Keep the sand between your toes
Beach fishing is WA's safest way to fish, but you can still get in trouble if you don't know the conditions, so we have provided you with a checklist to keep you safe when fishing from the beach.
- Know the area, know the conditions: Read all safety signage – it’s been placed there for a reason. Ask locals about the spot you plan to fish from if you’re new to the area. Make sure you are aware of the latest weather, swell and tidal predictions before going fishing, check the Bureau of Meteorology website www.bom.gov.au.. Be aware that conditions may change quickly and can vary from predicted averages.
- Wear the right clothes: Light clothing such as shorts and a spray jacket will allow you to swim more freely if you are washed in. Wear appropriate footwear with non-slip soles or cleats suited to the surface you plan to fish from.
- Tell someone: Always let friends or family know where you are going, when you’ll be back and if your plans change.
- Never fish alone: Always fish with a buddy; if you get into any trouble, they can help.
- Know how to swim: There are many situations where as a fisher you might be required to swim during the course of your fishing activities; either for recreation or in an emergency. If you fish, you should know how to swim for your own safety. If you are a poor swimmer it is best to wear a Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) and have an experienced swimmer with you at all times especially if fishing from the rocks or boat fishing. For more on learn how to swim, see royallifesaving.com.au
Shark sightings: Please report all shark sightings directly to the Water Police on 9442 8600. This number is staffed 24 hours, seven days a week and will activate any required response. Keep informed of the latest reported sighting and tagged shark detection information by checking the Shark Activity Map or follow the Surf Life Saving WA twitter feed @SLSWA. The Shark Activity Map provides beach users with 'real time' information on reported sightings and tagged shark detections, as well as access to Surf Life Saving WA's twitter feed and current alerts and warnings issued by the Department of Fisheries. Remember the map shows available information – not all sharks are tagged, or sightings reported, so be Sharksmart when using the water.
Safe fishing for salmon maps
Find out all the best spots to catch your salmon this season by clicking here.
Or download an area map below:Beach fishing for salmon in Esperance.
Beach fishing for salmon in Bremer Bay.
Beach fishing for salmon in Albany.
Beach fishing for salmon in Augusta.
Beach fishing for salmon in Margaret River.
Beach fishing for salmon in Dunsborough and Busselton.