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Early season - Bob McKinley

Presented from Issue 105, August 2013
Bob is a professional fishing guide and guides for trout and estuary species. Check him out at www.fishwildtasmania.com

There are several things we look for in our early season trout waters. It is still winter and cold, so some of the things to consider are: Altitude as this dictates the water temperature and therefore feeding activity. Food for the fish. Availability of trout food is generally dictated by the quantity and quality of weed beds.

Quantity of fish.

Three waters which I believe fit all three requirements are:

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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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