Fishing magazine editor Scott Coghlan expects another strong salmon season expected across the south coast

Jacob Morgan-de LaineAlbany Advertiser
A large school of salmon off a beach in Bremer Bay.
Camera IconA large school of salmon off a beach in Bremer Bay. Credit: Scott Coghlan

The days are getting shorter and the mornings cooler, the wind is dropping, and the salmon are running all over the south coast.

This year’s salmon season is expected to be a big one, with schools starting to be seen off the coast.

Josh Szszyglak
Camera IconJosh Szszyglak Credit: Scott Coghlan

Tourists and locals will try to get their taste of the acrobatic, hard-fighting and abundant WA fish during the annual autumn salmon run.

Western Angler Magazine editor Scott Coghlan was camping in Bremer Bay last week and went fishing for salmon.

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He photographed a huge school of salmon close to the beach.

Mr Coghlan said there were plenty of decent-size salmon to be caught on the south coast.

“We found plenty of big schools around Bremer Bay, thousands of fish in some of them,” he said.

“The fish are moving west along the south coast and should hit the Capes soon.”

Mr Coghlan said there were plenty of big fish in those schools, some weighing up to 7kg.

There are plenty of closer-to-home options for Albany locals looking to snag themselves a good-sized fish.

“Cheynes Beach has been starting to fire,” he said.

“I’ve heard of fish at Salmon Holes and Bettys Beach in the last few days, too. There is a strong Leeuwin current this year, so the best action is likely to be from Dunsborough south and particularly along the south coast.

“Albany should be fun for them over Easter at spots like Nanarup, Shelley Beach, Normans, Cheynes, Lowlands and Bornholm.”

Cameron Finnie
Camera IconCameron Finnie Credit: Scott Coghlan

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