284km from Adelaide
Once one of Australia’s richest gypsum mining areas, Stenhouse Bay has the southernmost jetty on Yorke Peninsula. The jetty used to be off limits to recreational anglers, but when the gypsum mine closed, the 290 metre pier was upgraded and set aside for visiting fisher folk to enjoy.
This is a great place to fish for big sharks if you have the right equipment, but most who visit the jetty try for tommies and squid. There are no lights on the jetty for night fishing, so a good lantern is an important part of the kit.
Mullet are often caught in the shallows, with tommies, squid and a few snook coming from deeper water. There have been big snapper taken from the end of the jetty, but the abundant rays will usually grab a bait on the bottom and make life tough for all but the most determined angler. It’s a reasonable walk from the car park to the jetty and back, so carrying a mountain of tackle isn’t advised.
Autumn and winter are probably the best seasons to try your luck at Stenhouse Bay, as the prevailing winds are offshore and the waters can be calm for extended periods. Big tommies are available at this time of year, with the best catches coming between dusk and dawn. As the jetty is situated within the Innes National Park, camping fees apply to those staying overnight. Permits are available from the visitor centre or self-registration stations.