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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.
The ever-popular junior angling pond will be part of Trout Weekend once again this year (18 & 19 May 2019). Fishcare volunteers will be on hand to provide advice, hints and tips for junior anglers (under 14 years) to help them try and catch a trout. Each angler will be allowed to fish for 10 minutes before moving on so the next person in the queue can try their luck. If you are lucky enough to catch a trout you are welcome to keep it or release it. There are also eight tagged fish in the ponds, if you catch one of these you will win a prize generously donated by 42 Degrees South Real Estate.
For more information about Trout Weekend 2019 click here.
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International Fish Passage Symposium, Albury
Australian Visiting Journalist Program - Hosting Kirk Deeter, the editor for Trout, Trout Unlimited's quarterly magazine, and editor-at-large for Field & Stream magazine. His stories have appeared in Garden & Gun, The Drake, 5280, Fly Rod & Reel, Fly Fisherman, Big Sky Journal, Salt Water Sportsman, and Trout, among other places. He lives in Pine, Colorado.
Bronte Fly Fishing School
IUCN Australian Freshwater Fish Global Assessment Workshop, Melbourne
Australian Visiting Journalist Program - Hosting Martin Cottis, British fly-guide and
Compliance Statistics from 1 July 2018 to 31 January 2019
During this period there were:
2 534 angling licence inspections.
111 whitebait licence inspections.
445 recreational vessel inspections under Marine and Safety legislation.
4 commercial fishing inspections.
5 search warrants executed.
8.5 kilograms of whitebait seized.
8 whitebait nets seized.
3 lobster traps seized.
2 cray rings seized.
6 defendants convicted of 32 offences in the Magistrates Court.
122 offences detected and dealt with via Infringement notice and/or Infringement Notice endorsed as a Conditional Caution notices.
We catch and stock migrating elver and lampreys from two Hydro Tasmania catchments:
1) Meadowbank Dam in the River Derwent
2) Trevallyn Tailrace in the kanamaluka/River Tamar
The lamprey run at Meadowbank Dam started in October and peaked in December. Overall we caught 2 414 kg of lamprey for the 2018-19 season.
In November, we began to catch elver using nets set in the Trevallyn Tailrace and in December from a trap at the base of Meadowbank Dam. By 6 February we had caught 1 308 kg of elver across both sites.
Salmon Ponds The brown trout fry (from yingina/Great Lake) and rainbow trout fingerlings (domestic stock from Huon Aquaculture Group Ltd) grew well and were stocked out by the end of December 2018.
The rainbow trout fingerlings, averaging 10 grams, were sold and stocked in to private farm dams for private fishing. We stocked the brown trout fry into private North West farm dams open to public fishing, angling club dams and other public fisheries. (See the fry-stocking list below)
During the first week of October, we surveyed the brown trout population at Woods Lake.
Over two nights we captured 368 brown trout.
The average weight for fish over the legal size limit of 300 mm was 804 grams with an average
length of 427 mm.
The growth of fish was good across all lengths, with approximately 20 percent of fish measuring in
excess of 500 mm.
There was a strong cohort of fish centered around a peak of 360 mm length, with 37 percent of
fish measuring 300 – 400 mm.
Craigbourne Road to remain open On Saturday 1 December 2018, the Southern Midlands Council published a Public Notice seeking feedback on a proposed permanent closure of a section of the Craigbourne Road.
The road closure would have resulted in no public access to the eastern side of the dam, restricting access to the western side only.
The Council discussed the proposal at meeting of 23 January. Neil Morrow, Manager Anglers Access made representation to the Council.
The Council voted unanimously to keep Craigbourne Road open to the public.
The IFS thanks the community for their overwhelming support in keeping this important public access open for anglers and other recreational users.
Anglers accessing the dam should respect private land and adhere to the access rules at all times.
On Tuesday 16 April, in the Launceston Magistrates Court, a defendant appeared on Inland Fisheries charges. These related to the illegal taking of fish from Sandbanks Creek, yingina/Great Lake, during last year’s spawning run.
The defendant pled guilty and was convicted of disturbing spawning fish and assisting his friend to illegally take fish from the trap by holding a light. He was fined $500 plus Court costs.
With the spawning run starting, we remind you of the strict laws around the protection of spawning fish. You are most welcome to have a look at the fish in our traps, but you must not disturb or interfere with them in any way.
If you notice or hear of any illegal activity please call our Compliance Team on 0438 338 530. We need your help to protect our fishery.
Brown trout in a migratory fish trap on yingina/Great Lake
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.
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Mike Fry doesn’t only live on the Wild Side of Tasmania, but also goes fishing in probably the wildest boat ever to troll for trout—certainly in Tasmania.
When your mate says ‘What are you doing tomorrow, want to come up the Gordon for the night?’ it would be pretty hard to say anything else except “you bet” and start checking out your tackle box and packing your overnight bag. But if your mate was Troy Grining and he wanted to give his new 52ft, high speed cruiser a run across Macquarie Harbour, test the new onboard dory with a chance of landing a nice Gordon River Brown you would have to feel privileged. I didn’t say anything about getting on my hands and knees and kissing his feet…just having a lend of ya’ but I did feel very appreciative.