The Mallala coastal area provides a recreational outlet for both locals and visitors alike. Fishermen are often observed wading in the shallows looking for a catch of whiting or groups of people looking for a fun day out are often seen with rake in hand searching for our famous Blue Swimmer Crab. A car on stilts, the’ Jinker’ is an ingenious invention that has allowed local boat owners to launch their boats in the low tides of the gulf. There are a number of Marine Park Sanctuary Zones that boaters need to be aware of before throwing a line over board, so ensure that you check out the boundaries and download there app before you set out.
It is important to remember that bag, boat and size catch limits apply to most species of fish and seafood caught in South Australian waters. Some fish also have closed seasons and others are completely protected. The limits vary, so it is important to make sure you are well aware of what you can catch and how much of it you can take home.
Primary Industries and Resources South Australia are responsible for the fishing regulations in South Australia. Their website is full of information for recreational fishers, including a searchable list of fishing limits and fish sizes. The SA Recreational Fishing Guide is available as a smartphone app for iPhone, Windows and Android. You can also contact the 24 hour Fish Watch number 1800 065 522 for information on fishing rules and regulations.
Grab a fishing guide
The Yorke Peninsula Fishing Guide is a must read if you're planning a fishing trip in the area. It lists where to get bait and tackle, the best marine services and even boat hire locations. There's information on the hottest fishing spots along the coast and offshore. The best news? It's free!
Tides and Weather
If you are going fishing, it's a good idea to check the weather and tide times before you go. Don't be caught out in a storm.
For the latest weather and tide times, visit the Bureau of Meteorology. You'll find weather warnings for South Australia, rain radars, weather maps, district forecasts, tide locations and times. Don't forget to protect yourself from the sun, especially when out on the open water or spending a day fishing. The Bureau of Meteorology provides information on ultraviolet (UV) forecasts.