Fishers have been chasing salmon across the state’S coastline this season, with 1,500 people taking part in Recfishwest’s Salmon Slam competition.
The annual Salmon Slam competition has been running since the start of autumn, coinciding with WA’s salmon run along the Great Southern and South West coast.
Albany’s Salmon Holes, Sandpatch, Low-lands, Cheynes and Nanarup beaches were among this season’s most popular salmon hunting grounds.
La Ñina affects fishing conditions
Recfishwest CEO Dr Andrew Rowland said it was great to have so many salmon chasers join them on the salmon run despite the less than favourable weather conditions.
“The many salmon caught by fishers keeping the sand between their toes at some of the world’s best beaches this autumn has been fantastic,” he said.
“To have more than 1,500 salmon fishers take part in the competition so far really highlights the importance of salmon to WA’s recreational fishing community – they’re truly a highly valued sportfish.”
“Unfortunately, warmer water temperatures caused by the La Niña weather event has meant it hasn’t been the greatest salmon run so far this year.”
The Salmon Slam competition doesn’t come to an end until May 31st, leaving fishers with plenty of time to still cast a line.
To enter the competition fishers must submit an entry to the Salmon Slam app which will place them in the draw to win a dinghy, outboard or trailer package worth $9,000.
Chasing salmon from across the state
Dr Rowland said more metro-based fishers have been getting involved in the competition without having to travel down south.
“Although most of the salmon entered in the Salmon Slam have been caught along south coast and South West beaches, more salmon have been caught near Mandurah recently,” he said.
“However, with the mounting reports of catches near Mandurah and beaches south of Perth, hopefully metro fishers will still have the chance to catch a salmon or two this salmon run.”