It may be hard to believe when you look at the bustling metropolis we live in today, but long before Raffles landed here, our sunny island set in the sea was just a tiny fishing village. Given this slice of history, it’s perhaps not surprising that many Singaporeans still enjoy the sport of fishing some 200 years later. Looking for a reel-ly fun activity to bond with the kids over while giving them a lesson in patience? Join other fishing enthusiasts at these family-friendly fishing spots in Singapore.
Longkang (drain) fishing is perfect for the little ones to get their feet wet, both literally and figuratively. They can choose to catch-and-release or bring the fish home as pets.
Multi-recreational park ORTO offers one of the best-known longkang fishing spots in Singapore. With non-slip concrete flooring with depths from 10cm to 30cm, it’s safe for kids of varying heights and ages. Also located within ORTO are 24-hour prawning and fishing ponds catering to families and fishing enthusiasts. Older kids can try catch-and-release at their beginner pond for just $5 per catch.
How much $12 per child
Where 81 Lorong Chencharu
Fish @ Bugis+ & Fish @ Ang Mo Kio
For the only rooftop longkang fishing pond in town, head to the rooftop garden of Bugis+. Parents can also try their hand at saltwater and freshwater prawning. They have another branch at The Grassroots Club (open to public), a stone’s throw from Yio Chu Kang MRT station. Your little ones can net a whole range of kid-friendly freshwater fish from guppies and mollies to baby koi and shrimps!
How much $12 per hour
Where #07-05 Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street | The Grassroots Club, 190 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8
Mainland Tropical Fish Farm
A one-stop shop for all your aquaculture needs, Mainland Tropical Fish Farm has been serving Singaporeans since the 1970s! You can also see, buy, and learn about all sorts of ornamental fish and how to care for them. Younger visitors can also do some longkang fishing in a beautifully landscaped ‘stream’ and feed some fish.
How much $4 per child
Where 1 Pasir Ris Farmway 1
Qian Hu Fish Farm
Make a visit to Qian Hu Fish Farm if you’re looking for a large range of ornamental fish from all the world. They retail everything from marine to freshwater fish, home aquarium supplies, and more. Visitors can also enjoy farm tours, fish spa, create-your-own mini tank workshops, and of course, longkang fishing for the kiddies.
How much $6 for 30 minutes | $10 for 60 minutes
Where 71 Jalan Lekar
FISHING & PRAWNING PAY PONDS
Older kids and adults can try fishing or prawning in pay ponds for a practically guaranteed catch. You could either bring it home or have a seafood feast cooked for you on the spot.
You’ll find one of the best family-friendly fishing spots at D’Best Recreation at Pasir Ris Town Park. Spanning five hectares, it’s Southeast Asia’s largest seawater pay pond. Stocks are replenished three times daily so you can fish to your hearts’ content 24 hours a day. While kids discover the joys of recreational fishing at the Sure Catch zone — and receive a certificate if they catch five fish, the Main Pond sees plenty of social action from families and friends. There are also Pro and Premium Ponds where seasoned anglers can hold out for mega rewards like giant trevallies. Recharge at the onsite bistro and lifestyle fishing convenience store, which offers everything from sandwiches to live bait, and even fish cleaning services.
How much Sure Catch: $20 for first catch; $15 thereafter | Main Pond: from $52.50 per half day or from $46 per night
Where 90 Pasir Ris Central
Willing to go off the beaten track for a spot of catch-and-release fishing? While you don’t end up with a yummy fish dinner, you could go home with the distinction of having caught a monster freshwater fish. These include alligator gar, barramundi, carp, peacock bass, snakehead, and a variety of catfish. Your small fry can start at the mini pond. There’s also a prawning pond and marine aquarium on the premises.
How much Mini Pond: $10 for 2 hours | Main Pond: $10 for 1 hour, $20 for 3 hours, $30 for 6 hours
Where 70 Pasir Ris Farmway 3
Hai Bin Prawning
How about heading to Punggol to fish for prawns and shrimp instead? The ponds at Hai Bin are well-stocked with different varieties, sometimes including yabby, crab, and lobster! You can even barbecue your catch on the spot. Need more? Order up some finger food, western mains, freshly grilled satay, and more at Banyan Beer Garden. The al fresco bar and café also has bubble tea and bubbly beer to help wash your feast down.
How much $20 for 1 hour, $36 for 3 hours, $100 for 10 hours
Where 6 Tebing Lane
ATC Fishing Village
Just opposite Jurong Bird Park is The Village @ Jurong Hill, a little enclave that’s home to ATC Fishing Village. Most go there for the excellent prawning, although they also offer fishing. While it’s open 24 hours daily, go on weekends for your chance to catch prawns that come tagged with prizes to be won. There are fat crabs and yabby to be caught too.
How much Prawning: $20 for 1 hour, $36 for 3 hours, $50 for 5.5 hours | Fishing: $25 for 1 hour, $15 per hour thereafter
Where 241 Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim
How about chartering a boat complete with an expert fishing guide who knows all the best offshore fishing spots? The fun excursion out at sea could even include a barbecue.
With your family in tow, let Wanderlust Adventures take you on a catch-and-cook cruise on a luxurious yacht. For four hours in a day, cast all your cares aside and focus on casting that rod instead. After Captain Q and crew show you where to hook the best coral trout and snapper around the Southern Islands, you can either bring your catch home or have a barbecue right there and then. Ready to say “Ay, ay, Cap’n”?
How much From $699 for 4 hours
Explore the waters off Singapore on board a 44-foot Tempest express cruiser with Captain Cliff. With almost 30 years of running fishing charters under his belt, he will show you the most efficient fishing techniques. You could be reeling in the likes of giant grouper and barramundi for your dinner. SeaMyLife Charter is excellent for families with young kids as they’re happy to customise the trip to your needs.
How much From $650 for 8 hours
Kayak Fishing Fever
Combine the fun of kayaking and sustainable catch-and-release fishing in the seas off Singapore with Kayak Fishing Fever. Packages are tailored for beginners and beyond, both in kayaking and fishing. Kids must be at least seven years and are to ride in a kayak for two with an accompanying adult. Your guide is a certified lifesaver, and life jackets and all equipment are provided. Just bring sunblock, hats, water bottles, and a sense of adventure!
How much From $129 per person for 4 hours (SRV vouchers accepted)
FISHING AT RESERVOIRS, WATERWAYS, AND WATERFRONT PARKS
Got your own gear? Here’s a list of reservoirs, waterways, and waterfront parks where it’s legal to fish. Do note that fishing is only permitted at designated areas and fishing decks.
- Bedok Reservoir
- Changi Beach Park
- East Coast Park (Bedok Jetty)
- Geylang River
- Jurong Lake
- Kolam Ayer ABC Waterfront
- Kranji Reservoir
- Lower Peirce Reservoir
- Lower Seletar Reservoir
- MacRitchie Reservoir
- Marina Reservoir
- Pandan Reservoir
- Pang Sua Canal
- Pasir Ris Park
- Pelton Canal
- Rochor Canal
- Sembawang Park
- Serangoon Reservoir
- Upper Seletar Reservoir
- West Coast Park
No matter which of these family-friendly fishing spots you choose, you and the kids will soon fall for the sport hook, line, and sinker. Happy fishing!
Featured image: D’Best Recreation