Your 2019 holiday fishing report for Kangaroo Island

The water is warming up around KI, literally, and so is the fishing. Small tuna have already made an appearance in Backstairs Passage, taking diver lures and skirts. But the schools have been small and fast moving.

Tuna fishing should improve once the water gets to 19 degrees and the summer progresses.

King George whiting have been plentiful at Bay of Shoals but still sporadic at American River. It is key to fish the tides, with the bottom of the tide being the best as the fish line up to move back into the shallow bay.

Jetty fishing at Kingscote continues to be excellent for squid and also Tommies, while the same species can be targeted at Penneshaw's jetty.

Dan from Ingram's Home Hardware said snook and trevally were also being caught at Kingscote jetty. We did hear a couple of reports of kingfish caught but not landed, but this was unverified.

The south coast has seen salmon catches and also sharks in the surf, while offshore nannygai and blue morwong are options. Blue swimmer crabs, and the more traditional sand crabs, have also been plentiful in Bay of Shoals and also Nepean Bay.

If you didn't bring a boat, we hear that a new KI business hiring out two tinnies is about to begin so ask around for that.

Sean from Emu Bay Fishing Charters has been getting bag limits of big whiting in the strait and also good catches of silver trevally.

Gummy sharks start to move into shallower water as temps increase. The reopening of the new Emu Bay boat ramp has also come just in time for the holidays.

Steve Rowe, 5AA sports radio personality, realised his dream to catch whiting at Emu Bay when he went fishing with KI locals Caj Amadio of Amadio Wines and Michael Barrett of Century 21.

"We managed to have an exciting 20-minute session and bagged 14 north coast whiting. He was stoked!" Caj said.

SNAPPER CLOSURE: Kangaroo Island straddles the SA snapper 3-year closure zones. Snapper will be off limits for the next three years in Investigator Strait off the north coast and also Backstairs Passage.

SNAPPER CLOSURE: Kangaroo Island straddles the SA snapper 3-year closure zones. Snapper will be off limits for the next three years in Investigator Strait off the north coast and also Backstairs Passage.

Snapper closure

With the three-year snapper fishing closure now underway in SA waters, fishers on Kangaroo Island are being urged to set their sights on a different kettle of fish. Snapper fishing closures commenced on November 1 2019 to support the long term recovery of South Australian snapper stocks.

The closures were adjusted as part of revised snapper management measures aimed at returning the snapper fishery to sustainable stock levels.

Kangaroo Island straddles the closure zones. Snapper will be off limits for the next three years in Investigator Strait off the north coast and also Backstairs Passage.

But snapper can still be caught off the Island's south coast, just not during the annual spawning closure from November 1 until January 31.

Any snapper hooked accidentally while fishing for other species must be carefully handled to immediately return it to the water. Catch and release fishing is strictly prohibited.

SA snapper closure flyer/sign

SA snapper closure flyer/sign

While snapper may be off the menu, fishers are encouraged to show their support for regional fishing communities and continue enjoying the diversity of other fishing experiences available in our state's beautiful waters.

Snook, Australian herring (Tommies), yelloweye mullet, sweep, trevally and sand crabs are just some of the popular species fishers can target off KI.

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