Australian Salmon fishing reports come from all over Victoria. The bays, estuaries and ocean beaches all produce reports each year.
This fish moves in huge schools. Chopping their way through bait fish.
They are often seen jumping in the air when on a baitfish school. Sometimes known as a “bust up.”
Note the Australian Salmon is not related to the Chinook Salmon or the Salmonoid family.
Scientific Name: Arripis trutta
Australian Salmon Fishing Reports Coverage
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August 2022 Australian Salmon Bait Reports Year To Date ▼
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According to the Victorian Fisheries Dept website, a total of 20 Australian Salmon and/or Australian Herrings is the daily bag limit per person.
The minimum length to legally take an Australian Salmon is 21cm.
The Year to date fishing reports for Australian Salmon top locations have included:
Cunningham Pier, Barwon, Blairgowrie,Vic, Frankston,Vic, Mt Eliza,Vic, Corio Bay,Vic, Cunningham Pier,Vic, Geelong Waterfront,Vic, Port Welshpool,Vic, Barwon River Ocean Grove,Vic, Patterson River,Vic, Gunnamatta,Vic, Rosebud,Vic, Barwon River Ocean Grove, Kilcunda, Venus Bay, Inverloch, Lakes Entrance , Merimbula, Pambula, Geelong Waterfront, Coronet Bay, Gunnamatta, Corio Bay.
While in surf fishing its not uncommon to target Australian Salmon along with species such as Tailor, it is common for fishers on the bays to be targeting species like Bream and Snapper and literally stumble upon the Australian Salmon as they bust through the area.
Australian Salmon Suggested Tackle
Based on our collated 2022 Australian Salmon Fishing Reports top Bait has included:
Chicken, Pilchards, Bluebait.
In 2022 lures that have been reported to be effective include:
Lures Metal Spoon, Berkley 3 inch Power Bait Minnows, Soft Plastic Minnow, Soft Plastics , Zman Grubz.
Off a beach full surf tackle including a rod 10 feet or more. This gets your bait out into the channels and holes where the salmon lay waiting to munch smaller fish. On some occasions you’ll see the salmon inside the breakers, riding them in.
Off piers, kayaks, boats – and even beaches – spinning a 6 to a 9-foot spinning rod is ideal.
Australian Salmon Fishing Quick Tips
How To Catch Australian Salmon
These fish fight well so at least a 15-30 lb mainline if braid. You may prefer going heavier for monoline in the surf.
A 40lb leader is usually how I rig. Depending on fishing in the bay or from a surf beach. eg: You may prefer to go lighter in a bay.
I recommend a 5/0 hook. Choose circle, beak, bait holder etc. I choose chemically sharpened.
112-gram star sinker is my personal preference. However, rig for the conditions. You can go lighter from a boat, or pier etc.
Use berley. The schools move fast through an area. So berley will keep them around longer as it attracts small baitfish.
With soft plastics use the same kinds and jig weights you would for other marine species such as bream, flathead etc.
Good baits are pilchards, whitebait, bluebait & squid. But don’t overlook bait such as chicken (yes, seriously!)
Legal Min Size: 21cm
Bag Limit: 20
Survey Results – Most Popular Australian Salmon Spots: Port Phillip Bay, Western Port Bay, Apollo Bay, Portland, Lakes Entrance Coastal, Phillip Island, Gippsland Lakes, Barwon River Estuary, Lake Tyers, Warnambool / Port Fairy, Mallacoota Inlet.
What Do I Need To Catch Australian Salmon?
The Australian salmon is not a true salmon and is not related to the famous salmon species of the northern hemisphere (the salmonids).
This fish is found in large schools and can often be spotted breaking the water surface, known as a “bust-up.”
It’s common for seabirds to flock around Australian Salmon schools at this time and the birds are often used to locate the schools of this species.
The Salmon schools often move through an area quite quickly. So targeting a school may require moving with them. Obviously easier to do in a boat.