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Presented from Issue 97
Before you charge into this article expecting to read about the best trout in Tasmania I should warn you that it relates to the highest ones not the fattest.

It is also fraught with danger to write about something that may not be totally correct as there are still a few remote tarns that I haven’t got to yet and probably never will. There are also some higher places I have found to be devoid of trout that some sneaky specimens may now have swam up into.

Having said all this it is my belief that the highest water in Tasmania to contain brown trout is an unnamed water at around 1290m south west of Turrana Heights. We have named it Lake Australia. It is a headwater tarn on one of several streams that flow into the western side of Pillans Lake. So drag out the Pillans 1:25000 map and follow the stream that runs up through Pencil Pine Tarn to a water roughly shaped like Australia. Now read on about how to get there and what to expect on the way. Maybe it is not for this season, but why not put it on the list for later in the year.

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Arthurs Lake - Refreshed from Winter rain

Joe Riley
When it comes to brown trout fishing, as Tasmanians, we are spoilt for choice. As a whole we have a lake fishery for wild brown trout that is unparalleled, fish that are plentiful, that come in many size ranges depending on the lake you care to angle and fish that can come to the fly with ease or at times be as challenging as going five rounds with Daniel Geale.

Arthurs Lake Report January 2010 Number 2

Selwyn and myself went to Arthurs Lakes on Saturday. We left home late after waiting for the weather to settle. I made the decision to make it only a day trip as the forecast was lousy.
We arrived at the Pumphouse ramp around 1:00pm, to see plenty of trailers in the car park. We  thought this looks good, the wind was out of the north around 5-10 knots and overcast with sunny patches and a small chop to the water.

Arthurs Lake Report January 2010

Hi members,
Just got back from having two nights in the club van, it was fantastic, nice weather, not much wind.
No fish from shore fishing. We tried everything as well ......worms, grubs, spinners, soft plastics, even fish guts...... but not even a bite.

We did get some good tips from the locals.

Monster Arthurs Lake fish

Arthurs big fish

Highly skilled, well lucky really, Devonport angler and international celebrity John Lyons nearly had heart failure when he caught the first glimpse of this fish. Stripping a Black Woolly Bugger at Arthurs Lake on Saturday 16 October John thought he had just hooked another nice Arthurs Lake brownie. How wrong he was though as he spent a very tense and nervous time getting this 11.5 pound fish to the net.

Although John rarely goes fishing without a camera, but this time he did. A quick call to some mates had the cameras rolling and after an hour at the boat ramp showing off it was back to his shack for a few celebratory bevies.

Although big fish are uncommon at Arthurs a few are caught each year. Fish of four pounds are at the top end of what can be expected at Arthurs, six pounds is a very large fish, so 11.5 pounds is a fish of a lifetime. It is most likely the biggest Arthurs fish on fly for many years if not ever.      

Twelve pounds from Arthurs

Adam Rice recounts his capture of a lifetime (so far).
Well, I've been fishing for a while now and been hanging out for the elusive big fella. My patience and persistance paid off recently - Tuesday 16 September.

Arthurs Lake

Arthurs Lake is without the best wild brown trout lake in Australia. For that matter it would rank right up there alongside the best in the world, and plenty of international anglers would agree with me. It has a diversity of trout environments that is staggering. Weedy bays, sandy beaches, tree lined shores, rocky reefs, secluded corners and wild open stretches contain a vast amount of fishing opportunities- the majority of them basically ignored.

Cowpaddock Bay - Arthurs Lake

Summertime is dun time and there's no better place to head than Arthurs Lake. But where? My recommendation, for the shore based angler anyway, is Cowpaddock Bay. Why? Because it is relatively shallow and weedy, it is easily waded and it boasts huge hatches of mayfly duns.

Arthur River Salmon make the dive worthwhile

by Vance Murphy

While the far NW tip of Tasmania can't be referred to as the sunshine coast, it does have some very good fishing. The mainly revolves around the annual run of Australian salmon. These fish usually start to appear in November and stay through till the first major floods in the rivers push them out. This usually occurs from March to May.

Fishing Arthurs Lake with John Fox

John Fox is a professional Trout Guide and fishes Arthurs Lake for around 100 days each year. His success here is extraordinary and he puts much of it down to being flexible in his fishing techniques. Here are a few tips from John.

Arthurs Lake - a trouting smorgasbord

Arthurs Lake has, for many years been one of Tasmania's premium trout fisheries. This profile of the Arthurs Lake has been made possible with thanks to Rob Sloane and Greg French for information from their book "˜Trout Guide"plus trout guide - John Fox and Inland Fisheries Commissioner - Wayne Fulton.

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