Salmon Slam 2023

The biggest, best salmon comp ever!

Salmon Slam Smartphone App

Join Recfishwest on the run and enjoy the 2023 Slam’s salmon sportfishing

To celebrate West Aussie salmon as the iconic southern sportfish they are, Recfishwest are hosting the third annual Awesome Autumn of Salmon in partnership with Shimano and Western Angler, from March 1 to May 1.

Headlining this year’s celebration is once again one of Australia’s biggest app-based fishing competitions – the 2023 Salmon Slam.

Catch a salmon, take a photo of your catch on a brag mat with the tournament code #SS2023 visible and log your catch via the Salmon Slam 2023 app.

Coinciding with the annual salmon migration, which sees massive schools travel north each autumn, the Awesome Autumn of Salmon celebrates the safe and accessible sportfishing WA salmon provide.

Last autumn, more than 850 salmon chasers took part in the inaugural Slam, catching salmon and simply submitting photos of their catch via the official app for a chance to win many great prizes.

Click here to get up-to-date with who won what in the 2022 Salmon Slam!

Check out the final results of the 2022 Salmon Slam below


Salmon Slam 2022 Prizes

The competition this year is divided into four phases. Each phase had its own prize pool, as well as an overall prize pool at the end of the competition.

Competition Categories

  • Open Category (within each fishing phase)

    Four longest salmon.

  • Adult Random

    Random draw from every eligible entry.

  • Junior Random (under 16 years)

    Random draw from every eligible entry.

  • Best Photo

    Awarded to the best photo during each phase.

Competition Rules

  • The competition will run exclusively through the ‘Salmon Slam’ smartphone app, available through the Google Play and the Apple stores;
  • The competition runs from 1 March to 1 May 2023;
  • Entry is FREE;
  • The competition is divided into four phases. Each phase has its own prize pool, as well as an overall prize pool at the end of the competition;
  • An angler can only win phase prizes once. For example, if a fisher wins the longest four fish in the opening phase, they’re ineligible to win any categories in phases two, three or four, but can still win overall prizes at the competition’s conclusion;
  • Competitors can register at any time during the competition; however, competitors must be registered before they start fishing;
  • All fish entered into the competition must be caught in Western Australia;
  • Competition entries must be in the format of a photo of your salmon on a suitable measuring device (see instructions below for further details);
  • The ‘tournament code’#SS2023 must be visible in all ‘brag mat’ and tape measure photos showing the length of the fish;
  • Entries for the ‘best photo’ category must be off an angler holding a salmon;
  • To be eligible for the prize of first salmon caught measuring 77cm in phase four, a brag mat photo showing the 77cm measurement with the tournament code #SS2023 must be visible, along with a photo of the participant holding the fish while it’s still alive and reflecting the responsible fish handling practices below;
  • Photos must be taken at the time and place of capture and fish must be alive in photos. Any photos containing fish with cut throats or excessive blood will not be eligible. Photos must reflect Recfishwest’s responsible fish handling practices to be considered.
Salmon schools like this are awesome to see during the annual run.

Competition Phases

The 2023 Salmon Slam is divided into four phases:

  • Phase 1: March 1 to March 17
  • Phase 2: March 18 to March 31
  • Phase 3: April 1 to April 14
  • Phase 4: April 15 to May 01
There’s nothing quite like being hooked up to a West Aussie salmon during the annual run.

Salmon Slam Smartphone App

How to log a capture using the app

  1. Ensure you are registered before starting to fish.

  2. Select ‘Salmon Slam 2023’ from the list of events and press enter, you are now set up to log your catches.

  3. Once you have landed your fish, place it on either a Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) ruler or a similar device capable of showing the length of your fish (brag mats and plastic rulers are acceptable). Brag mats must be flat and straight with at least one edge showing. If both edges are hidden under the fish, we may not accept your entry. Try and avoid placing the fish on a hot surface or where sand can damage its eyes. Laying the fish on a wet rag, using wet hands is best practice.

  4. Ensure that the nose of the fish is aligned with the ‘0’ mark on your measuring device.

  5. Ensure the tournament code #SS2023 is visible in the ‘brag mat’ photo. You may like to write it on a piece of paper, or perhaps write it in the sand, were happy for you to be creative!

  6. Take the photo using the Salmon Slam App in a manner by which the length of the fish can be identified by officials. Taking the photo directly above the fish is best.

  7. Use the Salmon Slam app to log the capture.

  8. All prizes will be awarded at Recfishwest’s discretion – as the judges of the competition, our decisions will be final.

  9. Recfishwest reserves the right to disqualify anyone from the competition whose behaviour is judged to bring the Salmon Slam competition, Recfishwest or the WA fishing community into disrepute.

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? Head to Salmon Tracker to see!

Scott's Species: Salmon

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