Fishing On Kangaroo Island
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.

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


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


Fishing at Sea Dragon Lodge

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, & 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


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