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. There is prizes for mystery weights, heaviest fish and second heaviest fish. The photo competition will be drawn monthly with a prize of $50.

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.

We look forward to celebrating future championships with you!