Autumn is a magical time for fishing right across WA. The summer winds ease and the fishing conditions are often some of the best of the year, coinciding happily with some fantastic fishing opportunities. In the South-West, the Salmon run could well continue for some time around Perth, if last year’s lingering schools are any indication. Many of the fish should be returning south in the ‘back run’ and this will provide more good salmon fishing along the south coast, in particular.
Metro anglers should also find Skippy and Herring abundant around reefy structure, while river fishers will find Black Bream moving downstream. Storm chasers will utilise foul weather to target Pink Snapper, and the odd Mulloway, from metro rock walls. Jurien Bay is a popular destination during autumn, offering Spanish Mackerel and some great offshore fishing, while shore anglers wanting to target spaniards can try ballooning around Wagoe. Autumn is also the time to try for a rare Dhufish from the shore between Geraldton and Dongara. It’s also a time when many anglers from the South-West head north looking for warmer weather and Exmouth can be dynamic at this time of year, with favourable weather conditions offering a wide range of options.
Offshore there will be good numbers of Billfish and Spanish Mackerel, while shore anglers can tangle with Spangled Emperor, Trevally and Queenfish. The Gulf is fishing well for big Queenfish and Golden Trevally, with a number of huge Giant Trevally also cruising the shallows. Autumn is also a great time of the year to find massive Giant Herring over a metre long. The Barramundi activity in the north should continue and there will still be good fish on offer from Karratha northwards, with fizzers and poppers worth a try at night. Threadfin Salmon should fish well in the rejuvenated Roebuck Bay for some time yet.
Wherever you are in WA, or wherever you’re planning on travelling too, there’s plenty of safe and accessible fishing options for you, your mates and family to enjoy. For more on what’s biting or to learn where to catch visit www.ilovefishing.com.au Like always, please send your fishing photos for our state-wide fishing reports! Send them firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.