Australian Salmon local fish species facts and Limits. Australian Salmon are a great fish to target in the colder months. You will know when you have hooked a Salmon as they go on long fast runs. There a great fish to target by bait, metal spoons and plastics.

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Scientific name:

Arripis spp

Size & limits:

The minimum legal size is 21cm and a daily bag limit of 20 over legal size. Salmon vary in size, when fishing small estuary systems you can stumble upon large schools which are quite small in size. However in the bay and surf you can catch them much bigger typical catches between 35-55cm and some bigger.

Bait Recommendations:

Pilchard, Blue Bait or Squid

Lure Recommendations:

Metal spoons are the primary choice when targeting salmon on lures. They come in a huge range of colours and sizes and your choice will dpend on where your fishing, how far you need to cast and the water depth. Eg if your fishing in the surf a larger and heavier metal spoon would be best so you can cast further out. Good choices of metal spoons include Halco Twisty, Savage Gear missiles, Maria Mucho Lucir, EcoGear Teibo jig. All between 20 to 40 grams. You will also catch salmon with grub and minnow style soft plastics in natural colours, and large hard body minnows.

Eating Rating:

Not great to eat often used for Cat Food. However many anglers will argue if there bled out properly that there good eating. Australian Salmon is very different to the Atlantic Salmon that were used to eating in restaurants


If your in the bay or estuary look for breaking water or lots of bird life gathering in the one spot, this is a great sign that schools of salmon are in the immediate area. Here is a video we recently recorded whilst kayak fishing which highlights us heading towards bird activity which ended up being a big school of salmon. this exact point. If your targeting salmon in the surf then take some time to look for gutters and deeper pools in the water.

Rod/Rig setup:

When surf fishing you can go past a long stiff rod. A rod between 10-14 foot is ideal. We like surf fishing with 12 foot rods which keeps the line above breaking waves and allows us to cast long distances.. There are plenty of options for surf fishing that meet different budget requirements.   You will generally use a 3000 to 5000 size reel spooled with 12lb monofilament line with a running sinker to a swivel. Then 20 pound leader and size 4 circle hook or double snelled hooks. When lure fishing a light stiff rod between 9 and 12 foot is ideal.

Best times:

Salmon can be caught anytime of day but are more active in the colder winter months