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.
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 WhitingIf you are interested to learn how to fillet King George Whiting, then click on the following Video
FISHING ROD HIREKI Visitor Information Centre Penneshaw
Surf rods $16 per day & small rods $12 per day. Ph; 8553 1185 $50 refundable deposit per rod. Cash Only
KANGAROO ISLAND FISHING SPOTS
Fishing at Sea Dragon LodgePink 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, & Squid.
Breakwater: Salmon, Whiting, Tommies, School Sharks & occasionally Yellowtail Kingfish.
Shore: Mullet, Flathead & Salmon. Christmas Cove: Whiting, Squid, Flathead, Mullet, Trevally & Tommies.
Antechamber BayBoat: 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 RampBoat: Whiting, Snook, Tommies, Red Mullet, Squid & Snapper.
Shore: Flathead, Squid & occasionally Dusky Morwong (strong fish).
Pennington BayShore: Salmon, Shark’s & occasionally Tailor, Mulloway, Mullet, Tommies & Flathead.
Rocks: Sweep but only when the sea conditions are predictable.
Wharf: Whiting, Salmon Trout, Tommies, Garfish & Yellow Eye Mullet.
Point Morrison/Ballast HeadBoat: Whiting, Squid, Garfish, Snook, Sweep, Trevally, Yellowtail Kingfish, Salmon & occasionally Snapper.
Nepean BayBoat: Whiting, Squid, Tommies, Garfish, Snook & the occasional Snapper.
Kingscote/Bay of ShoalsBoat: Whiting, Garfish, Salmon Trout & Sand Crabs.
Shore: Whiting, Garfish, Tommies, Mullet, Flathead & Squid. Whiting, Snook, Tommies, Squid, Garfish, Trevally, Barracouta, Salmon Trout, Leatherjackets.
Emu BayBoat: 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 launchShore & Rock: Salmon, Salmon Trout, Tommies, Mullet & Sharks.
Western River CoveBoat: Whiting, Snapper, Snook, Squid, Nannygai, Blue Morwong, Trevally, Samson & occasionally Yellowtail Kingfish.
Shore: Salmon, Mullet, Tommies, Whiting, Trevally & occasionally Snapper.
West BayBoat: 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 BayShore: Tommies, Salmon Trout, School Sharks & occasionally Whiting. Bream in the river mouth.
Vivonne BayBeach: 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 LaunchBoat: 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 & EleanorShore: Bream
BEST BAITS TO USEHere 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|