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What Fish are Biting?

Provided by Fishing SA Magazine

The McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast will have you hook, line and sinker. It's the gateway to a range of superb fishing opportunities south of Adelaide, with spectacular coastal scenery and friendly laid back vibe, we are a great catch! 

Whether you fish solo, or with a group of friends, boat or shore, there is something always biting in the area and we’ve made the decision of what to target a little easier for you, with our fortnightly ‘what fish are biting’ guide below.


Fish caught in McLaren Vale Fleurieu Coast

With hot days starting to feature amongst the mild ones along the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast, fishing activity has also sparked up as we race towards Summer!

A successfully Onkastompa fishing competition was held in the Onkaparinga River in early November, with all proceeds going to Childhood Cancer Association. Government funding was also announced for the O’Sullivan Beach boat ramp upgrade, meaning even easier access to these productive waters.

The river, along with other shore and boat hot spots are all switched-on and producing at the moment, making the area a must-visit over the coming weeks!

Note - There is a closed season on the bream in the section of water above the South Road bridge. The ban prevents the taking of bream from the 1st of September to the 30th of November each year and is set in place to protect the larger breeding fish which congregate in the narrower upper reaches.


Mulloway Southport Beach, Onkaparinga River Hard-body and soft plastic lures, 4-5 inches are perfect. Fish baits live or dead also work well fished also work fished in deeper stretches of Onk’ or gutters on beach.
Salmon/Salmon Trout Southport, Port Noarlunga Jetty, Onkaparinga River There’s still some schools of respectable salmon around, look for black patches of fish in water, or otherwise work lures and baits in likely zones waiting for strays to swim past.
Squid Land-based: Port Noarlunga Jetty, O’Sullivan Beach breakwater. Boat based: Sellicks, Aldinga, O’Sullivan Beach The squidding has been hot! Keep your catch cool after capture if you want the best result on the dinner plate, or even when using them as bait.
Bream Onkaparinga River (closure upstream on Main South Road Bridge from September to November for taking of bream) Small 3 inch soft plastics and hard-body lures are perfect for bream. Otherwise lightly weighted and streamlined prawn or fish baits will work.
King George Whiting Boat based: Aldinga, Sellicks, Myponga No run, no fun rings true for KG whiting. Fish when the tide is moving if you can.
Garfish Aldinga, Port Noarlunga Jetty, Port Willunga, inshore over weed beds and broken ground Berley spring floats are great on the jetty, otherwise a constant berley trail in a pot is advised.
Snook Aldinga, Seaford, O'Sullivan Beach Trolling is a great way to cover ground and locate schools. They also love slack water during tide changes, and over dodge tides unlike some species.
Tommies Aldinga, O'Sullivan Beach, Moana, Port Noarlunga Jetty, Horseshoe Reef (Christies Beach) Small hooks (size 6-10) and compact pipi and gent baits are ideal for tommies.
Sand Crabs/Odd Blue Crab Port Noarlunga Jetty, Aldinga, Sellicks Beach or target ‘broken bottom’ areas right down coast If you’re encountering too many stingrays in your area it’s time to shift locations when after crabs!


 Fishing for sand crabs on the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast








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