Fishing in Moore River, Western Australia

Moore River is located within Guilderton, a small coastal town with Western Australia. The river itself stretches for kilometres back inland and has been a popular fishing destination for many years.

Moore River’s location on the Swan Coastal Plain makes it ideal for recreational fishing, with ample opportunities to enjoy both freshwater and saltwater species of fish from different locations in and around the river and the river mouth which ocassionally opens onto Guilderton Beach.

Boat and Kayak fishing in Moore River is popular but there are also numerous spots that provide good fishing without the need for a boat. These include the river itself, numerous locations along the river bank and beach fishing at the river mouth.

Fishing Spots at Moore River

When fishing at Moore River you have two main options, to either fish the river or to fish from the beach. Both offer completely different fishing experiences.

1. Fishing within the river

There are a number of great spots along the river banks for casting a line which can be accessed by foot. This includes the base of sand dunes, wooden jetties, rocky out crops and picturesque bushland.

wooden jetty on moore river
One of the wooden jetties further up the Moore River which is a popular fishing spot
Example of land based fishing (Video by the Fishing with Family YouTube Channel)

For those who are fortunate to have a boat or kayak then you can head up stream to find a number of secluded locations to drop a line. The depth varies from 3.6m to 0.3m so be sure to keep an eye on the sounder and follow the channel markers to avoid hitting the sand banks as these get very shallow at times!

A part of Moore River that is much deeper than other parts

What can you catch at Moore River?

Black Bream

When fishing in Moore River the main fish species that fisherman target is Black Bream. These Bream vary and size and can be found up and down the river in numerous locations. If you’re just keen to have some fun with the family and catch some bream no matter the size then you can do so by casting some baited hooks out into the river pretty much anywhere along the bank.

Catching Black Bream in Moore River

However, if you’re looking for the bigger Bream then you want to try and get a boat or a kayak and head up stream to find some of the deeper waters.

I’ve personally fished the area a few times, so if you’re looking for those bigger bream try the deeper areas along the rocky ridges on the right as you head up stream (where the birds hang out).

Or if you’ve got time on your hands then there is another nice deep area to try up on the right, around the corner from the big sand dunes where you will find some areas ranging in depth from 3 – 3.5m. (Hint….Look out for the fallen trees)

One of the good fishing spots in Moore River
Above is an example of a good area where you are likely to find Black Bream

I was surprised to find out that marron can also be caught in Moore River. For those that are keen, Marron can be caught further upstream in and around the trees and bridges. If you’re interested in learning how to catch marron, check out our Marron fishing techniques page.

What techniques and bait to use?

When targeting Bream in Moore River I’ve had success catching Bream with both bait, lures and soft plastics. When using baits I’ve found that meal worms work great (especially as live bait!) or any of your smaller hard body lures go well too, especially when casting in and around the fallen trees;)

Using meal worms fishing for bream
Live meal worms are great bait for Bream at Moore River

Best time to fish in Moore river?

I’ve always done well fishing either at dawn or dusk. I’ve also done better on overcast days when there is more cloud around which I guess decreases the chance of the Bream seeing your shadows up above.

2. Fishing off the Beach (At the River Mouth)

For most of the year there is a sandbar between the river and the ocean. From the sand bar you can either flick a line back into the river, or cast out into the ocean to try your luck with some of the bigger saltwater species.

The swell and waves can get quite big sometimes, so if you plan to fish off the beach you’ll need a decent surf rod to cast out beyond the wave breaks and seaweed.

If you have access to a 4WD then there are also some reef structures and deep gutters further north off the beach. To get onto the beach the 4WD tracks are a few hundred metres north of the river mouth. Check out the below YouTube video of beach fishing at Moore River.

What can you catch off the beach?

Being the open ocean your selection of species increases. Popular species caught off beaches at Moore River include Bream, Whiting, Flathead, Herring, Tailor, Shark and Mulloway.

Beach fishing for Tailor at Moore River (Video by Angry Mack Adventures)

If you’re fortunate to fish when the river breaks then it’s definitely worth working the dark muddy waterline where the freshwater of the river meets the ocean as you have a lot of predator type species coming in to catch anything that gets washed out of the river.

The below video provides a great view of how the river looks when it breaks.

Further up the beaches, if you’re fishing near the reef structures then look for the deep gutters near by.

Best time to fish off the beach at Moore River?

Like most beach fishing, both sunrise and sunset is a good time to cast a line which is often when the likes of Herring and Tailor will be on the bite.

Where can I launch my boat or Kayak to go fishing?

Since a revamp a few years ago, the Guilderton council have put in some great boat and kayak launching facilities. Check out the Moore River Boat Ramp page for more info.

More information

For more information on the Moore River you check our main Moore River page or visit the Moore River Region website.

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