Fishing in Port Macquarie

A little known gem as a fishing destination.  Port Macquarie offers many great spots for river, estuary, rock, beach and off-shore fishing.

10 Good Reasons to visit Port Macquarie for your next fishing trip:


1. Hastings River is a recognized recreational fishing haven;
2. Numerous unspoilt open and secluded spots for your preferred type of fishing experience. See Fishing Locations in Port Macquarie;
3. Several boat ramps for on-water access & boat hire is also available;
4. Easy access to river banks, jetties, and town break-wall for on-shore fishing;
5. Access to Hastings River, estuary, adjoining rivers & creeks for boats & kayaks;
6. Great beaches and rock fishing sites;
7. Fishing charters for off-shore reef and deep sea. There is also an annual game fishing competition in January each year.
8. Marine Rescue (good to know they are there – just in case);
8. Several fishing tackle shops;
9. Great climate for year round outdoors activity;
10. Wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets and preferences.

Port Macquarie has a country lifestyle with all the benefits of a city.  There are a wide variety of retail outlets, holiday activities and entertainment with loads of great cafe’s and restaurants.

Arm yourself with a local map fishing map and tide chart and discover the numerous places to cast a line.

You’ll discover a wide variety of fish:


From the rivers & estuary: Bass in the upper region, and Bream, Flathead, Mulloway, Tailor, Whiting, Blue Swimmer Crabs from lower down.
Off the beaches: Whiting, Bream, Tailor, Flathead, Grouper and other species.
Rocks: Bream, Tailor, Mulloway, Drummer, Luderick, Tuna;
On the Reefs: Bream, Drummer, Flathead, Groper, Leatherjacket, Morwong, Mulloway, Moses Perch, Pearl Perch, Snapper, Teraglin, many reef species, and occasional Kingfish, Tuna & small Marlin; and,
Deep sea: Kingfish, Dolphin Fish (Mahi Mahi), Spanish Mackeral, Marlin, Morwong, Trevally, Tuna.

See our website for full range of fish species in Port Macquarie

Great seasons for fishing in Port Macquarie.


Although Port Macquarie has a warm temperate climate with mild water and air temperatures during winter months, spring and summer are always the most popular fishing seasons. There are still plenty of fishing opportunities in the river, off the beaches and rocks in autumn and winter. If you place yourself in a location at the right time of day with favorable conditions, you’ll likely catch something.

Offshore you’ll catch fish all year round although the most favorable seasons tend to be from September to February. As the water cools down, there is a return of some of the larger species around June/July. It’s important to remember that fishing isn’t an ‘exact science’ as the weather and sea conditions can disrupt normal fish feeding and habitat behavior. It’s sometimes a challenge but that’s what attracts most people to the sport. Right?

Mackerel Tuna

Mackerel Tuna from Port Macquarie Reefs

Spend a little time getting to know the area and exploring your options. If you choose the right tackle and optimum times such season and tides, along with water, sea and weather conditions you are more likely to have success with the species you target. Formulate a plan for your fishing trip so if you’re not lucky at one spot then move to another. For starters, check out my ‘where to fish’ blog, talk to the local fishing stores, or book a guided tour with local fishermen.

Port Macquarie should not be overlooked as a great option when planning your next fishing trip or holiday. There’s plenty of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Offshore fishing for kids



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