ifs patrolThe Northern Recreation Day Long Weekend has come and gone. Our Officers were out on patrol and witnessed some fantastic catches from many of our inland waters.

On the angling front, Lake Rowallan provided some nice catches, particularly around the southern end of the lake. Hard body lures and green and gold cobras appeared to be providing the best results. Good fish were also taken by bait fishermen using worms throughout the day.

Woods lake fished very well also, with all methods of angling successful. Fly anglers would be excited to know that there were quite a few duns on the water on Saturday in the south western corner of the lake. Lure anglers did well right around the lake, with gold and black cobras accounting for many fish. Lure fishing appeared to be best before 10am and after 4pm, with quiet patches throughout the middle of the day.

ifs annual report 2019Check out the activities of the IFS for the 2018-19 financial year in our Annual Report.

View the report from this link:

Front cover artwork by Trevor Hawkins

Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2019/oct/31/inland-fisheries-service-annual-report-2018-19-now-available

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The Inland Fisheries Service now has an Instagram profile, which will provide up to date information on the trout fishery in Tasmania. Follow us to see what our staff do and see while they are out and about. You will find us at @troutfishtasmania or https://www.instagram.com/troutfishtasmania/

Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2019/oct/30/inland-fisheries-service-instagram

whitebaitPeter Mervyn MUNDAY of Mella appeared in Smithton Magistrates Court on Wednesday 30 October 2019. He was sentenced on 28 charges relating to the illegal taking of whitebait from the Duck River during September 2018.

Mr MUNDAY was fined a total of $23,798. This is the largest individual fine ever imposed under Inland Fisheries Legislation.

Mr MUNDAY was caught fishing for whitebait illegally at the Duck River on six occasions during September 2018. At this time the Duck River was closed to the taking of whitebait. This penalty should serve as a warning to anyone choosing to disregard the strict regulations around the taking of whitebait.

ifs willow warriorsWillow Warriors - Derwent Catchment Project has two upcoming events focused on river access and health – a Willow Warriors working bee on the Tyenna and a Waterbug Blitz on the Lachlan River.

The Tyenna Willow Warriors are working with the Derwent Catchment Project and the Inland Fisheries Service Anglers Access Program to remove willows from the Tyenna River and revegetate with native plants. This work is supported by the Fisheries Habitat Improvement Fund. At the next Willow Warriors working bee we will be doing follow up willow control and checking previously revegetated areas at the Westerway Raspberry Farm. We will also have a chance to learn more about water bugs, with a short identification session with Trish Clements and John Gooderham.

Trish and John will follow this with a full Waterbug Blitz on the Lachlan River a few weeks later, where participants can learn how to sample and identify water bugs. Waterbugs are small invertebrates that live in freshwater. These can include the water-based stages of many insects like dragonflies, damselflies, mayflies and caddisflies. Each type of waterbug has a certain sensitivity to pollution or water quality changes in their waterway. So the type and number of bugs found in a waterway can tell you how healthy it is. Understanding which water bugs are present in a river can also help you choose the best fly to catch fish.

Friday, 1 November

North Coast squid closure area re-opens.


Friday, 1 November

Striped trumpeter re-opens for recreational and commercial fishing


Saturday, 2 November

Waters outside the East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone open for recreational rock lobster fishing.


Friday, 15 November

East Coast squid closure area including Great Oyster Bay and Mercury Passage re-opens.


Saturday, 7 December

The East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone opens for recreational rock lobster fishing.

ifs 2019 10 28 guidesRecreational Sea Fishing Guide

Do you have the tools you need to fish within the rules? Supplies of the 2019-20 Recreational Sea Fishing Guide, plastic tackle box rulers and boat sticker rulers are available from Service Tasmania and tackle shops.


Abalone gauges and a new rock lobster multi-gauge which includes the North West Zone 120mm female size limit will be available in Service Tasmania shops soon. Some tackle shops will also have supplies.

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ifs 2019 10 28 rulesNew abalone and rock lobster rules take effect from 1 November.ifs 2019 10 28 lobster

Abalone: Regional bag and boat limits and new specifications for tools to measure and take abalone apply from 1 November. Check the rules before you go fishing.


Rock Lobster: The size limit for female rock lobster in the North West Zone has increased to 120mm (see map). Fishers cannot possess female lobster smaller than 120mm inside this zone or when transiting from outside the zone to inside it.


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ifs 2019 10 28 licenceBuy your fishing licence

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

The recreational rock lobster season opens this Saturday 2 November in all waters except the East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone so don't get caught out without a licence.


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Tuesday, 15 October

Squid closure starts in upper south East Coast waters including Great Oyster Bay and Mercury Passage.


Sunday, 20 October

Gone Fishing Day - see free fishing events around the state.


Friday, 1 November

Striped trumpeter re-opens for recreational and commercial fishing

Saturday, 2 November

Waters outside the East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone open for recreational rock lobster fishing.

Saturday, 7 December

The East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone opens for recreational rock lobster fishing.

See https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/sea-fishing-aquaculture/recreational-fishing/recreational-fishing-seasons

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