shannon galaxias 
 Shannon paragalaxias (P. dissimilis)


Each year we monitor the native fish populations at Penstock and Shannon lagoons. The three species of fish we are looking for are, the spotted galaxias, the Shannon paragalaxias and the Great Lake paragalaxias. This year we caught a very large number of both the spotted galaxias and more pleasingly, the threatened Shannon paragalaxias. This is the highest numbers of this species that have been found at for many years! The third species, the Great Lake paragalaxias, which is much harder to find and occurs only in low numbers in these lagoons, was found within both lagoons. This is a great outcome and indicates the overall health of these waters is good.

Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2021/may/14/penstock-and-shannon-lagoons-native-fish-monitoring

On Friday 14th May 2021 Barry John McDermott appeared in the Devonport Magistrates Court charged with the illegal possession of whitebait.

The charges related to 7.86 Kilograms of whitebait seized by Fisheries Officers from a residence in Devonport whilst executing a search warrant in November 2019.

Mr McDermott was convicted and fined $1344, plus $85.86 Court Costs.

Illegal fishing is an ongoing problem with the whitebait fishery. Each year IFS officers actively target poachers to ensure the long term viability of the recreational whitebait fishery.

We strongly urge anyone that suspects illegal activity at our inland waters to report it to us. You can call 0438 338 530 or 1300 INFISH (1300 463 474). You can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2021/may/14/whitebait-poacher-convicted 

Tasmanian Irrigation wishes to advise that Craigbourne Dam in Tasmania’s South East is now open to the public. The dam was closed to fishing and recreational activities as a precaution due to the detection of naturally occurring blue-green algae.

Tasmanian Irrigation thanks the public for its patience during the recent closure.

Source: Craigbourne Dam now open (ifs.tas.gov.au)


brushy salmon stocking 2021We released Atlantic salmon into Brushy Lagoon today, approximately 170 at an average of 1.2kg. These fish were an opportunistic donation by Huon Aquaculture. Happy fishing all!

Source: Brushy Lagoon Stocking (ifs.tas.gov.au)

 

 

 

 

brushy salmon stocking 2021

The IFS released Atlantic Salmon into Brushy Lagoon

Information for suitable applicants who have an interest in the Fisheries Community Engagement area.

Applications close soon!

The Leader Fisheries Engagement  is based in Launceston at 0.8 to 1.0 FTE. 

Leader Fisheries Engagement 

 pet reservoir
 Improved western
access to Pet Reservoir

Pet Reservoir now has improved access for older and mobility impaired anglers.

Works have been completed to improve the parking area close to the existing access on the western side of the dam, the path to the edge of the dam and widen pedestrian access.

The reservoir is home to a healthy population of brown and rainbow trout.

Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2021/apr/01/pet-reservoir-access-improved 

 

 

 

Tasmanian Irrigation wishes to advise that Craigbourne Dam in Tasmania’s South East is closed to the public. The dam is closed to fishing and recreational activities as a precaution due to the detection of naturally occurring blue-green algae.

Tasmanian Irrigation is continuing to monitor the dam on a weekly basis and will advise the public when Craigbourne Dam is available for recreational use. There is currently no impact on irrigation as a result of the dam closure.

Tasmanian Irrigation thanks the public for its patience during the closure.

Source: Blue-Green Algae Advisory for Craigbourne Dam (ifs.tas.gov.au)

Due to the constraints of delivering a COVID-Safe event, Trout Weekend 2021 will not go ahead.

The Inland Fisheries Service has reluctantly taken this measure, as this is an important event for the Inland Fisheries Service, anglers and the Central Highlands community.

Trout Weekend is planned to return on the 21 and 22 May in 2022.

For any queries, contact Steve Paterson on 0438 338 530 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Source: Trout Weekend 2021 cancelled

fisheries 2018


 

womens day

 
 Women's fishing clinic  

Women in fishing events

To mark International Women's Day, free fishing clinics for women and girls are being held in Hobart and St Helens.

If you'd like to try fishing, or to brush up your skills, come along to one of the clinics where you'll get tips from experienced volunteers and female mentors. We'll have gear available or bring your own rod. Learn how to rig it, cast your line and handle a fish when you catch one.

There are giveaways at both events including rods and fishing caps. Please pre-register by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can register at the event, but numbers may be limited.

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 rubbish collection  
 Some of the rubbish
collected as part of
Clean up Australia Day
from Lake Sorell

 

The Inland Fisheries Service participated in Business Clean Up Australia Day yesterday. We focussed on Angler Access sites along the River Derwent. The section from the Bridgewater Bridge to Gretna.

We also cleaned up the Dago Point campground and Mountain Creek shore campsites at Lake Sorell.

Anglers appear to be keeping the fishing locations relatively clean. The road side verges, where cars can pull over, provide focal points for people to drop off garbage.

We collected numerous tyres along with household rubbish. Staff enjoyed the pleasant weather and the opportunity to try and make a difference to the litter problem.

Source: IFS staff clean up fishing sites

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