Million Dollar Fish in Darwin: Everything You Need To Know

With its abundant fish species and premier fishing spots, fishing is one of the most popular leisure activities in the Northern Territory. Beginner and expert anglers alike come from near and far to capture some of the best fish in the region such as snappers, trevallies, crabs, and of course, the elusive and stunning barramundi.

For barramundi in particular, because they are such a prized catch, Darwin holds a yearly competition called the Million Dollar Fish for those ambitious enough to try and catch one! With amazing prizes available, this competition draws quite a crowd every year.

Want to rise to the challenge of this barramundi fishing competition in Darwin? Here’s everything you need to know.


The Million Dollar Fish tournament in Darwin started in 2015 to increase tourism and appeal to fishing enthusiasts around the world, given that the Northern Territory is home to some of the most amazing fishing locations in Australia. Since then, the competition has grown into the richest fishing competition in the country that so many look forward to every year. As the competition has evolved, more prize-tagged fish are released in the five main fishing regions every year in Arnhem Land, Darwin, Kakadu, Katherine, and the Tiwi Islands for aspiring anglers to catch.

This fishing tournament is in its ninth year of operation, and there are now ten fish worth 1 million dollars that are up for grabs, as well as 100 prize-tagged barramundi worth 10,000 dollars. Be among one of the lucky winners of these prizes when you enter this amazing barramundi fishing competition in Darwin!

Million Dollar Fish registration

The ninth season of the Million Dollar Fish competition will run from 1st October 2023 until 31st March 2024. The registration period is from 1st September 2023 to 31st March 2024. If you wish to join the next seasons after, you must register again after each year.

Click here to register yourself as a participant. Please note that you must be 18 years old and above to enter.

Million Dollar Fish rules and regulations

To ensure a fair competition for all involved as well as a safe one for the fish and their habitat the rules for the Million Dollar Fish competition are as follows:

  • Only catch fish that have the official red Million Dollar Fish tags.
  • If you capture those with yellow or green tags, or those that have a tag that’s not a Million Dollar Fish tag, you must report it to the proper governing bodies.
    If you capture a fish with the red Million Dollar Fish tag, make sure you take the necessary pictures of the fish with the tag visible. Click here to find out the proper guidelines to taking your verification photos.
  • Contact the proper authorities for info verification and preserve the fish on ice for final verification.
  • There are currently ten barramundi with red million dollar prize tags active in the competition. Once you capture one, the other 9 will become 10,000 dollar fish if the season is still active, or will become inactive if the season is done. If the 10 fish remain uncaught, they will be eligible for capture in a bonus round during the off-season.
  • Any fish tagged with the million dollar prize tags will be active throughout the year. However, the 10,000 dollar fish won’t be active anymore as soon as the season ends.
  • Beyond the cash prizes, Million Dollar Fish Darwin is also giving away various prizes from the Lucky Prize Pool! Each registration is a raffle entry to our monthly draw, where you can win various prizes ranging from tours, flights, fishing gear, and more.

For more information about the verification and claiming process, as well as which parties to contact, check out the answers to your frequently asked questions here.

Has anyone caught the Million Dollar Fish?

While many 10,000 dollar fish have been caught over the years, the elusive million dollar barramundi remain uncaught even after several seasons. Once someone catches one of the ten, it’ll definitely be a moment to remember for the fishing community in Australia!

Try your luck at capturing the great million dollar barramundi at the Million Dollar Fish Darwin competition in the Northern Territory! And for more awesome activities and experiences in the Northern Territory, book an experience with us at Matt Wright Wild Territory.

We acknowledge and pay respect to the past, present, and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation; we are proud to work closely with the traditional owners of the Northern Territory and to honour their land and culture in everything we do.

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