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.