Like most small communities on the wheatbelt coast, Port Denison and Dongara are small lobster fishing towns. Port Denison has some good, easily accessible fishing spots, the breakwall of the Port Denison marina is a popular spot to go fishing. Dongara is popular amongst holiday anglers and has some great fishing spots. A 4wd is required to access some of the better beaches north of Dongara. However these fishing spots are the most productive. The main target species are Whiting, Tailor, Mulloway, Skippy and Dhufish.
Essential lures for fishing at Port Denison and Dongara are Metal Slices, medium to small poppers, Mulloway lures and soft plastics of all sizes for Bream to Mulloway. Effective Mulloway lures are 10-20cm hard body minnow lures, they should only dive up to 1.5m deep. A floating hard body also helps to float the lure over rocks. The best tackle is a medium weight beach rod 8ft+ in length combined with 3000+ plus size reel, with at least 10lb line. This setup will cover most species in Jurien Bay such as Tailor, Herring, school Mulloway, Bream and whiting. For anglers targeting big Mulloway, an upgrade in tackle is necessary. A 5000 size reel spooled with 20lb+ braid is required to tangle with Mulloway around the reef beaches.
South of Port Denison is a easily accessible fishing spot. South beach produces Whiting and Tailor. It is best fishing at dawn and dusk. Tailor are also more aggressive when a light sea breeze is chopping up the water a bit. Tailor will take metal slugs, poppers and twitch hard body minnows. Do not be afraid to work the lure hard and fast for Tailor.
The breakwall of Port Denison marina is the most popular fishing spots in town due its easy access. At the end of the breakwalls is a good place to target Mulloway at night. Tailor also hang around and the best time to dawn and dusk with a light sea breeze. Port Denison marina north break wall is a great fishing spot for the whole family as it protected from the swells.
Fishing in the Irwin River mainly produces small Black Bream. When the Irwin River mouth is open to the ocean can be a great time to go fishing along the beach beside the mouth. The deep channels and out going river water can produce Mulloway and Tailor. Working 150cm shallow diving hard body lures around the deeper channels is a great way to target Mulloway here. Make sure to work the lure slowly as Mulloway tend to be lazy.
North of Dongara is a series of 4wd tracks through the sand dunes that lead to numerous fishing spots along the beach. These locations are some of the best places to go fishing near Dongara. There is a outer reef that runs parallel to most the beach. This provide protection along the beaches from large swells. It also creates a channel along the beaches where Mulloway and Tailor search for food. The small points are a great place to start fishing at dawn, dusk and into the night.
Offshore Port Denison fishing produces great catches of Pink Snapper, Samson Fish, Tailor, Dhufish, Whiting, herring, Mackerel, Baldchin Groper and Tuna. Coral Trout are also around thanks to the Lueewin Current pushing wamer waters down from the north. The seas can be rough and turn bad quickly in the offshore waters, caution must be taken when fishing offshore.
South of Port Denison approximate 7km is White Tops, a shallow reef that produces good fishing for Tailor in the white water. The reef is relatively protected from larger westerly swells thanks to Irwin Reef.
South East of Port Denison approximately 7km from the marina is Irwin Reef. The inside of the reef is relatively protected from swells that smash onto the western side of the reef. Irwin Reef fishing well for Tailor and Skippy. The north western side of the reef that drop into deeper water fishes well for Dhufish, Pink Snapper, Baldchin Groper and Coral Trout.
The deeper drop offs approximate 7km directly west from the marina are great places to troll for Mackerel. The deeper holes and isolated rocky out crops are also a great place for bottom fish for Snapper, Dhufish, Baldchin Groper and Coral Trout.
Approximately 7km north west from the marina is North Bank. Consisting of broken reefs, this is a great place to fish for Pink Snapper, Dhufish, Samson Fish and Baldchin Groper. Bottom bouncing soft plastics and metal jigs is a proven method of catching these fish.
Further north from the marina around 7km NNW is Pearse reef. Is this a good reef to target Tailor in the white wash.
Port Denison Harbour (0.2km)
Monday 25 Oct 2021
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