Coastal waters are cool and often clear now and pelagic fish numbers dwindle, although the first southern bluefin tuna may begin to appear in the far south. There’s some great snapper fishing to be had, especially on deeper marks. Bream and blackfish (luderick) continue to bite well in many estuaries, along with the odd mulloway, while salmon and tailor can be caught from surf beaches and rocky headlands, along with drummer, bream and silver trevally.
There’s good southern black bream fishing in most estuary systems now. King George whiting remain steady in the SA gulfs. Beach salmon fishing action is near its peak. Flathead still available inshore, mostly in SA, and the first blood worm run of the year occurs in that state.
Snapper are plentiful on inshore reefs, along with Samson fish, skippy (silver trevally) and good squid, especially over inshore weed beds. Look for snapper from the shore after storms. Salmon may still be present as far north as Perth and mulloway are available on many beaches, although tailor are now relatively scarce. Mackerel season in full swing in northern waters, and there’s very good giant trevally fishing further north.
Waters are now at their coolest and barra can become very lethargic and hard to tempt, especially with lures. Live and dead baits may be a better option. Offshore, pelagics such as mackerel, trevally, queenfish and small billfish are increasingly abundant, although south easterly trade winds can limit opportunities at times. Reef fishing is good.
Nights and mornings are typically very cold now, with frequent frosts, and native fish activity is generally quite slow, yet some of the year’s largest Murray cod will be taken this month in impoundments such as Eildon, Mulwala, Blowering, Burrinjuck, Wyangala, Pindari, Copeton and Glenlyon. Trout seasons remain closed on most flowing waters (rivers and creeks), although hardy anglers will find trout quite active in many lakes.
1 JUL: Trout season CLOSES in WA.