5 of Australia's best fishing spots

Remember the old proverb, “Give a man a fish and feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime” ?

Whether you're a freestyle nomad or you're just looking for your next holiday, here are five great fishing places around the nation to explore.

Jurien Bay, WA
From Perth, head north along the Indian Ocean Road and you'll arrive at this small coastal town. Jurien Bay is a hotspot for crayfish from October to June. If rock lobster is not your thing, cast your line off the jetty. Get there early for a crack at tailor, herring, whiting, squid, skippy or flathead.

Myrtleford, VIC
Fancy a bit of fly fishing? Victoria's Ovens River runs through many towns in the Ovens Valley before meeting up with the King River. Trout is king in these parts but native species like golden perch, Australian bass and Murray cod can be found, too. If you're looking for a local guide, you can stop your search here.

Fisherman's Paradise, NSW
With a name like that, you'd expect a good catch. Situated at the top end of Lake Conjola, it's the place to hook whiting, bream, tailor and flathead. Try your luck at the many inlets and bays or head to the estuary at the Lake Conjola townsite.

Wagga Wagga, NSW
Let the Murrumbidgee River lure you in for a day of fresh water fishing. Spring through autumn are the best times to cast. Depending on the season, bait and lures can be used with success. Traditionally, baited hooks were set overnight in hopes of snagging a cod or golden perch for breakfast.

Mission Beach, QLD
How about a day at sea? Not far off the sandy shores of this picturesque village is the Great Barrier Reef. This area is teeming with a variety of reef and pelagic species such as barramundi, coral trout, trevally, tuna, red emperor, marlin, billfish and mackerel.

If you're travelling with a partner, friends or family, make sure you also have a look at our article on best beaches in Australia - whether it's fishing or relaxing on the sand, there'll be something for everyone.