Fishing & Boating

Yorke Peninsula is one of Australia's most appealing, accessible and affordable venues for an angling based holiday. 

Whether you’re a serious fishing fanatic or simply like to drop a line from the jetty, there are few locations nation-wide that offer as much in such a compact package.

It doesn't matter whether you're experienced or a novice, there's great action to be had from boat, shore or jetty.

But the peninsula isn’t just about angling, yachties love to sail over to Port Vincent and Black Point and the big water down south beckons oceangoers. 

There isn’t anything you can’t do once you hit the water on Yorkes.

Plump tommy ruffs, garfish, squid and blue swimmer crabs make up the bulk of the jetty catch, while boaties can expect anything from jumbo snapper to King George whiting and practically everything in between.

Yorke Peninsula has 15 jetties open to recreational anglers as well as modern all-tide boat ramps throughout the region. 

You can bring your own boat, hire one here or book a fishing charter with one of the local experts to hook into some real action.

To help plan your fishing holiday and get local knowledge and tips, download a copy of the Yorke Peninsula Fishing Guide

Jetty fishing, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Yorke Peninsula Fishing Guide

There’s no excuse for letting the big one get away on Yorke Peninsula, thanks to the comprehensive Yorke Peninsula Fishing Guide.

The easy to read map features the location of jetties, boat ramps and most importantly, what species can be caught where.

This guide has absolutely all the information you need to make the most of your fishing holiday on South Australia's Yorke Peninsula, including fishing charters, bait and tackle outlets, marine services, boat hire and boat ramps. 

Download the Yorke Peninsula Fishing Guide.
 

Catch of the day

Yorke Peninsula’s waters offer a diverse range of fish and plenty of opportunities to catch your own seafood feast!

You can rake the shallows for blue swimmer crabs, dive for scallops just off shore or cast a line for your fill of King George whiting, garfish or tommy ruffs.  

Here is a taste of some of the catches on offer…

Blue swimmer crabs can be caught by raking or netting. Summer months are more productive and the warmer water makes raking more enjoyable.

Succulent King George whiting can be caught from both sides of the peninsula and is undoubtedly one of the tastiest meals you will catch from the sea.

Australian salmon are the flavour of the day anywhere there is a headland, bluff or surf area. They can be caught all year round using pilchards or lures for bait.

Salt and peppered, crumbed, stir fried or marinated, squid is extremely versatile. Easily caught on squid lures from boats or jetties.

Dabbing with a light at night or fishing with a float using gents for bait are the easiest ways to catch a feed of garfish. With tender white flesh they are delicious filleted and lightly fried with a generous dob of garlic butter.

Tommy ruffs and mullet are abundantly caught in most places on Yorke Peninsula using cockles or gents. Both are tasty eating fish and often under-rated, best eaten fresh they are great on the BBQ, crumbed, salt and peppered or if you have time, are delicious when smoked!

Snapper is a great fighting fish and you will be well rewarded with the mouth watering taste. Only available from boats in deeper water off the coast, the most common bait is squid, pilchards or fish fillets. 

The rugged southern coastline of Yorke Peninsula is home to the Southern Rock lobster. Be aware of the restrictions and seasons to ensure you are legally catching these tasty morsels. 

Trailing a lure from your boat is the best way to catch snook. Fresh fillets on the BBQ are fantastic and they are one of the best fish for smoking or try a snook mornay!

The vast expanse of water to the east of Yorke Peninsula is Spencer Gulf, where the prawn fishing fleet operates 80 nights per year. Local prawns can be purchased from seafood outlets around the region.

Savour the fresh taste of the sea from one of Yorke Peninsula's oyster farms. There are farms at Port Vincent, Stansbury, Edithburgh, Coobowie & Port Broughton - just keep your eye out for the 'fresh oyster' signs when in season. 

Raking the shallows for blue swimmer crabs, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Fishing Spots

Surrounded by water on three sides, the best thing about Yorke Peninsula is you’re never far from water.

It’s about a 30 minute drive from coast to coast or, in other words, just a short drive to your next fishing adventure.

Below is a quick guide to some of our popular fishing spots or for more information, you can download a copy of the Yorke Peninsula Fishing Guide.

Port Wakefield to Price

Dominated by mangroves, sand flats and tidal creeks, the top of Gulf St Vincent is a productive area for recreational fishers. Garfish, King George whiting, mullet, big snapper and blue swimmer crabs are all popular species to target. 

Ardrossan to Port Vincent

Delicious blue swimmer crabs are caught throughout the summer months and the ever reliable tommy ruffs and mullet are plentiful. Garfish, squid, snook, flathead and the prized King George whiting are also found in this area. 

Stansbury

Tommy ruffs and squid can be caught most of the year from the jetty with blue swimmer crabs and garfish plentiful in the summer months. Good catches of mullet can be found at Stansbury from the end of February through to May.  Boating enthusiasts can get good catches of King George whiting at most times of the year and mullet, tommy ruffs and squid are also popular catches.

Edithburgh to Sultana Point

Tommy ruffs, squid, garfish and snook are regular catches from the jetty with King George whiting regularly caught from the south eastern side. A fantastic beach fishing area, with salmon, flathead, snook and whiting all plentiful.

Troubridge to Marion Bay

The southern beaches from Troubridge to Marion Bay provide some the best fishing in South Australia.  Large mulloway up to 36kg have been caught in this area with catches of squid, tommy ruffs, mullet, garfish, snapper, salmon and snook available. Night fishing seems to produce larger fish than daytime trips, with school and gummy sharks also caught at night.

Marion Bay to Corny Point

Be rewarded with some awesome catches on these pristine beaches. Fantastic salmon grounds, including great catches of mulloway, flathead, shark, squid and mullet.

Corny Point to Point Turton

A wonderful rock and beach fishing coast with salmon, trevally, whiting, garfish and snook as common catches. In autumn, mullet can be caught all around the southern coast.

Port Victoria

Renowned for its great catches of King George whiting, this area offers fantastic boat and jetty fishing with excellent catches of squid, tommy ruffs, snapper, mullet, and garfish.

Port Hughes, Moonta Bay and Wallaroo

The historic jetties in these Copper Coast townships are some of the most popular in the state for fishing. There are terrific hauls to be made at certain times of the year from snook, to tommy ruffs, King George whiting, flathead, snapper, squid and blue swimmer crabs. 

Port Broughton and Fishermans Bay

Port Broughton has a great reputation for truly big snapper. This uniquely sheltered bay offers fantastic boating and fishing all year round. From light estuary fishing through to heavy offshore. Catch the famous blue swimmer crabs, King George whiting, snapper, tommy ruffs, garfish, squid and snook.

Beach fishing, Hardwicke Bay, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Crabbing

Rake up your own feast!

Think dining out on crab is expensive? It’s not if you’re armed with sharp eyes, a cheap rake, old sneakers and a floating tub to store your haul of blue swimmer crabs!

Caught in great numbers during summer, you can try your luck along the beaches from Port Gawler to Stansbury in Gulf St Vincent or along the Copper Coast around to Port Broughton in the Spencer Gulf.

The best time to head out with your rake and tub is when the tide turns to come back in. The crabs are mostly buried but generally easy to see. Just look for the grey mounds in the sand that often signal a crab is in residence.

The best months for crabbing are September to April as the waters are warmer and more productive.

Whilst raking the shallows can be lots of fun, you can also drop a crab net from a jetty or boat using fish heads or squid for bait – just make sure your rope is long enough so the net can sit flat on the bottom of the ocean!

Be mindful that crabs have a legal size limit and that females carrying external eggs can’t be taken. This helps to ensure the breeding cycle and sustain future crab stocks.

For more information, size and bag limits, download the regulations for crab fishing in South Australia.

What a catch! Blue swimmer crab, family fun, Ardrossan, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Boat Ramps & Marinas

Looking for somewhere to launch your boat?

You will find boat ramps and beach launches throughout Yorke Peninsula. Some ramps have a fee for launching so make sure you have some loose change with you. Or if you are a regular visitor or staying for a while, you may prefer to get a longer term permit. 

Read more, to help find the best spot to launch...

Location – Launch details

Middle Beach – Tidal dual lane, with floating pontoon

Port Wakefield – Dual lane, with boarding pontoon

Port Clinton – Beach ramp

Price – Dual lane, all tide

Tiddy Widdy Beach – Single lane, not recommended at low tide

Ardrossan – Dual lane, all tide, with boarding pontoon

Rogues Point  – Single lane, not recommended at low tide

Pine Point – Beach launch, tractor or 4wd required

Black Point  – Dual lane

Port Julia – Beach launch, high tide only

Port Vincent – Dual lane, all tide, with boarding pontoon

Stansbury – Dual lane, all tide, with boarding pontoon

Wool Bay – Single lane, beach launch required at low tide

Hicky Point – Single lane, tractor or 4wd required

Edithburgh – Dual lane, all tide, with boarding pontoon

Port Moorowie – Beach launch, high tide only

Foul Bay – Single lane, not recommended at low tide

Marion Bay – Single lane, not recommended at low tide

Pondalowie Bay – Beach launch, high tide only

Gleeson’s Landing – Beach ramp

Burners Beach – Beach launch, high tide only

The Pines – Beach launch, tractor or 4wd required

Point Turton – Dual lane, all tide, with boarding pontoon

Hardwicke Bay – Beach launch, tractor or 4wd required

Port Minlacowie – Single lane, all tide

Bluff Beach – Beach launch, high tide only

Port Rickaby – Beach launch

Port Victoria – Dual lane, all tide, with boarding pontoon

Balgowan – Single lane, all tide

Port Hughes – Dual lane, all tide, with boarding pontoon

Wallaroo – Dual lane, all tide, with boarding pontoon

Port Broughton – Dual lane, all tide, with boarding pontoon


There are marinas at Port Vincent and Wallaroo that offer short or long term marina berth hire: 

Launching a boat, Point Turton boat ramp, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Fishing Charters

Fishing charters operate throughout the region and are known for their tales about the ones that didn’t get away!

If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience, book a fishing charter with one of our local experts and you won’t be disappointed.

Whether you’re a novice or experienced, the crew are always happy to help out to ensure you hook into some great action. Head out to their best fishing grounds and catch the fish of your dreams with giant snapper and King George whiting both regulars on the menu.

Most charter operators can cater for small to large groups or if you are on your own, you can join in with another group. Target species include a range of wild fish from nannygai, snapper and morwong to harlequin, trevally, kingfish, tuna and mulloway...

Fishing charters operating around Yorke Peninsula include:

Boat Hire

If you are looking to get out on the water and don’t have your own boat, why not hire one?

Port Vincent Boat Hire have boats for hire that can be towed to wherever you need them.

At Port Vincent you can hire a kayak & fishing equipment from Port Vincent Outdoors, or kayaks and paddleboards from the Port Vincent Foreshore Caravan Park. There is also kayak hire at the Wallaroo Marina Apartments in Wallaroo.

Don’t forget to download a copy of the Yorke Peninsula Fishing Guide for all the local tips and information on what to catch where, to make the most of your fishing holiday.  
 

Sailing 

The pristine waters of Gulf St Vincent and Spencer Gulf make Yorke Peninsula a popular spot for sailing and the big waters down south beckon ocean goers. 

Port Vincent is a Mecca for yachties with the marina and bay providing safe anchorage. The Port Vincent Sailing Club run programs throughout the year, with the Port Vincent Open Classic held every January long weekend and the Traveller Series sailing to Point Turton twice every year.

The Port Vincent Sailing Club has ‘Come n Try’ sailing days, or you can learn to sail with the Wallaroo Sailing Club.

Playtime Yacht Charters offer cruises from Moonta Bay for up to 10 people. Have a go at steering the yacht, or just relax and watch the dolphins. 

If you are looking for short or long term marina berth facilities, you can contact Port Vincent Marina phone 0414 611 110; or Wallaroo Marina phone 08 8823 3861.

Or, if you’re a Cruising Yacht Club of SA member, they have moorings available to use at Black Point, Edithburgh and Stansbury.
 

Sailing, Wallaroo, Copper Coast, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Tide Times

The changing seasons, weather and tides all play a significant role in your fishing experience. 

Always check the tide times and weather before heading out on the water and let other people know of your plans. For Yorke Peninsula tide times and weather forecasts visit Willy Weather or the Bureau of Meteorology

 

Marine Parks

There are 4 marine parks located around Yorke Peninsula that protect some of South Australia’s most important marine habitats.

You can still enjoy fishing within the marine parks, with restrictions applying to sanctuary zones.  The handy marine parks interactive map enables you to see where you can fish. 

South Australia has 19 marine parks that were designed with community advice to ensure fishing at popular locations, beaches and all jetties would continue.

From just south of Ardrossan, to across Gulf St Vincent at Port Gawler Beach, is the Upper Gulf St Vincent Marine Park. This marine park features a major fish nursery and spawning ground, along with saltmarsh and mangrove eco-systems. 

The Lower Yorke Peninsula Marine Park starts at Point Davenport Conservation Park and continues along the south-east coastline before heading north to Stansbury, and includes Troubridge Island.  This marine park has 2 estuaries at Salt Creek and Point Davenport where fresh water meets the sea. These are important nurseries for many species including King George whiting and yellow-eye mullet.

South from Hardwicke Bay and around the ‘foot’ to Marion Bay is the Southern Spencer Gulf Marine Park, which also includes the islands off Innes National Park.  This marine park is a haven for marine life including reef fish, sea lions and fur seals.

The Eastern Spencer Gulf Marine Park stretches from just north of Port Rickaby to Cape Elizabeth, and includes Goose Island Conservation Park & Aquatic Reserve.  It can be accessed from Balgowan, Port Victoria and Cape Elizabeth and is popular for fishing and diving.

To learn more, visit the Marine Parks website or download the Yorke Peninsula Marine Parks brochure.
 

Dolphins, Lower Yorke Peninsula Marine Park, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Regulations

To help protect our long term fish stocks, there are strict regulations around the legal size, bag, boat and possession limits and fishing closures.

By obeying the rules you'll help protect our valuable fish stocks. For information on the regulations that apply to recreational fishing in South Australia, please visit Primary Industries & Regions SA.

If you’re a tech-savvy angler, download the SA Recreation Fishing Guide app

Most jetties have signage and measuring stations with legal sizes, bag & boat limits, so always check to be sure you’re fishing legally.  Or call Fishwatch on 1800 065 522.
 

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