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Salmon escape creates fishing frenzy

Huon River Seaward LimitThe news of the escaped Atlantic Salmon from a pen in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel has stirred up much interest in the recreational fishing fraternity in the last few days.

Anglers are reminded that a seaward limit separating State waters from inland waters exist on both the Huon and Esperance Rivers:

Huon River:

An imaginary straight line drawn between a white post situated on the shore of the southern side of Castle Forbes Bay and another white post situated to the eastward of that post on the opposite bank of the Huon River.

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We invite Central Plateau fishers to talk with us about the ways in which you relate to the environment of the fishing areas

Busola Christianah Adedokun Geography and Spatial Science, UTAS
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This research has been approved by the
Tasmanian SSHREC. S002187 (H- 72695)

fisheries 2020

Licences now available

licence 2020

Recreational sea fishing licences for abalone, rock lobster, scallops, nets and set lines are now available online and at Service Tasmania.

All licences expire on 31 October. This includes your scallop licence, so to continue to dive for scallops until the season closes on 30 November 2020, you will need to renew your licence.

Carp Management 2020After a quarter of a century, Tasmania is on the cusp of finally being free of European carp. Estimates leading into spring 2020 indicate that there are less than 5 carp remaining in Lake Sorell, and to date there have been 41 496 removed from the lake. Find out all about the 2019-20 season and how the battle with carp in Lake Sorell is progressing. Read about how much netting effort was put in over the season, what techniques were used to catch the carp, the jelly gonad condition affecting male carp, and the results of the juvenile carp surveys.

Read it here Carp Management Program Annual Report 2019-20.

Source: Carp Management Program Annual Report 2019-20 (ifs.tas.gov.au)

A 12-year-old girl from Selbourne in northern Tasmania has won $10k as part of Inland Fisheries Service’s (IFS) Tasmanian Tagged Trout Promotion, during the 2020-21 angling season.

Member of Westbury Angling Club and Tagged Trout Promotion recipient, Fiona Batterham caught the tagged trout at Lake Rowallan at 11:15am on Sunday 18 October, which also marked national Gone Fishing Day.

This is the first of five tagged trout caught as part of the promotion, which involved IFS releasing five tagged brown trout into lakes across the State.

Each tag is worth $10,000 to the angler that returns the fish, tagged intact to the IFS

gone fishinGone Fishing Day

This Sunday, 18 October is national Gone Fishing Day. It's a great chance to get family and friends together and explore local fishing spots.

You can also register for prizes through the National Gone Fishing Day website.

Due to Covid group restrictions, Fishcare isn't running any organised events but we're encouraging everyone to throw a line in. Try to keep groups small and follow social distancing guidelines at your local fishing spot.

As we move into better weather, keep an eye out for our Summer Fishing Program in January. Prior to this, schools and community groups can contact Fishcare by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 6165 3039 to organise small fishing clinics.


Tas WaterDo you like to plan before you go fishing? Social media is a great place to gather information on where is fishing well. For weather information the Bureau of Meteorology is a good spot to check the weather. For daily lake levels go to Hydro Tasmania.

However, when it comes to rivers more generally and those lakes not managed by Hydro Tasmania, it can be much harder to get timely and reliable information. One site that is available to fishers is the Bureau of Meteorology. This site provides river level and flow information for many of the major rivers, along with continuous water temperature, some turbidity data and other water quality information for a select few major catchments. If you are having trouble working out all the information you can download the Getting Started manual.

The Meander Valley Council advise that recent water sampling indicates that the recent algal bloom has cleared and the water has returned to normal. The Caution Notices have been removed from the Dam Wall and Boat Ramp. This improvement in water quality is likely to see an improvement in the fishing also.

Source : https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2020/sep/04/brushy-lagoon-algal-bloom-has-cleared

Little Pine markerLittle Pine Lagoon boat users would be aware that there has been a voluntary no petrol motors area at the northern end of the lagoon for several years to protect the aquatic plants and water quality.

The area has been identified as north of a line of buoys which ran from just north of Bertrams Island to the western shore. The line of buoys has been problematic in that each year the movement of surface ice across the lagoon has moved the buoys, often a considerable distance.

To alleviate what has been an annual task to re-align the buoys back into place, Anglers Alliance Tasmania with assistance from IFS, has removed the buoy line and replaced it with two white marker posts, each fitted with a white disk and located at about the high water mark on either side of the lagoon.

Boat users are now asked to observe the no petrol outboard area on the northern side of a line drawn between the two marker posts. It is recommended that only electric motors and manual propulsion be used to protect the fragile aquatic plant coverage in this shallow area of the lagoon.

Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2020/aug/19/responsible-boating-little-pine-lagoon

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