Fishing off the hook
Fishing for compliments may be a much easier thing to do than fishing for fishes. It takes a whole lot of patience, know-how, and a dash of luck to ensure that your catch is a satisfying and fruitful one. Well, fishing may not be at the top of your to-do list but it certainly is a hobby for all the enthusiastic anglers and aspiring anglers amongst us.
Although you need to spend some money on buying (or renting) your fishing gear and supplies, owning a swanky boat that you can drive out to sea or a private island isn’t the only way to go fishing with your Here are 10 awesome and perfectly legal places to fish at.
1. Punggol Point Jetty
Source: Jensua Chua
Punggol Jetty is a considerably short and small jetty where you can fish if you happen to live around the northeastern region of Singapore. Since it is small, expect to have to rub shoulders with fellow anglers as it can be rather crowded. Fishes that you may get to take home with you include Grouper, Barramundi, Grouper, Rabbitfish and Sand Whiting.
Address: Punggol End, towards the end of Punggol Road
2. Woodlands Jetty
Not only is Woodlands Waterfront Park a great place for those looking to exercise or HTHT, the jetty that it houses is the longest in Singapore. Although you are only permitted to fish towards the end of the jetty, take heart that there are big catches for you to look forward to.
The main species of fish that you can catch here is the Barracuda. Anglers there have caught gigantic Barracudas weighing up to a whopping 6kg!
Address: Woodlands Waterfront Park, Admiralty Road West, Singapore 759956
3. Pasir Ris Town Park Fishing Pond
Conveniently located near Pasir Ris MRT station, Pasir Ris Town Park is a lovely place for families, friends and couples to hang out at. Although you have to pay to fish here, the good variety of fishes you can catch include Sea Bass, Snapper, Pomfret, Taiwan Ngor, Grouper, Mud Crabs and more.
Helpful anglers in the online community recommend that you fish at the Main Pond instead of the Pro Pond to make your money’s worth. There’s even a prawning pool, if you prefer smaller prizes.
Address: Pasir Ris Central, Singapore 510534
4. Serangoon Reservoir
Source: Benny. Flower Crab and Sea Bass
Situated along Serangoon Reservoir, this is the fishing spot my good friend goes to most of the time. Pictured above is the recent fishing haul my friend managed to bring home with him when he went fishing at midnight.
According to this fishing enthusiast, it is incredibly important to fish when the time and tides are right. He swears by this handy website to calculate the best time to fish, although on rare occasions, he still has to go home empty handed.
P.S: Serangoon Island = Coney Island
Address: North Eastern Riverine Loop Park Connector Network, nearer to Punggol Promenade Nature Walk side as seen on the map above
5. Changi Beach Park
Source: Jia'een Yee
As a quieter fishing spot, Changi Beach Park is perfect for those uninterested in jostling with fellow anglers. Types of fishes that you may be able to catch include Brown Stingray, Sickle Fish, Javelin Grunter, Goatee Croaker, Barramundi, and Veined Catfish.
Not sure which part of the beach to throw your fishing line in? Anglers recommend that you make yourself comfortable along the beach near Car Parks 1 & 2 (near the end of Telok Paku road), Car Parks 3 & 4 (along Nicoll Drive), and the part from Car Park 5 & 6 (along Nicoll Drive to the SAF Changi Ferry Terminal).
Address: Nicoll Dr, Singapore 498991
6. Bedok Reservoir
Source: Tony Lim
For those who live in the eastern part of Singapore, Bedok Reservoir is where you can try your hand at fishing. Make sure that you are using only artificial baits so that you don’t mess up the reservoir’s water quality! You might want to release your catch back into the reservoir to do your part in maintaining the ecosystem there, though.
Fishes that you may hook up include the African Walking Catfish, Armoured Sucker Catfish, Peacock Bass, and Tarpon - despite the fact that these fishes are not indigenous to Singapore.
Take extra care not to slip into the reservoir, because there are bitey things inside. In 2015, an unfortunate kayaker was left with gashing wounds after something bit him in the water after his kayak capsized close to a pontoon a couple of metres from shore.
Address: Along Bedok Reservoir Road, north of Bedok New Town
7. Jurong Lake
Source: Vans Margate
Fret not, Westies! You can go fishing at Jurong Lake Park instead of travelling to other ends of the country just to keep your fishing hobby alive. Nestled in the far end of tranquil Jurong Lake is the recreational fishing jetty where you can try your luck fishing for fishes like Pacu, Soon Hock and Peacock Bass.
Remember not to venture to Lake View Promenade because fishing ain’t allowed over there. Also, keep in mind to only use artificial baits.
Address: Jurong Lake Park along Yuan Ching Road and Boon Lay Way
8. Lower Seletar Reservoir & Yishun Dam
Source: Salleh Sariman
Yishun Dam and Lower Seletar Reservoir (near the fishing deck and rower’s bay) are popular fishing hot spots amongst anglers who enjoy freshwater fishing. Fishes that you can catch over these areas range from Giant Snakehead, Barramundi, and Peacock Bass.
Should Lady Luck be shining on you, you might end up catching a 25kg massive Stingray like this angler did. Just imagine all the sambal stingray that made.
Address: Along Lentor Avenue and Seletar West Link (Lower Seletar Reservoir), and along Yishun Avenue 1 (Yishun Dam)
9. Marina Reservoir
For a fishing experience in the CBD area with views of the cityscape, make your way to Marina Reservoir. As usual, you can only use artificial baits to lure the fishes over to you. Fishes lurking under the waters there include the Snubnose Pompano, Hound Needlefish, Halfbeak, and Peacock Bass.
Located right smack in the middle of town, Marina Reservoir proves that you don't even have to travel to the edge of the island for some good ol' fishing.
Address: At dedicated areas along Kallang River
10. Lower Peirce Reservoir
Fishing in a more central region of Singapore is no object too if you make your way to Lower Peirce Reservoir Park. As with other reservoirs in Singapore where you can fish without breaking the law, only use artificial baits when you are fishing. The types of fishes that you may catch at Lower Peirce Reservoir include Peacock Bass, Flowerhorn Cichlids and Zebra Tilapias.
Note that the fishing grounds here are only open between 7am and 7pm.
Rush to wait, wait to rush
Fishing is a waiting game that only those with lots of patience and determination will enjoy it better than others who clearly get fidgety just sitting for five or ten minutes. Resources on fishing are aplenty online but you might want to check out sites like fishingkaki.com, tides4fishing.com, handlinefishing.com, fishing.webs-sg.com and shoreangler.8m.com for starters if you are new to fishing. Let us know where your favourite fishing spots are too!