Fishing On Kangaroo Island

King George whiting are the best table fish in Australia

Kangaroo Island offers some of the best fishing anywhere is South Australia. At the top of the list is are our famous "kidney slapping" King George Whiting, arguably the finest table fish in the country. There are many great spots around the island to wet a line and try your luck and the main locations are shown below. Kangaroo Island has a number of fishing charter businesses. KI Fishing Charters offers private fishing charters for sea dragon Lodge guests. Fishing gear can be rented from Sea Dragon Lodge or the KI Tourist Information Centre in Penneshaw and bait can be purchased from most petrol stations on the island.

If you are coming to Kangaroo Island and are a keen fisherman, why not stay at Sea Dragon Lodge and fish beautiful Pink Bay. Bring your catch back to the Lodge and enjoy fresh fish out on the deck accompanied by a local KI white wine. Sashimi style "tommies or salmon" or beer battered King George Whiting are just a few popular Sea Dragon seafood delights. Your host Steve has fished the waters of Kangaroo Island for the last 30 years and is happy to share his knowledge. Steve and several other locals with extensive local knowledge can be hired as a guide to help you land a great catch.

Filleting King George Whiting

If you are interested to learn how to fillet King George Whiting, then click on the following Video



FISHING ROD HIRE


KI Visitor Information Centre Penneshaw

Surf rods $16 per day & small rods $12 per day. Ph; 8553 1185 $50 refundable deposit per rod. Cash Only

Sea Dragon Lodge


Sea Dragon Lodge has small rods for hire for house guests only for $12 per day

KANGAROO ISLAND FISHING SPOTS


Pink Bay (Sea Dragon Lodge)

Shore: King George Whiting, Silver Whiting, Flathead, Salmon, Tommies, Mullet, Blue Throated Wrasse, Squid & occasionally Yellowtail Kingfish & various sharks.
Boat: King George Whiting, Silver Whiting, Snook, Salmon, Tommies, Garfish, Sand Crabs & Squid.
Jetty: King George Whiting, Flathead, Snook, Garfish, Tommies, Trevally, Salmon Trout, Mullet & Silver Drummer.
Breakwater: Salmon, Whiting, Tommies, School Sharks & occasionally Yellowtail Kingfish.
Shore: Mullet, Flathead & Salmon. Christmas Cove: Whiting, Squid, Flathead, Mullet, Trevally & Tommies.

Antechamber Bay


Boat: Snook, King George Whiting, Garfish, Tommies, Flathead, Mullet & Sweep.
Shore: Salmon, Squid, Flathead, Mullet, Tommies, King George Whiting & Trevally
Chapman River: Mullet & Bream

American/Baudin Beach: Boat Ramp


Boat: Whiting, Snook, Tommies, Red Mullet, Squid & Snapper.
Shore: Flathead, Squid & occasionally Dusky Morwong (strong fish).

Pennington Bay


Shore: Salmon, Shark’s & occasionally Tailor, Mulloway, Mullet, Tommies & Flathead.
Rocks: Sweep but only when the sea conditions are predictable.

American River


Boat: Whiting, Salmon Trout, Garfish, Snook, Tommies, Flathead & Sand Crabs.
Wharf: Whiting, Salmon Trout, Tommies, Garfish & Yellow Eye Mullet.

Point Morrison/Ballast Head


Boat: Whiting, Squid, Garfish, Snook, Sweep, Trevally, Yellowtail Kingfish, Salmon & occasionally Snapper.

Nepean Bay


Boat: Whiting, Squid, Tommies, Garfish, Snook & the occasional Snapper.

Kingscote/Bay of Shoals


Boat: Whiting, Garfish, Salmon Trout & Sand Crabs.
Shore: Whiting, Garfish, Tommies, Mullet, Flathead & Squid. Whiting, Snook, Tommies, Squid, Garfish, Trevally, Barracouta, Salmon Trout, Leatherjackets.

Emu Bay


Boat: Whiting, Snapper, Salmon, Snook & Squid. Best time for Whiting April to November. Snapper between April & June.
Jetty: Tommies, Garfish, Squid, Flathead & Salmon Trout.
Shore: Whiting, Flathead, Mullet & Snapper.

Stokes Bay: 4x4 drive boat ramp (caution needed)


Boat: Whiting, Nannygai, Swallowtail, Blue Morwong, Snook, Squid & Snapper.
Rocks: Sweep, Salmon, Whiting, Tommies, Trevally, Squid, Snapper & Flathead.
Shore: Mullet, Tommies, Salmon, Whiting & Trevally.

Snellings Beach: Beach launch


Shore & Rock: Salmon, Salmon Trout, Tommies, Mullet & Sharks.

Western River Cove


Boat: Whiting, Snapper, Snook, Squid, Nannygai, Blue Morwong, Trevally, Samson & occasionally Yellowtail Kingfish.
Shore: Salmon, Mullet, Tommies, Whiting, Trevally & occasionally Snapper.

West Bay


Boat: Snapper, Nannygai, Whiting, Blue Morwong, Swallowtail & Trevally.
Shore: Mullet, Tommies & occasional Whiting & Salmon.
Rocks: Sweep, Tommies, Garfish, Whiting, Trevally & Salmon.
River: Mullet & August to November Bream.

Hanson Bay


Shore: Tommies, Salmon Trout, School Sharks & occasionally Whiting. Bream in the river mouth.

Vivonne Bay


Beach: Salmon, Mullet, Tommies, Sharks, Flathead & Bream.
Jetty: Tommies, Whiting, Squid, Garfish & Trevally.
Point Ellen: Sweep, Salmon, Trevally & Tommies but extreme care must be taken because of the large swells.

D’Estrees Bay: Beach Launch


Boat: Whiting, Trevally, Tommies, Flathead, Salmon Trout, Snapper, Nannygai, Swallowtail Snook, Garfish, Squid & small sharks.
Shore: Whiting, Salmon, Trevally, Tommies, Flathead & Mullet. Beach also suitable for salt water fly fishing.

Rivers: Harriet & Eleanor


Shore: Bream

BEST BAITS TO USE


Here is a guide on some of the baits that have worked well for the Author at Kangaroo Island:

King George & Silver Whiting Cockles (or pippis), worms, squid
Flathead Soft Plastics,  small lures, live bait, large whitebait
Tommies & Trevally Pretty much anything!!
Australian Salmon Metal Lures, soft plastics, pilchards
Yellow Tail Kingfish Lures and Live bait
Snapper Small Whole Fresh Squid
Squid Prawn shaped jigs
Garfish Gents (Blowfly Maggots), Cockles
Sweep Cockles & Squid
Red Mullet Cockles & Squid