Fishing around the Tamar River

Where to fish

Popular fishing spots

Greens Beach, Kelso Jetty, Clarence Point, Beauty Point Wharf, Sidmouth, Deviot Pontoon, Hillwood, George Town, Low Head Pilot Station, Beechford, Weymouth and Bellingham.  Do I need a licence?

What will I catch from shore?

  • Sand flathead, Australian salmon, garfish, elephantfish, cod and gurnard.

Local fishing facts

  • From a boat you can also catch wrasse, barracouta, elephantfish, mackerel, mullet, garfish, King George whiting, longfin pike, calamari, snapper and gummy shark (outside the Shark Refuge Area).
  • The Tamar River estuary has deep channels with strong currents and tidal flow into Bass Strait that support important fish habitats including sponge gardens, seagrasses, mud and sand flats and spectacular rocky reefs.
  • Try fishing outside the Tamar Estuary for good-sized flathead. Fishers who encounter undersize flathead inside the estuary should carefully release them.
  • The Tamar River is a Shark Refuge Area. No taking of sharks, skates or rays other than elephantfish.
  • Do not eat wild shellfish from the Tamar River Estuary and limit consumption of scalefish caught to 2-3 serves per week due to heavy metal contamination.  More information:

Download the Fishing Hot Spot Information Map

Download this regional fishing information map and guide Fishing around the Tamar Estuary as a colour PDF which can be easily printed.  Includes where to fish, which fish can be caught, bait and gear information, local fishing facts and sea fishing rules information.



Recreational Fishing Enquiries
Level 3, 134 Macquarie St
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 3233, 1300 720 647