Port Lincoln Fishing Report




This week’s image is Clinton Ryan who landed this great 51cm whiting. The weather has been all over the place this week. Fortunately, so have the fish! There have been some good signs for the coming summer fishing season, here is what was biting and where.

West Coast
Yalata and the Hilton areas have been producing Mulloway from 75 to 151cm. Some of these fish are 80lb plus. Amongst them have been plenty of other species, although salmon were a bit scarce in areas.

Offshore from Elliston there are lots of small tuna to 10kg chasing small bait fish. You need to be very stealthy to sneak up on them as they are very flighty at the moment. On the surf beaches, Salmon continue to be caught by anglers throwing metal lures and pilchard baits. Fish to 4kg are being caught at most locations.

Coffin Bay

Farm beach is producing Whiting to 34cm in shallow water. For the bigger fish, try the Fence line, Gallipoli and Frenchman’s in deep. The bigger whiting to 46cm seem to be dropping off in numbers, but they are still there. The odd Nannygai, morwong, flathead and others are also being caught in the same deeper water.

Try the Drummond/Coles Point area for land-based Whiting, Sweep, Salmon and Snook. Some of the salmon were described as “BIG” and were in large schools. Offshore fishing has seen Tuna to 15kg caught around Rocky, Greenly and The Hummocks. Most of the fish were between 5 & 10kg. Smaller, faster trolling lures like the Zerek Speed Donkey and Samaki Pacemakers were successful. For those bottom bouncing, Nannygai, Blue Morwong and Gummy Sharks were caught.

Port Lincoln

Sleaford to Wanna has been producing a good mixed bag of fish. Big Tommy’s, Mullet, Silver Whiting and Salmon to 4Kg were all caught this week. Boaties did well on King George Whiting around the McLarens area during the early morning. This is probably due to the better overnight tides

Shore based anglers in the same area landed a few nice Flathead on soft plastics. Inside Boston and Proper bays, the squid are improving. There seems to be plenty of small squid about, so keep the jigs as small as possible. Yamashita Live Search Jigs were the top performing jig for a couple of squid fishos.

Inside the local bays, there are plenty of King George Whiting around, although some areas have lots of undersized ones. There are also a few Flathead, small Tommy’s, and many other species in the bays at the moment.

Tuna are in the area south and west of Williams. They are not up on the surface much, so blind trolling small bibbed lures at high speeds will give you the best chance of snagging a tuna. Blue Swimmer Crabs are increasing in numbers, but during the day they are tough to find. Some boaties worked for hours for only a few crabs. Hopefully after the next dodge, things should improve.

Port Neill/Arno Bay

King George Whiting were caught by boaties in shallow water. Berley is a must to keep the fish feeding when you find them. From the jetties, Snook, Garfish, Tommys and Squid were caught.

Tumby Bay
Snook, Garfish, Tommy’s and Squid were caught from the town jetty. Boaties that headed to the group had to work hard to get King George Whiting to 45cm, a few squid and some Sweep.


Blue Swimmer Crabs are on the ‘go’ and ready to target. Raking in the shallows at night has been the best method.

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