Fishing can be enjoyed all along Perth's 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 & tours 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.

Fishing Tours

If you love fishing and want to get out on the open ocean, then jump aboard a fishing tour or charter! The below operators offer fishing experiences in some of Perth's best spots.

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Fishing along the Perth Beaches

Fishing, Lancelin, Perth Beaches

Lancelin

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, off the beach you'll find whiting during the day and at sunrise and sunset you may catch tailor at the jetty or the back beach. From the wharf, try your luck at flounder, flathead and even large king george whiting.

Fishing, Hillarys Boat Harbour, Perth Beaches

Hillarys Boat Harbour

The break walls at Hillarys Boat Harbour are great spots to find herring, garfish, small tailor and tarwhine. Families and kids will like the north wall or off the boardwalk, where you're most likely to catch bream and whiting. You can also join a deep sea fishing adventure with Mills Charters.

Cottesloe Beach, Perth Beaches

Cottesloe Groyne

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.

Fishing on Rottnest Island and in Fremantle

Fishing, Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island is a popular place for all levels of fishers with a large variety of fish around the island including herring, tailor, skipjack trevally, mulloway and sand whiting. It is also possible to catch pike, garfish, king george whiting, Westralian jewfish and groper from the shore. Popular locations to cast off are the jetty in Thomson'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.

Fishing, North Mole, Fremantle

North and South Mole

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. South Mole is a safer place to fish off the rocks and are less quite. Herring and garfish are quite popular in this area.

Fishing, Woodman Point, Fremantle

Woodman Point

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.

Fishing on the Swan River

The Swan and Canning Rivers are bursting with idyllic fishing locations, with species including mulloway, black bream, flathead and sand whiting as well as crabs, prawns and mussels!

Leeuwin Boat Ramp, East Fremantle

North and East Fremantle

Harvest Road, North Fremantle is a good spot for tailor, flounder, cobbler, and the occasional mulloway. The Leeuwin Boat Ramp, East Fremantle is surrounded by large expanses of sand flats covered by varying depths of water and anglers wading the shallows catch flathead and flounder, particularly early morning in summer when the tide is changing.

Fishing, Swan River

Narrows Bridge

Mulloway, cobbler and tailor can be caught from the shore on the city side of Narrows Bridge. On the South Perth side, there is a small beach providing a popular spot for families to fish. Just east of the bridge large catches of cobbler can be made and black bream can be found in winter near the pylons.

Bicton, Perth

Point Walter

The long sand spit and jetty at Point Walter allow anglers access to some of the best fishing on the river. Families can picnic on the adjacent lawns and barbecue their catches of tailor, cobbler, black bream, mulloway, flathead, flounder, prawns and crabs. Bicton Jetty is a junior fishing spot producing tailor, flathead and mulloway.

Mosman Bay Park, Perth

Mosman and Claremont Jetties

Mosman Jetty, downstream from the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, is a quiet spot with deep water which produces good mulloway during early summer - a good location for junior anglers. Claremont Jetty is popular for anglers seeking black bream, cobbler, tailor and mulloway. Prawns and crabs can be scooped or trawled from the beaches either side of the jetty.

Fishing in Mandurah

Mandurah is a true fishing destination with popular estuaries, jetties and waterways to be explore.

Crabbing, Mandurah

Mandurah Estuary

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. Mandurah Estuary is most popular for crabbing during the summer months.

5 Fathom Bank Western Australia

5 Fathom Bank

The 5 Fathom Bank, located offshore, extends to Mandurah and has great fishing all year. Pink snapper and samson gather during June, before the spawning season, making a good time to fish with soft plastics around the drop offs. Snapper can be caught year round. Troll the western side during summer for the chance of Spanish mackerel. The deeper 19 Mile Reef is a diving hotspot.

Falcon, Mandurah

Falcon

Take the Merlin St turnoff right from the Old Coast Rd heading south. Turn left into Vanessa St and right quickly into Gretel Rd. Here you will find big tailor, salmon (when in season) and plenty of herring all of the time. Summer is best for the tailor but get there early because it can be quite busy.

Dawesville Cut by Helifotos 2013

The Cut

The Northern Wall Jetty closest to the ocean is a popular spot for herring, whiting, skippy, tarwhine and the odd tailor. The ocean side of the breakwall provides excellent tailor action at dawn and dusk with salmon in season and the odd mulloway.

More adventure on the water

Kayaking, Rottnest Island

Watersports

Find some of Australia's best surfing and kiteboarding beaches just a quick drive from Perth or explore our many rivers and waterways on a kayak. Or try something new and give stand-up paddle boarding.

Snorkelling, Rottnest Island

Underwater adventures

With a long stretch of coastline, islands, abundant marine life and numerous shipwrecks just offshore, divers and snorkelers won't be disappointed with the excellent underwater opportunities awaiting.

Fishing, Murray River, Mandurah and Peel

Fishing

Fishing is another recreational sport that can be enjoyed all along the magnificent Perth coastlines, lakes and rivers whether you're a keen fisherman or someone who just wants to give it a go.

Whale watching, Perth

Whale watching

From September - December humpback whales pass close to the Perth coast allowing a unique opportunity to see these amazing creatures up close on a whale watching adventure.

Captain Cook Cruises, Perth

Cruising

Explore Perth's waterways aboard the comfort of a vessle with ferries to Penguin and Rottnest Islands and cruises through Mandurah's scenic canals and along the Swan River.

Plan Your Trip to Perth

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Accommodation in Perth

You'll find a diverse range of accommodation to suit all budgets and styles all across Perth from five-star resorts to caravan parks.

Rottnest Express Eco Tour, Rottnest Island

Tours in Perth

Tours around Perth and surrounds take you to some of the most exciting and interesting holiday spots from hot air ballooning in the Avon Valley to cruising the Swan River.

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Attractions in Perth

There's plenty of attractions to choose from in Perth and surrounds, with fun-filled activities for all ages.

Public House, Perth City

Food and Drink in Perth

Whether its dining in an elegant restaurant overlooking the river or sampling local wines, Perth boasts an extensive buffet from which to delight your tastebuds.

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Retail in Perth

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Hire in Perth

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Spring in Perth

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