Fishing Spots

Whether you are looking for some action from a boat, shore or jetty...Yorke Peninsula has plenty of fishing locations to choose from.

Here are the fishing spots from Port Victoria to Port Broughton to help plan your next fishing adventure...

Port Victoria

190km from Adelaide
Boat launching – Dual lane, all tide, boarding pontoon

Port Victoria is situated just a couple of hours drive from Adelaide. The town jetty is a good one for squid, snook, gar and big tommies at night, whilst offshore there are plenty of snapper and big whiting. Wardang Island protects the bay at Port Victoria from strong onshore winds.

The fishing in the bay is generally excellent, particularly for whiting during the cooler months. Many of these fish are better than 40 centimetres and can be taken from a number of recognised grounds when conditions are right.

The L-shaped jetty can provide a lot of fun at night for those who enjoy catching snook. These fish aren’t the giants regularly caught offshore, but average approximately 60 centimetres and they are often keen to grab small minnow lures or strip baits. The best way to hook them is to cast lure or bait out into the shadows at night, then work it back through the illuminated area under the jetty lights. Catches of a dozen snook or more per session are common on still, warm summer evenings.

Boat launching at Port Victoria is very convenient. The ramp is situated just south of the town and can handle bigger trailer boats at all stages of the tide. Snapper fishing around and beyond Wardang Island is first rate during the summer months, but you’ll need a big, fast trailer boat to access the wide grounds safely. It can be quite blowy during the afternoons and is no place to be in a small tinny.

Those with small boats are better advised to remain within the confines of the bay, where there are still whiting, snook and plenty of calamari to be hooked.


194km from Adelaide
Boat launching – Single lane, all tide

Balgowan is one of Yorke Peninsula’s very best locations for snapper and King George whiting. Whiting can be found year-round and some are absolute giants of 50 centimetres plus.

The boat ramp car park is often full to overflowing when the snapper season reopening coincides with good weather. Snapper of mixed sizes can be taken on a number of grounds, which range from just a few kilometres from the ramp all the way out to the Spencer Gulf shipping lanes.

The single lane boat ramp is located just west of the general store, but it doesn’t have a floating boarding pontoon and can be a little tricky around dead low tide. The ramp is protected by a small breakwater to the west, but is open to winds from the north. Some locals prefer to launch from the beach via tractor.

Best times to visit Balgowan are autumn (when the weather is calmest) and, if you have a larger trailer boat, summer for big snapper. Incessant south-easterly winds can make summer fishing a challenge, but the results are often well worth the long boat rides and choppy seas.

Port Hughes

171km from Adelaide
Boat launching – Dual lane, all tide, boarding pontoon

Few anglers visiting Yorke Peninsula for any length of time drive past Port Hughes without stopping off to check out the fishing potential. Located just north of Balgowan around the other side of Cape Elizabeth, Port Hughes is one of the most popular all round fishing venues on Yorke Peninsula.

It has a long jetty, small boat harbour with dual lane ramp and a wide range of accommodation options. Once again, it is snapper and King George whiting that most visiting boaties want to catch offshore, but there are plenty of snook, gar and squid as alternative species.

Few other locations in this region can boast such a variety of charter fishing options. Most of the local operators run big, seaworthy boats, as catching snapper in the summer time often involves lengthy trips to far-flung grounds. It’s not unusual for an experienced charter skipper to cover 100 kilometres in a single day, depending on where the fish are located.

Cape Elizabeth to the south-west produces some of the biggest whiting, along with salmon up to around two kilograms in late winter. The salmon can be caught in close to the reefs south of the Cape, with trolled lures the best option. There are some really big snook in this area as well, so a trolling session can be quite rewarding.

The Port Hughes steamer channel, some 20 kilometres offshore, is where many of the area’s truly big snapper are caught between October and April. This is big boat territory only, as it can become quite rough out wide under the influence of summer afternoon sea breezes. The channel is an area of heavy tide run, so snapper trips need to be planned to coincide with the turn of either high or low water.

Tiparra Reef, west of the Port Hughes jetty, is a reliable area for squid, snook and big garfish. The best way of catching snook in this area is to anchor and set up a steady berley trail of cut fish pieces or crushed pilchards. The snook can then be hooked on either lures or unweighted baits.

Blue swimmer crabs, garfish, tommies and squid are the regular fare from the long jetty, which attracts thousands of anglers over the course of a year. Early morning and evening are prime times for jetty triers.

Moonta Bay

167km from Adelaide

The long, L-shaped jetty in Moonta Bay rarely rates a mention in the fishing press, but it can be well worth a visit when tides and weather are favourable. It’s the old stand- bys, tommy ruffs, garfish and squid that make up the bulk of the catch at Moonta Bay and it has become a favourite venue with many visiting fishing families.

The tide goes out a long way in Moonta Bay, regularly leaving half the jetty high and dry, but there is still enough water at the seaward end to catch a fish or two. By far the best period to fish from this pier is later in the afternoon and into early evening, especially when the tide is on the way in.

Set up a berley trail to attract gar and tommies and have a squid jig ready at all times. Using a float rig is probably best, with either gents, cray tail or pieces of cockle for bait. Keep hook size down to number eight or smaller and use only as much weight as necessary.

As is often the case at nearby locations such as Port Victoria and Port Hughes, small to medium size snook visit the Moonta Bay jetty at night and these are worth a shot with either minnow lures or strip baits. A sliver of squid or fish fillet on ganged hooks will often attract their attention, but you will need a small bean sinker or several split shot to add some casting weight to the rig.


157km from Adelaide
Boat launching – Dual lane, all tide, boarding pontoon

Wallaroo is endowed with one of the best fishing jetties in the state. It stretches out into quite deep water, where big snapper visit from time to time. Occasionally 20 pounders are caught and there are yellowtail kingfish hooked as well. Evening is the best for tommies, which are often quite large.

The commercial end of the jetty is closed to recreational fishing when there is shipping or maintenance activity. You can check access at www.portmis.flindersports.com.au.  

If it’s snapper you’re after, best catches are made from the jetty during and directly after heavy weather. Blue swimmer crabs are available during the warmer months, so it’s a good idea to include a couple of drop nets with long ropes. Fish heads are top crab bait and remember, it is illegal to use baits such as red meat or chicken.

Rock fishers often catch snapper from the shore at Point Riley, which is a short drive to the north. These fish are at their best when the winds are strong and onshore during the winter months.

Dawn is the ideal time to be at Point Riley and you’ll need a capable surf rod and either squid or fish fillets for bait. The inshore snapper vary from just legal up to 10 kilograms and better, so the tackle has to be robust.

Wallaroo’s marina complex provides multi-lane boat launching and permanent waterside accommodation. The fishing inside the marina isn’t bad either, with nice bream and yellowfin whiting taken regularly. School mulloway have been hooked as well, so setting a small live bait in the evening could bring a bonus hook up. Kayakers often do well in the marina using small soft plastic lures for both bream and mulloway.

Wallaroo’s offshore snapper and whiting fishing are excellent, particularly from October through into the New Year. Big snapper are caught both north and south of the port and there are whiting patches throughout the bay. This is also an exceptional area for squid when the inshore waters are clear.

Port Broughton

172km from Adelaide
Boat launching – Dual lane, all tide, boarding pontoon

Port Broughton has developed an enviable reputation over the years as one of Australia’s premier locations for truly big snapper. This rather unique inlet from upper Spencer Gulf offers many angling alternatives, from light estuary through to heavy offshore. The inlet itself is almost totally protected from strong winds and provides some first class fishing for yellowfin whiting in the winter time.

Yellowfin to 40 centimetres provide terrific light tackle action from the jetty, with tube worms, prawns and clickers the preferred baits. Yellowfin are caught day and night and most who are there at the right time have little trouble filling a personal quota.

There are salmon trout, mullet and tommies available for much of the year, along with some nice garfish when conditions are calm. However, it is Port Broughton’s offshore potential for top class snapper fishing that really stirs the imagination of visiting anglers. There are some terrific deep water grounds, such as the wreck of the Illusion and Plank Shoal, which produce snapper to 14 kilograms from late spring through the summer months.

Charter operators are on hand to take paying clients out to the offshore snapper grounds, most of whom are highly experienced and regularly achieve exciting results. It is not uncommon for charter groups to catch a boat limit of snapper to 13 kilograms or better. The area’s King George whiting are generally medium size, but there are a few bigger ones taken offshore in deeper water.

You’ll need a good size boat with a big fuel range, as many of the snapper grounds are well offshore – sometimes further than half way across the Gulf. There are plenty of snook offshore as well, along with squid, gar and the occasional flathead. Boat launching facilities at Broughton are excellent. The ramp features dual lanes, twin boarding pontoons, ample security lighting and a spacious, sealed car park.