4 top spots for fishing in South Australia

Love to while away the hours with a line in the water? We’ve got you covered with these options for your next trip.

Fishing could almost be considered the perfect pastime. You get outdoors, it can be done with friends and family, it’s relaxing, and you end up with a tasty dinner option at the end. Well, sometimes.

If you’re always looking for a new spot to go fishing, you’re in luck – we’ve done the research. Here are four of our top South Australian spots to drop a line. 

1. Katarapko Creek – Murray River National Park

Better known for its great canoeing opportunities, Katarapko Creek in Murray River National Park is also a great place to enjoy a day of fishing.

It’s home to many of our native fish, so you’ve got a good chance of catching some golden perch (callop). Bring your net, there’s plenty of yabbies to be found as well. 


2. Coorong Ocean Beach – Coorong National Park

For those who enjoy beach fishing, Ocean Beach in Coorong National Park is the place for you. This popular and picturesque fishing spot is home to plenty of snapper and salmon.

The Coorong is also home to the annual Kingston South East Surf Fishing Competition. Every year, about 1500 keen anglers set up camp along 87 kilometres of beach to take out prizes for the biggest fish across multiple species, as well as special junior prizes. 


3. Warren Reservoir – near Mount Crawford

Warren Reservoir is an inland angler’s dream. It’s been stocked with thousands of native fish including Murray cod, and golden and silver perch – so hooking a line is pretty much a sure thing. 


(Video courtesy of SA Water)

The reservoir was established as a fishing spot, with amenities to match, to improve opportunities for South Australia’s 277,000 recreational fishers.

Budding anglers can fish from the shoreline with a valid permit from RecFish SA

4. Bundaleer Reservoir – near Spalding

It’s the same deal for Bundaleer Reservoir in the state’s mid north.

The reservoir is open to shore-based recreational fishing for budding fishers to reel in rainbow and brown trout, Murray cod, and golden and silver perch.

If you hold a current Warren Reservoir Permit then you will also be able to use it to fish in Bundaleer Reservoir.  


Important things to remember

Always take note of local fishing limits. These are strictly monitored, so make sure you’re sticking to the size, bag, boat and possession limits for each area.

European carp are considered a pest species in Australia and highly prevalent in the River Murray. If you catch one, do not return it to the water. It must be destroyed and disposed of.

What’s your pick for fishing in South Australia? Let us know in the comments section below.

This story was originally posted in October 2017.

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