We are so blessed to have the rivers, estuaries, oceans and island reefs teaming with a diversity of fish and marine life.
We can boast around 10,194km’s of coastline to fish from, let alone the crystal clear waters and abundance of marine life in our ocean and around our islands.
Did you know that a licence is required for recreational fishing from a boat, net fishing, freshwater angling, fishing for rock lobster, abalone, or marron?”
On average, the fine for fishing without a license ranges from $15 to $12,000. These fees may include a $5 to $1,000 penalty for each fish caught. If you’re required to report to the state’s county clerk, you will have to pay too for the cost of the lawsuit.
With so much coastline, reefs, islands and waterways, and so much ocean, WA is like an exciting magnet for fishing.
Some of the best off-shore fishing spots in WA are said to be Kalbarri, Pemberton, Bremer Bay, Cape Arid National Park, Myalup, Ningaloo and Quobba Station but every fisherman has their favourite or secret spot!!
To find out what fish you can catch, where and when then check out Mad Mackie for some advice.
Fishing Limit Rules
Studies have found that if we continue to fish the oceans like we currently are then the world will run out of fish by 2048.
To help keep our fish resources sustainable, Fisheries WA have developed a comprehensive set of rules for recreational fishers.
Introduction of trip limits. While on a fishing trip you may accumulate up to 10kg of finfish fillets of any species, no skin required, plus an additional 10kg of fillets of large pelagic fish with skin on. The existing possession limit of 20kg of fillets of any species will continue to apply at a person’s principal place of residence.
Removal of the 30cm minimum fillet length for filleting at sea.
Update to the definition of whole fish, which can now be cut in two pieces and still be considered as one fish. (For both filleting and whole fish rules, skin will need to be attached while still at sea.)
Release weights will be required for the master of all fishing boats fishing by line for demersal finfish, anywhere in WA, not just in the West Coast Region.
This initiative, set up by the Department of Transport, tests if people can gather flares, EPIRB, make a radio call and put on a lifejacket in 30 seconds, responds to boating incidents data which showed that better maintenance of safety gear and improved accessibility could have limited the number of boating tragedies.