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Port Stephens - NSW

In recent years, both these popular holiday spots have received a steady stream of holidaymakers as well as a growing number of permanent residents. In spite of being well fished, both waterways are well stocked with a great variety of good-sized fish.

The largest tidal lake on the New South Wales coast, Lake Macquarie is a natural breeding ground and nursery for many species of fish. The numerous sandflats, channels, deepwater locations and artificial reefs provide a rich source of marine life all year round. Some of the top fishing locations include Swansea, Belmont, Toronto, Belmont Beach, Wangi, Warner's Bay and Coal Point.

A deep, natural harbour, Port Stephens is situated approximately 210km north of Sydney and provides anglers with all aspects of holiday fishing from handlining to superb game fishing.

Every type of estuary fish can be caught from many locations but local knowledge is helpful in deciding where to

fish. Some of the best spots are Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest, Karnak, Lemon Tree Passage, Soldiers Point, Nelson Bay, Shoal Bay, Broughton Island and Tomaree Head through to Anna Bay.


The channel entrance to the lake at Swansea is a renowned `hot spot'. Flathead, flounder, bream and whiting can be taken from the many sandflats which are accessible to waders. Luderick can be captured at certain times of the year, as well as jewfish, kingfish and tailor.

Belmont and Toronto

In the northerly part of the lake, above these two areas, whiting, bream and flathead are regular catches.

Belmont Beach

On the ocean-front beach, bream, flathead, jewfish and tailor are taken consistently on the incoming tide.

Lake Macquarie

Wangi, Warner's Bay and Coal Point

The New South Wales State Fisheries have laid a six artificial reefs at these locations. Now encrusted with marine vegetation, the reefs attract many fish including luderick, sea pike, yellowtail, bream and leatherjacket.

Tea Gardens

On the northern arm of the harbour, Tea Gardens is famous for the size and quantity of luderick taken in the channels. Black bream are also prolific in this area.

Hawks Nest

This growing holiday resort boasts both beach and estuary fishing. The headland at Yacaaba has top rock fishing for tailor, snapper and jewfish. In the estuary, leatherjacket, bream and luderick may be taken.


In the upper reaches where the Karuah River flows into the estuary, bream, whiting and luderick are taken in the shallows. Boat anglers will encounter flathead, sole and flounder. Also a good spot for blue swimmer crabs.

Lemon Tree Passage

These sheltered waters are ideal for boat anglers seeking flathead, bream, whiting and luderick. In deeper water, squire and jewfish can be taken.

Soldiers Point

A top spot for whiting, especially from November to January when they are particularly plentiful. Off the tip of the point, Middle Island is a 'hot spot' for snapper and jewfish.

Nelson Bay

Boat anglers will take plenty of whiting in summer. The rocks at Fly Point are a top bream and luderick location. Flathead, bream and whiting can be taken from Little Beach.

Shoal Bay

During February and March, Shoal Bay is a base for game fishermen who head for offshore Broughton Island in search of marlin, shark, snapper and kingfish. Shorebound anglers will take flathead from the beach and bream at Nelson Head.

Broughton Island

The safe anchorage at Esmeralda Cove allows fishermen to stay overnight and fish at dawn and dusk, the prime times at the island. Groper, rock blackfish, snapper and kingfish can be taken from the rocks. In the deeper waters around the island, game fishermen can try for marlin, shark, kingfish, bonito, tuna and Spanish mackerel.

Tomaree Head to Anna Bay

Zenith Beach, Box Beach, Fingal Bay and One Mile Beach all offer excellent beach fishing. Whiting in season, large tailor and jewfish from headlands, and top catches of snapper, trevally, rock blackfish (drummer) and bream are made along this coastline.


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