We catch them big in South Australia. Cast a line from a jetty or riverbank, take a boat out or join a charter to game fishing territory.
A long coastline
South Australia has 4,800 kilometres of coastline, along with lakes and the Murray River. South Australia boasts bountiful fishing from rocks, boats and beaches. With so many fishing spots to choose from, it just depends what type of fishing you prefer.
If you like big-game fishing, head to the Yorke Peninsula, Eyre Peninsula or Kangaroo Island and take a boat charter offshore. Fish from the riverbank in the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong region. South Australia is renowned for giant snapper. For shore-based anglers, there’s mulloway on the far west beaches past Ceduna, with metre-long fish a common catch.
Pack your lunch, take your tackle box and hit the road. There are plenty of places to cast a line along the coast.
City beaches and jetties
Brighton, Glenelg, Henley Beach and Semaphore jetties are less than 30 minutes from Adelaide
. Many anglers fish from the jetties for tommy ruff, salmon trout, mulloway, bream and squid.
Second Valley jetty is also a great spot for catching squid. It’s less than 50 minutes from the city centre and with McLaren Vale nearby, you’ll be tempted to stop and try some wine.
Head down to Victor Harbor and throw a line off the Causeway or Bluff jetties. There’s bream, garfish, whiting, mullet and flathead. Try beach or rock fishing at Waitpinga Beach. You may snag a salmon or two.
For rough surf and big fish, head to the west coast. Catch Australian salmon at Locks Well beach near Elliston on the Eyre Peninsula
. The Eyre Peninsula
is the commercial fishing hub of South Australia
and there’s a good reason for it.
Go fishing on the Eyre Peninsula and Yorke Peninsula
You will find mulloway, salmon trout, snook and King George whiting in the open water. Both the Eyre Peninsula
and Yorke Peninsula
are home to abalone, razor fish, scallops and southern rock lobsters. To get the most out of the Eyre Peninsula
, hire a boat or choose from one of the many fishing charters.
Crabbing is popular in the Yorke Peninsula
towns of Port Hughes, Moonta and Wallaroo. There are plenty of blue swimmer crabs between September and April. You will find some of the best jetty fishing in these towns. Expect good hauls of snapper, King George whiting, squid and flathead.
If you prefer freshwater fish, head to the Murray River. The most popular angling and eating fish is callop, also known as golden perch or yellow belly.
The famous Murray River
yabby is typically abundant from October to April, especially after high winter and spring flows. A good spot to try is Katarapko Creek in the Murray River National Park.
Catch and win
Put your fishing skills to the test. There are several annual fishing competitions in South Australia
throughout the year and you could be nicely rewarded for getting the catch of the day.
The Eyre Peninsula
is home to two fishing competitions - the Australian Snapper Championship held in Whyalla at Easter and the Australian Salmon Fishing Championship, which is held in Elliston between June and August each year.
The Beachport Lions Club Salmon Fishing Competition is another great event, held at the picturesque Beachport Salmon Hole during the July school holidays.
Primary Industries and Resources South Australia (PIRSA) is responsible for fishing regulations in South Australia. See PIRSA's recreational fishing website for a searchable list of fishing limits and fish sizes.
Download the SA Recreational Fishing Guide app for iPhone, Windows or Android.
Print a copy of the South Australian Recreational Fishing Size, Bag, Boat and Possession Limits brochure from PIRSA.
If you have questions about fishing bag limits and sizes or want to report any illegal fishing activities, contact the 24 hour Fishwatch number on 1800 065 522 for information on fishing rules and regulations.
See a list of South Australian fishing charters below
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