Kangaroo Island

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Kangaroo Island Fishing Charters

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Contrary to what its name might suggest, this lovely island has so much more to offer than just kangaroos. It’s currently the most attractive tourist destination in South Australia, and Kangaroo Island fishing charters are a big part of what makes it so great. Considering this is the third largest island in Australia, you can look forward to some great fishing, both from shore as well as miles away on a charter boat.

Known For

When you’re not out fishing, join the other 150,000 tourists that come here every year and explore the sights. For example, Flinders Chase National Park is the place where you can see the famous Remarkable Rocks. Another must-see is the Mount Thisby lookout, which offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of the surrounding area.

Home to a number of National parks and Wilderness Protection Areas, Kangaroo Island is a testament to the sheer diversity of wildlife in Australia. The same applies to fishing as well. Species like Australian Salmon, Snapper, Flathead, King George Whiting, Yellowtail Kingfish, Tuna, Sharks, and more are all possible targets for your fishing pleasure. With some 540 km of coastline, there’s plenty of ground to cover–so let’s get started!

Inshore Fishing

One fun thing about inshore fishing in Kangaroo Island is that you’ll find a bunch of inshore reefs that are packed with the likes of Snapper, King George Whiting, and other reef fish. Some of the bays you should keep in mind when visiting are Stokes Bay, Smith Bay, Emu Bay, and Nepean Bay near Kingscote. The latter is especially worthwhile because Kingscote is the heart of the island, home of the little penguin, and definitely worth a visit.

Emu Bay is probably even more popular with anglers, owing to the fact it’s got a great fishing scene during the entire year. The best time to catch a KG Whiting here is from April to November, while April-June is when the biggest Snapper are found in the water. Trolling for Snook can be done very close to shore, and is a good option when you’re not sure if the weather will be on your side for a longer trip.

Deep Sea Fishing

Tuna fishing is what dominates the deep sea fishing scene in Kangaroo Island. Those in the market for Tuna should definitely visit anytime from December to March for a trip  to remember. The conditions here are so good that anglers running kayaks have an encounter with a Tuna every now and again.

Shore Fishing

Those of you who prefer to fish from shore will have a field day on Kangaroo Island. With a variety of both surf and calm water beaches, you’re free to choose what suits your best. Proper surf beaches are found on the southern stretches of the island, in places like Vivonne, Pennington, and Hanson Bay. Fish species found here include Salmon, Sharks, Mullet, and more.

If you want to avoid the waves and fish calmer waters, the northern half of the island is the way to go. We’ve mentioned Emu Bay before, but it would be careless not to mention its popularity with beach anglers as well. Other places of note on this side of the island include Snellings and Stokes Bay Beach. These are all great places for Flathead, Whiting, Sharks, and more.

Need to Know


Kangaroo Island fishing charters provide their customers with all the necessary gear, and will keep you informed of any regulations you need to look out for. These regulations include size and possession limits you need to be aware of when fishing in local waters. You are well-advised to check online resources provided by the Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) before heading out on a trip.

Getting There

Since Kangaroo Island is not connected to mainland Australia  by land or bridge, you’ll need to use the ferry service that gets you from one side to the other in under an hour. The Cape Jervis-Penneshaw ferry is the easiest way to get across. Alternatively, you can also book a flight from Adelaide and land at Kingscote Airport, some 10 km away from Kingscote itself.

Whether your plan is to put fishing or tourism in the forefront, you can’t go wrong with Kangaroo Island either way. The Aboriginal natives used to call it “The Island of the Dead,” but right now it’s brimming with life, both on land and in the sea.

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Summer in Australia means that you can look forward to plenty of Snook and Red Mullet in the warmer waters. What a great way to start the year!


The North Coast is flooded with Australian Herring this time of year. Also known as Tommy Ruff, these fish make for a fantastic meal when smoked.


Those in the market for a bonafide deep sea adventure should go for a Tuna trip before it’s too late. Find a charter that will take you close to the Pages Islands and you’re set.


If you find yourself looking for some good fishing in April, go ahead and sign up for the annual American River Easter Fishing Competition! Test your skill against the locals and have fun.


Autumn is almost over, but you can expect the waters to be calm and mild. This makes for comfortable fishing, especially in the northern reaches.


Winter is coming to Kangaroo Island, and the fishing is on fire! You’ll find plenty of anglers fishing the South Coast beaches for Trout.


Fishing for large Snook is especially popular come July. If that sounds good, be sure to check out Cape Dutton and Stokes Bay, among others!


North Coast anglers will be focused on Snapper fishing this time of year. Smith Bay and American River are the local Snapper hotspots to look out for!


In September, inshore fishing over at Nepean Bay is one of the best ways to catch Snook, King George Whiting, Calamari, Herring, and other fine species Kangaroo Island has to offer.


Spring is the absolute best time to be jetty fishing over at Vivonne Bay, Kingscote, or Penneshaw. The bite is hot, and the weather nice to fish in.


November is perfect for going after Black Bream in brackish waters. These include rivers like Harriet, Cygnet, and Chapman River.


Snapper fishing starts up again in the second half of December, and Tuna fishing will quickly ramp up as the weeks go by. It’s a great time to be anywhere on the water!

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Kangaroo Island

According to customer reviews, Kangaroo Island Fishing Adventures is one of the most popular fishing charters in Kangaroo Island. Full list of top fishing charters in Kangaroo Island.

Kangaroo Island Fishing Adventures received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Kangaroo Island.

The best way to experience fishing in Kangaroo Island is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Kangaroo Island.

The most popular fish species you can target are Yellowtail Amberjack, Tuna (Yellowfin), and Shark (Hammerhead). Top fishing techniques include deep sea fishing, bottom fishing, and light tackle. Inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and offshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Spring is the absolute best time to be jetty fishing over at Vivonne Bay, Kingscote, or Penneshaw. The bite is hot, and the weather nice to fish in. Check availability for local fishing charters in Kangaroo Island.