Our amazing Lake Macquarie is a great spot for fishing and recreation. We can’t think of a better place to drop in a line. Whether you are out on a boat, or standing on a jetty along the shoreline. If you prefer ocean fishing there are plenty of great choices here too.
Yasmin, a local fisher mum, has quite a few tales to tell. Read Yasmin’s story here.
Want to take your kids fishing but don’t know where to start? Read all about fishing Lake Macquarie with kids here. Get started today.
Don’t want to fish, just want to enjoy the lake? Lake Macquarie has many recreational pursuits available. Whether you prefer to kayak, sail or sleep on the water for the night you can find out what is happening in Lake Macquarie here.
In NSW, when you are fishing in either saltwater or freshwater, you need a recreational fishing licence. There are some exemptions to this, for example, children aged under 18 years of age, Aboriginal people or pensioner concession cardholders. You must carry a receipt that you can show to a DPI fishery officer if asked. To find out more about the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee and where you can buy one click here
It’s important that you maintain your safety at all times when rock fishing. The ocean can be very dangerous and unpredictable and every year lives are lost following this pursuit.
It’s now a legal requirement that rock fishers must wear life jackets in high risk areas around Lake Macquarie.
You can be issued a fine for not wearing a life jacket. Check the map which shows where these high risk areas are.
Follow these rules at all times to stay safe:
For more help staying safe click here
Fishing is a great activity for the whole family. It is important that you follow the rules as this makes sure that we keep our fisheries sustainable and healthy for our kids and grandkids.
If you are going to fish, take a look at the NSW Department of Primary Industries website. They have rules that are detailed and cover the following areas.
There are also general rules and safeguards in place that you need to know.
Please ensure you have checked the NSW DPI website for all rules.
With so many fishing spots it is hard to choose a few to share but here are our top 5 spots in the Lake Macquarie area.
Imagine falling asleep to the rhythm of the waves rocking you. Then waking up to the sound of the waves, gently lapping against the side of your boat. I can’t imagine anything much more peaceful or relaxing.
Lake Macquarie is the perfect place to experience this, either with your own boat or one that you hire. There are several companies that can offer you this opportunity. Taking a holiday on the lake would be an experience of a lifetime.
With our perfect salt water lake that is twice the size of Sydney harbour, joining the ocean through the channel at Swansea, there is so much you can do on the water.
For those that like to enjoy the peace and quiet you can hire stand up paddle boards or kayaks to explore the hidden nooks and crannies of the lake.
Want to explore the lake a little further? How about booking a cruise, hiring a yacht, becoming a member of a boating club or hiring a boat to go fishing?
For those that like a little more speed and excitement, take a fast boat onto the lake and experience wakeboarding or water skiing. If you don’t own your own boat you can book these activities.
Want even more excitement? How about booking a thrill ride either on the lake or out onto the ocean?
Want to come close to nature? From May to November whale and dolphin watching tours are also available.
If you are more of a deep sea fisher, you can also book offshore fishing charters with friends. These depart from Swasea.
If you only get the chance to spend a few hours on the lake now and again, these are our top 3 spots to visit. We shouldn’t really be sharing them but we will love to see you there!
Sand Islands – A beautiful spot to pull up your boat, jump out and do a spot of fishing, have a picnic, a swim in the lake or go exploring. This is a popular spot so try and arrive early to secure your space.
Channel at Swansea under the bridge before you enter the ocean – This is where the lake meets the ocean. Enjoy boating under the Swansea bridge, anchoring up to throw in a line and watch the jet skis and surf lifesavers in their vessels jumping the waves.
Public jetty at Toronto, Warners Bay or Belmont – Fancy a coffee, a late breakfast or lunch? Pull up to the public jetty at any of these suburbs to enjoy a great choice of cafes and restaurants that will meet your needs. Let the kids have a quick play in the park and a visit to the toilet before you climb aboard to continue your voyage.