Fishing in Port Stephens

Port Stephens estuary and surrounding waters are a haven for fishermen (and women). Port Stephens offers estuarine fishing within the Harbour and game fishing offshore.

Port Stephens Harbour is 2.5 times larger than Sydney Harbour and makes up a sizeable part of the Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park (which doesn’t mean it is closed for fishing). Estuary fishing around the Port includes wharves, jetties, beaches, break walls and rocks, as well as countless local spots that can be accessed by boat (Middle Island, the Short Cut, Corrie Island, Tilligerry Creek). There are plenty of boat ramps around Port Stephens to launch your boat, Soldiers Point, Shoal Bay, Little Beach to name a few. Fish for flathead, bream, whiting and jewfish or try for blue swimmer crabs (during the months that have an ‘r’ in them we are told).

Why not take part in the Trailerboat Fishing Tournament that is held here in late March or early April each year? Click here for details.

The waters offshore are alive with marine life. We don’t just have dolphins and whales that frequent our waters, there are also snapper, blue, black and striped marlin, yellow fin tuna, mahi mahi, sword fish and various species of shark. Bring your boat and see what you can find (remember to check sea conditions prior) or book a deep sea or game fishing charter and join the experts.

Did you know that Port Stephens hosts the NSW Interclub Game Fishing Tournament in late February and early March each year? Click here for details.

Remember to check the Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park map before you start fishing to ensure you are in a zone where fishing is allowed. Click here for a copy of the map.

When you are visiting Port Stephens for a spot of fishing, Port Stephens Accommodation have a holiday rental that will suit. We have properties for you, your friends and your family, whoever you choose to travel with. If you are bringing a boat we have properties with boat parking and all of our properties are fully self contained so you can cook up your catch! Enter in your dates and preferences above and browse through what is available.

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