Water testing by the Meander Valley Council at Four Springs Lake has revealed blue green algae to be currently present.

Please be advised that:

Blue Green Algae may pose a risk to water users and anyone who draws water directly from the water body. Swimming, canoeing and any other recreational use should be avoided until further notice.

Contact may cause sickness in humans and animals.
Contact may cause skin and eye irritation.
At low levels of algal density fish are safe for consumption if cooked – consume at own risk.
Meander Valley Council will continue to monitor water quality.

If you have any queries regarding this matter please contact the Meander Valley Council on (03) 6393 5300 between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Source - https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2019/apr/15/recreational-water-warning-four-spring-lake

On Monday 15 April access to the Woods Lake boat ramp will be restricted from 7.30am until about midday.

We are going to remove some dangerous dead branches from the large trees over the car park.

Access will reopen as soon as the work is completed.

Source - https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2019/apr/10/woods-lake-boat-ramp-restricted-access-period

On Tuesday afternoon, we took a moment to say thank you to Stephen Hepworth who retired from the Inland Fisheries Service last year.

We wanted to recognise the 18 years of valued service he gave to IFS, with the last 10 years as the Manager of Compliance and Operations.

Stephen was the beneficiary of one of the largest known ‘crowdfunding’ efforts from our workplace. We wanted to ensure Stephen’s retirement lifestyle reflected the effort he exerted while working with us. A reproduction of his favourite painting of yingina/Great Lake was the centrepiece of our gift giving.

On behalf of all of us at IFS, we wish Stephen and his lovely wife, Betty, all the best for their adventures together in retirement bliss.

 

Sourcehttps://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2019/apr/11/happy-retirement-mr-hepworth

Source - https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/publications/quarterly-reports-anglers

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The start of 2019

The Christmas and New Year period saw anglers flocking to the Central Highlands to enjoy some great fishing. Our Officers were on patrol throughout the period, and they saw some fantastic catches. The standout waters were:

Arthurs Lake – After some tough times, we were pleased with how well this water fished. Both lure and fly anglers were catching fish that were in fantastic condition.

Four Springs Lake – There were less anglers, but some impressive bags caught. Fly anglers did well from the shore.

Nineteen Lagoons – Anglers reported plenty of cruising fish from Lake Botsford, Lake Augusta and Lake Ada. Tailing fish were reported at Howes Bay Lagoon and Double Lagoon.

Woods Lake – Saw great catches with one very impressive fish weighing in excess of two kilograms. yingina/Great Lake – Swan Bay, Haddens Bay and Cramps Bay were the hotspots. One bait angler in Swan Bay caught four good fish ranging between 420 mm and 480 mm in an afternoon session.

fisheriestas2019 04 10Time to get your gear ready and check your licence. Recreational scallop season opens from Saturday 13 April for all waters except the D'Entrecasteaux Channel. A reminder that only the licence holder can dive for scallops.

Measuring gauges are available from Service Tasmania outlets.

scallops

Scallop rules reminder

Site works to replace the flood damaged pedestrian bridge between Lake Ada and Ada Lagoon will be underway between Wednesday 10 April and Friday 12 April 2019. As part of these works the carpark at the end of Lake Augusta Road and the Talinah 4x4 Track will be closed from 0700-0900 on Thursday 11 April 2019. This closure is required to facilitate the helicopter operations for the replacement of the bridge as is subject to weather.

The boat ramp at Lake Ada will be available during the closure however there will be limited parking. Once the helicopter operations are completed the carpark and track will be reopened. Access across the pedestrian bridge between Lake Ada and Ada Lagoon may also be limited on Thursday 11 April 2019. Visitors are advised to avoid the area if possible during the works period.

For further information please contact the PWS Project Manager on 6777 2255.

Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2019/apr/05/lake-ada-bridge-replacement-temporary-site-closure

From 10 am until 3pm over Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May at the Liawenee field Station, yingina/Great Lake

Come with your family, enjoy displays, demonstrations, the ever-popular junior angling pond, and see the hundreds of wild brown trout on their annual spawning run.
There is something for everyone at Trout Weekend.
Read more on the Trout Weekend webpage.

And don’t forget the IFS Photo Competition is on again.
We are looking for photos of trout, families, kids, female anglers and scenery shots.
There are cash and gear prizes on offer

1st Place: $500
2nd Place: 1 x pair Neoprene waders (Fly 'n Dry)
3rd Place: 10 x Lures (Hueys Lures) 4th place 10 x Lures (Huey Lures).

You can submit up to six images with a maximum size of 5 MB each.
Images will be showcased and the winner announced at Trout Weekend 2019.
Download the entry form from www.ifs.tas.gov.au
We are accepting entries until 5pm on Tuesday 30 April 2019.

Source :https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2019/mar/29/trout-weekend-2019

From https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2019/mar/26/lake-leake-campgrounds-and-boat-ramp-temporary-close

The Lake Leake campgrounds and boat ramp are closed until Saturday 30 March. This is so the Tasmania Fire Service can do a safe Fuel Reduction Burn.

Once the burns starts on Wednesday (27 March) it is likely to be very smokey and there may be some short road closures.

People wishing to access the Lake Leake can use the Kalangadoo boat ramp on the eastern side of the lake with safety.

fishing forumsAll welcome at Burnie and Smithton forums

Join in discussions on local recreational fishing issues and hear presentations from IMAS researchers and DPIPWE fishery managers.

Topics

King George Whiting and other North West species - a biological snapshot: Presented by Dr James Haddy, IMAS
Calamari and key recreational species - an overview: Presented by Dr Jeremy Lyle, IMAS
Rock Lobster - increasing the female size limit change in the North West to improve the fishery: Presented by Hilary Revill, DPIPWE Wild Fisheries
Abalone - what's a fair day's catch? Presented by Rod Pearn, DPIPWE Wild Fisheries

Dates and Venues

Burnie
Wednesday, 27 March, 6:30 - 8:30pm
UTAS Cradle Coast Campus, Building D, Level 2, 16-20 Mooreville Road, Burnie

Smithton
Thursday, 28 March, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Circular Head Community & Recreation Centre, 72 Nelson Street, Smithton

More information here
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Recreational Fisheries Section, DPIPWE
Phone: 1300 720 647
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Web: www.fishing.tas.gov.au

To support of the World Fly Fishing Championship 2019 this December the IFS are making a few temporary regulation changes.

Please read all information here:

The World Fly Fishing Championship 2019 is coming to Tasmania this year between 30 November and 7 December.

Teams from up to 30 countries will compete bringing an estimated 800 anglers and support crew. Competitors will fish in three lakes and two rivers.

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