Fishing on Lord Howe Island


Catch of the day

Head out on the waters with local guides to discover Lord Howe Island's best locations for deep-sea, reef and fly fishing. More than 10 dedicated charter fishing vessels operate from Lord Howe Island, offering half-day, full-day and private charter tours for all levels of expertise.

  • Fishing on Lord Howe Island
  • Fishing on Lord Howe Island

Fishing on Lord Howe Island

A good catch on Lord Howe Island, NSW

Located at the intersection of five major ocean currents, surrounded by a marine park and with no commercial fishery, the waters of Lord Howe Island are teeming with a wide range of tropical, subtropical and temperate species. 

The island offers excellent fishing for the amateur and expert alike, ranking as a internationally-renowned classic sports and game fishing destination.

Big game fishing opportunities can be found within a half-hour boat ride from the island where you can hook black, blue and striped marlin. Deep-sea fishing adventures can also reap a wide variety of cod species.

Catch Lord Howe kingfish, silver travelley, tuna and wahoo in the waters around Balls Pyramid, the worlds tallest sea rock stack at 551 metres, just 23 km southeast of the island.

Enjoy beach fishing in surf and still water. Cast off at Blinky Beach for Australian salmon, or drop a line from the jetty to hook garfish. The rock platforms Clear Place and Old Gulch near North Bay also offer good fishing locations for catching kingfish and travelley. The lagoon is ideal for sport fishing - its shallow waters contain trevalley, silver drummer, bluefish and the double-header wrasse. 

Bag limits apply to certain species and the island encourages a catch-and-release policy.

  • Hand-feeding fish at Neds Beach

    Hand-feed fish at Neds Beach

    Enjoy a unique Lord Howe Island experience hand-feeding fish at Neds Beach Sanctuary Zone. This special purpose zone provides the opportunity to view an amazing diversity of fish, marine life and coral close to shore. Feed eager mullet, wrasse, garfish, silver drummer, spangled emperor and metre-long kingfish.

  • Stand-up paddleboarding on the waters of Lord Howe Island

    Stand-up paddleboarding

    One of the best ways to enjoy the pristine blue waters of Lord Howe Island is from the peaceful perspective of a stand-up paddleboard. Hire a board at Neds Beach or from the PRO DIVE Hire Centre at Lagoon Beach and keep an eye out for wrasses, turtles, stingrays and myriads of coral as you glide through the calm waters.

  • Snorkelling and diving

    Located at the crossroads of five major ocean currents, Lord Howe Island is home to an abundance of beautiful marine life. Swim amongst up to 90 vibrant species of coral and 500 types of fish, turtles and stingrays. Spectacular diving and snorkeling sites include Neds Beach, Erscott's Hole, the Admiralty Islands and Ball's Pyramid.

Swimming safety information

Swimming safety information

NSW has a wide range of wonderful swimming options from beaches, ocean pools, harbourside pools, lakes, rivers or swimming holes at the bottom of waterfalls. However to ensure maximum safety and enjoyment, swimmers should follow this general advice:

Look for patrolled beaches (this is where lifesavers are on duty you will see red and yellow flags that indicate this). You should always swim between the red and yellow flags as they mark the safest place to swim.

Never swim alone at night, or under the influence of alcohol, or directly after a meal.

Always check water depth before diving in as rocks or trees could be submerged and never run and dive into the water from the beach.

Check for signs regarding advice on water conditions at your chosen swimming spot and at any natural swimming hole. Always proceed with caution as surfaces could be slippery and water conditions may not be immediately apparent; particularly if the areas has recently experienced heavy rainfalls or flooding.

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