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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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The updated Hydro Tasmania lake levels page

The lake levels published by Hydro Tasmania have always been of interest to anglers as a guide to how well lakes may be fishing. Fluctuations in levels often have a direct influence over the behaviour of trout. A lake's level at the time of fishing can have a bearing on where anglers can fish and safely navigate on some lakes.
You can click on this link to take you to the Lake Levels page - Lake Levels
For some time the only information that anglers could obtain was the height of water levels on some Hydro Tasmania controlled waters for a particular day. This has now changed with Hydro Tasmania publishing trends in water level fluctuations for a week prior in detail as well as the trend for the 12 months prior to the day. This information is now shown as a graphical display in two separate charts for all Hydro waters except Great Lake and Lake Liapootah.

Access to this information can be found on this website by going to the "Going Fishing" header, then "Things to Check" section (left hand collumn of the website) and clicking on the Lake Levels page which then gives a link to Hydro Lake levels page.



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