Other names

Arripis truttacea, salmon, salmon trout


Juvenile salmon can be mistaken for adult Australian herring but juvenile salmon have a black spot in front of their pectoral (side) fins and lack the black tips to their caudal fin (tail) and large eye of herring. Salmon have a grey-green to blue back with brown dots or dashes, fading to silver towards the underside. Salmon have a dark forked tail and often a yellow eye. They form large schools that travel together, generally hugging the coast. WA salmon can reach 9kg, although most are caught between 3 and 5 kg.

WA distribution

Found from Kalbarri in the north to the South Australian border in the south. Most salmon are found in relatively shallow water and mostly close to shore off surf beaches or rocky cliffs and headlands.

Rigs and Techniques

Salmon rigs and techniques are quite similar to that for tailor so a light spinning rod with 6-10kg line and a 15kg trace will do nicely (no need to bother with wire trace this time). If you’re casting from the beach a heavier outfit might be necessary to get you out far enough.

Poppers cast from beaches or to inshore reefs can be quite effective. You can use a rig similar to that for tailor when fishing with bait which can include mulies, gardies, pipis or beach worms. Live baits can also be effective, as well as minnow lures and metal/ chrome lures. Fly fishing also has its place and light fly gear and deceiver pattern flies.