Are you one of our students who had asked us this question - "Where can I go fishing after I have completed the Beginner Angler's Course?"
We have taken the initiative to put together a comprehensive list of various saltwater fishing locations scattered across Singapore, along with some valuable fishing advice and recommendations that you can utilize and take advantage of during your exploratory fishing endeavours.
1. Bedok Jetty
Bedok Jetty's popularity as a fishing spot stems from its convenient accessibility, abundant parking space, and diverse fish species available for catching during both day and night. It provides a tranquil and serene atmosphere for anglers to relish their fishing experience. Most fishing enthusiasts also adhere to the ritual of dining at the East Coast Lagoon Food Village after a fulfilling day of fishing.
This jetty is one of the most popular fishing spots of all time. To some anglers, fishing at Bedok jetty is their weekly routine. There were a couple of breath-taking catches landed at this historical spot too, like this giant stingray.
Do not get your expectations too high though. Landing a monster of this size requires perseverance, patience and years of experience. Talk to the regular anglers there and dig out a tip or two.
Hint: The best bait is always the bait that you can catch at the fishing spot.
Techniques: Bottom fishing, Jigging, Luring
Sighting: Barracuda, Groupers, Snappers, Pompano, Mackerel, Stingrays, and even occasional sightings of Squid and Cuttlefish.
2. Changi Beach
Changi Beach is a highly favoured destination for fishing enthusiasts for numerous reasons. It offers an abundance of fish species year-round, making it an ideal location for fishing. Additionally, the beach is easily accessible, providing ample parking space, which makes it a convenient choice for anglers. Moreover, many fishing enthusiasts are motivated by the famous Changi nasi lemak from Changi Village Hawker Centre, which adds to its allure.
This stretch of beach is known to produce big stingrays too like this Leopard Ray.
It can get real quiet and peaceful when fishing at this area. There are a handful of anglers who can camp there overnight or even for a couple of days to wait for the trophy fish to take their bait. Be careful of centipedes when you are camping there though.
Hint: Sand whitings are commonly found there and are very effective as bait to target their predators.
Techniques: Bottom fishing, Surfcasting and Luring
Sighting: Barracuda, Grouper, Snapper, Threadfin Salmon, Travelly, Stingray, Catfish, Mackerel, Pomfret, Angelfish
3. Changi Boardwalk
The popularity of Changi Boardwalk as a fishing spot is due to its accessibility and scenic views. It provides a tranquil atmosphere for anglers to enjoy their fishing experience while being away from the busy city life. The boardwalk's astonishing views of the sea and the renowned Changi Airport are an added attraction for tourists and photographers alike.
Facing Pulau Ubin and Johor Bahru, this is a scenic and relaxing place to wet your lines. This is a hot spot for eging (fishing for squid) too.
Other than being fresh sashimi and calamari, squid is a very effective bait for fishing at night.
Hint: Always go eging when there is no moon because the boardwalk lights will be a prominent light source that attracts the squids.
Techniques: Bottom fishing, Luring, Jigging
Sighting: Barramundi, Threadfin Salmon, Snappers, Coral Fish, Groupers, and Mackerels.
4. Breakwaters along East Coast Park
East Coast Park Breakwaters is a popular fishing location situated on the eastern coast of Singapore. It is a man-made coastal feature that offers a unique fishing environment, providing shelter from harsh weather conditions and a habitat for a variety of fish species.
There are many breakwaters along the 15km stretch of East Coast Park. These structures serve as good hiding place for predators to ambush their prey.
Go and cast your bait or lure around these structures, it might be physically demanding as you walk from one breakwaters to another, but the reward will be fulfilling.
Hint: Cast far does not mean higher chance of getting a hit.
Techniques: Bottom fishing, Jigging, Casting and Surfcasting.
Sighting: Barracuda, Queenfish, Snapper, Grouper, Crabs, Prawns, and Squids.
5. Punggol Point Jetty
Situated on the north-eastern coast of Singapore, Punggol Point Jetty is a well-liked fishing destination that stretches out into the sea, offering anglers an advantageous position to cast their lines and catch a diverse range of fish. Its scenic location is complemented by a long and picturesque jetty, which provides an impressive view of the sea and the adjacent Coney Island.
Punggol Jetty has transformed from a quiet jetty to an idyllic waterfront destination. There are playground, lookout decks and various restaurants. You can bring your fishing gears along during an family outing and slot in a quick fishing session.
The more common species that can be caught here is the spotted sickle fish.
Hint: Prawn cubes are their favourite snacks.
Techniques: Bottom fishing, Surfcasting, Jigging
Sighting: Barramundi, Grouper, Snapper, Stingray, Catfish, Sand whiting, Rabbitfish and Diamond trevally.
6. Sembawang Park Jetty
Located in the northern part of Singapore, Sembawang Park Jetty is a well-known fishing spot situated within the scenic coastal park of Sembawang. Anglers can enjoy a serene and tranquil fishing experience amidst views of the sea and the Johor Bahru coastline. For a unique dining experience with stunning views and rich history, visitors can head to The Beaulieu House, a must-visit destination located within the park.
Lies at the very tip of Sembawang Park is a small jetty facing the Johor Straits. Various species of catfish can be caught in the brackish waters here.
Be careful of the venomous spikes at both the side fins and the dorsal fin. Use pliers to cut the spikes off if you intend to bring the fish home.
Hint: Catfish uses its sense of smell to look for food.
Techniques: Bottom fishing, Jigging
Sighting: Golden Snappers, Groupers, Barramundi, Squid, Catfish, Stingrays, and Crabs
7. Woodlands Waterfront Park Jetty
Woodlands Waterfront Park Jetty is a popular fishing spot located in the northern part of Singapore. The jetty is situated in Woodlands Waterfront Park, a scenic coastal park that offers panoramic views of the sea and the nearby Johor Bahru coastline. The jetty itself is a long structure that extends out into the water, providing anglers with ample space to cast their lines and catch various types of fish
Adjacent to this jetty is the Woodlands causeway which effectively block off the flow of water currents, so the water here is calm and still. Yet there were many catch reports of barracudas and barramundis from this fishing spot.
Sometimes schools of bait fish can be seen near the water surface. Catch them using sabiki and hook them up as bait.
Hint: The water here is very swallow, you can try using float instead of sinker.
Techniques: Bottom fishing, Luring, Jigging
Sighting: Groupers, Barramundis, Snappers and Trevallies
8. Labrador Jetty
Labrador Jetty is a popular fishing spot located in the southwestern part of Singapore. It is situated in the Labrador Nature Reserve, a scenic coastal park that offers a peaceful environment for fishing enthusiasts. The jetty is known for its clear waters and is home to a variety of fish species, making it a popular location for both recreational and professional anglers. The park also offers a beautiful view of the sea and the nearby Sentosa Island.
After years of stabilizing the slopes at the entrance of the jetty, it is recently re-opened again for fishing. The sea bed is very rocky which means your line will get stuck easier. But then high risk high returns, the elusive cobia was caught at this spot before.
Hint: Cobia likes big bait. Keep yourself busy by catching the smaller fish while waiting for the big one.
Techniques: Bottom fishing, Bait fishing, and Lure fishing.
Sighting: Grouper, Barramundi, Rabbitfish, and Sand whiting.
Why is fishing a journey?
Don't give up easily, even if you don't catch anything on your first try at a fishing spot. Remember that every spot has its unique effective bite times, so it's worth experimenting with different times of day, days of the month, and tide conditions to increase your chances of success. Try out these 8 fishing places on Singapore shores and give us your comments below.
If you are looking for a more effective fishing trip, nothing beats fishing out at sea on a boat. You can book a boat fishing trip here where there will be a professional fishing guide onboard to teach you tips on boat fishing.
Remember, fishing is a wonderful lifelong journey full of excitement and fulfilment, so take your time and discover its beauty step by step.
You can also choose to speed up your fishing journey by having an experience fishing instructor to guide you in the Novice Angler's Course.