Kangaroo Island Fishing Home of King George Whiting

Kangaroo Island offers some of the best fishing anywhere in South Australia, and KI Boat Hire and KI Fishing Charters knows exactly where to find it.

At the top of the list is our famous "kidney slapping" King George whiting, arguably the finest table fish in the country.


Kangaroo Island Fishing Spots


There are many great spots around the island to wet a line and try your luck and the main locations are shown below.


Pink Bay (Sea Dragon Lodge)


Shore: King George Whiting, Silver Whiting, Flathead, Salmon, Tommies, Mullet, Blue Throated Wrasse, Squid & occasionally Yellowtail Kingfish & various sharks



Boat: King George Whiting, Silver Whiting, Snook, Salmon, Tommies, Garfish, Sand Crabs & Squid.
Jetty: King George Whiting, Flathead, Snook, Garfish, Tommies, Trevally, Salmon Trout, Mullet & Silver Drummer.
Breakwater: Salmon, Whiting, Tommies, School Sharks & occasionally Yellowtail Kingfish.
Shore: Mullet, Flathead & Salmon. Christmas Cove: Whiting, Squid, Flathead, Mullet, Trevally & Tommies.

Antechamber Bay
Boat: Snook, King George Whiting, Garfish, Tommies, Flathead, Mullet & Sweep.
Shore: Salmon, Squid, Flathead, Mullet, Tommies, King George Whiting & Trevally
Chapman River: Mullet & Bream
Boat: Whiting, Snook, Tommies, Red Mullet, Squid & Snapper.
Shore: Flathead, Squid & occasionally Dusky Morwong (strong fish).

Pennington Bay
Shore: Salmon, Shark’s & occasionally Tailor, Mulloway, Mullet, Tommies & Flathead.
Rocks: Sweep but only when the sea conditions are predictable.

American River
Boat: Whiting, Salmon Trout, Garfish, Snook, Tommies, Flathead & Sand Crabs.
Wharf: Whiting, Salmon Trout, Tommies, Garfish & Yellow Eye Mullet.

Point Morrison/Ballast Head
Boat: Whiting, Squid, Garfish, Snook, Sweep, Trevally, Yellowtail Kingfish, Salmon & occasionally Snapper.

Nepean Bay
Boat: Whiting, Squid, Tommies, Garfish, Snook & the occasional Snapper.

Kingscote/Bay of Shoals
Boat: Whiting, Garfish, Salmon Trout & Sand Crabs.
Shore: Whiting, Garfish, Tommies, Mullet, Flathead & Squid.
Kingscote Jetty: Whiting, Snook, Tommies, Squid, Garfish, Trevally, Barracouta, Salmon Trout, Leatherjackets.

Emu Bay
Boat: Whiting, Snapper, Salmon, Snook & Squid. Best time for Whiting April to November. Snapper between April & June.
Jetty: Tommies, Garfish, Squid, Flathead & Salmon Trout.
Shore: Whiting, Flathead, Mullet & Snapper.

Stokes Bay: 4x4 drive boat ramp (caution needed)
Boat: Whiting, Nannygai, Swallowtail, Blue Morwong, Snook, Squid & Snapper.
Rocks: Sweep, Salmon, Whiting, Tommies, Trevally, Squid, Snapper & Flathead.
Shore: Mullet, Tommies, Salmon, Whiting & Trevally.

Snellings Beach: Beach launch Shore & Rock:
Salmon, Salmon Trout, Tommies, Mullet & Sharks.

Western River Cove
Boat: Whiting, Snapper, Snook, Squid, Nannygai, Blue Morwong, Trevally, Samson & occasionally Yellowtail Kingfish.
Shore: Salmon, Mullet, Tommies, Whiting, Trevally & occasionally Snapper.

West Bay
Boat: Snapper, Nannygai, Whiting, Blue Morwong, Swallowtail & Trevally.
Shore: Mullet, Tommies & occasional Whiting & Salmon.
Rocks: Sweep, Tommies, Garfish, Whiting, Trevally & Salmon.
River: Mullet & August to November Bream.

Hanson Bay
Shore: Tommies, Salmon Trout, School Sharks & occasionally Whiting. Bream in the river mouth.

Vivonne Bay
Beach: Salmon, Mullet, Tommies, Sharks, Flathead & Bream.
Jetty: Tommies, Whiting, Squid, Garfish & Trevally.
Point Ellen: Sweep, Salmon, Trevally & Tommies but extreme care must be taken because of the large swells.

D’Estrees Bay:
Beach Launch Boat: Whiting, Trevally, Tommies, Flathead, Salmon Trout, Snapper, Nannygai, Swallowtail Snook, Garfish, Squid & small sharks.
Shore: Whiting, Salmon, Trevally, Tommies, Flathead & Mullet. Beach also suitable for salt water fly fishing.

Harriet & EleanorShore: Bream


Best Baits to Use


Here is a guide on some of the baits that have worked well for the Author at Kangaroo Island:


  • King George & Silver Whiting : Cockles (or pippis), worms, squid (use plenty of berley)
  • Flathead : Soft Plastics, small lures, live bait, large whitebait
  • Tommies & Trevally : Pretty much anything!!
  • Australian Salmon : Metal Lures, soft plastics, pilchards
  • Yellow Tail Kingfish : Lures and Live bait
  • Snapper : Small Whole Fresh Squid (use berley to attract fish)
  • Squid : Prawn shaped jigs
  • Garfish : Gents (Blowfly Maggots), Cockles
  • Sweep : Cockles & Squid
  • Red Mullet : Cockles & Squid


Fishing Rod Hire


Visitor Information Centre Penneshaw
Surf rods $16 per day & small rods $12 per day. Refundable deposit per rod. $50 Cash Only
Ph: 8553 1185