Eyre Peninsula Fishing Spots

South Australia’s fishing hub

Fishing is a way of life on the Eyre Peninsula and the region is renowned for its seafood - King George whiting, salmon, garfish, southern rock lobsters, blue swimmer crabs and other species.

Fishing from a jetty on the Eyre Peninsula

All along the coastline, you'll find great spots to fish - be it from a jetty or boats, in the surf or from the rocks. Tackle and bait shops can point you in the right direction or let a fishing charter take you right to the spot where the fish are biting.

Ceduna and the far west coast

Ceduna, Thevenard and Denial Bay are popular fishing destinations. Line or boat fishing is a must at Davenport Creek, if you can find it. It's about 41 kilometres west of Ceduna but the creek is not well signposted and the entrance is at the bottom of giant sand dunes. A four wheel drive (4WD) is required to get there or join a fishing charter from Ceduna.

Further west again, you'll need a four wheel drive (4WD) to explore the beach at Fowlers Bay. There’s salmon, mullet, whiting and mulloway for those who are patient. Fowlers Bay jetty is popular for its big squid, tommy ruff and snook.

Scotts Bay is close to Fowlers and is one of the best salmon beaches in South Australia.

Lucky Bay, Cowell and Whyalla

You’ll find consistent snapper and whiting at Lucky Bay. Take an aluminium dinghy about three kilometres offshore to where they are. Blue swimmer crabs can be found at nearby Cowell, which is also the place to pick up some fresh oysters or an oyster pie for lunch.

Competitive anglers head to Whyalla during April to take part in the Australian Snapper Championship. Whyalla’s waters are also home to tommy ruff, garfish and whiting.

Tumby Bay, Port Lincoln and Coffin Bay

Tumby Bay is the gateway to the Sir Joseph Banks Group of Islands. It is a unique marine sanctuary located 12 nautical miles east of Tumby Bay and provides a breeding ground for many seabirds, seals, dolphins and fish. King George whiting and snapper are frequently caught in Tumby Bay.

Try rock, surf, jetty or boat fishing at Port Lincoln. You will find squid, salmon, trevally and mullet. If you have a boat, you can try fishing for southern bluefin tuna in Boston Bay, but there is a daily limit of six per boat. Check PIRSA Fisheries for more details.

Coffin Bay offers good hauls of sweep, trevally, snook, squid and yellowtail.

Coles Point, Greenly Beach and Convention Beach

Go rock fishing at Coles Point. There’s sweep, salmon, snook, trevally, mullet, flathead and King George whiting. If you are really lucky, you may hook a blue groper. It is legal to catch them at Coles Point but you will need some heavy duty tackle.

Nearby, Greenly Beach and Convention Beach both have salmon. Wade through the inshore coves around Coles Point and you may find whiting and mullet.

Fish for the future

Check PIRSA Fisheries for information on where to fish, exclusion zones, fishing regulations and bag and boat limits. Throw back anything you've caught and don't want or need to help to keep the region's fish stocks thriving for future generations.

Whether you head to the main towns or venture off the beaten track, the Eyre Peninsula has some great fishing spots.

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