The 5 best fishing spots in and around Perth

The 5 best fishing spots in and around Perth

17 July 2023

Western Australia is home to some of the best fishing locations in Australia and the world, although some of these can be inaccessible or hundreds of kilometres away for the average person living in Perth. We have listed the best fishing locations in the Perth Metro area and its surroundings to help you discover your next fishing adventure.


ROTTNEST ISLAND

5 STARS - Enough variety for everyone to enjoy


20km from Fremantle or 25 minutes on the ferry
• Target Species
• - Onshore: whiting, herring, squid
• - Offshore: salmon, tuna, mackerel, dhufish


Rottnest Island, the best local location on this list, is highly varied, so there is something for everyone, either onshore or offshore.

All around the island, there are plenty of whiting, herring, and squid to be caught in the shallows. The main jetty can be perfect for catching squid after sunset, which are attracted to the jetty lights at night. With the numerous bays, beaches, and reefs to fish from land, by boat or by wading out into the water, there can be quite a bit of variation on what can be caught and how. Fishing around West End, you can catch large species like samson, kingfish, and trevally, and during certain times it can be a great place to catch salmon heading north on their annual run. Radar Reef can host the occasional salmon when in season, but it is an excellent place for tailor and kingfish, and even mulloway have been caught on the island's south side.

For offshore fishing, just off the island can be great fishing for when the salmon run occurs, trolling for shark and Spanish mackerel and catching dhufish. Heading further out towards the Perth Canyon, you can find trevalla, grouper, snapper, tuna and mahi mahi. Do be aware of the demersal fishing ban, which occurs three times a year.

- 1st of February to 31st of March,

-1st of August to the beginning of the September/October school holidays,

-End of the September/October school holidays until December 15.


COCKBURN SOUND

4 STARS - A protected body of water for any boat and is great for pink snapper


Between Perth and Rockingham, around 30 minutes from the city centre
• Target species
• - Offshore: pink snapper, squid, whiting.


Thanks to Garden Island, Cockburn Sound is a relatively protected area and can therefore be accessed by any boat. It is most well-known for its large abundance of snapper, the largest aggregation of pink snapper in the West Coast Bio Region, that migrate and spawn in the Sound.

The snapper fishing ban lasts from the 1st of August to the 31st of January and is to help protect the snapper spawning to increase their population. The best time to catch them is in the lead-up to the ban, but they can also be caught any other time the ban is not in effect. Besides snapper, the Sound is great for squid, sand whiting and King George whiting. Salmon also make their annual run through the Sound, given the season.


SWAN RIVER

4 STARS - Large area to fish right under the city


The river stretches for over 150km, with the best fishing between Fremantle and Guildford

• Target species: blue swimmer crab, bream, flathead, tailor


The swan river gives a unique opportunity to fish under city skyscrapers and is the most accessible to fishing from land, kayaks, and boats.

Black bream is one of the most common species to target and tailor that come through the river in warmer months. Summer is the best time to go fishing in the river when the fish become more active. Flathead and flounder are targeted during these months as they move onto the sand banks. Giant herring are known to be present in the river to the delight of sport anglers, with the biggest ones reaching 1 meter in length. However, the real prize of the river is the elusive mulloway that can grow up to 20 kgs and is what many anglers dream of catching.


WAROONA DAM

3 STARS - The best place close to Perth for freshwater fishing


115km from Perth or about an 80-minute drive
• Target species: redfin perch, brown and rainbow trout


Waroona Dam is 115km south of Perth, about an 80-minute drive and a great place for freshwater fishing. Best with either kayak or a boat, there are only two species to be caught; the redfin perch and the rainbow and brown trout. The dam is deep, getting to depths of 20m and is where you will be more likely to catch the fish from, but anywhere around the dam is possible, just a bit more difficult.


LANCELIN

4 STARS - A great city escape to fish for some larger species onshore and offshore


125km from Perth or about a 90-minute drive
• Target species: whiting, tailor, mulloway, mackerel


The small coastal fishing town of Lancelin is 125km north of Perth, about a 90-minute drive from where some commercial fishing boats call Lancelin home. Heading out by boat, large fish like dhufish, snapper, cod and grouper can be caught, and in the summer Spanish mackerel are often caught when trolling.

Closer to shore and on land, there are plenty of whiting and herring to be caught and the occasional samson fish. Large Mulloway are targeted along the coast, although they are uncommon to catch, but in the summer months, tailor often swim through and are a favourite to catch.


Always check bag and size limits before going fishing, and check with local regulations and what fishing bans are currently in place.

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ROTTNEST ISLAND

5 STARS - Enough variety for everyone to enjoy
20km from Fremantle or 25 minutes on the ferry
  • Target Species
  • Onshore: whiting, herring, squid
  • Offshore: salmon, tuna, mackerel, dhufish


Rottnest Island, the best local location on this list, is highly varied, so there is something for everyone, either onshore or offshore.


All around the island, there are plenty of whiting, herring, and squid to be caught in the shallows. The main jetty can be perfect for catching squid after sunset, which are attracted to the jetty lights at night. With the numerous bays, beaches, and reefs to fish from land, by boat or by wading out into the water, there can be quite a bit of variation on what can be caught and how. Fishing around West End, you can catch large species like samson, kingfish, and trevally, and during certain times it can be a great place to catch salmon heading north on their annual run. Radar Reef can host the occasional salmon when in season, but it is an excellent place for tailor and kingfish, and even mulloway have been caught on the island's south side.


For offshore fishing, just off the island can be great fishing for when the salmon run occurs, trolling for shark and Spanish mackerel and catching dhufish. Heading further out towards the Perth Canyon, you can find trevalla, grouper, snapper, tuna and mahi mahi. Do be aware of the demersal fishing ban, which occurs three times a year.

  • 1st of February to 31st of March,

  • 1st of August to the beginning of the September/October school holidays,

  • End of the September/October school holidays until December 15.

COCKBURN SOUND

4 STARS - A protected body of water for any boat and is great for pink snapper
Between Perth and Rockingham, around 30 minutes from the city centre
  • Target species
  • Offshore: pink snapper, squid, whiting.


Thanks to Garden Island, Cockburn Sound is a relatively protected area and can therefore be accessed by any boat. It is most well-known for its large abundance of snapper, the largest aggregation of pink snapper in the West Coast Bio Region, that migrate and spawn in the Sound.

The snapper fishing ban lasts from the 1st of August to the 31st of January and is to help protect the snapper spawning to increase their population. The best time to catch them is in the lead-up to the ban, but they can also be caught any other time the ban is not in effect. Besides snapper, the Sound is great for squid, sand whiting and King George whiting. Salmon also make their annual run through the Sound, given the season.

SWAN RIVER

4 STARS - Large area to fish right under the city
The river stretches for over 150km, with the best fishing between Fremantle and Guildford
• Target species: blue swimmer crab, bream, flathead, tailor

The swan river gives a unique opportunity to fish under city skyscrapers and is the most accessible to fishing from land, kayaks, and boats.

Black bream is one of the most common species to target and tailor that come through the river in warmer months. Summer is the best time to go fishing in the river when the fish become more active. Flathead and flounder are targeted during these months as they move onto the sand banks. Giant herring are known to be present in the river to the delight of sport anglers, with the biggest ones reaching 1 meter in length. However, the real prize of the river is the elusive mulloway that can grow up to 20 kgs and is what many anglers dream of catching.

WAROONA DAM

3 STARS - The best place close to Perth for freshwater fishing
115km from Perth or about an 80-minute drive
• Target species: redfin perch, brown and rainbow trout


Waroona Dam is 115km south of Perth, about an 80-minute drive and a great place for freshwater fishing. Best with either kayak or a boat, there are only two species to be caught; the redfin perch and the rainbow and brown trout. The dam is deep, getting to depths of 20m and is where you will be more likely to catch the fish from, but anywhere around the dam is possible, just a bit more difficult.

LANCELIN

4 STARS - A great city escape to fish for some larger species onshore and offshore
125km from Perth or about a 90-minute drive
• Target species: whiting, tailor, mulloway, mackerel


The small coastal fishing town of Lancelin is 125km north of Perth, about a 90-minute drive from where some commercial fishing boats call Lancelin home. Heading out by boat, large fish like dhufish, snapper, cod and grouper can be caught, and in the summer Spanish mackerel are often caught when trolling.

Closer to shore and on land, there are plenty of whiting and herring to be caught and the occasional samson fish. Large Mulloway are targeted along the coast, although they are uncommon to catch, but in the summer months, tailor often swim through and are a favourite to catch.




Always check bag and size limits before going fishing, and check with local regulations and what fishing bans are currently in place.

At Hyperion, we specialise in high-quality 3D printing boats for the keen fisherman. Our polymer-based boats are durable and functional, the perfect vessel for you and your nautical adventures. Want to know how we can help you get onto the water?

click here!

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