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1 Jan 2017

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.

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 or 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.

Venus Bay, Eyre Peninsula

Fishing at City beaches

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.

Salmon Fishing

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.

 Mount Camel Beach, Eyre Peninsula

Fishing on the Eyre Peninsula 

For rough surf and big fish, head to the west coast of Eyre Peninsula - the commercial fishing hub of South Australia. Catch Australian salmon at Locks Well beach near Elliston on the Eyre 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.

River Shack Rentals: Caurnamont, Riverland


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.

The legendary Murray cod is a protected species and must be returned to the water. Refer to the Primary Industries and Regions SA's (PIRSA) website for more information.

Fish responsibly and safely

When fishing in South Australia, be aware of protected species, marine park sanctuary zones, minimum sizes, bag limits and licences. There are penalties if you break the law.

It is important to remember that bag and size limits apply to most fish species caught in South Australian waters. Some fish also have closed seasons and others are completely protected. The limits vary, so it is important to make sure you are well aware of what you can catch and how much of it you can take home.

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.

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.

For the most up to date weather and tide times visit the Bureau of Meteorology.