Macleay River is rated
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Macleay River is situated between Sydney and Brisbane, it is around 5
hours drive either way. Its water source is in the New England Plateau. The river offers great opportunity to fish along
its numerous access points including bridges, crossings and public
reserves. Anglers can use a canoe or small boat to explore the area.
Almost all areas of the river has good fish, but catching them
depends on the distance and the prevailing conditions. Starting at
Georges Junction to Kempsey, you may paddle your boat and enjoy fishing.
Land based angling is possible in a few spots, but the terrain can be
The river is full of trout, but they appear fatal during fall season.
The temperature is too warm to support them. Fishermen who are planning
to catch trout during fall season may have gone empty handed.
Georges Junction to Drummers Flat
The junction of Georges Creek and the Macleay River is a spectacular
spot. There is some good fishing upstream down to Helenwood or Camerons
Camerons Flat to Blackbird Flat
The area is accessible through its newly graded road about 100 metres
past the Carrols Creek. Camping is permitted in the area, and some good
launching site is just across the river stones. The run down to
Blackbird Flat have some good fish, specifically at the bottom two
Blackbird Flat to Drummers Flat
The area offers good location for an overnight camp. Facilities include
picnic shed, water, fireplace and toilets.
Drummers Flat to Devil's Hook
The big pool at drummers flat holds plenty of good fish. Fishing in the
area is more productive during night time.
Drummers Flat to Pee Dee
Paddling downstream is about 16 km to Pee Dee. The long pool here offers
Pee Dee to Bellbrook
This is where locals and visitors regularly fish. The run is fairly long
with shallow stretches in it. The big pools here have some good fish.
Bellbrook to Devil's Nook Bridge
Bellbrook made a significant reputation when it comes to fishing in
Australia. One of Australia's first commercial fishing lures, the
Bellbrook Wobbler, was developed in this area. The rest of the run down
to the Nook has some good water and good quality fish.
Devil's Nook Bridge to Toorooka
The area is located 45.5 km from Kemsey, along the Armidale road there
is a river access on the left and about 16 km paddle down to Toorooka
bridge. The area produces good quality fish.
Toorooka to Temagog
It's a 13 km run of paddle and fish but it does have some spectacular
pools that produces good numbers of fish.
Temagog to Turners Flat
Its about 23.5 km from Kempsey and only a couple of kilometres down the
river. Paddling through the Turners Flat is relatively easy, the first
two holes normally don't produce many large fish but the rest of the run
is quite productive.
Turners Flat to Sherwood Bridge
The area is 16.3 km from Kempsey and has a little side ramp from the
bridge for launching boats. There is some productive water along the way
particularly in the walled pools below Skillion Flat.
Sherwood Bridge to Kempsey
The area is located below Belgrave Falls which is an easy half day trip.
The pool along the area holds a number of good quality fish. The
distance between Sherwood Bridge to Kempsey is about 14 km. The area
consistently produce good quality fish. It has excellent launching ramp
after the river on the Pacific Highway.