Whether you’re a seasoned saltwater angler, keen fly fisherman or weekend cast fishing enthusiast, fishing at Kosi Bay Mouth is a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
You’ll be spoilt for choice here as there is excellent surf and rock angling along the coast, and fishing in the Kosi Lake system and the estuary at the Kosi Mouth.
The waters in this pristine ecosystem are teeming with fish and more experienced anglers will benefit most from targeting certain species depending on the spot they choose to fish from – if their timing is right!
Remember your fishing permit
Fishing permits are required for fishing at the mouth. These can be purchased from any Post Office. Night permits can be obtained from the Isimangaliso/Ezemvelo Offices at Lake Three (KuHlange). They are very affordable.
No fishing is allowed in Lake One (Makhawulani) because it interferes with the traditional Thonga fish traps that are still in use today.
The main species of fish that can be found in the Kosi Bay lake system are grunter, stumpnose, mullet, kingfish, rock salmon and yellowfin bream.
If you’re fishing along the coast, you can expect to catch kingfish (they get big around these parts!), rock cod, red snapper, sharks and rays.
Best from the boat
The Kosi lakes are natural systems which contain large populations of hippos and crocodiles.
Fishermen need to be cautious as they move around the system in their boats, especially when navigating the narrow channels between lakes.
Those fishing from the lake shores should be cautious for the same reasons.
The Kosi Bay lakes are best fished from a boat, and guests are welcome to hire ours to fish the three lakes. Please note that we do not supply fishing tackle.
Bear in mind, though, that the fish in these lakes can be hard to find and catch without some local knowledge. And remember, a bad day fishing is still better than a good day at the office!