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Late season rainbow trout

With winter fast approaching the browns of most waters are gearing up for spawning. Though surface activity is possible at ideal times, the browns are more likely to be found grubbing around the weed beds, feeding on crustaceans high in carotene and vitamin B, important for egg and milt quality. As fishing in most brown trout waters slows down approaching the close of the brown trout season (2 May), fly fishers may wish to turn their attention to rainbow trout waters when seeking the final chances for sight fishing and good quality fish for the season. Rainbow trout waters are open until 30 May this season and include Lagoon of Islands, Lake Rowallan, Lake Skinner and Dee Lagoon, with Dee Lagoon and Lake Rowallan representing arguably the better of the fisheries.
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Tasmania PWS advise not to use Western Lakes tracks

On their Facebook page, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service have issued the following parks and track closure notice for 20 January 2016.



Due to a bushfire in the Mersey Forest Road area, the Walls of Jerusalem National Park and part of the Central Plateau Conservation Area (Lake McKenzie) have been closed. The following tracks are closed until further notice:
Devills Gullett Walking Track, South Mole Creek (Yeates track), Parsons Track, Higgs Track, Western Creek Track, Little Fisher Track, Walls of Jerusalem main track, Lake Myrtle track, Moses Creek Track, Lees Paddocks Track, Explorer Creek Route and Blue Peaks Route.
Fisherman are also advised to avoid using Pillans Lake Track to access Lake Field, Julians and Pillans Lake within the Central Plateau Conservation Area.
Liffey Falls: the road into Liffey Falls and the campground are closed.

The highlighted section above is of particular interest to anglers. This area can be popular for vehicular and walking access at this time of year. Check PWS website and Facebook page for updates.

Closure of boat ramps at Great Lake 20 January 2016

Hydro Tasmania advises that only one formally recognised boat ramp remains open at Great Lake.

Prior to Christmas, Cramps Bay and Swan Bay boat ramps were closed, following advice from Marine and Safety Tasmania and the Inland Fisheries Service that they are not usable at current water levels. This month, Tods Corner, Haddens Bay and Brandum Bay boat ramps have been closed. The five ramps will remain closed until water levels increase.

Western Lakes, Fires and Campsites

Hello Mike - Looking at current spate of fires in the state it might be an appropriate time to ask your readers to refrain from camp fires in the western lakes.
All that area is designated fuel stove but there are obviously a few flouting that.
I cant recall a lake where I havent seen evidence of a recent fire. Antinomy, Silver, Sally, Fanny, Wadleys, and so on.
Some have been good enough to use old stone fire places. Others have just been on the grass.
I don’t need to tell you how fast a fire can take hold in this weather. The chances of getting out safely in that country are only fair. The plants would take years to recover.
Don’t get me started on the beer cans in every lake.  The upside is that they all appear to be quite old.


Tom Blackwell  | Internal  Sales, Bluescope Distribution Pty Ltd

Arthurs Lake TI Intake Works

If you see earth moving equipment at the Arthurs irrigation outlet here's the explanation from Hydro​ to Anglers Alliance Tas.
Angler Alliance Tasmania’s ​had ​concerns about the civil works that are currently being undertaken on the Midlands Irrigation Scheme off​-​take at Arthurs Lake, namely that the works may facilitate access to water below the agreed cease to take level.

Maria Island Biotoxin Zone to Open Thursday 14 January 2016

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Results of rock lobster taken from the Maria Island Biotoxin Zone sampled on 4 January 2016 have returned biotoxin levels that will enable the fishery in that zoneto open.
This is the last of the closed biotoxin zones and hence all the east coast will be open for rock lobster fishing.
The last zone to open is the Maria Island Biotoxin Zone, south of a line at Wineglass Bay at 42° 10’ South and north of a line at Marion Bay at 42° 49’ South – please see map.

Festive Season Fishing Reminders

The Wild Fisheries Management Branch wish all fishers a safe and happy holiday period. A big thank you to those who took the time to contribute to fisheries management in Tasmania during 2015, especially the outgoing members of the Recreational Fisheries Advisory Committee (RecFAC), other FAC members and fishers who provided input into the new Scalefishery Management Plan and Rock Lobster catch limits.
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Upper East Biotoxin Zone Opening

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Results of rock lobster taken from the Upper East Biotoxin Zone (around St Helens) sampled on 14 December 2015 have returned biotoxin levels that will enable the fishery in that zone to open.
The area to open is the Upper East Biotoxin Zone, south of a line at Red Rocks at 41° 01’ South and north of a line at Picaninny Point at 41° 40’ South – please see map.
This area opens on Sunday 20 December 2015 at 00.01 hrs to the taking of rock lobster. Pots may be set in the area from 13:00 hrs (i.e. 1 p.m.) Saturday 19 December 2015, however, pots cannot be hauled or lobster taken until Sunday 00:01 hours (i.e. Sunday morning).

Opening of Lower East Coast Biotoxin Zone on 19th Dec 2015

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Results of rock lobster taken from the Lower East Coast biotoxin zone sampled on 9 December 2015 have returned biotoxin levels that will enable the fishery in that zone to open.
The area to open is the Lower East Coast Biotoxin Zone, south of a line at Marion Bay at 42° 49’ South to Tasman Island, connecting with the area already opened in Storm Bay – please see the map below.

This area opens on Saturday, 19 December 2015 at 00.01 hrs to the taking of rock lobster. Pots may be set in the area from 13:00 hrs (1 p.m.) Friday 18 December 2015, however, pots cannot be hauled or lobster taken until Saturday 00:01 hours (Saturday morning).

Do you eat lobster mustard?

If so the experts would like to talk to you!
In April the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) conducted an on-line survey on rock lobster (crayfish) consumption.
Analysis of the results has shown a very interesting difference in how lobsters are consumed between lobster fishing areas. In the Tasmanian Western Region, 21% of respondents stated they eat the mustard (the hepatopancreas or liver-like organ). In the Eastern Region, 15% consume the mustard. In South Australia, only 5% consume this part of the lobster (the picture above shows mustard being used as a sauce).

Furneaux Biotoxin Zone to open Sunday 13 December 2015

Results of rock lobster taken from the Furneaux Biotoxin zone sampled on 7 December 2015 have returned biotoxin levels that will enable the fishery in that zone to open. The area to open is the Furneaux zone (north of the middle of Banks Strait) and that part of the eastern region in Bass Strait north of 40° 39’ 18” S. This area opens on Sunday, 13 December 2015 at 00.01 hrs to the taking of rock lobster. Pots may be set in the area from 13:00 hrs (i.e. 1 p.m.) Saturday, 12 December 2015; however, pots cannot be hauled or lobster taken until Sunday 00:01 hours (i.e. Sunday morning).

Status of remaining closed areas

Fisheries Situation Update – 3 December 2015

The status of the rock lobster Biotoxin Zones in the eastern region remains unchanged.
Laboratory analysis results for rock lobster samples collected from the Lower East Coast Zone (Tasman Peninsula) on Monday 30 November have shown that paralytic shellfish toxin (PST) remain at unacceptable levels.
Therefore, the Lower East Coast Zone will remain closed at this time. Further sampling of rock lobster from this area will be expedited with the aim of getting results prior to the weekend of 12/13 December.

The Lower East Coast Zone (Tasman Peninsula), Maria Island Zone, Upper East Zone (St Helens) and Furneaux Zone remain closed to rock lobster fishing - with no change of status likely before Sunday 13 December.


Rock lobster biotoxin sampling update - 1 December

Biotoxin sampling yesterday saw a dive team from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies collecting rock lobster from the Lower East Coast Zone (Tasman Peninsula). Toxin analysis is done in Sydney at the only certified Australian laboratory and takes several days. Results for these samples may be received either late this Friday or not until the following Monday. If the results return acceptable levels, the earliest possible status change for the Lower East Coast Zone is Sunday 6 December. Alternatively, if the levels are high, this area will remain closed.
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Biotoxin PST sampling update

The entire Eastern Region (east of Point Sorell around to Whale Head) remains closed to rock lobster fishing due to elevated levels of biotoxins.
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Biotoxins delay rock lobster season opening

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The opening of the recreational rock lobster season in the Eastern Region (waters eastward of Point Sorell and Whale Head) scheduled for 21 November 2015 has been postponed due to elevated levels of paralytic shellfish toxins (PST) measured in rock lobster and bivalve indicator species.
Results obtained as of Monday 9 November indicate elevated PST levels in rock lobster and bivalve shellfish across a wider area of the East Coast and particularly high levels in areas in the north east. These results mean that the sampling area must now be expanded further to determine the extent of the harmful algal bloom and biotoxin levels in lobsters.

Report to Anglers Alliance 8/11/2015

Please find attached to this link the report from IFS to the Anglers Alliance for the meeting held 8/11/2015

New Members for our Recreational Fishery Advisory Committee

The Recreational Fishery Advisory Committee (RecFAC) provides advice to the Minister and the Department on recreational sea fishing management matters including fishery reviews and management policy.  Expressions of interest for up to to 9 recreational fishing members are sought for RecFAC.   If fishers have a broad range of fishing experience, a strategic view on fishing matters and feel like contributing advice along with experts from DPIPWE, IMAS and Marine Police they are encouraged to apply.   All new members will be drawn from the recreational fishing community.

Scalefish Management Plan Amendments 2015

Following a major review and extensive consultation, a new Scalefish Fishery Management Plan, the Fisheries (Scalefish) Rules 2015 will be implemented in Tasmania from 1 November. 
The rule changes aim to improve fishing practices and the sustainability of fish stocks
The scalefish fishery encompasses both the recreational and commercial sectors fishing in State waters, covering all gear types associated with the taking of scalefish species, size and catch limits and licensing requirements.

This information is from the Tasmanian Government web site Sea Fishing & Aquaculture Scalefish Management Plan Amendments

Summary of Changes

Wave Charts on MetEye

The Bureau of Meteorology has released new wave charts on its MetEye system.
Read about them here
Visit MetEye here and select waves from the left hand menu.

Junior Anglers Day

Anglers Alliance Tasmania is co-ordinating a free State wide junior angling day on 11 October 2015. The day will feature a number of locations across the state being stocked with trout by the Inland Fisheries Service for juniors 17 years of age and under to experience the good chance of catching a wily trout. This day will also be a great opportunity for children who are interested in fishing but don’t necessarily come from a fishing family, to come along and receive some guidance from experienced anglers on how they might approach trout fishing. Bait and some fishing gear will be provided along with giveaways and soft drinks. All parents need to do is to bring the kids along between 10am and 3pm to one of the following venues:-

Gillnetting in Tasmania has caused impacts on species

Research has shown gillnetting in Tasmania has caused impacts on species.

Read the report here

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AAT-CamerasAnglers Alliance Tasmania Webcams

See the weather conditions at ten fishing locations on one page.
Anglers Alliance Tasmania now has ten cameras operating around Tasmania. You can check them out at and go to individual webcam pages or see them all on one screen. Run your mouse across each image to see a timeline for the day from sunrise to current time.
Just recently there were deer grazing at Penstock Lagoon in front of the camera.

Anglers Alliance Tasmania - Working for your trout fishery

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