Great ocean, beach and estuary fishing, catch and keep rock lobster pot pull and fishing charters make Kalbarri a fisher’s paradise. And to really understand what fishing means to the Kalbarri community, watch the monthly weigh-ins at the pub by the local angling club.
Fishing the Murchison River
The Murchison River is renowned for whiting, small tailor, soapy mulloway, mangrove Jack, black bream and yellowfin bream. Great fishing spots along the river include the jetties, Chinaman’s Rock or further upstream from the riverbank. It is a great place to introduce the kids to fishing.
Blue manna and mud crabs can also be caught in the river.
Wittecarra Creek and Red Bluff Beach are the best beach spots to try your luck. Monster tailor, mulloway and shark all frequent this stretch of beach. Red Bluff Beach also produces great size gardies, especially during winter.
Dhufish, red Emperor, snapper, sharks, bluebone, coral trout and Spanish mackerel are favourites with the offshore fishers. Please check current regulations regarding the demersal fishery before heading out.
Off-shore fishing charters target pink snapper, dhufish, coral trout, red emperor, bald chin groper, Spanish mackerel, yellowfin tuna and sharks in season.
Boating Facilities, Services and Fishing Equipment
Boat ramps can be found off Chainman’s Drive and also at River Road next to the Kalbarri Maritime Facility. The maritime facility is located close to the Murchison River ocean entrance, providing access to the Indian Ocean and includes a land backed wharf, jetty and fueling facility. There are secure and convenient boat pens available for commercial and recreational vessels.
The Murchison Rivermouth can be dangerous and unpredictable. Please contact Volunteer Marine Rescue located on the riverfront before heading out.
If you don’t want to bring your boat and fishing equipment with you or you’ve forgotten something, don’t despair there’s fishing tackle shops and boat hire in town, or better still realx and let someone take you on a fishing or rock lobster charter.
Rock Lobster Fishery
The colourful western rock lobster, aka a ‘crayfish’ or just ‘crays’ is WA’s largest and most valuable fishery and has received international acknowledgement as one of the best managed and most sustainable fishery in the world.
Due to the warmer waters, around Kalbarri and the Abrolhos Islands, lobster mature earlier and at smaller sizes than the southern areas.
There are about 280 commercial boats, it is quite a sight to see them all head out. If you’d like to join in, you can with Kalbarri Rock Lobster Tours and Charters. On this charter you learn how to drop and pull ‘craypots’, catch your lunch and enjoy. It is a fantastic tour for the entire family.
No Fishing Zones
Chinaman’s Beach is the only no fishing zone in the Murchison River.
Blue Holes is a Fish Habitat Protection Area where there is no fishing, jetskis or taking of any crustaceans or shoreline objects.
Kalbarri is in the West Coast Bioregion, which extends from the Zuytdorp Cliffs down to Black Point on the South Coast. Please check up to date fishing restrictions at Department of Fisheries
The Kalbarri Fishing Guide at around $5 is a must and worth every cent, buy it at the Visitor Centre!