by Sarah Graham
Many anglers are preparing for the opening of the new angling season on Saturday 7 August and it's shaping up to be another good one with the fishery in excellent health as a result of last year’s drought breaking rains. There are many great fishing locations around the State from which to choose for the opening weekend and early season fishing but here are a few suggestions.
|Chris Wise with a nice
Lake Gordon brown trout
A party of anglers had a productive trip to Lake Gordon recently and are planning to return soon. Launching at the Ragged Basin area off Boat Ramp Road, this narrow and overgrown 4wd track provides access to the sheltered and heavily timbered southeastern side of the lake. Launching is possible at the current level of -20.7 m below full supply level. Drift spinning with hard body lures amongst the structure, the three anglers were rewarded with eight nice brown trout up to 1.5 kg and around 50 redfin up to 750 g for a day’s fishing.
Please exercise extreme caution when boating on the lake due to the amount of submerged timber just under the surface and hard to see in the tannin stained water.
Presented from Issue 113, December 2014
Lake Gordon is truly one of Tasmania’s forgotten waters. Visitation here would be one of the lowest in the state from our 20,000 plus licensed anglers. But given you hit this place at the right time it can turn on some very memorable fishing.
Lake Gordon itself is an impressive piece of water. A 140m high concrete arch dam holding back a body of water with a surface area of 272 km 2 and an astonishing 11.9 cubic million litres of water. At the time of completition, despite a strongly led and backed protest from environmental groups, the Stage 1 Gordon River Development produced the single largest water storage and hydro electric scheme of its kind in Australia, dwarfing Lake Eucumbene threefold.
Please note: there are lots of pictures at the end of the article.
Presented from Issue 107, December 2013
Lake Pedder whilst it has gained some popularity over the last few years it is still not high on the visitation list when compared to some of our other large water storages. It shouldn’t be the case as it has so much to offer and to the lure angler the options are almost endless. Lake Pedder is an immense water storage, controversially created in the late 70’s by the construction of 3 relatively small dams to hold and supply water to nearby Lake Gordon, itself an enormous water catchment that dwarfs Pedder in volume.
Presented from Issue 99
Lake Pedder. It used to be a good fishery right? Wrong, it was an exceptional fishery. Through the late 70s and early 80s the trout from this iconic south west water averaged an astonishing 4kg. That was the average weight not the good fish but the average weight. There has never been a fishery like it and there never is likely to be ever again.
What does surprise many is it’s a great fishery now. The trout are nothing like those of years gone by but they are in great condition, fight hard and in numbers that would be astounding if it could ever be calculated. Large bags are common and the quality of fish is very good. So often when it comes up in conversation people are surprised to hear it offers some great fishing to all artificial methods. And most always add that they’ve never been but have always wanted to make the trip out.
It’s well worth it, the scenery alone is unparalleled, panoramas that extend 360 degrees when you’re out on the water. Some areas of the lake it’s breath taking at times. For someone new to the water the fishing possibilities are much the same. You can round a point and be mesmerized by the bay in front of you, flooded tea tree sloping banks into weed rich water, fish rising, sometimes clear of the water chasing damselfly on the wing, only to go around the next point and see it open up again into a better looking bay and another and so on.
Every competitor is placed in the draw to win the boat package
On behalf of Lake Pedder Anglers Club, I would like to invite all anglers to our 35th Australia Day Trout Fishing Competition. All competitors will be placed in a draw to win a boat package, to win you must be present at the draw on Monday 26th. The prize pool has once again been valued at over $20,000 and we thank our sponsors for their support to this event. This is a family orientated competition with activities for children throughout the event. Join us for some serious fishing followed by evenings filled with laughter and fishing stories around the Chalet bar. If you’re new to trout fishing, come along, our members are very supportive and will be very happy to give you some tips on the finer art of trout fishing.
The annual Back to Pedder comp for 2013 is set to run over the traditional Australia Day period in January. Commencing on Thursday 24th and concluding on Monday 28th with the mid-morning weigh-in and lunchtime presentations wrapping up proceedings.
The Back to Pedder competition book and entry forms are now on the club website. www.lakepedderanglersclub.com Competition books will be in fishing stores within a couple of weeks. While you’re on the site take a look at the new photos and flare night video that have been uploaded to the site this week, more photos will be added in coming weeks.
The boat launching area at Boat Ramp Road, Lake Gordon is now usable due to improved water levels and should provide anglers with a good alternative to the facility near Gordon Dam this summer.
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Sea-run trout fishing this year got off to a cracking start in most areas, with the majority of anglers employing nearly every trout fishing technique to secure fish in local estuaries statewide.
Even those anglers fishing the "off-season" lower down in our estuaries for sea-trout commented on the number of fish moving in early August.