During the trout off-season I tend to spend a bit of time chasing bream, to continue getting a fishing fix, and spend time tying flies and dreaming about the trout season to come. It’s a time to spend doing tackle maintenance, stocking up on lures and dreaming up new challenges and goals for the trout season ahead. When the new season comes around I usually spend the first few months targeting sea runners. Sea run trout are simply brown trout that spend much of there lives out to sea and come in to the estuaries for spawning and to feed on whitebait and the other small endemic fishes that spawn in late winter through spring. Mixed in with the silvery sea runners you can also expect to catch resident fish that have the typical dark colours of a normal brown trout as well as atlantic salmon in some of our estuaries that are located near salmon farm pens. Living in Hobart it is quick and easy to do a trip on the Huon or Derwent and is a more comfortable proposition compared to a trip up to the highlands with snow and freezing winds to contend with.Read more ...
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Presented from Issue 107, December 2013
If you’ve managed to get out trout fishing a bit like I have this season then you will probably have been cursing the lousy weather so far and the mediocre fishing that’s gone with it. I’ve sampled most of my favourite waters and can confidently say that the winner is certainly Woods Lake. The following is a brief roundup of some of our favourite locations and a detailed look at Woods Lake itself.
Fellow Anglers Scott and I would personally like to thank the persons who helped us with our broken spring on our boat trailer...(trailer is 5 years old) Norm for his knowledge on how to get us home and his rope knots...thats obviously why not too many fish escape him. Bert for his knowledge and the whole roll of duck tape.....the repairer is going to love you :) Gerry for his wire, Neil for his nice piece of fence post.
I spent 3 days at Woods Lake with my son Jarod. We landed there on Thursday night at 11 pm, up at 5 and on the water in very foggy conditions. We found fish rising all over the lake in the fog; I had my bag by 7am and put a few smaller ones back, Jarod not being so lucky.
Much the same thing Saturday getting 4 and Jarod 2. We didn’t fish Sunday, preferring to go touring on the lake instead. We had a great time, biggest fish was 1kg “gilled and gutted”; all fish were in fabulous nick.
Regards - Mark Tapsell
I just arrived home after a couple of enjoyable days at the Pumphouse bay camp ground at Arthurs Lake. We didn’t do a lot of fishing, but as Monday's weather was calm, Virginia and I decided to take the fly rod over the hill to Woods Lake for a couple of hours.
I am glad we did.
With a good friend from Queensland, I spent a very nice day at Woods Lake last Wednesday. We boated 8, keep 3 and had a very nice smoked trout along side the Hut side. Most of the browns were in the 1.5 / 2lb mark, not big ,but lovely condition. Lunch, with a nice cold beer was nice too.
All were on Dales red nut and red rascal, good lures. Thanks Dale.
The road in is quite good, and with a relatively nice day, a good time was had.
Trev and I had a couple of hours at Woods Lake today. Fishing was very hard with the normal old lures not performing to expectations. That being said, we got on to a few using the Devils Tongue. The weather was perfect... Overcast and not much wind.
Marine and Safety Tasmania have just finished an upgrade at Blizzards Landing and a $30K project at Woods Lake to protect boaters using the ramp in southerly weather. The Woods Lake ramp was closed 14-19 November and is now reopen.
This is your recreational boating money at work.
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The Woods Lake Road will be closed 14 - 18 November between 7.30am and 4.30pm each day.
The Woods Lake boat ramp will also be closed completely inclusive of those dates.
A rock groyne is being built 30 metres long with a 10 metres dogleg at the end to protect the ramp from the south and westerly winds that make launching and retrieval so difficult.
Please be tolerant during this time. This project is funded by Marine and Safety Tasmania.
Trev and i had the morning on Woods lake today, very nice and calm but cold early.
We got four almost as soon as we arrived and lost a few. The fish caught were on blue oyster , salt n pepper & jollytail... we were getting plenty of hits but they were lazy hits , the weather soon changed..... "very strong winds" so that was enough for us.
Dale & Trev
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Presented from Issue 100
Considering the world class quality of our sea trout fishery, these fish are not sought after by enough anglers. Sea runners live in the salt water and run up our estuaries and rivers from the start of August to the middle of November. At this time of the year, they are here to eat the many species of fish that are either running up the rivers to spawn or are living in and around the estuary systems. Trout, both sea run and resident (Slob Trout) feed heavily on these small fish which darken in colouration as they move further into fresh water reaches.
The majority of these predatory fish are brown trout with rainbows making up a very small percentage of the catch. They can be found all around the state but it would be fair to say that the east coast is the least prolific of all the areas. They still run up such rivers as the Georges (and many others) but their numbers along with the quality of the fishing elsewhere make it difficult to recommend the area above the larger northern, southern and western rivers.Read more ...