Offshore fishing around Bunbury can be hard, due to the lack of significant structure. However, those in the know do well on very big pink snapper and good dhufish, as well as Samson fish.

Around town, there is good shore fishing at spots like Belvedere Beach and the Cut for bread and butter species including tailor and herring, plus mulloway and the odd shark .

The Leschenault Groyne produces tailor, blue swimmer crabs, and whiting. Blue swimmer crabs can also be found in the harbour, along with herring, whiting and the odd mulloway. Good yellowfin whiting can be found around the floodgates. The new artificial reef has been producing good bags of skippy and pink snapper.


South west artificial reef locations. Click to enlarge.

The Collie River can produce good bream and even mulloway, as well as a few giant herring, while farther upstream it offers redfin perch and trout. Marron are another option in season.

Check out our fishing reports for plenty of up to date information and visit our Where to Catch page for more info on the best fishing spots Western Australia.


Artificial Reefs in WA

Artificial reefs in WA will complement Western Australia’s robust and adaptive fisheries management approach ensuring fish stocks remain sustainable. Find out more in our Artificial Reefs in WA article.

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Blue Swimmer Crabs

The Leschenault Inlet is well know for big catches of blue swimmer crabs in the warmer months.

To find out more about catching these tasty specimens, read our How To Catch Blue Swimmer Crabs guide.

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