Recreational prawning is mainly done in rivers and estuaries in the State’s south-west. The most popular areas include the Swan and Canning rivers near Perth and the Peel Inlet near Mandurah. The western school (school) prawn and western king (king) prawn are the main species taken.
To ensure the long-term sustainability of prawn stocks, we control recreational prawn fishing. There are restrictions on gear used for prawning and a daily bag limit. For prawns, ‘daily’ means for a period of 24 hours starting from midday.
There are annual closures of several fishing areas in the West Coast Bioregion, which runs from east of Augusta to north of Kalbarri, and includes Perth and Mandurah.
Recreational fishers are not permitted to sell their prawn catch.
If prawning by boat, you will need a Recreational Fishing from Boat Licence.
Information on fishing rules for prawns including bag limits can be found online or in our Statewide Recreational fishing guide.