The best places to go fishing in Busselton

The best places to go fishing in Busselton

Find out where the locals go to get their fish on

Fishing in Busselton is a favourite hobby of many south west locals so if you're looking to get a feel for the laid-back lifestyle here, casting a line is a great way to do it. It's a great holiday hobby for kids, and we've got so many fantastic places to fish in Busselton and surrounding towns.

At any given time of day in every season, you'll see anglers dotted along the Margaret River region's coastline in hopes of catching the big one, or maybe just a feed of fish for dinner (or breakfast).

In a region full of fishers, there are a good many tackle shops and fishing experts to gather supplies and knowledge from so your day fishing in Busselton produces tails and tales.

Fishing on the Busselton Jetty

The Busselton Jetty is possibly the biggest draw card for visitors to the seaside city. The 1.841 kilometre wooden jetty is the longest in the Southern Hemisphere, which is great news for anglers. Imagine being that far out to sea without a boat. Locals and visitors alike fish along the famous jetty. Picking your fishing spot is a matter of trial and error. For beginners, the first platform on the right side of the jetty, not far past the jetty entrance is your best bet. The Interpretive Centre sells fishing supplies and bait. They even offer a volunteer-run fishing clinic (must be pre-booked). 

Fish to catch: herring, samson fish, squid, pink snapper, crab, tailor, mulloway.

Good to know: jetty admission charges apply when the Interpretive Centre is open.

Other top fishing spots in Busselton: the beach at Geographe Bay Yacht Club, Busselton High School drain (corner or Bussell Highway and Queen Elizabeth Avenue, then head towards the sea).

Catching fish at Old Dunsborough Boat Ramp

Better known as Fish Rock to the local fishers, the area at the Old Dunsborough Boat Ramp is a popular spot to catch fish. The rocky shoreline here offers several different positions to cast from high or low. During autumn, when the salmon are running, you'll easily catch or witness someone catching one (or two or three) of these surf loving fish.

Fish to catch: Australia salmon, garfish, herring.

Good to know: the jetty has wheelchair access.

Other top fishing spots in Dunsborough: Meelup Beach, Bunker Bay, any of the Eagle Bay beaches, Sugarloaf Rock.

Fishing in Canal Rocks Yallingup

Angling at Canal Rocks

The picture-postcard scenery of Canal Rocks near Yallingup is a popular spot for surf-heavy scenery lovers. It's also a good place to do some rock fishing. There are lots of sheltered spots on the inside of the bay, near the bridge. In the summer, when the winds are calm, it's also a nice place for a snorkel.

Fish to catch: Australian salmon, herring, bream.

Good to know: watch the weather, the waves here can be fierce.

Other top fishing spots in Yallingup: Smiths Beach, Yallingup Beach.

Catch an Australian Salmon on the beach at Yallingup or Bunker Bay

Top tips for fishing in Busselton

  • Buy fishing gear at BCF, Two Oceans or Geographe TackleWorld in Busselton
  • Hire or buy fishing equipment at Access Fishing in Dunsborough
  • Australian salmon run March-May
  • Best time to catch squid: sunrise, mid-day and sunset
  • Pre-book fishing clinics at the Busselton Jetty 
  • Fishability offers assistance for anglers with disabilities
  • Know the rules and limits with the free recfishwest fishing in WA app

Photos: Jennifer Morton

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