Good Fishing March’s On
  |  First Published: March 2011

March will give anglers a cooler change to get out among them without the summer heat.


Not much changes in March, and waters such as lakes Burbury, Mikany, Barrington, Rowallan, Rosebery, Mackintosh, Guide and Pet dams, and the Mersey, Leven, Inglis, Blythe and Emu rivers are all at their autumn peaks.

River and creek anglers will really benefit in March as it is hopper season again. This is a brilliant time of year for the fly fishers, and bait and lure fishers will also benefit.

Grasshopper patterns are of course the best for fly anglers, Celtas and some soft plastics will do the trick for lure anglers. Bait fishers need to do a bit of leg work and catch some grasshoppers for bait, nothing like putting the effort in for a better reward.

But don't disregard our brilliant lakes and dams on the North West, all of which will host some sort of trout fishing action. It isn't hard to find a trout or two in March, you just need to get fishing.


The cooler change won't stop one of Australia's favourite sports fish in Australian salmon being plentiful all around the coast through March. And as usual all methods of angling will take these fish. Check your local river or bay for Australian salmon, they will most likely feed your fishing hunger but as always there are hotter spots that have concentrated numbers of salmon.

The Emu River attracts a lot of land-based salmon anglers and is a brilliant spot to take the kids. The Inglis River is also child friendly with some good wharfs to fish off.

If you have a boat then there are a few places that you can check out such as the Leven, Arthur, Forth and Blythe rivers as well as the Burnie Bay area.

If there isn't much happening in the river then it can pay dividends to check out the bay in front of the river; sometimes this is where you will find them, but make sure it is safe to do so, before you get into trouble.

Surf fishing also works well. You can successfully cast a surf rod from many of our beaches and rocks, but always make sure it’s safe first.

Enjoy the salmon fishing that March has to offer and I reckon you will encounter some other salty species on the way.

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