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It's all happening in the highlands

Peter Hayes
March and April are among my favourite months for fishing in Tasmania's Central Highlands.

The weather is generally at its most stable in these months and breathlessly still, bright, sunny day are not uncommon.   I remember being at Great Lake one day in a spot I call Proposal Point and looked in awe of the stillness of this wonderful environment. The surface of the lake was literally like a sheet of glass and I remember commenting that it looked possible to roll a marble all the way from Miena to Breona on the surface of the lake.

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Lakes with only a few articles ...

Cowpaddock Report

By Todd
Johnny Dekkers and I fished the Cowpaddock area this morning...plenty of water in it and few fish rising,(most quite small though), with the wind putting an end to things in that department ery early on.
Johnny landed nine and kept seven.
I landed 7 and kept five....biggest would have just been about two pounds.

All in quite good nick....even a whisper that a couple of duns are starting to show their faces early.!! Orange gum beetles are about in numbers also.

Laughing Jack Lagoon Report

We traveled to Laughing Jack Lagoon on Friday to make sure we secured ourselves a good camp, just so happens we were the only ones to camp there the whole weekend!

Talinah Lagoon

By Todd Lambert
One of my New Year resolutions for 2010 was to get out of my comfort zone, drive past the ever reliable Arthurs and Great Lake and to start exploring the Western Lakes, so when a work mate (Huon Witt) suggested we pay a visit to Talinah Lagoon on a rostered day off, I was very quick to say yes.

Lake Ada Report 17 April 2010

Had a day fishing some lakes a couple of hours walk from Ada on Saturday. The weather was magnificent and if you had said it felt like the middle of February you wouldn`t have doubted it. Its a good time to catch better than average fish with big browns looking to put on some weight ready for spawning.


Hi Mike, had a trip into Pillans southern end last weekend via Christys Creek system. Not a lot of fish caught but quality not quantity certainly made up for it. The biggest around 4 kilos and my best for the season. Pretty dry too with not much if any water flowing in the creeks. Disappointing was that previous campers had left a bloody great mess of rubbish etc. Also the idiots lit fires on the cushion plants that are hundreds of years old. They make the effort to walk 3 or 4 hours to access these magnificant fishing spots yet can`t make the effort to take their rubbish out. They wouldn`t leave a mess in their backyards i bet. I ended up carrying their rubbish out and had the campsite pretty much back to normal, otherwise a good trip.

Beyond Lake Mackenzie

Craig Rist

Open up a 1:25000 series map of Lake Mackenzie and you will soon realise there is a huge amount of water to explore back there. Maps are wonderful things; they inspire the imagination and bring out the explorer in us. In Tasmania we have an immense wilderness to explore and a unique fishing experience that goes along with it.

Autumn on the Lakes

Joe Riley looks at the tail end of the trout season and encourages anglers to make the best of it. You can be sure he will.

As daylight savings comes to pass and the days grow cooler through autumn, winter approaches and the brown trout season draws to a close. All is not despair though as there are still fish to be caught, even the prospect of specimen dry fly fishing in the highland lakes on the warmer days. It's the last surge to make the most out of a season which has been challenged by water draw downs, blustery weather and controversy over one of the world's finest brown trout lakes coming under threat from irrigation schemes.

Somewhere completely different

Shane Flude
The heading sounds like something from a Monty Python sketch, but Shane Flude teaches us here about the joys of fishing and exploring. Or maybe that should be exploring and fishing. Nevertheless, sometimes, probably more often than you perhaps do, you should put some boots and a pack on and walk to the fishing. Walking is one of the easiest and healthiest things to do. So take a tip and take a trip by foot with Shane and discover new water.

Walking and Stalking

A first timer's impressions of Tasmania's Western Lakes with ABC Radio's Scott Levi.

So you think you're a dedicated fly fisher! Well try this quick quiz: Are you prepared to walk 1300 metres straight uphill with a 30 kilo pack, cross loose rock screes that can break an ankle with one false step and navigate across trackless wilderness?

Chudleigh Lakes Day Trips

Shane Flude
My previous Western Lakes article described the Pine Valley and associated waters and the various routes to reach these areas. Due to the remote location of the valley this area was really an overnight adventure and required the necessary camping equipment. I have since received some feedback that many anglers starting out who wish to fish the western lakes simply don't possess the equipment necessary for such an excursion. The following article will therefore describe waters that can be reached and fished comfortably in a day trip and details three moderately easy walks in the Chudleigh Lakes area. The only equipment you will need is boots and rod.

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