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Launceston's suburban trouting

The little lure was halfway back when a yellowish flash and a sharp tug indicated it had drawn the interest on one of this little stream's inhabitants. After a short thrashing fight with a couple of jumps, I was able to work the small trout into the bank for a quick photo and release. This was my first for the day and whilst only a small fish at around 40cm long for water this small it was a monster and at least it showed that this little stream held fish and that the water, though discoloured from recent heavy rains was still clear enough for lure fishing. I had only been fishing for less than 10 minutes, was still at work less than 25 minutes previously and with home less than 10 minutes drive away I knew I could afford to stick around for a while longer before having to head homewards for dinner. This suburban trouting was not bad at all.

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The pest fish species, Redfin perch are present in the Mersey River

To work out how widely Redfin are spread in the Mersey River, its inflowing creeks and farm dams we need YOUR help.

Over the coming months if you catch a Redfin perch in the Mersey River or its catchment, please, can you:

  • Note
  • the location (GPS would be great),
  • date
  • time
  • take a photo or keep the fish
  • contact our local Fisheries Officer, Paul Middleton on 0427 988 728 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This information will help us to see what we can do about this pest.

For a copy of the flyer to please send to anyone you know who fishes in the Mersey catchment please click here.

Thank you, from the Inland Fisheries Service

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