TOP 10 FISHING SPOTS IN ALBANY

BEST FISHING SPOTS ALBANY WA

Fishing in Albany Western Australia

Fishing for salmon is popular in Albany, mainly from beaches or rocks such as Little Beach, the Salmon Holes and Nanarup. For fishing conditions in Albany today, see our fishing weather & tide info. Other commonly caught local fish include Herring, King George Whiting, Squid, Flathead, Cobbler & Pink Snapper. The Albany area offers beach or rock fishing, jetty fishing and boat fishing. Crabs may be caught during the summer crabbing season in the Princess Royal Harbour. There is also great river fishing for Black Bream from the Nanarup Inlet and the King and Kalgan rivers. Ocean Beach & the Wilson Inlet in Denmark also offer great fishing. See below best fishing spots in Albany WA.

 
Let the locals show you the way!

Let the locals show you the way!

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Salmon Holes

Salmon Holes

Great beach and rock fishing for Salmon, Herring, Whiting, Skippy & Squid. Rocks are dangerous with notorious king waves surging, take great care, drownings at this spot are not uncommon. Head south of Albany, out to Torndirrup National park to find the Salmon Holes. See map below

Town Jetty

Town Jetty

Fish from the Jetty for herring, whiting, skippy & squid. Easy catching with a few good spots to set up on jetties or rocks. Directly south of Albany's main street, the jetty is a short walk from city centre. See map below

Emu Point Channel

Emu Point Channel

Fishing in the Channel opposite Mt Martin is popular. Catch Herring, King George Whiting, Bream. Watch the Stingrays cruise by and enjoy watching your catch in the crystal clear water. Found north-east of Albany at the far end of Middleton Beach. See map below

Ellen Cove Jetty

Ellen Cove Jetty

Easy jetty fishing great for kids, catch skippy, whiting, herring & squid. A little further around the point on rocks is also good fishing. This jetty lies at the start of Middleton beach. This area is a great family spot. See map below

Ocean Beach, Denmark

Ocean Beach, Denmark

Ocean Beach offers beach fishing, rock fishing and inlet fishing. In December/January, Pink Snapper gather at the mouth of the inlet before it breaches. From the beach catch Whiting, Taylor, Salmon, Yellow Tail. You'll have to venture to Denmark, 50kms west of Albany, to fish here. See map below.

Princess Royal Harbour

Princess Royal Harbour

Wade into the harbour and fish from the edges anywhere for cobbler & flounder. Crabs can be easily netted in season close to the town jetty or on the opposite side along the banks. Be sure to wear protective footwear to avoid being stung by a small ray or cobbler. Princess Royal Harbour is a beautiful natural shipping harbour overlooked by the City of Albany, to the south. Easy access from many places. See map below

Emu Point Jetty

Emu Point Jetty

Fish from the Fishing Boat Jetty for Herring, Whiting, Bream. Have Fish & Chips at the Squid Shack nearby if there's none biting! Venture down Middleton Beach road and turn off to Emu Point. It's located at the commercial fishing marina, not far from the Emu Point Channel, cafe and baths. See map below

Nanrup Inlet

Nanrup Inlet

Do some holiday fishing at the inlet just near the carpark beneath the paperbarks for 'easy to hook' Black Bream. Great for kids, everyone gets a prize! East of Albany, head out along the Lower King Road which turn into Nanarup Road after the King River Bridge. See map below

Kalgan River

Kalgan River

Fish from the bridge area or go up river for black bream, mullet and mulloway (herring & whiting at the bridge). Situated north east of Albany, head out along Chester Pass Road and you'll come across it. See map below

King George Sound

King George Sound

There are good spots out around Michaelmas, Breaksea and Seal Islands for catching Pink Snapper like this ! Once you leave Princess Royal Harbour via Attaturk Channel, you are in King George Sound. East of the City, it is a major fishing ground in a beautiful, naturally protected sound, open to the ocean. See map below

Albany Fishing Tips ....

 

Albany is a very popular fishing destination. People come here to catch many different types of very good table fish. I have outlined below, some of the most common fish caught locally and a trick or two on how to catch them. 

 

SALMON – can be caught on most surf beaches using a classic gang rig and mulies.  Certain lures can work just as effectively. March/April around Albany is when the salmon are on the run.

Salmon Holes | Nanarup Beach

KING GEORGE WHITING – are one of the finest table fish around and they are plentiful around Albany (all year round), if you know where & how to catch them. They like to feed on sandy bottoms,  where the weed/reef meet the sand. Again, you don’t need bait, just a jig head and soft plastic will suffice.

King George Sound| Nanarup Beach

HERRING – these fellas hang in big schools almost anywhere around Albany any time of the year. For those who don’t like messy baits, they will take a lure (7gram) with a single hook. If you’re in a boat, “tuna haul” them in as they are masters at spitting out baits so the less time you mess with them, the better.

King George Sound | Town Jetty

 

SQUID – they are found everywhere on ‘weedy’ grounds all year round. Fish between 2.5 and 8 metres and if you put a large swivel between the leader and jig, it will help you get to the bottom. If in a boat, drift fishing is a good option. Find a suitable patch then drift, side on and cast with the breeze. You might try putting a ‘passive’ line in on the opposite side (in a rod holder) and set the line to drift about 1 m off the bottom.

Princess Royal Harbour
Middleton Beach Jetty

 

YELLOW FIN WHITING – are found on the flats from November to March. Best way to catch them is to wade in knee deep water using bubble poppers on ultra light gear.

Oyster Harbour

 

SNAPPER – jig for snapper on reefy lumps using ½ ounce jig head with soft plastic and again, drift for them out around Breaksea & Michaelmas Islands.

King George Sound

 

PIKE – on large areas of weed, you can troll bibbed lures for Pike (they have been caught up to 1 m locally). You can maybe pick up a BF Tuna out in deeper water in the Sound during Autumn.

King George Sound

 

BREAM – try using hard bodied lures on the riverflats/mouths in about 600mm -1m depth.

King & Kalgan River | Nanarup

 

SALMON TROUT – and herring love chasing surface lures (bubble poppers) in the channels.

Emu Point Channel

COBBLER – mainly come out at night and are a very nice eating fish. Fillet the flesh away from the skin. Beware of their 3 poisonous spines on their head (1 on top, 2 on the side). Very hot water for a few hours is the only way to quell the intense pain.

Frenchman's Bay | Princess Royal Harbour

 

BLUE MANNA CRABS – are commonly caught at night, wading across the shallows of Princess Royal Harbour (Western End) with a good light and a scoop net. Be sure to wear protective footware as cobblers are often seen here. Drop nets can also be used by boat, in deeper water within Princess Royal Harbour.

Princess Royal Harbour (Western End by foot)

Fishing ... more info.

 

FISHING SAFETY 

When fishing off the rocks around Albany be safe as this is a very treacherous coastline. In particular, there have been drownings at the Salmon Holes.

FISHING BAG LIMITS 

Please adhere to bag limits and species size. 

AVAILABILITY OF SPECIES

Some species are seasonal.

FISHING FROM A BOAT

Fishing out of a boat is ideal and there are some great spots out around the islands in King George Sound ... Michaelmas, Breaksea & Seal Islands.

BEACH AND ROCK FISHING

There is plenty of good fishing from rocks and the beach using a rod. Take care as fishing off rocks can be dangerous. Line fishing from our local jetty's is also popular. Try Middleton Beach Jetty, Town Jetty and Emu Point Jetty.

MOBILE PHONE COVERAGE

Most of King George Sound (out to Michaelmas Is.) has mobile phone coverage.

LOCAL PUBLIC BOAT RAMPS

Albany Marina - on the foreshore

Emu Point Marina (Boat Harbour)

Frenchmans Bay 

Little Grove (near sailing club)

Misery Beach (near Whaling Station)

Elizabeth Street (Lower King)

 

Albany's top 10 Spots

 

1. Salmon Holes 

2. Town Jetty

3. Emu Point Channel

4. Ellen Cove Jetty

5. Ocean Beach - Denmark

6. Princess Royal Harbour

7. Emu Point Jetty

8. Nanarup Inlet

9. Kalgan River

10. King George Sound

Freshly Caught Squid

Freshly Caught Squid

Squid For Lunch!

Squid For Lunch!

King River

King River

The King River is a popular fishing destination. Either fish from the bridge (or underneath on the platform) to catch herring & whiting, or go up the river in a dinghy to catch black bream, mullet and mulloway.

Oooops !

Oooops !

Don't point the squid the wrong way !

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