Fishing is another recreational sport that can be enjoyed all along the magnificent Perth coastlines, lakes and rivers. Whether you’re a keen, experienced fisherman or someone who just wants to give it a go, Perth has an abundance of hot spots to cast a line.
Perth is a recreational fisherman's dream, with fish, crabs, mussels and crayfish to create the perfect day out on the water. For those who are after bigger fish, charter boats take visitors to favourite fishing areas of the Indian Ocean.
In Perth we're fishing for a sustainable future so please make sure you have any relevant licences.
The following areas are suggested locations in Perth where locals believe are excellent spots to go spend time in the outdoors and go fishing.
An hour north of Perth, Lancelin has is a great place for fishing if you know where to look. For herring, go to the main jetty and it is recommended you use prawns, whitebait and/or berley.
Off the beach you will find whiting during the day. At sunrise and sunset you are more likely to find yourself with a catch of tailor at the jetty or the back beach. From the wharf, try your luck at flounder, flathead and even large king george whiting.
The Hepburn Ave exit on the freeway north takes you directly to Hillarys Marina/Sorrento Quay. Turn left at the roundabout to fish the left break wall or right to launch your boat or fish the right break wall. This is a great spot to find herring, garfish, small tailor and tarwhine. Both the north and south wall are good. Midweek is the best time to fish as it isn’t as crowded. A good spot to take the family and kids is the north wall of Hillarys. Here you will most likely find yourself hooking bream and whiting.
The best time to sink a line is in the mornings as the sea breeze usually has arrived by lunch time. Herring and garfish are the popular locals of the area and they enjoy swimming around the groyne.
North and South Mole Fremantle
South Mole is a safer place to fish off the rocks and are less quite. Herring and garfish are quite popular in this area. North Mole is popular with a large variety of fish throughout the months including rays, snapper, sharks, mulloway and smaller bread and butter fish. Herring and 'gardies' are the most popular fish in the area (they are the easiest to catch). The best time to fish is mornings but afternoons are also good.
Rottnest Island is a popular place for all levels of fishers. There is a large variety of fish around the island with the more major species being: herring, tailor, skipjack trevally, mulloway and sand whiting. It is also possible to catch pike, tarwhine, garfish, samson fish, king george whiting, Westralian jewfish, groper and sharks from the shore.
Popular locations to cast off are the jetty in Thompson’s Bay, Natural Jetty, Henrietta Reef, Vera Rock, Parker’s Point, Salmon Point, The Bluff, Nancy Cove, Wilson Point, Radar Reef, Cathedral Rocks, North Point and Point Clune. The island give the land-based angler some top fishing, but anglers from both small and large boats are able to fish around the island relatively safely.
From December to April anglers can try their luck with the rainbow trout with which this lake in the Perth Hills has been stocked. This recreational area is popular with families and groups with plenty of barbeques, wildflowers (when is season), camping areas, sandy beaches, grassed areas perfect for a picnic, and pleasant and easy walks. Located on Rosedale Road, Chidlow.
Just south of Fremantle, this seaward groyne is great for herring and garfish and plenty of squid. Some snapper and tailor can be caught at times. The groyne is a great spot for boat anglers to catch snapper in early summer and the odd nice tailor.
The Swan and Canning Rivers are bursting with idyllic fishing locations - see above. Fish species you will come across on these rivers include mulloway, tarwhine, cobbler, black bream, flathead, tailor, herring and sand whiting to name a few. There are also crabs, prawns and mussels!
Mandurah is a true fishing destination with popular estuaries, jetties and waterways to be explore - see above. Halls Head beach off Mary St and the rockwall off Whale Rd mark the mouth of the Mandurah Estuary. Most fish caught here are undersized so in the interest of future marine life, make sure you return these to the waters. Never fear, Mandurah
is a fisherman's paradise so there are plenty of other spots to catch the big one!