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Spot On Fishing & Outdoors Salisbury

Combined Fishing Report  23 June 2022 



Winter has certainly arrived quick and cold! Rug up and keep dry! Don’t forget that our ever-popular long sleeve Tournament Tops and Beanies are ideal for this changeable weather. Plenty in stock now for all the family. Be aware though, you may still need to cover up or use mosquito repellent while you are outdoors (especially for sand flies).

 (A special safety warning to all anglers and boaties. Please do not become a statistic!) Be careful when rock fishing, keep an eye on the waves at all times.

Be smart, stay safe, know your limits, enjoy your fishing trip and return home. Wear your Approved Floatation Jackets! Check your Flares and other safety gear before you go out.

Check rods for any cracked eyelets that need attention and when cleaning reels use a damp rag to wipe them over. We also do rod and reel repairs. Learn how to tie those tricky knots? 

Metropolitan    Bloodworm run next weekend 2 July 2022

Salmon – West Lakes, St Kilda breakwater (dawn and late afternoon), Outer Harbour, Birkenhead Tavern, Barker Inlet, O’Sullivan Beach Break wall and Southport Beach, Port Noarlunga and Onkaparinga Estuary. 

King George Whiting – Northwest, and Star Wreck out from St Kilda, Grange to Largs (1-3km out), Black Pole to Port Gawler, Bower Rd, 2-4mt depth off Somerton, Hallett Cove, The Broadway shallows, Grange Tyre reef, off West Beach, and between Minda Home and Seacliff in 3-5m of water.

Bream – St Kilda Channel, Onkaparinga River, Bower Road causeway, Port River upper reaches, Torrens Island Creeks, West Lakes Bower Rd end, Patawalonga and Port Gawler.

Tommies – St Kilda Channel, mixed sizes near the Black Pole, 1-2km out from Largs to Brighton, Port Noarlunga and The Bluff ramp.

 Mulloway – West Lakes (both ends), Port River (upper reaches), Barker Inlet, Onkaparinga River and Goolwa Beach. Please ensure any ‘live baits’ used are over the legal size. 

Squid – North Haven drops, outside the Bastard Pole, inshore weed beds north of the Black Pole, Dalrymple star, Port Stanvac - Marino, Seacliff, Hallett Cove and Brighton, Port Noarlunga and Glenelg jetties are the best options. And north of Cape Jervis to Second Valley - Wirrina drift grounds. 

Garfish – Big Winter red bill gar should be starting to show in most areas now, West Lakes, northern edge of the silt ground, near the Black pole, Northwest to Semaphore South, Tennyson, Aldinga, most metro jetties including Port Noarlunga and Brighton jetties.

Yellowfin Whiting – Somerton, Tennyson, St. Kilda Breakwater end at low tide, Port Gawler, Chapman Creek, Middle Beach, Lower Light, Thompsons Beach and Port Parham beaches in the shallows. 

Sand Crabs – Henley, Grange, Semaphore and Largs Jetties.

Mullet – West Lakes, North Haven Rocks - Tennyson, Torrens Mouth, Port Noarlunga jetty shallows, Onkaparinga Mouth, Seacliff, Moana and Aldinga.



SnapperPartial closure check Fisheries website.

Check for details.

Garfish – Cape Douglas, Hutt Bay, Livingstons, Pelican Point, Petrified Forest (South East), Smoky Bay, Ceduna, Coffin Bay (in the bay), Pt Lincoln (Limani, Billy Lights, North Shore), Cowell (West Coast), Pine Point, Cape Elizabeth, Marion Bay, Point Turton, Hardwick Bay, Edithburgh, Ardrossan, Stansbury, Copper Coast, Lady Bay, Rapid Bay and Second Valley.

King George Whiting – Port Broughton Shallows, Port Vincent, Mac’s Beach, Edithburgh, The Banks, Point Turton, Hardwicke Bay, The Pines,  Balgowan, Port Victoria, Wallaroo, Port Hughes, Smoky Bay, Ceduna, Coffin Bay (In the bay, Farm Beach), Pt Lincoln (Proper Bay, Murrays, Grantham, Monument, Thistle Island, Taylors, Louth Bay) and Tumby Bay (West Coast).

Squid – The Bluff wharf (2kg), Cape Jervis, Rapid Bay, Second Valley, Wirrina, Port Julia, Wool Bay, Marion Bay, Edithburgh, Ardrossan, Pt Turton, Tiparra Light, Pt Broughton, Point Riley, Coffin Bay (Around the weed beds near the channel markers), Pt Lincoln (Billy Lights, Town Jetty, North shore, Louth Bay), Tumby Bay and Cowell (West Coast).

Tommies – Cape Douglas, Hutt Bay, Livingstons, Pelican Point (South East), The Bluff Ramp, Cape Jervis basin, Rapid Bay (also good for Trevally), Port Elliot, Moonta, Port Hughs, Wallaroo, Balgowan, Stansbury, Troubridge Point, Marion Bay and Edithburgh. 

Shark – Offshore at Coffin Bay over the West Coast and offshore Port MacDonnell down in the South East.

Nannygai – Offshore Coffin Bay, Offshore Port Lincoln (West Coast) and offshore Pt MacDonnell (South East).

Salmon – Berry Bay, Dust Hole and Hillocks Drive, Bird Island, Pt Riley rocks, Port Broughton channel, Far West Coast beaches (Locks Well, Talia, Elliston), Almonta Gunyah, Pt Lincoln (Sleaford, Wanna) (West Coast), Beachport Salmon Hole, Canunda National Park and Piccininni (South East).

Yellowfin Whiting – Cowell (West Coast), between Ardrossan and Black Point, Tickera shallows south of Wallaroo.

Mulloway – The Glenelg River (Try the Poles area, Caves, Donovan’s and Nelson) (South East), Gleeson’s Landing and Salt Creek.

Snook – Turton and Copper Coast Jetties at night, Tiparra Light, Smoky Bay Ceduna, Coffin Bay, Pt Lincoln (Limani, Billy Lights, North Shore) and Tumby Bay (West Coast).

Tuna – Off Pt MacDonnell when the water is safe (South East), Suzanne Shoal, Corny Point and Marion Bay. 

Mullet – Murray Mouth, Bluff boat ramp, Kings Beach, Normanville, Sugars Beach, Marion Bay, Chinaman’s Hat, Sultana Point, Port Vincent Caravan Park spit, Hardwicke and Berry Bays.

Goolwa Cockles (Pipis) - season is closed until the end of October.

Salmon Trout – Cape Douglas, Hutt Bay, Livingstons and Pelican Point (South East).

Flathead – Coffin Bay (West Coast).

Bream – Glenelg River (Spread out – Try Dry Creek, Donovan’s and Rockwalls) (South East)


Fresh water 

Murray Cod - All Cod caught must be released while still in the water. This includes Reservoirs and all waters of the state.

Rain and increasing waters from NSW/QLD in the River Murray may have already caused some closures of National Park campsites. It would be wise to check on conditions before leaving home.  Pyramid nets are now approved for use in SA waters. for more details. 

Callop (Yellow Belly) – Although they can be harder to catch right now,  it is still worth trying Murray River locations including Blanchetown, Swan Reach, Walkers Flat, Morgan, Cadell, Berri, Katarapko and Renmark. Scrub worms and Tiger worms are available at most Spot On Stores. 

Fish take lures as well so why not try casting near the snags. Deeper water can give you better results.

Check with Reservoirs SA for opening times and size and bag limits. Also National Parks and Crown Land for local access.

Redfin – Happy Valley, Warren and Myponga Reservoirs are holding good size fish in deeper sections of the Reservoirs. Lures and worms have been working in reservoirs for those who are patient. Redfin are great to eat.  Redfin must not be returned to the water.

Carp – Due to the higher water levels in the river and filling of the backwaters there has been an explosion in Carp numbers. Torrens River and Lake Bonney and Most Murray River locations are always good to target Carp. 

Carp make good Crab bait, and remember that Carp must not be returned to the water. 

Don’t forget that CARP are a great fish to catch, especially for the kids and everyone you take from the system helps out river, lake or impoundment ecology. 

A permit is required and available on-line at Reservoirs SA. The permit covers all open locations.  

Fisheries Updates

SnapperPartial closure check Fisheries website.

Check for details.

Goolwa Cockles (Pipis) season is closed until the end of October.

Until further notice, taking bivalve shellfish from the Port River is PROHIBITED, due to the Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS). There are also brochures now available about POMS and the Asian Paddle Crab. One found in the Port River. These crabs are quite invasive so if you catch or see one please contact PIRSA fisheries immediately. For more information follow the link below. until the end of September.

The fishing closure has been extended another 12-months and is now in place for waters adjacent to Port Pirie township for Shore, jetty and boat-based fishing.  

Check for details.

Can you tell the difference between Tommies and Salmon Trout? 

You can check the SA Fishing App or ask a Fishcare Volunteer or Fisheries Compliance Officer or phone 1800 065 522.

Review weather reports before going out. Please check your safety equipment before venturing on the water, especially flares and life jackets. Make sure your boat motor is in good working order.