The Awesome Autumn of Salmon

Hooked up to one of the world’s best sportfish — the mighty West Aussie salmon — on some of the world’s best beaches during the annual autumn salmon run is one of the great WA fishing experiences.

Tens of thousands of salmon chasers regularly catch salmon bigger than 80cm along pristine beaches in the State’s south each autumn.

The fishing is so good, WA fishers spend $331 million annually on chasing these hard-fighting and readily accessible sportfish giving a great annual shot in the arm to the southern economy.

That’s why Recfishwest and thousands of WA salmon fishers celebrate the iconic southern sportfish during the annual Awesome Autumn of Salmon, supported by our partners Shimano and Western Angler magazine, which includes one of Australia’s biggest fishing competitions — the Salmon Slam!

Run in partnership with Western Angler magazine and supported by our partners Shimano, the Awesome Autumn of Salmon is driven by our goal of protecting the fantastic, safe and accessible sportfishing WA salmon provides and our purpose to ensure great fishing experiences for all in the WA community, forever.

“It’s WA’s salmon abundance that underpins the awesome fishing experiences enjoyed by so many fishers in the Great Southern, South West and when we get a good run in the metro,” Recfishwest CEO Dr Andrew Rowland said.

“Yes, it generates a great boost for local tackle, retail and hospitality outlets, but the real value lies in the pleasure it gives to tens of thousands of anglers from a wide range of backgrounds – the time spent fishing with family and friends is priceless.

“This is a true world-class sportfishery which is accessible to so many West Australians – that’s why we’re committed to protecting it.”

Casting your lure into big salmon schools before inevitably hooking-up to the hard-fighting species is a fishing experience like no other.

Salmon Slam Smartphone App

Salmon Fishing Resources and Information


Our ilovefishing website full of great tips and advice about all the gear, locations, techniques and fishing know-how you’ll need to catch a West Aussie salmon.

Fisheries Scientific Information

Fisheries scientific info about the biology and distribution of salmon.

Download the Recfishwest App

For the recfishing rules for salmon, download our fishing app.

Salmon Tracker

Want to know where the salmon schools are? Keep an eye on the Salmon Tracker page! (Should be up and running by late March)

Scott's Species: Salmon

Western Angler's own Scott Coglan gives you the latest insights on how to catch salmon!