Kangaroo Island Fishing and Boating

What fish are around Kangaroo Island based on the seasons?

Some fish are most abundant at specific locations in certain seasons. This table is a general guide—find out what’s biting and where to catch it by asking a friendly local islander. The locals harbor a wealth of knowledge about Kangaroo Island fish, offering great insight and some invaluable tips relating to the weather, how to catch King George whiting, bluefin tuna fishing, the tide times and so much more!

Fishing Charters on Kangaroo Island

When it comes to boat hire on Kangaroo Island, there are multiple operators with packages that meet a variety of needs and budgets. Charters can be hired for private events, corporate visits or private trips with half-day and full-day packages, some of which include fishing gear. Luxury vessels with onboard toilet facilities are also available for hire. Often charters led by local experts offer a unique fishing experience; and one where you’re very likely to make a big catch.

Key things to remember when visiting the island

To maximise your trip to Kangaroo Island, take note of the following:

  • Kangaroo Island is protected by Marine Parks and Marine Park Sanctuary Zones.

  • Private boats are welcome and can be brought over on the SeaLink ferry.

  • Always check the weather forecast before you head out, or chat with local islanders about what to expect.

  • Bait, tackle, ice and other fishing gear are available at several locations across the island.

  • For queries and more information about fishing rules, call the 24-hour Fishwatch hotline on 1800 065 522.

  • Beach access and free boat launching is available from designated areas at 13 beaches. Please take note of the access zones, remove vehicles and trailers from the beach once launching is complete, and take care of the environment around you. There are shore birds that nest generally nearby. Small watercraft which are able to be carried can be launched from any foreshore area.

  • Five council-owned boat launching facilities can also be accessed. Short and longer-term permits are available where fees apply.

  • Download the free SA Recreational Fishing Guide app for the latest updates, maps, season closures, fishing restrictions, bag and size limits for shellfish, and more.

Kangaroo Island’s clean, clear waters are home to some of the finest fish in the southern hemisphere. It's no wonder the island is among Australia’s top fishing destinations! However, fishing isn’t the only thing we’re known for. Kangaroo Island is a gem of a destination, with plenty of activities and an assortment of experiences that appeal to novice and seasoned travellers alike.