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Port Lincoln is one of the State's most
popular locations for visitors to drop a
line. There are many species and facilities
available to cater for the keen fisherperson.
Jetties - Port Lincoln
The main wharf, fuel berth and slipway
are either closed or restricted, and it is
important to seek local advice or permission
before attempting to fish from them. The
town jetty and Kirton Point Caravan Park
jetties are open for general use.
There are also jetties at North Shields,
Louth Bay, Tumby Bay, Coffin Bay and
Mt. Dutton Bay.
Beach and Rock Locations
There are far too many rock locations to
list and of course they all have particular
times when fishing is best. The Lower Eyre
Peninsula includes over 1000kms of coast
within 2 hours drive of Port Lincoln, so local
knowledge is essential.
Many of the best spots are in National
Parks. You will need an entry permit
- available at the Port Lincoln Visitor
Information Centre. There are also many
locations on private land, but please get
permission before entering them. Detailed
information on top fishing spots is readily
available at local tackle outlets, so it's best
to visit them before planning a trip.
Boats and Facilities
There are marinas at both Port Lincoln
and Tumby Bay. Boat ramps are located
at Tumby Bay, North Shields, Port Lincoln,
Taylor's Landing, Port Neill, Coffin Bay and
Mt. Dutton Bay.
It is also possible to beach launch at Louth
Bay, Avoid Bay and Farm Beach. At certain
times adverse sea and beach conditions
will make some of these locations unusable
so it's worth seeking information from
boating equipment and tackle dealers.
While you're there, get a few tips from their
There are extensive aquaculture and
commercial fishing activities in and around
Eyre Peninsula waters. It is advisable to keep
your distance so they can go about their
business. If you intend to sail these waters
after dark, please ensure you have the latest
information regarding the location of all
aquaculture sites in the area.
There are coastguard stations at Louth
Bay and Tumby Bay, with all marine radio
frequencies monitored. In our vast waters,
you may find yourself many hours from
emergency help. We therefore recommend
you advise the relevant stations of your
activities as a safety precaution.
When to come for your
Whiting, snapper, salmon, sweep, snook,
tommy ruffs, garfish, squid, and many
other species available all year round. Tuna
can be caught late summer and autumn
and kingfish can be found in late spring
Size limits and bag limits vary for different
species, so carry the latest fishing guide. It's
free and you can pick one up at any fishing
or boating outlet. Good Fishing!
Southern Bluefin Tuna
A small cannery started in 1938 but it took
until the early 1950's for improvements in
fishing techniques to enable good catches.
In 1953 SAFCOL established a cannery in
Port Lincoln. 1974 saw the opening of Port
Lincoln Tuna Processors cannery, and by
1982, over 20,000 tonnes of tuna were
landed. The fishery was soon over exploited
and in 1984 quotas were introduced. By
1989, the viability of the fishery was being
questioned and alternatives sought. The
Sashimi market in Japan saw some value
added to the fishery.
In the early 1990's live fish were brought
into Boston Bay in the wells of boats and
introduced to netted rings. Here the fish
were fattened and sold to Japan. A system
of towing large farms of tuna into the bays
was then developed, and tuna farming
exploded into the multi million dollar
industry it is today.
Southern Rock Lobster
The current lobster quota catch for the
Northern Zone is some 530 tonnes and has
approximately 64 license holders fishing
in the waters south west of Adelaide to
Fowlers Bay on the west coast of SA during
the season, November to May. The industry
is worth some $25 million to the South
Australian economy. Approximately 95%
of all lobster are exported to China. If you
wish to purchase this delicious cooked
crustacean for yourself visit one of our local
seafood retailers or wholesalers during
normal shopping hours.
Left to right: A feed for all - fishing in Port
Lincoln; jetty fishing.
January - December
Abalone - wild catch and farmed.
Finfish - farmed Yellowtail Kingfish and Mulloway.
Finfish - King George Whiting, Flathead,
Tommies, Shark (Flake), Harpuka, Blue-eye,
Ling, Red Snapper (Nannygai),
Queen Snapper (Blue Morwong).
Mussels (seasonal variations)
February - November
Non spawning oysters (Triploids)
available summer months
(Oysters naturally spawn Dec to Mar)
April - September
March - June
August - May
September - May
November - May
Rock Lobster (Crayfish)
November & December,
March - June
seasonal fishing calendar
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