If wetting a line is one of your favourite hobbies, then the Shoalhaven is the perfect place to exercise your fishing muscles. Enjoy a variety of styles, including freshwater, river, lake, rock, beach and even open ocean game fishing. Have a go from land or head out on a boat-based expedition at one of our favourite local hotspots - our South Coast fishing haven is calling your name. Remember to grab a NSW recreation fishing licence online, by phoning 1300 369 365 or at a local tackle shop.
1. Peaceful Fishing around St Georges Basin
The seaside towns surrounding the St Georges Basin waterway make an ideal base for all keen fishermen, with plenty of excellent land based and boat based opportunities to enjoy. Here you will often find a more calm and sheltered environment, particularly in the early mornings which provide some ideal conditions for a peaceful start to your day of fishing. Shore based anglers who don’t mind wading out in the water can find pink nippers at Sanctuary Point, settle in at the boat ramp and jetty at Basin View or test your skills along the canals at Sussex Inlet.
Insider tip: Sussex Inlet is a popular spot at the run-in tide for both lure and bait anglers - use a stream of berley that includes bread, chopped prawns and pilchards.
2. Deep Sea Fishing in Ulladulla
Harbour and deep sea fishing is abundant in Ulladulla, which has been a commercial fishing port since the 1800s. Fishing is just in the blood of the locals here and every year the community celebrates its famous Blessing of the Fleet festival. The pier is a great place to start, with ample parking that’s close to your fishing spot with schools of tailor, salmon and sometimes kingfish. If you’re a beginner, why not head out with the experts at Ulladulla Fishing Charters. Jump on a deep sea charter with the masters for a chance to catch some marlin, tuna or jewfish.
Insider tip: Make your way to Burrill Lake Entrance Beach which often boasts excellent conditions for bream, whiting and flathead.
3. Fishing along the Crookhaven River
Base yourself at Greenwell Point and you’ll have easy access to the Crookhaven River, an excellent place to drop a line. This fishing mecca is filled with a variety of species, including big mulloway and big blue nosed black bream. Punters can have a go at trying out all sorts of different angling techniques all in the one location. There are plenty of land-based options - head to the rock walls at Greenwell Point, the public wharves at Orient Point or the breakwall on Comerong Island. If for some reason, the fish just aren’t biting, grab a taste of the local seafood from DJ's Fish and Chips or at Pelican Rocks Cafe for some of the best fish and chips on the South Coast.
Insider tip: The best times to fish here are during the last hour of the run-out tide, the first hour of the run in and the top of the tide. Make sure you also keep an eye out for mud crabs and blue swimmer crabs that are abundant in these waters.
4. Rock Fishing in Jervis Bay
Cast a line surrounded by super white sand and crystal clear waters. Jervis Bay is a sanctuary for fishermen, with many places to set up and try your luck. This dedicated marine park ensures the conservation of sea life and natural habitats, while allowing recreational fishers to also enjoy the environment. The rock platforms on the northern side of the bay are considered to be the birthplace of land-based game fishing, with ample opportunity to snag some bream, whiting, tuna and kingfish.
Insider tip: The outer torpedo tubes at Point Perpendicular are a local hotspot for the elusive Black Marlin, able to be caught from the shore. We know that it can be tough fishing on your own sometimes, though, so you can also head out on an adventure with Simos Afloat, which gives you a guided tour of the Bay.
5. Freshwater Fishing in the Shoalhaven
Those more inclined towards freshwater fishing will love trying to catch the famous bass and rainbow trout at Lake Yarrunga formed by Tallowa Dam. Situated in Kangaroo Valley, you can also camp at this hotspot, making it a great place to settle in for a weekend and maximise your fishing opportunities! Parts of the Shoalhaven River at Broughton Creek and Danjera Dam and Bewong Creek are also local favourites.
Insider tip: Wake up early and have a crack from the shore right in front of the campsite at Tallowa Dam. This fishing spot is brimming with bass that can be caught easily in the wee hours of the morning.