Marion Bay Yorke Peninsula

Go fishing and boating on the Yorke Peninsula

The Yorke Peninsula is the perfect place to relax and go fishing. No boat? No problem. Local fishing charters operate from various spots off the coast.

Go fishing

Many people travel to the Yorke Peninsula to go fishing. Even the most inexperienced fisher can take home a deliciously fresh catch from a jetty, beach or boat!

It's not just fish. Squid ink stains many jetties as large numbers of southern calamari live in Gulf St Vincent. You'll find blue swimmer crabs along the east coast, in the shallow waters between Ardrossan and Stansbury, from September to April.

Nothing beats fishing and boating on the Yorke Peninsula

Get back to nature and experience the riches of the sea on a Yorke Peninsula fishing trip.

Great crabbing and fishing

Blue swimmer crabs live along the north-west coast near Port Hughes, Moonta Bay, Wallaroo and Port Broughton. You just need a rake to find them.

Catching a fish is simply a matter of casting a line off the local jetty with the promise of catching some King George whiting, garfish or tommy ruff (Australian herring). Beach fishing is worth a try, with popular catches including mullet, snook, flathead, Australian salmon and salmon trout.

Head to the bottom of the “foot”. It's just a three-hour drive from Adelaide. The southern beaches near Marion Bay feature some of the best fishing in South Australia. Large mulloway (up to 36 kilograms) can be found here as well as school sharks and gummy sharks to reward night fishers.

Head offshore

If you like a faster pace, bring your boat or hire one. Boat ramps are dotted around the coast, from right at the top at Port Wakefield, all the way down to Marion Bay and back up the other side to Port Broughton.

There are also two marinas. You'll find one at Port Vincent and one at Wallaroo. Some of the best fishing locations are out in deeper waters. You can find kingfish, nannygai, snapper, morwong, harlequin, trevally and mulloway. 

Boat charters

No boat? No problem! Local fishing charters operate from various spots off the coast. These offer the added bonus of taking you right to where the fish are, saving time and effort. Take a group of friends or your family for a great day out on the water. 

Fish responsibly

It is important to remember that bag, boat and size catch limits apply to most species of fish and seafood caught in South Australian waters. Some fish also have closed seasons and others are completely protected. 

The limits vary, so it is important to make sure you are well aware of what you can catch and how much of it you can take home.

Primary Industries and Resources South Australia are responsible for the fishing regulations in South Australia. Their website is full of information for recreational fishers, including a searchable list of fishing limits and fish sizes. The SA Recreational Fishing Guide is available as a smartphone app for iPhone, Windows and Android. You can also contact the 24 hour Fish Watch number 1800 065 522 for information on fishing rules and regulations.  

Grab a fishing guide

The Yorke Peninsula Fishing Guide is a must read if you're planning a fishing trip in the area. It lists where to get bait and tackle, the best marine services and even boat hire locations. There's information on the hottest fishing spots along the coast and offshore. The best news? It's free!

Short film: Kids, crabs and the best day ever

A family holiday on the Yorke Peninsula, South Australia through the eyes of local film-maker Randy Larcombe.

Pack up the caravan or pitch a tent on the Yorke Peninsula

The peaceful surrounds of the Yorke Peninsula are perfect for those wanting to get away from it all. You can choose from more than 50 campsites.