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Fishing in South Australia

South Australia may be known for its wine and wildlife, but there’s also plenty to discover off the coast. fishing in South Australia shouldn’t be missed. Between great offshore fishing opportunities and stocked freshwaters inland, the fishing in South Australia shouldn’t be missed! 

What to Expect

There are plenty of options for angers in South Australia. Freshwater or saltwater, you’ll be kept busy on your fishing trip.

Inland

You’ve got to know where to go when freshwater fishing in South Australia. There are some huge lakes in the outback, such as Lake Eyre and Lake Torrens, which are dried-up salt flats for most of the year! Instead, you’ll want to head to places such as Warren Reservoir and Murray River. 

Warren Reservoir is stocked with Murray Cod, Silver Perch, and Callop (Golden Perch). Murray River is one of the best places for Murray Cod, as well as good populations of Redfin, Perch, Bream, Catfish, Callop, and plenty more. A shorter trip is perfect for targeting these fish. Due to the sheer number of these fish, an inshore trip is great to take the kids along on. All Murray Cod should be released once caught.

On the Coast

Beach fishing is also popular in SA. With over 2,900 miles of coastline, there’s plenty of opportunities to wet a line. At Ocean Beach you can reel in the likes of Australian Salmon and Pink Snapper, whereas Henley Beach and Brighton Beach are great for Mulloway, Bream, and Tommy Ruff.

To the east of Eyre Peninsula and close to shore is St. Vincent Gulf and Spencer Gulf. These have good populations of Bream in the mangrove creeks here. The Eyre Peninsula is a hot spot for fishos, both for the fish and the Scallops and the Southern Rock Lobster. You can have a very swish dinner after your fishing trip.

Offshore

If hiring a boat to take you offshore, you’ll be able to target top game fish, including Striped Marlin, Southern Bluefin Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Big Eye Tuna, Mako Shark, Nannygai, Samson Fish, and more. Pink Snapper get big in SA, with fish 9 kilograms on average.

SA has some of the biggest populations of King George Whiting found in the country – have these fried with chips after your trip for a delicious dinner!

The offshore waters of SA can get pretty rough, with swells over 10 meters in places like Cape Jarvis and very powerful waves in Venus Bay. The longer offshore trips are more suited to experienced anglers. Children will enjoy the beach fishing and inshore fishing much more. 

How to Prepare

You won’t need a licence when fishing in SA, but you should be aware of the catch limit and sizes, as well as the legal fishing gear allowed in certain areas. There are some bodies of water where you’ll need a permit.

Any European Carp you catch must not be returned to the water – these are considered pests in SA.

Head to the land down under today and experience firsthand the excellent fishing in South Australia!

 

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South Australia Fishing Seasons

January

It’s summertime in Australia, and there's lots to do! Watch the Santos Tour Down Under, a huge cycling event. There’s also the Kingston South East Surf Fishing Competition!

February

February is all about the music in SA. There’s the international music festival Laneway and Adelaide Fringe Festival to enjoy.

March

The music continues into March with WOMADelaide. In the water, fishing is great, especially for Tuna.

April

King George Whiting is great this month. The weather on land starts to cool down.

 
May

Big-sized Yellowfin Tuna continues to be great this month. You can still catch Pink Snapper but in smaller numbers in May.

June

On land, don’t miss out on the Adelaide Cabaret Festival! This is one of the biggest cabaret festivals world-wide.

July

Adults will enjoy heading to the Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival after their fishing trip. Winter is in full swing in SA.

August

Fishing offshore slows down this month. The temperature on land averages at a chilly 14°C.

September

The colder weather continues, with lows of 16°C. The fishing offshore is starting to pick up again.

October

You’ll want to check out the OzAsia festival this month, an annual arts festival with plenty to see and do for the whole family!

November

As Australia enters their summer months, the fishing gets better and better. Pink Snapper is good to target this month and is super tasty for dinner!

December

After the Macy’s Day Parade, the Credit Union Christmas Pageant is the next largest single-day parade in the world! Watch the floats and enjoy the spectacle!

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