The upper Mersey starts its flow from Lake Meston and continues down through Lake Youd and Junction Lake. Rainbows were first introduced into these waterways by the one and only airdrop of rainbows into Lake Meston in the 1950s. These lakes and the upper Mersey River, now have a wild population of rainbow trout. The Mersey River continues it's flow out of Junction Lake over a series of plummeting waterfalls that have prevented the migration of brown trout from Lake Rowallan.
The mysterious brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) provides extra variety for those Tassie anglers looking for that different experience. I say mysterious because there doesn't seem to be much known about the habits of these fish here in Tasmania. Only that they are challenging and they have the occasional feeding frenzy. This is definitely true but over the 18 years or so that I have been chasing them, I haven't learned a whole lot more.
(Name deleted to protect the guilty.) Had a couple of days camped at Bronte Lagoon. The lagoon is as high as anyone can remember that we have spoken to. On Wednesday night the water was a good metr above our previous campsite water level but with the tailrace into Brady's fully open the water was dropping fast and dropped about 400 mm over two days. This may account for the lack of trout visibly tailing.
From anyone's point of view be it anglers, visitors or local business operators a sure- fire vote winner for a smart politician would be to seal the link road from Great Lake Hotel to Bronte! From a purely selfish point of view a bitumen link would make the delightful Bradys chain of lakes more easily accessible to anglers from the northern regions of Tasmania. Southern based anglers have enjoyed this luxury for many years.
The 24 m high concrete Craigbourne Dam was constructed across the Coal River in 1986 to provide irrigation water for the rural districts of Campania and Richmond. While it cannot compare to the highland lakes, it is located less than 1 hour from Hobart and has become a very popular trout fishing venue.
Popular Lakes and Rivers
In this second instalment of the second eleven, guide and author Neil Grose takes you to some often ignored bays on the most popular of lakes, some rivers hidden underneath the collective nose of Launceston, and a couple of lakes that deserve more patronage than they currently receive.
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.
Bronte Lagoon is the most centrally situated water in Tasmania. It fishes very well throughout the year, but one must vary the techniques used. This profile is by Greg French and Rob Sloane and was first published in their book "Trout Guide", which is still available at book and tackle stores. Thanks also go to Harold Cornelius and Denis Wiss for their help.
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