Fishing and Boating on Kangaroo Island

Its so hard not to boast about the fishing around Kangaroo Island, some say we have some of finest eating and game fishing in the southern waters. Catches can include King George Whiting, Snook, Salmon, Flathead, Garfish and Sand Crabs just to name a few.  Our moderate climate means that fishing is one of the activities that can be enjoyed all year round and has no age restriction for enjoyment.

Flicking a line in the water is a daily ritual for many Kangaroo Island locals and let me tell you, they are onto a good thing.  Are you coming to Kangaroo Island? Then consider dangling a line from a jetty, casting off from the beach or booking yourself into a deep sea fishing charter with one of our fantastic fishing charter operators while you are here. You will not regret it!


If you are on the north coast then look no further than Emu Bay Fishing Charters, they depart from Emu Bay and offer a range of charters to suit all abilities, and budgets. Catering for everyone from the novice to the experienced, they provide all bait and tackle and you get keep all of your fantastic catch at the end of the day.


If you are more inclined to bringing along your own boat, The Kangaroo Island Council have boat ramps at American River, Bay of Shoals (Kingscote) and at Christmas Cove in Penneshaw for a small fee.  Free boat launch is available at Baudin Beach or Emu Bay. See for more information and other beach launching locations.

Some Key things to remember:

Kangaroo Island is protected by Marine Parks and Marine Park Sanctuary Zones so be sure to check They have a fantastic app you can download onto your phone with offline maps.  Recreational fishing is allowed everywhere except the sanctuary zones and in restricted areas, this great app makes it easy to identify what waters are free for you fishing adventure.

Bag and size limits do apply for possession of all fish and shell fish and be sure to make note of the seasonal closures for species such as snapper and Rock Lobsters. If you have any doubts about fishing regulations, contact

If you would like any further information about Fishing Charters, Rod hire or information about Fish Species and the best spots to land your own catch. Contact the Kangaroo Island Visitor Information Centre.

Download the Kangaroo Island Fish Species Guide.


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