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Four Springs - 25 year dream close to reality

by Tony Scott 

Most of the operation was all over in less than a minute but the smiles on the faces of three dedicated anglers showed no trace of anti-climax as more than 40,000 trout fry were freed into Four Springs Dam close to Launceston.

Trout in the waves at Great Lake

Polaroiding on the Great Lake Jim Allen explains his technique polaroiding trout in the waves of Great Lake.     

The requirements of polaroiding on the Great Lakes are a big northerly wind and a blue sky. Quite often in the warmer northerlies a lot of terrestrial insects get blown onto the water - particularly after Christmas. When you get the beetles on the water the fish get up in the waves.

Millions of minute mayflies on Lake Meadowbank

Robert Gott explains how the minute caenid mayfly and Lake Meadowbank combine to create a special fishing experience.

Some years ago it was my good fortune to fish with a very colourful Irishman. This fellow was a highly skilled practitioner at the craft and passionate about his fishing in a way that only the Irish can be. I clearly remember two things about him. He was a master fly tier and his creations, minor works of art.

Great Lake rainbow trout in excellent condition

Despite the low lake level at Great Lake rainbow trout arrived at the Liawenee fish trap in good numbers this year.

The fish were stripped of eggs and milt for grow out of the fertilised eggs at the IFS hatchery at New Norfolk. While this has been the practise for some time, this is the first year in recent times that eggs from wild rainbow trout have been treated at Liawenee to produce triploid fish.

Once fertilised, the eggs are treated in a pressure vessel to produce offspring that are sterile (triploid) in the sense that they do not produce gonads (sex organs). The consequence of this process is that the fish do not stop feeding in winter and do not put any energy into reproduction. The end result that the fish have the potential to grow larger in a shorter amount of time.

Lake Burbury - A first timer's view

by Andrew Hart

I had plenty of time to think. Over four hours of staring out a bus window non-stop can become a little boring; but with music from my walkman pumping, I just sat and tried to imagine what the weekend would offer. Hopefully big fish.

Lake Naomi

by Robert Gott

Lake Naomi is located on Curena Creek and is representative of the myriad of lakes and tarns in Tasmania's Central Plateau Conservation Area (CPCA). It offers the special wilderness fishing experience so unique to this part of the island state.

More on Lake Burbury with Mudeye Mulligan

At 9:45 am on Saturday 15th November, Les Pearson (a local Burnie identity and a whip cracker to boot), and Phil Youd (proprietor of the George Town Outdoor Centre)  a Mudeye retailer and yours truly, launched our boat at Thureau Hills and set sail towards the flooded regions of the country through which the Governor River flows.

Lake Burbury - The Jewel of the West Coast

by Peter Hayes

Tasmanian Professional Trout Guide Peter Hayes, shares some Lake Burbury secrets.

Located on the West coast of Tasmania just 20 minutes south of Queenstown - is Lake Burbury. The lake is just six years old and like so many new lakes, the fishing can be fantastic.

Great Lake - one of our best - for shore

Greg French looks at shore-based fishing at Great Lake

At the beginning of November Great lake was already within .8m of the all-time high level mark of 1035.48 (i.e. 3.89m below full supply) attained in October 1997 - and it was still rising. There is a distinct possibility that this coming summer the lake will edge out over new ground. Such an event dramatically affects trout behaviour.

Woods Lake a mecca for early season anglers

Woods Lake continues to be one of the most exciting trout fisheries in Tasmania. Catch rates are high with many anglers taking limit bags of five fish. It should be noted regulations are quite specific to Woods Lake. A 5 fish bag limit applies for Woods Lake, with a minimum length of 300 mm and only two fish exceeding 600 mm.

Sorell area well worth a visit

There is plenty of variety available in the Sorell area, as Adam Hill explains. 
There are many good fish to be caught in my local area, the South East Region, for whatever form of fishing you like i.e. bait, lure or surf fishing.

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