Cod and groper are often caught at the wharf; salmon, mulloway, golden grunter, sharks and catfish are known to frequent the area. Mud crabs abound on most tides.
The King Sound
There are a number of small creeks north and south of the wharf that abound with mud crabs. These are accessible by dinghy (10ft or bigger). Other areas in the King Sound should only be travelled to in boats 16ft or bigger. All Marine and Harbours safety rules and guidelines should be strictly adhered to. Weather, tides and other local conditions are critical to any venturers into King Sound and it is incumbent upon all to avail themselves of all relevant information.
North of Derby
This track is for 4×4 vehicles only and should not be used during high tides (10 metres or above). It is about 50km from Derby on a very roundabout route. Detailed map is required.
North-East of Derby
About 40kms north east of Derby on the Gibb River Road. An attractive and popular spot. Cherrabun as well as some barra are caught here, mostly after the wet season while the pools have sufficient water.
South of Derby
This is the old unsealed road to Broome, about 75kms south of Derby. Cherrabun (fresh water prawns) abound here. This is private property. Seek permission from Yeeda Station.
This is on the same track as Langi Crossing. Distance about 80km from Derby. This is private property. Seek permission from Yeeda Station.
Also along the same track as Langi Crossing. Approx. 95kms from Derby. Detailed map is essential. This is private property.Seek permission from Yeeda Station.
Willare Bridge/Fitzroy River
Barra frequent here in the deep pools up and down the river. Cherabin are also caught here but are not as easy to catch due to the steeper banks and faster water flow.
The creeks and rivers that are listed above are the natural habitat of the potentially dangerous salt water crocodiles. Strictly no swimming. 4WD vehicles are recommended, and needed to get to most locations. Always obtain current advise including weather and tide information & detailed map and/or directions before heading to these locations. Except for the wharf all fishing locations involve unsealed tracks, often impassable in the wet season. Many are on private property and the permission of the landholder must be sort.
Gill netting in the rivers and estuaries of the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley is prohibited and substantial fines apply to offenders.
Precautions to Take
The West Kimberley area is remote. The following should be mandatory to anyone who intends to undertake a fishing trip.
- A reasonable supply of food & fuel.
- At least 10 litres of water per person (more if going on an extended fishing trip).
- Advise someone of your destination and the time you plan to return.
Ensure that you take your rubbish home with you. Most of the fishing areas are on Station Leases. It is important that when passing through gates you leave them as you find them. If open, leave open, if shut, close after entry. No shooting is allowed on these properties.
Fishing Licences are required in Western Australia if fishing from Boat.
Licences are also required for a throw net in the Kimberley. More information on fishing licences can be obtained from the Department of Fisheries Western Australia