There is some fantastic fishing around Esperance, for both shore and boat anglers. The region is famed for its salmon fishing and beaches that often deliver include Poison Creek, Thomas River and Roses. Some big sharks shadow the salmon schools.

Mulloway are also a regular catch from the beaches, and there are good pink snapper taken from the sand out towards the cliffs. There are also some big skippy to be had from the rocks west of town. Boat fishing around the islands can be good for a range of species including samson fish, queen and red snapper, and southern bluefin tuna, while squid and skippy are usually reliable.

The jetty is an old favourite, offering bread and butter species including herring, whiting, snook and squid. Bandy Creek boat harbour is worth a try for skippy and king george. The lakes, rivers and inlets around town and farther west offer some excellent fishing for black bream. West of Esperance, Hopetoun offers great shore and boat fishing for similar species, plus estuary and river fishing for bream.