Outback Barra at Lake Moondarra
  |  First Published: July 2010

The most prestigious and exciting freshwater fishing event in northwest Queensland is back once again with three days of non-stop fishing action.

The 2010 Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic will be held from 6pm Friday 29 October to Sunday 31 October at Lake Moondarra, located 15km north of Mount Isa.

Hosted by the Mount Isa Fish Stocking Group, this year will see a record prize pool, including a whopping $25,000 up for grabs for the lucky angler who snags the tagged barra. Best of all proceeds from the event go towards the restocking of the local water ways and conservation efforts.

Lake Moondarra has been stocked with over 30,000 barra fingerlings that have grown now out past legal size, we expect record numbers caught.

The weather has been perfect this year and the lake levels will be spot on, so there has never been a better time for barra fishing in the Outback.

The event is now in its 11th year and we have really boosted the program with the addition of a number of community ran activities as well as old favourites including:

Celebrity Guests Andrew ‘ET’ Ettingshausen and Michael Guest getting amongst the crowd filming their hit TV Show Escape with ET;

The ART Yamaha Supertank part of the Australian Travelling Fishing Show, the biggest and best portable interactive show in Australia that features a 21m long, 5m high glass fish tank with live fish.

Regular shows conducted over the weekend including information on 4WD off road safety, boat safety, knife sharpening, motor maintenance, holiday destinations and lure fishing;

The Huddys Mining Services Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday night;

The all new Mount Isa Chamber of Commerce Dragon Boat Regatta on Saturday afternoon at Transport Bay, featuring locals and visitors competing for bragging rights and a massive prize pool in their one of a kind, homemade boats;

The Buffs Club beach volleyball competition overlooking the shores of Transport Bay;

Yabbie races;

Casting competitions;

Live entertainment;

Activities for the kids;

Trade exhibits;

Food, drink and bar facilities.

And best of all three days of non-stop fun for all the family.


The 2010 Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic will be held at Black Rock, Lake Moondarra, 15km north of Mount Isa.

Mount Isa is 200km from the Northern Territory border and 1,829km from Brisbane. The nearest major city, Townsville, is 883km away.

But don’t despair, you don’t have to drive for days to get here, Mt Isa can be accessed by direct flights from Brisbane, Townsville, Cairns, Darwin and the Gold Coast.

Mount Isa has undergone a transformation in recent years. Once know as being a rough and ready mining town, it now boasts a metropolitan feel with trendy bars, coffee houses and boutique shops. Best of all the small town community spirit lives on through a force of dedicated locals who organise events such as the famous Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic and Isa Rodeo.


Mount Isa has a wide variety of accommodation available ranging from 4.5 star hotels to motels, caravan parks and backpacker hostels.

During the competition overnight camping is permitted within specific areas of Lake Moondarra.


Nomination forms are available in person at supporting businesses and at the event from 12 noon Friday 29 October.

Price of entry is $25 for adults and $10 for juniors (15-years-old and under).

As mentioned there is a $25,000 prize up for grabs for the angler who catches the tagged barra, plus thousands of dollars in Prizes, Trophies and Cash up for grabs

There is also a lucky nomination prize of return airfares for two flying Skytrans from Isa to Cairns, three nights twin share accommodation at the Discovery Cairns and a Green Island adventure day trip for two, thanks to Parker Travel.

For a full list of the Classic’s categories see the fact box. – MIFSG


Event Categories

Junior Male and Female Secret Weight Winner and Runner Up

Senior Male and Female Secret Weight Winner and Runner Up

Mystery Weight Archer Fish

Mystery Weight Barra

Mystery Weight Catfish

Mystery Weight Longtom

Mystery Weight Sleepy Cod

Mystery Weight Sooty Grunter

Junior and Senior Overall Mystery Weights

Heaviest Archer Fish Heaviest Catfish

Heaviest Longtom

Heaviest Sleepy Cod

Heaviest Sooty Grunter and Runner up

Heaviest Barra and Runner up

Heaviest Perch (Junior only)

Champion Junior Yabbie Catcher

Family Prize

Champion Junior and Senior Anglers

Lucky Junior and Senior Nominations

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