Albany is a popular fishing location because it offers safe sea access for boaters, and has beaches facing in different directions, allowing anglers to fish out of prevailing winds.
There is reasonably sheltered water near the town, along with a summer prawn and blue crab run. The annual salmon run occurs on scenic beaches, and the fish will bite until anglers are exhausted.
Sadly, rock fishing off Albany combines big waves and smooth, slippery rocks, a proven fatal recipe.
Boat launching is at the town ramp, Frenchmans Bay, Emu Point, Misery Beach and Lower King.
A few of Albany’s better spots are:
Bornholm Beach – accessible via rough 4WD track, produces salmon and herring.
Shelley Beach – accessible by 2WD, has mostly salmon;
Mutton Bird Island – most species, can be reached by 2WD to the carpark, and 4WD beyond.
Torbay Inlet – black bream.
Salmon Holes – one of the best salmon spots near Albany in late summer and autumn, accessible by 2WD. Avoid the rocks, people have drowned there.
Frenchman Bay – a good spot to take the boat, beach launching.
Princess Royal Harbour – most species for small boat fishos.
Oyster Harbour – bream in the snaggy King and Kalgan Rivers.
Middleton Beach – easy access to salmon fishing from town.
Two Peoples Bay – boat launching in calm weather.
The Sand Patch – landbased reef fishing for most species, a long walk down steep stairs located next to the local prison.
Normans Beach – salmon. Fishermen must park and walk.
Cheyne Beach – one of the best salmon beaches.
Albany also has the HMAS Perth artificial reef for divers, and there are several natural reefs in and near King George Sound.
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