Blackwall Reach is one of the best fishing spots in Perth!

Blackwall Reach, Perth, Western Australia – One of my favourite fishing spots in Perth

When you go to Perth, one of the things that you want to do is find the best places to fish, right? The location of Perth makes it ideal for all sorts of fishing. One of the best spots in all of Perth to fish is a set of cliffs known as Blackwall Reach, in Bicton, near Fremantle. This area is about 500 metres in length, and about 11 metres high. Its location makes it that much more appealing. Let’s take a look at this great fishing spot and the types of fish you can find there.

What is At Blackwall Reach?

Blackwall Reach is actually a really awesome place, and not just for those who are going fishing there. Activities galore. You can go rock climbing, you can go cliff jumping (even though you have to be very careful with both of those).  I remember jumping off Blackwell Reach when I was about 19 years of age.  I was living in Fremantle and went there with my three housemates.  They had all grown up in Freo and had jumped it heaps of times, I had not.  There are three choices of cliffs to jump from, scary, really scary and Oh My God.  They of course dared me to do it, it took me about half and hour to work up the courage but I chose "really scary" and guess what? It was really scary....but I survived and now I go fishing here all the time.  Rights of passage and all that, a bit of fun. You can also enjoy scuba diving, get some great shots with your camera, and even hang out with some beautiful dolphins. It’s like a little oasis in the middle of what is sometimes a really busy city.


But like I said, you’re likely there because you want to catch the big one. There are so many fish there, and that’s mainly because of the geography and topography of the area. First off, the cliffs are near where the river meets the ocean. That means that you have incredibly deep river water that is mixing with ocean water, making it so that a wide variety of different fish can be caught, depending on where in the area you are fishing. And with the cliffs and rocks there, there are plenty of places that you can just perch and cast out your line for hours. Kayaking is also a popular option for those who are fishing in the area. There are times of the year where you cannot fish there because of repopulation efforts, but you can talk to the Australian government to see when those bans are.

What Types of Fish Can I Find at Blackwell Reach?

The greatest thing about this area is the vast number of fish that you can find there. That’s why Blackwall Reach is considered to be one of the best places in Perth (and to some, in all of Australia) to cast your line. The number of different types of fish and sea life that you can find while fishing is astounding, and you may never see the same type of fish twice, depending on where you’re fishing.

Here is a brief list of the types of fish and other sea life that you may find when you are fishing in Blackwall Reach.

-          Black Bream

-          Tailor

-          Crabs

-          Flathead

-          Tarwhine

-          Herring

-          Pinkies

-          Snapper

-          Tarwhine 

-    You will even see the odd bull shark


Thanks for the picture 

These are the most common, but there are plenty of stories where fishermen have found other types of fish that they never expected, especially because of the proximity to the ocean and the river. It’s always an adventure, every time that you decide to cast your line into the depths!

So, if you’re fishing in Perth, you want to make sure that you add Blackwall Reach to the list of places where you are going to cast your lines. That way, you can be sure that you are getting some of the best fishing and the most variety of fish that you can find anywhere in the whole region. Check it out for yourself, do some research, and go catch the big one that you’ve been looking for! 

Comment posted by SilverStories
14 April 2015 - Perth city bream are astute and can be a challenging opponent. I use prawn on a hook to catch bream at Blackwell Reach, nothing fancy with a small sinker. You can also try fresh herring as bait.
Comment posted by alessio
13 April 2015 - how to catch a bream at blackball reach

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