamWhitsundaysBarramundi3000
Black WeirTownsvilleBarramundi836
Koombooloomba DamTullyBarramundi3000
Theresa Creek DamFitzroyBarramundi625
Tinaroo DamBarronBarramundi4000
Lenthalls Dam (Lake Lenthall)MaryBarramundi5500
Fred Haigh DamKolanBarramundi83000
Lenthalls Dam (Lake Lenthall)MaryBarramundi15000
Fred Haigh DamKolanBarramundi17820
Callide DamFitzroyBarramundi7000
Callide DamFitzroyBarramundi4000
Koombooloomba DamTullyBarramundi1150
Claude Wharton WeirBurnettBarramundi4000
Kinchant DamPioneerBarramundi13037
Fairbairn DamFitzroyBarramundi60750
Teemburra DamPioneerBarramundi2260
Teemburra DamPioneerBarramundi7662
Norman RiverGulfBarramundi3000
Lake BelmoreGulfBarramundi1500
Black WeirTownsvilleBarramundi450
Koombooloomba DamTullyBarramundi3300
Lake Fred TrittonGulfBarramundi201
Churches LagoonBurdekinBarramundi650
Churches LagoonBurdekinBarramundi650
Favero's LagoonBurdekinBarramundi650
Hutchinga LagoonBurdekinBarramundi500
Payards LagoonBurdekinBarramundi500
Eungella DamBurdekinBarramundi13544
Kinchant DamPioneerBarramundi1255
Burdekin Dam/Lake DalrympleBurdekinBarramundi8935
Burdekin Dam/Lake DalrympleBurdekinBarramundi600
Charters Towers WeirBurdekinBarramundi9340
Peter Faust DamWhitsundaysBarramundi3000
Peter Faust DamWhitsundaysBarramundi3000
Payards LagoonBurdekinBarramundi2280
Gorizzia's LagoonBurdekinBarramundi2280
Favero's LagoonBurdekinBarramundi2280
Dicks Bank LagoonBurdekinBarramundi2280
Teemburra DamPioneerBarramundi12028
Black WeirTownsvilleBarramundi1270
Theresa Creek DamFitzroyBarramundi5000
Theresa Creek DamFitzroyBarramundi550
Bowen River WeirBurdekinBarramundi21818
Fred Haigh Dam (Lake Monduran)KolanBarramundi80000
Lake CallemondahGladstoneBarramundi3000
Callide DamFitzroyBarramundi15600
Bedford WeirFitzroyBarramundi25280
Norman RiverGulfBarramundi31000
Mulgrave RiverMulgrave-RussellBarramundi500
Barron RiverBarronBarramundi500
Russell RiverMulgrave-RussellBarramundi500
Trinity InletBarronBarramundi500
Pioneer RiverPioneerBarramundi714
Lake BelmoreGulfBarramundi11800
Albert River (Gulf)GulfBarramundi10000
Lower Fitzroy RiverFitzroyBarramundi5000
Lower Fitzroy RiverFitzroyBarramundi4300
Burdekin Dam/Lake DalrympleBurdekinBarramundi4710
Burdekin Dam/Lake DalrympleBurdekinBarramundi100
Koombooloomba DamTullyBarramundi410
Koombooloomba DamTullyBarramundi1655
Fairbairn DamFitzroyBarramundi34000

Australian Barramundi – Size and Bag Limts

Please Note:
Bag limits, minimum and maximum lengths are subject to change and review by your State Fisheries Department.
  • minimum size: 58 cm
  • maximum size 120 cm
  • possession limit: 5 (or 1 during closed season for some stocked impoundments – see Closed seasons – fresh waters for details)


Throughout the Queensland east coast a closed season applies to barramundi from midday 1 November to midday 1 February, except in and from waterways upstream of Awoonga, Burdekin Falls, Callide, Eungella, Fairbairn, Fred Haigh (Lake Monduran), Kinchant, Koombooloomba, Lenthalls, Peter Faust, Teemburra, Tinaroo and Wuruma dams.

The Gulf of Carpentaria closed season for barramundi is from midday 7 October to midday 1 February (possession on boats allowed to midday 17 October).

These closures do not apply in East Leichhardt Dam and Belmore, Corella, Julius, Fred Tritton and Moondarra lakes, and to waterways upstream of these impoundments.

A take and possession limit of one barramundi applies during the closed season in all of the 18 lakes and dams mentioned above. The barramundi may be greater than 120 cm. Recreational fishers may continue to fish in the 18 dams and lakes once they have reached their limit of one barramundi.

Outside of the closed season, in the 18 dams and lakes mentioned above, a take and possession limit of five applies to barramundi that may include one barramundi greater than 120 cm.

It is also prohibited to deliberately target barramundi for catch and release during these closed seasons, as the stress of capture may prevent fish from spawning.

Closed Seasons Freshwater

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