Salmon Charge the Beaches
  |  First Published: May 2010

Large schools of Australian salmon are holding up along the Wild Dog Beach area right thru to the waterfall and even further out to sea towards the Henty Reef.

Marengo Beach has been producing plenty of salmon as well with the majority of anglers having their best captures around dusk when the wind and sea calm off. Wild Dog and Marengo beaches have been the best places close to Apollo Bay although Glen Aire and Johanna further down the coast are well worth the trip if you can spare the time.

Remember to fish in the deep gutters that run parallel to the beach and use a paternoster rig with a soft plastic lure on the top hook and blue bait on the bottom. This method gives you peace of mind that you still have some bait on your hook after casting and stops the crabs taking all your bait.

If you prefer to keep active then casting lures from the beach will also catch fish. Use heavy metal lures for extra casting distance and let them sink before starting your retrieve.

Be careful when wading out to cast as large waves can appear out of nowhere. A lot of local anglers prefer to wear wetsuits instead of waders when casting lures from the beach.

Boat anglers have been getting into the action off Wild Dog Beach with both trolling and casting lures working a treat. I like to troll until I locate a school of decent sized fish and then cast once the boat is positioned close enough to toss in a lure.

Again metal lures and soft plastics are popular but I like to spice things up a bit and use surface poppers. It gets very exciting when 5 or 6 fish are fighting to take your lure off the surface and the visual experience is one you won’t soon forget.


If salmon aren’t your style then give the Aire River a try for bream down around the campgrounds. Prawns fished on the bottom are accounting for good numbers of fish as are small hardbodied lures fished from a boat.

The area just above the campgrounds where the river splits in two has been a real hot spot for boat anglers. The key to success with the hardbodied lures is a slow retrieve with plenty of pauses. Small pauses get the bream excited and they will often eat a stationary lure whether it is on the surface or down deep.

Trout season closing

Don’t forget that the June long weekend marks the closing of the trout season, so now is your last chance to fish the mountain streams until September. If you can’t wait that long then try the Ford and Aire rivers below the Great Ocean Road as they remain open all year around as does the West Barwon Dam near Forrest.

Large schools of Australian salmon are hanging around Apollo Bay with both boat and land-based anglers getting plenty of action.

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