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Salmon recreational fishing

Western Australian salmon is a popular target for recreational fishers due to their speed, power, capacity for a thrilling fight, and ability to be caught with the use of rod and line from boats or the beach. 

While an important recreational species, salmon catch within the recreational sector has generally been low, noting that a large proportion of fish taken are released (up to 69% for boat-based fishers). For more information, see the Western Australian salmon science update​.

Safety is a major consideration for recreational fishers, particularly when fishing from rock ledges and coastal outcrops where the unpredictable seas at this certain times of year can make for dangerous conditions. Fishers are advised to take additional precautions, including life jackets, and adhere to local warnings when fishing from the beach or rock ledges.

Recreational fishing effort is managed through a combination of measures including daily bag and size limits.

If fishing with the use of a powered vessel, you will need a Recreational Fishing from Boat Licence.

Information on fishing rules for salmon, including size and bag limits, can be found online or in our Statewide Recreational fishing guide.


Last modified: 12/09/2023 3:43 PM

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