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 happy carp
 A happy crew
with a female
carp caught in
Lake Sorell

High rainfall in October resulted in Lake Sorell rising quickly. By the start of November, Lake Sorell was 150mm over the full supply level. The last time the lake had filled to this level was in October 2016, when there was still a quite large population of carp, and many were caught in traps set in barrier nets in front of the marshes. With the lake level and temperature also rising at a similar time this year it provided a good chance to test the theory that few carp were left, and to catch any remaining carp in the lake. The strong spawning cues were likely to draw carp into the shallows, making them easier to catch. However, it also meant that we had to be on high alert, given the risk of spawning in the marshes was possible.

The fishing strategy for the 2021/22 carp season was to focus on spawning related carp movement and blocking spawning. This has included blocking the marshes with barrier nets, trapping the preferred carp entrance points to these areas, and targeted gill netting combined with electrofishing.

Fishing started in late October, and a total of four carp have been caught up until the end of December. One carp was caught in a trammel net set while using the electrofishing boat, another was caught in a trammel net set behind the barrier net in the marshes, while two carp were caught in barrier traps. The carp ranged in size from 800 to 2344 grams, and all four were females. Of the four females, three of the fish had gonad tumours and could not spawn. The other female carp appeared to healthy, carrying 334gm of eggs, with a gonadosomatic index (GSI) of 20% which is quite high. However, all the eggs were completely intact, indicating she had not spawned. The last healthy, sexually mature male carp was caught on 16 December 2018. It is increasingly likely that any remaining carp in Lake Sorell are unable to breed.

41 503 carp have now been removed from Lake Sorell since their discovery in 1995. There has been no sign of spawning so far from juvenile carp surveys this season. Surveys will continue each month through until March. These surveys involve electrofishing with the boat and backpack, fine mesh dip netting, fine mesh fyke netting, and visual checks in spawning habitat. Targeted fishing will continue into January if good weather conditions arise.

Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2022/jan/06/lake-sorell-carp-eradication-update

2022 01 01 Beautiful colours in this brown troutAfter a poor spin session in a tannin stream this morning with just one small brown trout being caught from five hookups, this afternoon I decided to give the River Leven at Gunns Plains a go. The reason I headed to this river was because it was down to a safe wading height, plus it's a river I love to fish even if it does run hot and cold with the trout. The trout can be hard to find at times and when one does come across them they can be very moody, they're either aggressive or they just sit behind the lure and tease you. Seeing as I had an angling club meeting meant it wasn't going to be a late finish, I would have to be back at the car around five thirty. It was 3:10 pm when I arrived at Gunns Plains and after a short walk it was in the river flicking a #1 Aglia Furi around in the very light tannin coloured water. It didn't take all that long before a nice medium size brown trout followed the spinner right up to where I was standing in the river. There was not a sign of aggression from it either, straight away I thought it's going to be one of those teaser days.

 libby lake rosebery
Libby with her
$2000 trout from
Lake Rosebery

Libby Webb broke her ankle back in September and hasn’t been able to go fishing for the past few months. Now that she is fully recovered she had a day fishing from the boat on Lake Rosebery with her husband Chris. While trolling a Stump Jumper lure in the Mackintosh River arm of Lake Rosebery around mid-morning a trout hit Libby’s rod. Libby quickly realised that there was a problem in that the line had become twisted around the tip of her rod. Despite the problem Libby persisted and slowly wound the fish in.

After some time, Chris netted the fish and lifted it into the boat where the lure dropped out. As Chris was putting the fish into the esky he called out “oh no!”. Libby didn’t know what was wrong. Chris then told her that the fish had an orange tag with “Winner” on it. They quickly checked the Inland Fisheries Service website and could see that they probably did have a winner.

Libby is indeed a winner, catching one of the five tagged trout released into Lake Rosebery as part of the Tasmanian Tagged Trout Promotion. The win nets her $2000. Libby has promised to give captain Chris $50 for his help!

Fifty tagged brown trout have been released into waters around Tasmania for the 2021-22 Angling Season. Each tag is worth $2,000* to the angler that returns the fish to the Inland Fisheries Service (*conditions apply).

The waters and number of tagged trout still to be caught are:

 

Designated water

Number remaining

Arthurs Lake

5

Briseis Mine Hole

Was 2 now 1

Bronte Lagoon

Was 2 now 1

Craigbourne Dam

Was 2 now 1

Curries River Reservoir

2

Huntsman Lake

Was 2 now 1

Lake Burbury

5

Lake Leake

Was 3 now 2

Lake Mackintosh

5

Lake Parangana

2

Lake Pedder

5

Lake Rosebery

Was 5 now 4

Lake Rowallan

2

River Derwent

Was 3 now 2

yingina / Great Lake

5

The tags are orange and have unique identifying details.

Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2022/jan/04/a-winning-start-to-the-new-year

echo damHydro Tasmania is currently working on a major refurbishment of Lake Echo Power Station, including replacing the turbine runner and overhauling the electrical system that controls the station’s gates and valves. This project is part of the ongoing asset management program that keeps our stations operating safely and efficiently.

As they near completion, the project team need to test the new system before the station can be restarted. Testing will take approximately 8 weeks, from late January and late March 2022. During January to March, they will need to operate Lake Echo dam spillway. When the spillway is being used, large volumes of water run across Lake Echo Road (see red star on the map below), making it unsafe to cross. For your safety, permanent barriers are being installed either side of the spillway and when the spillway is in use, these barriers will be locked.

Please stay alert for changing conditions during the testing phase and obey the temporary road closures and warning signs. Lake Echo dam wall road and the boat ramp will not be affected by this work. If you want to access these areas, we suggest using Mentmore Road to avoid travel delays.

Thank you for your patience while they complete this important work. If you know someone that may be affected by this temporary closure, please share this update. If you have any questions or concerns, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 1300 360 441.
Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2021/dec/22/lake-echo-dam-road-intermittent-closure-january-march-2022

 

Rock lobster catch app trial

rock lobster app

Recreational rock lobster fishers can now log their catches and fishing details in a new Rock Lobster Catch Monitoring app. The app is part of a trial to gather real-time catch data to better manage the rock lobster fishery.

Using the app is voluntary and your feedback will help develop future versions. Available now from the Apple and Google stores.

Download and Win!!: Log your catch and send in your feedback - you can win great prizes including cray cookers and PFD yokes.

Mariners are advised that a Rowing Tasmania Regatta will be held on Saturday, 18 December 2021 and Sunday, 19 December 2021 (0800 -1700 hours) on the Lake Barrington Rowing Course.

Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution and avoid interfering with the event.

Source: https://mast.tas.gov.au/notices/m347-21-lake-barrington-rowing-regatta/

 

 camden lake
Darryl with a Camden Dam
brown trout taken
from his kayak
 

Darryl Saunders of Scottsdale has been enjoying fishing the new Camden Dam from his kayak. Fishing with hard bodies and soft plastics Darryl has been averaging two well conditioned brown trout up to 1.5 kg per session. A visit this week was no exception keeping one fish just under the 1kg mark and releasing one other. A gut sample revealed the fish had been feeding heavily on mudeyes. You can find more information about Camden Dam on the fact sheet or by going to the new INFISH app.

Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2021/dec/17/camden-dam-is-fishing-well

south riannaRecently contractors completed the accessible angling project at South Riana Dam.

This project was commenced in 2019 when it was identified that an easement was required to ensure public access to the car park and access area in perpetuity. The easement was created with the assistance and cooperation of the private landowner, Gary Carpenter and Tasmanian Irrigation.

Upon completion of the easement the IFS has built a new 60 m long pathway from the carpark to the waters edge via a self-closing pedestrian gate. The gently graded path provides access for anglers with mobility issues including wheelchairs with carers, mobility scooters, and walking frames. The gate is designed to permit canoe and kayak trolleys up to 1300mm wide.

The recently completed works cost $8,000.00 and was funded through the Government’s Strategy to ‘Increase Participation in Tasmania’s Inland Recreational Fishery 2021-28’.

South Riana Dam is an ideal location for passive angling with gently sloping grass to the waters edge. The IFS stocks the dam with brown trout fry annually. Anglers are catching well-conditioned trout up to 1.5kg with bait, lure and fly.

Source:  https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2021/dec/08/south-riana-dam-access-improvements

south rianna

brushy troutYesterday (7th December) we released 50 Atlantic salmon into Brushy Lagoon. The average weight of the fish was 1.5kg. This should provide some exciting fishing for anglers that like to fish the lagoon in the lead up to Christmas.

Thanks to Tassal for donating the fish.

Scource: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2021/dec/08/atlantic-salmon-released-into-brushy-lagoon

2021 11 18 They small and aggressiveWith another storm forecast later in the day I headed up to a small stream on private property for a quick spin session before the weather turned sour. It was quite humid when I left home and on my arrival I noticed quite a few heavy clouds building up so I had to hurry on and get in the small river. The water level was still good here and there was still plenty of flow, it was a nice medium tannin colour as well so I started off using a small Mepps #00 gold Aglia. The first cast and retrieve resulted in a small brown having a go at the spinner, it missed getting hooked. The second cast and retrieve was much better when another small brown had a go at it and was hooked, the first trout of the session was landed. I moved several feet forward and flicked the spinner into the top end of this narrow stretch of water, no sooner had I started to retrieve the spinner when another little brown snapped it up, trout number two was soon in hand. Another cast & retrieve back into the same area I had a hit and miss from a trout, like the others, it was a small fish.

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