Australian Salmon Fishing Championships — Elliston

History of the Australian Salmon Fishing Championship Competition

In 1994, the Elliston Progress and Tourism Association formed a committee to run an annual Australian Salmon Fishing Championship Competition. The competition grew out of an in-house competition run by Bob Wynn at the Elliston Caravan Park for the heaviest salmon caught in the winter months.

The aim was to promote the fantastic salmon fishing beaches in the Elliston area and thereby also boost visitor numbers over the quieter months. The incentive for anglers to enter the Australian Salmon Fishing Championship continues to be cash prizes for both the Major and the Mystery Weight prizes. We have also added a West Coast Winter Raffle with accommodation, fishing gear and local produce and products as prizes.

The Championship continues to run from June 1st to 31st August each year under the management of the Elliston Community & Visitor Information Centre. For the last few years we have used a slightly different format which declares winners each month instead of at the end of the season.  The heaviest salmon caught in June, July and August will receive $1000, the second heaviest salmon will receive $300.  The photo competition (which can be photos of anything local) will be drawn monthly with a prize of $50.  The raffle will be drawn at the end of the Competition along with the lucky ticket prize.

The Elliston coastline runs from Sheringa in the south to Mount Camel in the north and includes Talia Beach and the famous Locks Well with its 283 steps. Sheringa, Locks Well, Talia and Mount Camel have all provided winning catches over the years.  Now over two decades old, the Australian Salmon Fishing Championship is well known in South Australia and beyond. It has become an Elliston icon, recognised as an important component in the life of the town and surrounding area.

It is only possible to run such a competition with strong support from local and regional businesses.

Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors …..

Major – District Council of Elliston, Bendigo Community Bank and Saltwater Roadhouse, Diamond – Elliston Hotel and Elliston Waterloo Bay Tourist Park
Gold – Anxious Bay Investments, Killas Streaky Bay, Elliston Apartments
Silver – Elliston Beachfront Accommodation, Venus Bay General Store, Port Kenny Hotel, Elliston Caravan Park, Lester’s Electrical
Bronze – Elliston Pharmacy, Heath Transport, EP Cleaning Supplies

We look forward to celebrating future championships with youl!