The first Atlantic salmon eggs used to begin Tasmania's Atlantic salmon aquaculture industry were introduced into Tasmania in 1984. From these humble beginnings a valuable Tasmanian industry has evolved with a worldwide reputation for having a premium disease free product. This industry provides a spin off to all anglers in the form of regular escapes of salmon from the farms.
An early afternoon phone call and a bit of enthusiasm was all that was needed...Mike Stevens arrived at my place around 1.30pm and soon we were on our way to Lake Leake with his newly renovated Purdon Dingy in tow. We weren’t on the water long when we had couple of nice fish onboard to christen it, finished with 4 trout (2 rainbows, 2 browns) along with one massive perch.
I was going to head up to Cramps Bay today, but with a forecast of 25 knot nw winds up there, I decided to have another crack at Lake Leake with George Papp instead. We arrived around 11.30am and had our bags by 3pm.
Fished up the Snowy again and caught fish on Yep golden seducer, red nut and Black & Gold T.Tails.
Gusty nw wind and with sunny periods,fish again in good condition with the best being around the 5lb mark.
I decided to have a look at Lake Leake today with the Mad Hungarian George Papp. We arrived around 11am to a full lake, headed up towards the snowy and started drifting across the bay in 1.5mts of water. We were casting Dales Yep lures about as well as the gold and black t.tails.
We mainly stuck to fishing this area and caught the majority of fish here.
Hi everyone, Mick took Connor and me around to the Northern side of the lake for a fish (Snake Rock). He lent Connor and me a set of waders as we are saving up to buy our own.
When we got to our destination, we chucked on the waders, and I grabbed my fly rod out of the back, and Connor went for his spinning rod, and Mick got his Fly rod.
A rough picture of our Lake Leake catch on Sunday morning.
Saturday we spun for hours for just 2 fish me a nice medium sized brown just
outside Snow Bay and Franco a 1 kg rainbow near Breakfast Pt. both fish on
Hi all, Lake leake was our chosen destination for the opening day of the trout season.
Leaving home at 6.30am , egg n bacons , coffee, along with a "nip or two of scotch" were first on the agenda when we arrived.
As expected, the weather was atrocious but we still managed to find a break in the wind at about 9.30 am.
President Bill Williams landed a nice rainbow and a brown, whilst I broke on one and missed another.
Hi everyone... opening day didn’t start as planned.
I arrived home late from work Friday night and I didn't get a chance to get the gear ready so it was up bright and early to make up for lost time, one problem, unable to find the bungs for the boat!
The decision was made to wait until the shops opened in order to get some new ones.
At 9am with this part of the mission completed, we were on our way knowing we were going to miss out on Todd's famous egg and bacon breakfast, (not to mention the scotch).
Well, what a start to the 2013/14 trout season.
Awaking up to reasonable strong wind gusts and a light frost we headed of down to the lake deciding to leave the tinny in the shed as the 3hp motor wouldn’t have got us far in the wind!
I took my fly rod, and Connor had his spinning rod with the trusty old green and gold spinner! We were fishing for around half an hour, and Connor had a nice brown have a crack at his lure, but to his disappointment it got off. With a cast here and a flick there, there didn’t seem much movement at along the shoreline.
My fishing cobber and I finished-off the season last weekend at our main stamping ground - Lake Leake.
Frank took two browns and a nice rainbow on a Tassie Devil “Rowley’s Riot” hard lure. I took three rainbows – one on a Gary Glitter soft plastic and the other two on a small green wiggle-tail plastic.
Because of the powerful wind that just wouldn’t let up we stayed near the shacks, mainly near the dam and along to Cutting Grass. The browns were around the corner in the lee of Coglan’s Point. They were not much above a pound each but nicely coloured. Frank’s rainbow was one of the October released fish and still had quite a bit of the fish farm fat inside.
Our neighbour Rodney decided to take myself and my brother Connor out in the boat on Lake Leake for a couple of hours. While out on the water, there was a fair NW breeze blowing. We trolled up the Big Timber Shore. We were getting a few hits; I then changed to a different Tassie Devil lure. My lure wasn’t even in the water 5 minutes before I was on! It was a nice little brown measuring 30cm, which is a nice pan size!
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Recently Atlantic salmon seems to be a very hot topic amongst local anglers, especially those in the south of the state in the D'Entrecasteaux area. Northern anglers should take a close look at the Tamar as there are opportunities here as well.
The recent "great escape" has provided a perfect opportunity for fresh and saltwater anglers alike to experience some truly memorable sport. Tasmania's pristine, clean and cool waters are the perfect nursery for the Atlantic Salmon and as our local fish farms produce more and more fresh quality seafood it is a fact that there are going to be tangible consequences.