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The guide to fishing and prawning in Singapore

You're sure to get hooked on fishing at these fishing and prawning spots – but pick up some gear before heading out

Written by
Jude Elliot Tan
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Tired of fishing for compliments? Then try real (or, reel) fishing instead, it’s much easier – all you need is a rod, bait, a little luck and a whole lot of patience. Of course knowing the right spots will definitely help increase the odds, so here’s a list of the best places for fishing and prawning in Singapore. Trust us and give these places a shot, the compliments will come naturally.

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Best fishing spots

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  • Sentosa

Experience the waters of Singapore a whole new way with kayak fishing. No matter your skill level, look forward to a whale of a time with Kayak Fishing Fever, who'll take you out to a variety of unique fishing locations to hook up some stunning tropical fish. Popular tours ($146 for four hours) include the mangrove fishing tour, where you'll get up close with lizards, birds and other animals that live in the habitat, and also try your hand at fishing for catfish, barramundi and mangrove snappers. Or go fishing in one of the world's busiest straits – and with Singapore's city skyline as a backdrop, you'll fish sunken wrecks and natural sea structures for parrot, grouper and snapper. If you've got the skill and stamina, sign up for the Island Hopper trip, where you'll comb the reefs around Sentosa and the Southern Islands in search of snappers, groupers and more.

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Bedok Reservoir
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It is no wonder that Bedok Reservoir is one of the most popular fishing sites for the locals – especially the Easterners. In this nine metre deep reservoir, expect to catch many non-natives of Singapore, such as the African Walking Catfish, Armoured Sucker Catfish, Peacock Bass and Tarpon. As it is a reservoir, do try to use artificial bait only – as to not contaminate the water quality.

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  • Woodlands

The fishing area at the end of the jetty is perfect for some spectacular catches. Being situated right next to the Woodlands causeway, which acts as the perfect barrier to block off any water currents, the water is calm and still – the ideal condition for fishing. The main species of fish available is the Barracuda – which have been reported to weigh up to a whopping 6kg – definitely worth the wait. Don’t worry, as the jetty is very well furnished with numerous public seats, that wouldn’t be too much of a problem either.

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  • Changi 

Located at the outskirts of our rustling city, Changi Beach Park is the perfect spot for a peaceful fishing session by yourself. Though fishing is allowed along the entire beach, notable spots are the areas near Car Parks 1 to 6. There, you can expect to catch fish species such as the Javelin Grunter, Goatee Croaker, Brown Stingray, Sickle Fish, Barramundi, and Veined Catfish.

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Labrador Nature Reserve
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  • Harbourfront

With the slopes at the entrance finally stabilized, the jetty at Labrador Park is finally re-opened again for fishing. Though the seabed is still covered with rocks, making it a little more challenging for beginners, the rewards may be worth the risks. As this part of the park extends out to the sea, you can expect all sorts of fish species, like the elusive Cobia which can weigh up to 10kg. 

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  • North East

Once a quiet and small jetty, Punggol Point Jetty has been transformed to a site popular to many fishermen – mainly due to the amenities nearby. With a playground, lookout decks and various restaurants, there is something for every member of your family to do while you have you own little fishing session. Fishes that you can expect to bring home include the Grouper, Barramundi, Grouper, Rabbitfish and Sand Whiting. If you’re down on your luck and end the day fish-less, not to worry, dinner is just around the corner and you can settle down and dine-in at one of the restaurants near the boardwalk. 

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Marina Barrage
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  • Marina Bay

You don’t always have to travel all the way to the ends of our island just to fish. Right smack in the centre of town, around the CBD area, is a reservoir perfect for fishing – what’s more is that you get to enjoy the view of the cityscape while doing so. Being a reservoir, it is of course expected that you only use artificial baits to lure the many fishes lurking under the waters. To name a few, there is the Snubnose Pompano, Hound Needlefish, Halfbeak, and Peacock Bass.

Best prawning spots

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  • Yishun

As the largest prawning site in Singapore, you’ll be sure to have a blast with the 10 large ponds of big head prawns and yabbies’ – a type of crayfish – that Prawning at Orto has to offer. Being open 24/7, you’ll always be able to squeeze in an hour ($20) or two ($30) prawning away – even at night when they are most active.

Fish@Bugis+
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  • Rochor

If you want to escape the Singapore heat, but still want to do some outdoor activities, why not prawn in a cozy air-conditioned room. At Fish@Bugis+, those demands are granted and then some. Besides the many prawns available for catching, some of them are even tagged with colours, which entitle customers a lucky prize – just to make the activity a little more exciting. For just $18 an hour, or $29 for two, you only need to worry about catching those prawns – don’t sweat it.

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Aquarium Iwarna
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  • Pasir Ris

When it comes to prawning, the only thing you want an abundance of are the prawns, and nothing else – especially not more competitors. So, as Aquarium Iwarna is only accessible by car and is located at the outskirts of the city, you’ll be promised some space of your own for your prawning session. With a grill to cook your catchings, $10.50 an hour is definitely more than worth it.

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  • Punggol

Hai Bin Prawning in Punggol is perfect for a bottle of beer and, if luck is on your side, a heaped-up plate of fresh prawns. It’s set up under a thatched roof with hanging red lanterns above plastic chairs that surround six ponds, all regularly filled with live prawns. Equipment and bait are included in the hourly fee, along with barbecue pits, charcoal, satay sticks and salt for seasoning. The onsite beer garden charges reasonable rates for labels like Corona and Hoegaarden ($6-$10), along with red and white wine for under $40.

There are two outlets including the one at Jurong.

Where to buy fishing gear

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  • Rochor

Bet you didn’t think of heading to Bussorah Street for some fishing essentials. This three-storey premium Japanese fishing store boasts myriad brands from the Land of the Rising Sun. Before you pack for your next fishing sesh, stock up on all the necessary equipment for luring, jigging and popping.

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  • Rochor

A one-stop-shop for all things fishing, Joe Fishing Tackle welcomes novices, pros and everyone in-between for all their fishing needs. The homely store on Bussorah Street has plenty of regulars of all ages picking up lures, lines and hooks, rods and more. The friendly staff will also help you out in finding the perfect rig for your expedition, fishing trip or hobby. 

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  • Shopping
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  • Kallang

If you're a beginner in the world of fishing, Decathlon stocks a wide range of jigs, rods, lines and other basic gear to get started. While you're at it, pick up some wide-brimmed hats, dri-fit tops, and even fishing boots for the fishing trip. Some Decathlon outlets even stock kayaks if you're up for an open water expedition. 

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