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, wahoo and marlin in the crystal clear waters.
A great way to discover the best fishing spots around Lord Howe Island is with a local tour guide. A range of fishing tours is available, from deep-sea charters and big game fishing 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.
Spearfishing is banned in the UNESCO World Heritage island group and there are special sanctuary zones in the marine park where recreational fishing is not permitted, so check before you cast a line. Bag limits apply on certain species and the island encourages a catch-and-release policy in line with its sustainable fishing guidelines.
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.