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.