Fishing on Lord Howe Island
With no commercial fishing allowed in the marine park surrounding the island and a diverse range of species living in the area, Lord Howe Island is an angler’s paradise. Home to the world's southernmost coral reef, you’ll find kingfish, yellowfin tuna, trevally and wahoo in the crystal clear waters.
There are a range of easily accessible shore fishing areas and several charter boat operators offer fishing trips within the lagoon, around the island and to Ball's Pyramid.
A great way to discover the best fishing spots around Lord Howe Island is with a local tour guide. Take a fishing tour with Sea to Summit or Sea Lord Howe, which range from deep-sea charters to casting a line in the crystal-clear lagoon. The tour operators will provide all the necessary equipment to catch your dream fish.
Where to fish on Lord Howe Island
The waters around Ball’s Pyramid, the world’s tallest sea stack at 551 metres, are ideal for hooking kingfish, tuna and wahoo, one of the fastest fish in the sea. The white sands of Blinky Beach make a lovely location for beach fishing and rock platforms near North Bay on the main island are good for catching kingfish and silver trevally.
The abundance of large pelagic fish is a drawcard for recreational anglers from around the world and you’ll find opportunities to catch big game fish just a half-hour boat ride from the island. Hire fishing equipment from Thompson's Store and drop a line in from the jetty, with the famous twin peaks as the jagged backdrop.
Fishing is a popular recreational activity in the marine park, but special management rules apply. Recreational fishing is allowed in habitat protection zones, but bag limits apply and some fishing methods are prohibited. All forms of fishing and collecting are prohibited in sanctuary zones. For further information contact the Lord Howe Island Marine Park office.
Please read these fishing safety tips carefully before your fishing adventure. If you’re planning to go rock fishing, always wear a life jacket and never fish alone.
By law, you are required to wear a life jacket or buoyancy vest while rock fishing in some areas of NSW, and it is recommended that you wear a buoyancy vest for lake, river and sea fishing. Please see the Water Safety NSW website for more details.
Please consider the following safety tips when fishing:
- Choose a safe place where there are no hazards
- Be very careful when walking on rocks as they can be slippery, and rogue waves can be unpredictable.
- Never fish alone and always watch the waves
- Be aware of the tides and weather
- Wear appropriate footwear, clothing and head protection.
- Carry a float and line to help anyone washed in
Follow these additional safety tips at all times when rock fishing:
- Never turn your back on the sea or ocean
- Tell family or friends of your plans
- Always spend time watching the conditions before fishing, and scan for changing conditions.
- Check tides, swell and weather conditions before setting out and never fish in exposed areas during rough or large seas.
- Carry safety gear such as ropes, a float and torches.
- Note the location of and access to life buoys where they are present
- Plan an escape route in case you're washed in
- Don't put yourself at risk if someone else is washed into the water
- Carry a mobile phone
Visit the Recreational Fishing Alliance of NSW website for more information on staying safe while fishing.