The onset of spring should see more fish biting around Kangaroo Island.

Get fishing: The winter winds abate, both the air and the water gradually warm and now is a good time to be out on the water. Photo: Steve Howell.
Get fishing: The winter winds abate, both the air and the water gradually warm and now is a good time to be out on the water. Photo: Steve Howell.

The onset of spring should see more fish biting around KI – and a lot more visiting anglers chasing them! This is a great time to be planning an Island fishing holiday, as winter winds abate, both the air and the water gradually warm, and smiles among anglers become much more common.

Look for days of offshore winds and low swell for the best surf fishing on KI.

KI’s rivers produce good numbers of bream during the annual spring run, with the Harriet, Chapman and Eleanor among the most consistent.

Many of the larger bream are caught on small crabs, which deter undersized ‘pickers’.

Soft plastic and hard-body lures also account for their fare share, but you’ll need the right lures and light tackle to use them effectively.

The Squidgy Wriggler in green is a perennial bream favourite, as are smaller diving hard-bodies in the 5-9cm range.

Kingscote jetty begins to fish well at this time of year, with snook, squid, trevally, tommies and a few King George whiting available.

Night time is definitely the right time for KG’s, but don’t expect a bag limit haul.

The whiting action is consistent throughout Nepean Bay for small boaters, and there are good numbers of snook around Ballast Head and around towards Point Marsden.

You might even find a kingfish or two in this area as well, so it pays to be prepared.

KI’s north coast starts to see a few nice snapper in October, as well as the usual nannygai, whiting, trevally and sharks out wider.

Emu Bay is the only recognised launching spot on this part of the Island, so it can be a long run westward to fish some deep water grounds.

It’s also wise to keep in mind that the Emu Bay boat ramp is open to most winds from the northerly quarter, so plan your launching accordingly. Pennington and Hanson Bays should be worth a look for salmon as spring unfolds, especially when the wind is in the north and swell is down.

Pilchards or metal lures will both do the job on these. Look for days of offshore winds and low swell for the best surf fishing anywhere on Kangaroo Island.