Fall hook, line and sinker for these fishing spots and charters in South Australia.
Whether you’re experienced at fishing or a novice, South Australia’s popular holiday destinations double as great fishing spots. Ready to plan your next fishing holiday or include a fishing charter to your itinerary? Discover our guide to the best fishing spots in Adelaide and South Australia – and don’t let the big one get away!
TOP FISHING SPOTS
BRIGHTON JETTY, ADELAIDE
Known as Adelaide’s best metropolitan fishing jetty, Brighton’s a top spot for squid year-round, blue swimmer crabs in summer and King George whiting in winter – particularly from the jetty’s end. The jetty is located between two other popular spots at Glenelg and Seacliff.
LONG BEACH, LIMESTONE COAST
Just north of Kingston South-East – the gateway to Coorong National Park – is top surf fishing destination – Long Beach. Every January, the Kingston SE Surf Fishing Contest is held along this 100km stretch of sand, luring about 1500 keen anglers. The drive-on beach is home to mulloway, salmon and much more.
WHYALLA JETTY, EYRE PENINSULA
Whyalla’s unique, circular jetty on the Eyre Peninsula is an impressive structure is 315 metres long and lights up like a Christmas tree at night. Get set to catch the likes of tommy ruffs, garfish, whiting and squid. This jetty is also a great accessible option with six sliding sleeves on the top handrail.
THE DUSTHOLE AT DALY HEAD, YORKE PENINSULA
Wooden stairs lead down to the pristine Dusthole at Daly Head on the Yorke Peninsula. A 20 minute drive from Marion Bay, the beach offers several kilometres of surf fishing opportunities for salmon and mulloway fans. Those moving seaweed patches you see from the headland? They’re likely fish congregating!
SUGARS BEACH & THE MURRAY MOUTH, FLEURIEU PENINSULA
Sugars Beach on Hindmarsh Island offers views not only of the specky Murray Mouth – the point at which the River Murray meets the Southern Ocean – but the extensive sand dunes that are integral to the Coorong. Enjoy some Storm Boy-like magic wading ankle-deep into the water to cast a line. Get ready for salmon trout, mullet, mulloway, and bream and pack your sandshoes or wetsuit booties in case of mud crabs!
PORT RIVER, ADELAIDE
The Port is a cherished spot for local fishos, especially if you’re keen on bream and salmon trout. Other species caught at the tidal estuary include tommy ruffs, flounder, slimy mackerel and flathead. Toss a line from sites like Snowden Beach, Torrens Island wharf and Garden Island jetty.
TOP FISHING CHARTERS
PORT MACDONNELL FISHING CHARTERS, LIMESTONE COAST
Port MacDonnell is known for its rock lobsters and southern bluefin tuna. Fish for tuna with the Port MacDonnell Fishing Charters crew from February to September, and for lobster from October to May. Half-day charters and pelagic birdwatching tours are also on offer.
OCEAN TO PLATE TASTER, EYRE PENINSULA
This half-day cruise of Streaky Bay includes a visit to an oyster farm, sampling some of the Eyre Peninsula township’s finest produce. Haul your own crab pots, troll fish for snook, dive for razor fish, and collect your own oysters – straight from the farm.
PORT HUGHES FISHING CHARTERS, YORKE PENINSULA
Get out in the middle of the Yorke Peninsula's Spencer Gulf in around an hour with this charter, departing from the Port Hughes boat ramp. Head to some of the best spots for the big fish. Imagine whiting, snook, garfish and more.
REEL SCREAMER FISHING CHARTERS, YORKE PENINSULA
Soak up the awe-inspiring coastal scenery and long, white beaches at Point Turton on this charter, just a two and a-half hour drive from Adelaide. Hook yourself a prized King George whiting or a trophy snapper. Options range from a twilight trip to a full day’s fishing.
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Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) is responsible for the state’s fishing regulations. See PIRSA’s recreational fishing website for a searchable list of fishing limits and fish sizes. For the most up-to-date weather and tide times, head to the Bureau of Meteorology.