Fishing and Boating Options
Jurien Bay has long been a great spot for either a quick weekend's getaway with the crew or family holiday with partners and kids, especially when there's some fishing involved. It's been interesting to see how the fishing in the area has fared, especially now that the town boasts a state of the art marina with associated launching ramp, jetties and boat pens. All manner of boats including plenty of big and fast craft with fantastic offshore capabilities can now be launched in town and the number of boats on the water has increased dramatically in recent years.
There's still quaality fish to be caught out from Jurien, even though the town has grown considerably over the years. It's gone from being a sleepy little crayfishing community to a bustling tourist town and service centre for the surrounding district. This trend is only going to continue. with the new Indian Oceasn Drive from Lancelin to Cervantes set for completion later this year and set to open up the whole stretch of coast, ensuring more people eill discover the delights of Jurien. Not only that, there are new house and land opportunities opening up around the town. The boat ramp may get a little crowded over the summer holidays and the Easter break; but generally it.s mpt tpp bad at a;;. while a local sea rescue group gives you peasce of mind when you,re out on the water. The fishing options available together with the town.s other atractions make Jurien Bay a very viable option for either a short, sharp weekent fishing trip with the boys, an extended family holiday with the kids, or maybe even an ideal location for a holiday home.
For WA shore anglers the Jurien area represents one of those little gold nuggets dotted along our vast and impressive coastline. Far enough away from the maddening crowds, yet close enough to the big smoke for a quick overnighter. Also reachable for those anglers that spend much of their time growing crops in out wheatbelt, but crave the salt air for a bit of respite when farm responsibilities allow some time off.
There have gong been two jetties in Jurien Bay but the southern platform is the one most visitors and locals alike used for fishing purposes. When it comes to species available, variety is the name of the game. The bottom around the jetty is sandy and home to skippy, dart, whiting, flathead and flounder. A little berley will normally attract herring which are generally some of the largest you will find in WA waters. Tailor often make an appearance in the afternoon and evenings providing a sea breeze chops the surface.
About 12 km south of Jurien Township is the mouth of the Hill River. The Hill River has ists origins inland amongst the rolling hills of the Mt Lesueur National Park and the winds down towards the coast, eventually opening out into a small estuary which is normally closed to the ocean.Geographically the Hill River can be considered a smaller version of the much better known Moore River. To access the beaches around the Hill River mouth tracel south on Indian Ocean Drive for about 12 km untill you reach a turnoff on the right not long after you cross the river istself. Travel towards the coast through this sub-division untill the road gives way to a gravel track and finally a network of sandy coastal tracks. Those without a 4WD could park here and walk north towards the river mouth or simply fish the beach here.