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 M.V Chamaeleon, Sea to Summit or Sea Lord Howe, which range 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.
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.