Illawarra recreational fishing guide


Fishing is a fun, outdoor activity for the whole family. Fishing rules help ensure healthy and sustainable fisheries for future generations.

The Illawarra’s waterways provide excellent beach, rock, and boat fishing opportunities. This guide provides essential information on fishing, including any closures and restrictions, which apply along the Illawarra coast from Garie Beach to Seven Mile Beach at Gerroa.

DPI Fisheries Officers routinely patrol waterways, boat ramps and foreshores to advise anglers about responsible fishing practices and to ensure compliance with NSW fishing regulations.

This publication provides valuable information on fishing in the Illawarra region including:

  • closures
  • maps
  • fishing rules
  • spearfishing & diving
  • fishing safety
  • catch & release
  • fish aggregating devices (FADs)


Published: May 2016