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Exmouth
Exmouth
On the edge of the world’s largest fringing reef, you’ll find one of the few places on Earth where marlin, mahi mahi, Spanish mackerel and sailfish are regular big-game catches. Beach and reef fishing in designated places outside sanctuary zones will also hook some world-class catches too. Plan your fishing trip to Exmouth.

Kalbarri
Kalbarri
Kalbarri’s ancient river gorges and coastal rock formations create a dramatic setting for some excellent beach, boat and river fishing. Both southern and northern species thrive in its coastal waters, offering the chance to reel in a monster snapper, groper, dhufish or tuna. Take a closer look at Kalbarri.

Fitzroy River
Fitzroy River
The mighty Fitzroy is one of the most voluminous spectacular rivers in the world when in flood and has more fish species than the rivers of the Pilbara and South West combined. Threadfin and barramundi are among the prized catches here. Check out Fitzroy River.

Shark Bay
Shark Bay
World Heritage listed for its incredible biodiversity, the boat and shore-based fishing outside the sanctuary zones is world-class. Head for Steep Point, False Entrance or South Passage, or hop on a fishing charter to chase pink snapper, baldchin groper, mackerel, red emperor, tailor and mulloway. Take your fishing party to Shark Bay.

Montebello Islands
Montebello Islands
In one of the most biodiverse marine environments in the world, just 120 kilometres from Dampier, you’ll find a group of 174 limestone islands and blue waters teeming with mangrove jacks, emperor fish, cod, sailfish and coral trout. Learn more about the Montebello Islands.

Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island
Perth’s island playground is a great place to wet a line. Beach and shore-based fishing spots, outside the sanctuary zones of this Class A reserve, give you the chance to chase herring, tailor, king george whiting, Samson fish and more. Discover Rottnest Island.

Blackwood River
Blackwood River
The largest river in the South West, the Blackwood is a picturesque and tranquil spot to throw in a line and relax while you wait for a bite from a bream, rainbow trout or big yellow-fin whiting. Peak season is from September to December. Discover the Blackwood River.

Busselton Jetty
Busselton Jetty
The longest jetty in WA, this iconic safe fishing spot is a great for every fisher. You and the kids can target squid, king george whiting, skippy and salmon while trying your luck for bigger species like pink snapper, mulloway and Samson fish.

Kalgan River, Albany
Kalgan River, Albany
One of the most pristine rivers in the South Coast, the Kalgan River is a great fishing spot for bread and butter species. Hire a boat or canoe and take in the beautiful scenery as you fish for black bream, whiting, herring and the iconic hard fighting mulloway.

Cape Arid, Esperance
Cape Arid, Esperance
Some of the best beaches in the world and even better fishing, the National Parks, including Cape Arid, will tempt even the most novice fisher. With kilometres of open beach to choose from, fish for the West Australian Salmon that will school in numbers in their hundreds or try your luck for king george whiting, mulloway or try something different and fish for squid.

For the most up to date information on how to catch your favourite fish species or where to go fishing in WA, please visit www.recfishwest.org.au

Recreational fishing licences are required in WA for recreational fishing from a boat, freshwater fishing, net fishing, abalone and marron. See the Department of Fisheries for details.

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