Port Stephens waterways and beaches provide excellent fishing opportunities.
From estuary fishing to blue water game fishing for a variety of enthusiasts, the Port Stephens area offers excellent beach, rock, estuary and offshore fishing opportunities where anglers have the chance of catching a wide variety of fish including tailor, kingfish, Australian salmon, luderick, snapper, bream, whiting, leatherjacket, flathead and mulloway. Port Stephens also provides excellent freshwater fishing opportunities.
Fishing Rules and Licences
When fishing in NSW waters, both freshwater and saltwater, you’ll need to carry a receipt showing your payment of the Recreational Fishing Fee. This applies when spear fishing, hand lining, hand gathering, trapping, bait collecting and prawn netting or when in possession of fishing gear in, on or near these waters. You can apply for a Recreational Fishing Licence online. The fee is $7 for 3 days, $14 for 1 month, $35 for 1 year and $85 for 3 years. You can pay the NSW recreational fishing fee at hundreds of agents throughout NSW such as over the counter at most fishing tackle shops. You can also pay the fee at some caravan parks, local shops and service stations, many Kmart stores, online or by calling 1300 369 365.
NSW fisheries officers routinely patrol waterways, boat ramps and foreshores advising anglers about responsible fishing practices and ensuring compliance with NSW fishing regulations. Fishcare volunteers can also be found at boat ramps and on the water in dedicated Fishcare vessels, advising anglers about responsible fishing practices and distributing saltwater fishing guides and sticky rulers. Information on bag and size limits, fishing closures and legal fishing gear can be obtained from the website, or by visiting your local tackle shop. When fishing in NSW waters, both freshwater and saltwater, you are required by law to pay the NSW recreational fishing fee and carry a receipt showing the payment of the fee. Detailed rules and regulations.
Recreational freshwater fishing guide.
Recreational saltwater fishing guide.
Tide table for 2015/16
Fishing Maps and Spots
A deep, natural harbour, Port Stephens is situated approximately 210km north of Sydney and provides anglers with all aspects of holiday fishing from handlining to superb game fishing. Every type of estuary fish can be caught from many locations but local knowledge is helpful in deciding where to fish. Some of the best spots are Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest, Karuah, Lemon Tree Passage, Soldiers Point, Nelson Bay, Shoal Bay, Broughton Island and Tomaree Head through to Anna Bay.
Tea Gardens on the northern arm of the harbour, is famous for the size and quantity of luderick taken in the channels. Black bream are also prolific in this area.
Hawks Nest boasts both beach and estuary fishing. The headland at Yacaaba has top rock fishing for tailor, snapper and jewfish. In the estuary, leatherjacket, bream and luderick may be taken.
Karuah in the upper reaches where the Karuah River flows into the estuary, bream, whiting and luderick are taken in the shallows. Boat anglers will encounter flathead, sole and flounder. Also a good spot for blue swimmer crabs.
Lemon Tree Passage, these sheltered waters are ideal for boat anglers seeking flathead, bream, whiting and luderick. In deeper water, squire and jewfish can be taken.
Soldiers Point is a top spot for whiting, especially from November to January when they are particularly plentiful. Off the tip of the point, Middle Island is a ‘hot spot’ for snapper and jewfish.
Nelson Bay and Surrounds, boat anglers will take plenty of whiting in summer. The rocks at Fly Point are a top bream and luderick location. Flathead, bream and whiting can be taken from Little Beach. Shoal Bay During February and March, Shoal Bay is a base for game fishermen who head for offshore Broughton Island in search of marlin, shark, snapper and kingfish. Shore-bound anglers will take flathead from the beach and bream at Nelson Head.
Broughton Island, at Esmeralda Cove allows fishermen to stay overnight and fish at dawn and dusk, the prime times at the island. Groper, rock blackfish, snapper and kingfish can be taken from the rocks. In the deeper waters around the island, game fishermen can try for marlin, shark, kingfish, bonito, tuna and Spanish mackerel. Tomaree Head to Anna Bay Zenith Beach, Box Beach, Fingal Bay and One Mile Beach all offer excellent beach fishing. Whiting in season, large tailor and jewfish from headlands, and top catches of snapper, trevally, rock blackfish (drummer) and bream are made along this coastline.
Tackle World Port Stephens, 100 Magnus Street Nelson Bay 49842144 Tackle World is a specialist tackle shop established by one of the leading local fisherman, Brent Hancock. Located in the heart of the Nelson Bay shopping precinct and just around the corner from D’Alboras Marina and caters to the need for superior fishing equipment and fishing supplies. This weeks news.
Duffs Salamander Bait and Tackle, Coles Express Service Station, 163 Salamander Way Salamander Bay 49820711 for all your fishing needs, from fresh bait to rods, reels and apparel and advice from local fishermen on the local hot spots, tips & hints from a true local fisherman. You can get fuel for the boat, ice, bait & all your fishing needs at the one place! they sell fresh, brined and frozen bait and a long list of fishing accessories. Open 7 days 6am- 6pm (5am Sat. & Sun.)
After a hard long day of fishing you are probably wondering where can I stay, unwind and relax ready to start again early in the morning. Well in Nelson Bay stay at one of the premier locations amongst the Port Stephens Beachside Holiday Parks with four parks to choose from, all in close proximity to Port Stephens best known fishing and recreation spots. After you have caught these fish you are probably wondering, where am I going to cook these? Well here at Beachside Holiday Parks we have it all for you, in close proximity to the water we offer a range of various accommodation packages to suit your purpose, from camping, caravanning, cabins to resort style accommodation, cook in the self catering cabins and villas or utilise one of the many FREE BBQ areas around the parks.
Our parks are designed to attract the attention of any person alike, whether you are travelling with a group, family or alone we can arrange the accommodation to suit.
With three Beachside Holiday Parks to choose from you are spoilt for choice. Shoal Bay Holiday Park is situated on the shore of Shoal Bay Beach, the perfect destination to drop a line whilst cooling down, with various accommodation available such as Safari Tents for the campers, powered caravan sites, your choice of 1-2 bedroom cabins. If Shoal Bay isn’t biting try your luck and seclude yourself in Fingal Bay where you can cast your reel under the lighthouse in the bid to catch a bite. With accommodation arranging from powered to unpowered camp sites, cabins, and resort style villas there is sure to be something for you.
Another park to grab your attention is Halifax Holiday Park, with calm water beaches on each side there are plenty of options available to you. There is a boat ramp and boat and trailer parking adjacent to Halifax so launching your vessel won’t be a problem. You can choose to pull your caravan up to one of the many powered sites, stay in a cabin or reward yourself and experience 4 star accommodation without putting a hole in your pocket by enjoying yourself in one of the parks 3 bedroom villas.
Soldiers Point is ideal for any fisherman, with the 5 star marina and a fabulous deep water boat ramp makes for an ideal location.
The benefit for staying within the Beachside Holiday Parks is they offer BBQ facilities, car wash bays if you need to wash your boat and camp kitchens to enjoy your catch. Sit back, unwind and enjoy your time at Beachside Holiday Parks Port Stephens New South Wales.
p.s. you’ll love it xx