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.
There are many great spots around the island to wet a line and try your luck and the main locations are shown below.
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.
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).
Shore: Salmon, Shark’s & occasionally Tailor, Mulloway, Mullet, Tommies & Flathead.
Rocks: Sweep but only when the sea conditions are predictable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shore: Tommies, Salmon Trout, School Sharks & occasionally Whiting. Bream in the river mouth.
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.
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
Here is a guide on some of the baits that have worked well for the Author at Kangaroo Island:
Visitor Information Centre Penneshaw
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