Rivers & Streams

Fishing rivers and streams of the Central Tablelands can be challenging at times and a bonanza at others.  This part of the website has been designed to give you general information about different fishing locations, including tips on where and when to fish and what fishing methods often work well in each areas.

We must stress that the information in this section should not be taken as a rule book of how you must fish. On its day, just about any method can work. You should use the fishing methods that you are comfortable with, but if they don’t work try some of the tips, tricks and methods you find here.

You should always check if it is ok to access a fishing spots with the land manager before you fish and ensure the method you want to use is permitted. For example some streams are fly & lure waters only.

In some years drought means many rivers flow at a trickle or dry up for extended periods, fish numbers may plummet as a result. However around the larger water storages and in some of the more remote sections of river good fishing can still be had in dry times.

Some of the best streams in the region are remote and difficult to access. Only go to remote areas if you have the skills, fitness and experience to get you home safely. When fishing in remote areas make sure you have appropriate communications equipment such as a Sat Phone or EPIRB (if there is no mobile coverage) and always carry a first aid kit. Never fish alone.

You can always join a club or hire a guide if you are not sure what to do and where to go.

Before your trip check the weather forecast. Temperatures go up and down rapidly on the Central Tablelands so make sure you have warm clothing (e.g. rain shell, thermals and beanie) in case it gets cold. Sun protection is recommended  all year round (e.g. hat, sunscreen and polarised sunglasses).

Cox’s River
Fish River
Campbell’s River
Cudgegong River
Duckmaloi River
Abercrombie River
Macquarie River
Nepean River
Grose River
Colo River
Kowmung River
Turon River