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Recommended squid fishing spots

Thanks to all those people who have been helping me to compile the following list of squid fishing spots.
Choose your location -

VIC (8)  NSW (20)  SA (8)  TAS (4)  NT (1)  WA (2)  QLD (2) 

South Island, NZ (1)

Also don't forget to check out the Squid Fishing Reports & Locations pages of the Squidfish forums.

West Coast, USA

NOTE - If locations have been discussed in the squidfish forums, then I have created links to those discussions.

  • Redondo Pier at Des Moines, WA - pretty good place but a bit windy.
  • Puget Sound, WA - Good for squid from November through to February. Catches from the piers can be up to 40 +. They are small - 8-12 inches but tastey. High tide or early evening is the ticket.
  • Downtown Seattle Waterfront, WA
  • West Seattle's Seacrest Pier, WA
  • Des Moines city pier, WA
  • The well-lit Pier 86, just off Elliott Way, WA near the grain terminal. This large pier has shelters to keep dry from the rain, restrooms and a small store that sells snacks, coffee and jigs. There are also electrical outlets where jiggers can plug in portable lights.
  • Edmonds fishing pier, WA - The best time is just after dark on the south end of the pier. You must get there early to get a spot. Bring generators for lights, there are no outlets to use on the pier.
  • Les Davis pier in Tacoma, WA. It has power available on the dock so you can plug in your own lights.
  • The Seattle Aquarium Pier, WA and the pier just north of it, along with the Seacrest Boathouse pier in West Seattle.
  • Seattle piers 63, 67 and 70 - Bring a generator or battery lights and fish from dark to 12pm and you should go home with your fair share.
  • Brownsville dock in Bremerton, WA, Point Defiance Park Boathouse pier, Fauntleroy ferry dock, Vashon Island ferry pier, and Illahee State Park and City piers in Kitsap County
  • San Juans Islands Area, WA
  • Hood Canal, WA
  • Cordell Banks, CA

East Coast, USA




  • Jakarta Bay, Ujung Kulon located in West Java, Takabonarate (the third largest coral reef in the world located in South Sulawesi), Nusa tenggara Barat and the neighbouring Island of Bali. More Info

Hong Kong, CHINA



New South Wales, AUSTRALIA

1. Jervis Bay by boat (east of Canberra)
2. Hawkesbury River System (north of Sydney)
   i. Cowan Creek Arm    ii. Pittwater Arm  
  • Palm Beach Jetty and the surrounding kelp beds
  • Flats behind Palm Beach along the western shore between Coasters Retreat & Longnose Point in close to the rocks
  • Around the western side of Barrenjoey Head
  • Bayview boat ramp
  • Lovett Bay near the sand bar
  • Morning Bay near the public wharf
  • Scotland Island near Tennis Court Wharf, Carols Wharf and near the red channel marker at the northern end of the island.
3. Port Jackson (Sydney)
  • Balmoral Jetty, Middle Harbour
  • The kelp beds around Middle Head and North Harbour
  • South Head near bommie on inside of harbour. Close to Macquarie lighthouse.
  • Lady Bay Beach kelp beds near beach extending to South Head.
  • Cobblers Beach near rocks in the bay there is kelp beds in close. Summer spot.
  • Dobryd Reef - you must only fish this spot in calm conditions as easterly swell breaks on the reef. Fish for squid near Dobryd Head at inside cardinal marker.
4. Botany Bay (south of Sydney)
  • Just off Bare Island there is a bommie and if the weather is calm you can catch some pretty big squid if you anchor over the top of the 'bommie' or just up tide as the tide flows, and allow you bait/jig to drift back to the 'bommie'
5. Bateman's Bay to Broulee (east of Canberra)
  • Produce good quantities of squid from the rocks generally from Feb to June each year.
6. Occasional squid caught from Tathra Wharf, Tathra (near Merimbula)
NOTE: Your best bet in NSW/Sydney seems to be kelp beds near drop offs or fishing around headlands.

South Australia, AUSTRALIA

  • Rapid Bay Jetty
  • Point Riley (near Wallaroo) on the western side of Yorke Peninsula, is a great spot for squid and cuttlefish
  • Rosetta Head for big squid (Victor Harbor)
  • Yankalilla Bay just north of Warrina, Fleurieu Penisula. (Boat access from Marina St Vincent, Wirrina Cove)
  • Yorke Penisula - Wool Bay jetty, Black Point, Point Turton Jetty, Port Victoria, Marion Bay Jetty, Ardrossan, Edithburg
  • Port Hughes
  • Cape Jervis Jetty on the Fleurieu peninsula, (right at the tip - where the ferry leaves for Kangaroo Island! Supposed to have huge squid here)
  • Moonta Bay - a great squid spot with mainly small to average squid but very consistant. Located 1.5 hrs drive north of Adelaide on the north side of Yorke Peninsula.


  • Jetties around Stanley (North West Tasmania)
  • Naracoopa pier on the east coast of King Island. The main jetty (i think) seems to be just south of Naracoopa township. I was told that the pier was not terribly safe and has missing planks so be careful! There are no lights on the pier.
  • Port Sorell
  • Dentrecasteaux Channel

Northern Territory, AUSTRALIA

  • Squid are taken from the wharves in Darwin, usually in the dry season

Western Australia, AUSTRALIA

  • Rottnest Island - There is a lit jetty (seems to be in the Thomson Bay area) and there is another unlit jetty south of the main jetty near some old military setup.
  • Busellton Jetty, Busellton, Western Australia

Queensland, AUSTRALIA

  • Whitsundays - no problem catching squid all through the islands. Favourite spots are Gloucester passage and Gloucester Island at the northern end of the Whitsundays.
  • Shorncliffe Jetty, Brisbane

South Island, NEW ZEALAND

  • Heads of the Whangaroa Harbour in the far north of the North Island. Good size arrow squid along the rock shelves at the entrance.

Last modified: 22 March 2005