Tilapia Tournament

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Tilapia Tournament

A fun and free competitive event to remove the invasive fish species from the Warrina Lakes waterways. Tilapia are considered a pest as they outbreed out local native species and dirty up the waters which make it harder for other species to co-exist.

The wildly popular event is on again from Wednesday 20 September to Saturday 23 September with fishing permitted weekdays 8:00am – 3:00pm and a last day fishing Tilapia Tackler event 8:00am – 10:00am on Saturday. 

Tilapia Tournament 2023

  • Starting Wednesday 20 September from 8:00am to 3:00pm 
  • Last Day Tilapia Tackler Fishing Event on Saturday 23 September from 8:00am to 10:00am
  • Winners will be presented on Saturday from 11am
  •  Warrina Lakes, Innisfail
  •  FREE registration


Tilapia Tournament Rules

  • Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • All participants must be registered.
  • Fishing may only take place 8:00am to 3:00pm, Wednesday 20 to Friday 22 and Saturday 23 September between 8:00am to 10:00am.
  • No dogs, alcohol or inappropriate behaviour will be tolerated.
  • No spearguns or nets allowed.
  • Fishing hooks and other waste should be disposed of appropriately.
  • Captured tilapia must be measured and recorded at the measuring station before disposing in the bins provided.
  • Under no circumstance is anyone to take fish carcasses off the premises.
  • Warrina lakes is also home to turtles, eels and other fish.  Should you accidentally catch anything other than tilapia you must return it to the lake as safely as possible.
  • Please also take care of our bird life including geese, ducks and ibis' by not leaving hooks and fishing lines on the ground.

Council will be monitoring the event - any participants in breach of these rules will be asked to leave.