Western Australia has some of the most beautiful beaches and watering holes in Australia, so it’s no surprise that fishing is one of the state’s past times. Whether you’re serious about the sport, or just love to while away the morning trying your luck, we’ve got a spot for you.
These are our favourite fishing spots near Perth.
Jetty fishing it great for beginners, and we think the Lancelin Jetty is one of the best. Just ninety minutes from Perth, and known for it’s amazing Western Rock Lobster, Lancelin is a stunning small seaside town with plenty of gorgeous coastline offering great fishing for those at all levels. If you head out to sea for your fishing, you’ll need a licence but if you’re happy to drop a line off the jetty, no licence is required.
Fishing at Lancelin Jetty is best at dawn and dusk, and lucky anglers can look forward to finding some of the world’s best table fish like whiting and flathead. For those willing to brave the open sea, fish such as dhufish, snapper, and bald chin groper are in ready supply.
If Lancelin tickles your fancy, learn more here
Freshwater Bay at Peppermint Grove
Just over half an hour from Perth, Peppermint Grove offers some fantastic land fishing for those looking to catch some tailor or herring. With beautiful scenery and great fishing, Peppermint Grove is a great place to bring along the kids. The fishing is best in the afternoon and early evening, making this a fantastic option for those with little ones who might not fare well climbing out of bed in the wee hours, or staying out well into the evening.
With plenty of parking, and a nice grassy area along the foreshore, Freshwater Bay at Peppermint Grove is fantastic for a picnic with the whole family. If you have no luck catching your own, there’s plenty of fantastic fish and chip shops and seafood restaurants nearby.
White Hills, Mandurah
Well worth the hour drive south, White Hills at Mandurah offers up some of WA’s best cod and samson fishing, as well as plenty of delicious blue manna crabs in the estuary for those looking to scurry up some crustaceans for dinner.
A spot better suited to experienced anglers, White Hills beach is accessible by four-wheel drive and, in addition to the fantastic fishing, also offers stunning views of Yalgorup National Park and the open ocean.
Dusk and dawn are the best times to hit White Hills beach, and we can’t think of a better way to spend an early morning than beach fishing here with a thermos and some mates.
If White Hills sounds like it’s up your alley, learn more here
Woodman Point, Munster
Known for fantastic rock fishing, Woodman Point – just south of Coogee Beach – is a great choice if you’re looking to grab yourself some snapper. With shallow waters and a playground nearby, this is another wonderful choice if you’re bringing the kids.
With bait shops nearby selling bags of little crabs for the best results, you’ll likely make good use of the nearby public barbecues to cook up a delicious snapper or herring lunch.
The Point can get pretty busy as the day wears on, so be sure to get out nice and early to snag yourself a great spot.
If you love to fish, but the family aren’t too interest, there’s plenty of other activities around to entertain the rest of the clan, such as snorkelling and bushwalking, and the nearby bike tracks are offer some great views with relatively easy cycling.
Check out more about Woodman Point here
Ricey Beach at Rottnest Island
Jump on the ferry and head over to the stunning Rottnest Island to experience some amazing beaches, with fishing spots suitable for everyone from the novice to the experienced angler. Silver Bream, and even the odd flathead or flounder, can be hooked for those casting at Ricey Beach – a gorgeous beach that’s accessible by foot or cycling and offers fantastic reef fishing.
Given the protected nature of a lot of the sanctuaries on Rottnest Island, many of the beaches don’t permit fishing, but those that do really make up for it.
For those with some experience under their belt, fishing a few kilometres off the west end of the island delivers some amazing sport fish such as mahi-mahi and yellow tail kingfish. Try your luck here, and you’ll be telling stories of your big catch for many years to come.
To learn more about fishing on Rottnest Island, and which areas are off limits, check out the Island’s official website