Well it's that time of year again, the opening of the brown trout season, time to check your old gear and stock up on some new. Now the only problem is deciding which location to hear for.
Here is a list of places that may help to narrow down your choice for the first few months of the season.
IFS stocked Atlantic salmon to 30 pounds into Brushy Lagoon Thursday 29 May.
The 400 Atlantic salmon were donated by Petuna Aquaculture from their Cressy farm averaged five kilograms in weight, with many much bigger.
Anglers are reminded that there is a five fish bag limit at Brushy Lagoon with only two permitted to be taken over 600 mm in length.
Two proven soft plastics to try are Strike Tiger 2.5" T-Tail Princess and either a Yep black/gold Flapper or split tail Red Rascal.
If you haven't checked the IFS website recently, Brushy Lagoon has been stocked in the last week with some good sized rainbow trout and atlantic salmon. We fished the dam wall end this morning in Craig's brand new tinny. We anchored up well clear of the dam wall in a 4 metre deep section of the lagoon. Conditions were calm, but cold.
The IFS stocked Brushy Lagoon with 230 Atlantic salmon on the 5 of June. The fish were donated by Petuna Aquaculture and average four kilograms. This will be welcome news for those wishing to chase some big fish over winter.
Please remember that there is a five fish daily bag limit with only two fish over 600 mm permitted to be taken.
Note that Brushy Lagoon is open from one hour prior to sunrise and closes one hour after sunset (newspaper times for sunrise and sunset). Please note that IFS officers will be actively enforcing the regulations so that everyone can enjoy this opportunity.
After an early start at Brushy and fish caught we never saw another. We caught 3 fish in all 4,5 and 6 pound. Hopefully another President will go get some as there are plenty more there for the taking. The trick is catching them.
We may give it another go next week just for a change.
Regards Rose and Vic
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I took Bailey and his mate Jack Shennan for a quick fish to Brushy Lagoon after work. We arrived there around 5pm and the boys flicked some softies around for an hour, Bailey managed to land a nice 6lb salmon,talked to a few other anglers who all had fish. One fellow posed for the camera with a couple of nice salmon he had caught, another fellow was telling me that a couple of anglers caught 26 salmon and kept the lot - talk about bloody cormorants!!
I guess my report really starts on Friday at 1pm when I picked up my mate, (Kevin Wilkinson), from the Launceston Airport and took him straight out to Brushy Lagoon in the hope of getting him onto a decent sized Atlantic Salmon. Naturally, I couldn’t get away without my daughter Demi in tow again, especially after her efforts the previous day. I was now delegated to boat driver for the afternoon!
We headed to Brushy Lagoon at lunchtime. Patrick landed 2 Atlantic salmon before we even left the boat ramp. Then we fished out of the boat for a couple of hours picking up another four. We loaded up the boat and cooked up a couple snags and Patrick caught another one off the boat ramp. All were between 6 - 7 pound.
We then headed to Four Springs for the last couple hours of daylight. Jamie only managed a couple on pumpkinseed. Couldn't catch any on the t-tail.
Stu, Jamie and Patrick
Bill and I decided to go to Brushy Lagoon today just to get a bit of practise ready for the coming season. We headed off at 11am and the weather looked a bit crook but you know what fishermen are like, ignore the bad weather pray. We arrived and was quickly approached by a distraught lady asking us if we had any pointy nosed pliers. I never had any but bill quickly rushed to his tackle box and came to her rescue so he thought.she had a very nice fish in her possession which she said that her son had caught and in getting the hook out it must have entrenched the hook in his finger up to the barb.
My eldest daughter Demi has just come off her exams and had a student free day today.
I suggested a couple of hours at Brushy and she jumped at it.
It's been quite a while since we have been out fishing together, time just gets away.
Thought it was about time to send in a photo and share story of a nice big fish. Caught this 6.2kg atlantic salmon late afternoon Monday, May 14 with assistance of colleagues who found not only was the net too small but that the fish so heavy it had to be dragged ashore.
Two weeks ago, myself and long time workmate, (Gary Garwood), took a voluntary redundancy package from Aurora, ..between us we had been employed there for over 60 years. Gary actually trained me as an apprentice linesman all those years ago. Before we left Aurora, we said," whilst we were unemployed" we would try and get together for a fish as often as we could, as a way of staying in touch with each other.
I woke up Saturday morning not to early, looked outside through the bedroom window and knew it would be a great day to go fishing. I thought Brushy's would be good, try and catch a salmon or two. So my lovely wife made some lunch and a thermos of coffee for me while I hooked the boat up to the car.
I rang my brother Dom up to see if he was keen to go as well, he was so I headed off and pick him up on the way. We arrived at Brushy's around 10am put the boat in and slowly trolled towards the dam wall. There were about eight people fishing off the wall and three boats as well as a couple kayaks working the lagoon.
Arrived around 8.30 this morning it was a bit breezy but okay. Victor took off up the dam wall with his spin rod. I went out in the Purdon with my fly rod.
After a short while Victor landed a 2 1/2 pound Salmon. Then topped it off with a 15 pound Rainbow an hour later. I had no luck but tomorrow is another day we are off to Lake Leake.
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Brushy Lagoon was built in 1987 by the Forestry Commission to store water for the purpose of fighting fires in the area. The lake is located in the northern part of Tasmania surrounded by state forest. Turn off the Frankford Road (B71) or Biralee Road (B72) from Westbury, onto Priestley Lane (C714). From here you take a gravel road to the lake. There are two boat ramps, one at the southern end at the dam wall, and the other halfway along the eastern shore.
Brushy Lagoon is one of a handful of waters that the public has the chance to fish for four different sought after species - Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout and brook trout. In addition there are often plague proportions of redfin perch taking bait, fly or lures intended for the trout or salmon. Late August 2004 saw excellent fishing at Brushy, with double figure trophy salmon falling to all methods, so if your after the chance of a brook trout or Atlantic salmon close to home, then head for Brushy Lagoon.
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