Israelite Bay, Western Australia

Daw Island (Israelite Bay) tides
WA fishing regulations
Cape Arid National Park
WA marine parks

Israelite Bay, part of Cape Arid National Park, has good beach and rock fishing, but high-clearance 4WD is needed to explore this area.

Visitors also need to be fully self-sufficient.

Israelite Bay itself is sheltered and shallow and has good whiting and flathead fishing, but beach fishing is better on the deeper 40-Mile Beach north of the bay, or around Point Malcolm 25km to the south.

Salmon is the main species around the rocks and deeper beaches, usually available all year, with silver trevally, herring, mullet and mulloway all a chance.

Storms can carpet the beaches with weed, making access hard.

Never drive over seaweed piles, as bogging is inevitable. Tyres must be deflated for the sand tracks.

Beach launching within the shallow bay is only for cartoppers or kayaks. Bigger boats are better launched elsewhere within Cape Arid NP.

The Eastern Group of Islands are 10km and 25km out.

For visitors who drive in from Esperance via Fisheries Rd (the usual route), the last fuel outlet is Condingup, 80km from Esperance.

There are shaded camp sites near Israelite Bay and at Point Malcolm.

More coastal camps are to the south-west at Seal and Jorndee Creeks, and Thomas Fishery. See the Cape Arid NP link above.

Heading north-east from Israelite Bay, well organised 4WD fishos can travel via the beach at low tide about 120km north to Point Culver, where there is more good surf fishing.

A track leads up the cliffs and back to the highway.

A Commonwealth marine sanctuary applies wide of Israelite Bay.

Fishing gear for Western Australia

These recommendations are for landbased fishing for WA's temperate species.

Bluewater boat-based fishing requires different gear from that listed below, although the same rod-reel combos can be used for temperate and tropical regions.

In WA's northern rivers and estuaries, a baitcaster combo is recommended for barramundi and threadfin fishing, along with specialist barramundi lures, however spinning reel combos can also be used.

A 3-6kg spin outfit is the ideal all-rounder for WA's temperate estuaries and sheltered waters, chasing bream, flathead, herring, small salmon, skippy and whiting. See eBay listing here.

For chasing wary bream and whiting in clear water, such as the Swan River, a 1-3kg spin outfit is ideal for estuary whiting, bream and bass. See eBay listing here.

A heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing. See eBay listing here.

This surf rod can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Or try this heavy surf rod-reel combo for large mulloway or rock fishing. See eBay listing here.

For boat fishing, a short rod/spinning reel combo loaded with 10kg line is ideal for general reef fishing in water to around 20m deep, and can also be used to cast lures to pelagic fish. See eBay listing here.

Metal slice lures are ideal for tailor, kingfish and salmon in the surf and off the rocks. See eBay listing here.

Soft plastic grubs are good all-round lures for bream and freshwater species. Listing on eBay here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. Listing on eBay here.

Squid jigs are useful in Western Australia, especially in Sydney Harbour and Botany Bay. Listing on eBay here.

Star sinkers or snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for surf and boat fishing. For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. Listing on eBay here.

Hooks in mixed sizes (suggest 1# or #2 for whiting, 6# or #8 for garfish, 4/0 for tailor, salmon and flathead, 11/0 for large mulloway). Listing on eBay here.

Ganged hooks (joined chains of hooks) are used when fishing pilchard baits for tailor. Listing on eBay here.

Esperance accommodation


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Israelite Bay by 4WD

Cape Arid and Israelite Bay

Israelite Bay and more

Esperance to Israelite Bay

Driving into Israelite Bay in wet conditions

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