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Sea runners - Early Season Excitement - Christopher Bassano

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.

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Lake King William open for fishing all year round

Whilst previously open to all year round fishing until 2006, Lake King William has only been open during the brown trout season for the past six years. At the request of angling groups the lake is again open to all year round fishing. The regulation changes in order for this to occur have been passed and the lake is now open to fishing during this winter. This gives anglers an opportunity to fish the highlands during the winter period.

Lake King William offers good fishing for all methods and has a very large population of brown trout and a smaller population of rainbow trout. The bag limit at Lake King William is 20 per day and the minimum size is 220 mm.

The highlands can be very cold this time of year, anglers need to be prepared for this and take care boating. Lake levels at Lake King William fluctuate greatly, so check before venturing there about access to boat ramps. An Angler Access brochure is available on this site that includes Lake King William and Lake St Clair.

 

 
 


The upper River Derwent feeds Lake King William and provides plenty of spawning opportunities, which gives the lake a very large population of trout.

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