Recreational fishing is a favourite pastime for many Perthites thanks to some fantastic beach options, along with that big old Swan River running through the middle of the city.
In addition to fish, the Swan River is home to an abundance of big beautiful blue manna crabs, and there’s plenty of spots along its shores (and deeper) to grab a few for dinner, or even better – Christmas lunch.
And to make sure you crab responsibly please keep in mind catch limits (which have just been updated), size limits and fishing seasons via the Fisheries WA Website.
This popular recreational foreshore is not only the perfect picnic spot, but has the perfect jetty to throw a pot or two off. Boaters can launch from the Johnston Parade boat ramp nearby, and keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, who love to pop in for a quick fish themselves.
As the crab season kicks back up from December 1, the waters around East Freo are prime for crabs. The jetties near the Left Bank and the East Freo Yacht Club are both great dropping positions, or if you’ve got a boat get out into the deeper waters around Blackwall Reach (just make sure you stay out of the traffic channels).
Another popular spot as the summer gets on and crabs continue making their way up river, it’s also a great little fishing spot. You can also do a bit of scooping off the beach.
Point Walter’s sandbar is a popular spot for fishing (especially flathead), but also makes for a nice spot of scooping. It’s also a great prawning spot, and just generally makes for a fantastic place to take the family for an afternoon on the river with plenty of barbecue facilities to hopefully cook up your catch super fresh!
The Old Brewery
No doubt you’ve driven along Mounts Bay Road and seen a few empty milk bottles bobbing up and down in the water along the stretch down to Nedlands. This area and underneath the Narrows are popular for a reason, so if you don’t mind sharing the space with a few fellow fishers, there’s some gold to be had here later in summer heading into autumn.
If you’re keen to make a day of it, you can always head south to the Blue Manna Mecca of Mandurah. There’s a wealth of spots for you to drop nets from jetties, get out on the boat or go scooping, so do a bit of research and make sure you’ve got good footwear if it’s the latter – cobbler barbs are no fun at all.
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