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Fishing in Jervis Bay and Shoalhaven

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  • Fishing, Shoalhaven


Push a boat into The Basin

Ten minutes south of Jervis Bay you will find St Georges Basin - a beautifully sheltered, peaceful and and popular South Coast fishing estuary. The Basin offers consistent catches of flathead, bream and tailor and has excellent boating facilities. Other Shoalhaven fishing highlights can be found at Lake Conjola, Ulladulla and Burrill Lake.

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Jervis Bay and the Shoalhaven - a fishing paradise

Wharf Fishing in Shoalhaven

The Jervis Bay and Shoalhaven area is one of the top fishing destinations in NSW. The Shoalhaven region is a haven for fish, with everything from freshwater dams, rivers and lakes to open ocean game fishing. The dedicated marine park of Jervis Bay National Park ensures the conservation of marine habitats and species while allowing recreational fishers plenty to enjoy.

The Shoalhaven boasts a wide range of excellent fishing locations to choose from, with something for all classes of anglers. Deep sea fishing in the Shoalhaven gives you the chance to catch marlin, tuna, kingfish, snapper, morwong and flathead, while in the region's estuaries and rivers there's every opportunity to hook bream, flathead, whiting, tailor, luderick and crab. Freshwater enthusiasts should head to Tallowa Dam in the Kangaroo Valley and the Danjera Dam and the upper Shoalhaven River.

Jervis Bay remains one of the most popular fishing spots on the NSW South Coast. The rock platforms on the northern side of the bay are famous for the land-based game fishing, with opportunities to catch marlin, tuna and kingfish. Inside the bay, you can catch bream, whiting and flathead from most of the white sandy beaches in the area. There are also several boat ramps around the bay, as well as experienced local fishing operators who offer great fishing adventures in and around the bay.

When fishing in NSW freshwater and saltwater, you are required by law to pay the NSW 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 adjacent to waters. Find out more on NSW recreational fishing laws and regulations.

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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