Just some of the long line-up of National celebrities who have attended the Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic including Escape with ET’s Andrew Ettinghausen and Creek to Coast’s Scott Hillier.

Mount Isa’s Fishing Classic a Community Affair

A sometimes unknown fact about one of outback Queensland’s most iconic annual events, the Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic, is it’s 100 percent a fundraising activity organised by a volunteer community organisation… an impressive undertaking considering its size and reputation.

Hosted consecutively since its debut in 1999, the annual three-day fishing and social event is co-ordinated by the Mount Isa Fish Stocking Group; an organisation dedicated to re-stocking the local waterways with permitted native recreation fish species including the iconic Gulf strain barramundi and sooty grunter. Growing from strength to strength over its history, the Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic is today renowned as one of the ‘must-do events” on the annual Outback Queensland events calendar; attracting hundreds of competitors and thousands of spectators to the city every year.
Also a ritual for many locals, the Moondarra Fishing Classic is a true community affair. Co-event manager George Fortune said: “Further supporting other not for profit local organisations and providing a promotional platform for the many supporting local and regional businesses.” To be staged in a little over two weeks’ time at Mount Isa’s picturesque Lake Moondarra, located just 15km north of the city, the 2015 Clancy Corporation Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic also forms part of the events tourism market for outback Queensland.

With entry for spectators just a nominal gold coin donation and a line-up of entertainment planned to include everything from beach volleyball and dragon boats to the Ausure Insurance and Finance Fireworks Spectacular, be sure to support the event that supports the community by heading along between Friday, October 23 and Sunday, October 25.


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