Presented from Issue 100
Considering the world class quality of our sea trout fishery, these fish are not sought after by enough anglers. Sea runners live in the salt water and run up our estuaries and rivers from the start of August to the middle of November. At this time of the year, they are here to eat the many species of fish that are either running up the rivers to spawn or are living in and around the estuary systems. Trout, both sea run and resident (Slob Trout) feed heavily on these small fish which darken in colouration as they move further into fresh water reaches.
The majority of these predatory fish are brown trout with rainbows making up a very small percentage of the catch. They can be found all around the state but it would be fair to say that the east coast is the least prolific of all the areas. They still run up such rivers as the Georges (and many others) but their numbers along with the quality of the fishing elsewhere make it difficult to recommend the area above the larger northern, southern and western rivers.Read more ...
Lake Augusta Road is now open to regular traffic for day use only. Lakes and tracks north of Lake Augusta Road are open to visitors and fishers for day use only. Pillans Track remains closed and overnight camping within the 19 Lagoons area is not permitted at this stage. Lakes and tracks south of Lake Augusta Road from Thousand Lakes Lodge through to the Pine River remain closed due to continuing fire-fighting operations. Please drive to the conditions and be aware that fire fighters are still actively using Lake Augusta Road for fire fighting operations.
Central Plateau Conservation Area
– tracks/lakes north of Lake Augusta Road, including Pillans Track Road, Julians Crossing, Pillans Lake–Lake Field remain closed for overnight camping
– tracks/lakes south of Lake Augusta from Thousand Lakes Lodge to the Pine River, including 19 Lagoons (O’Dell Lagoon / Lake Flora, Lake Kay Road, Lake Botsford, Double Lagoon Road, First Lagoon, Second Lagoon), remain closed
– tracks/lakes west of Lake Augusta, including Talinah Track Road (closed to vehicles), Lake Fanny beyond Talleh Lagoons, Lake Antimony, Lake Fergus, Higgs Track (closed past Lake Nameless), Ritters Track, Explorer Creek Track, Blue Peaks Track, and all remote walking routes east of the central Walls of Jerusalem area remain closed.
Walls of Jerusalem National Park – Little Fisher River Track is closed and routes east of Mt Jerusalem remain are closed
Liawenee Conservation Area – the reserve is closed
Rainbow Point Conservation Area – the reserve is closed
Remarkable Rock Conservation Area – the reserve is closed
Five Mile Pinnacles Conservation Area – the reserve is closed
Little Pine Lagoon Conservation Area – the reserve is closed
Top Marshes Conservation Area – the reserve is closed
Steppes Homestead State Reserve – the reserve is closed
Due to the current fire situation and worsening forecast conditions for later in the week, walkers are asked to suspend all trips to the Walls of Jerusalem from today (Wednesday 30 January) until further notice.
Walkers currently on the Walls of Jerusalem track are safe and do not need to evacuate. These measures are being taken to reduce the number of walkers on the track should conditions worsen on Thursday, Friday and into the weekend.
To stay up to date on developments please refer to the PWS website https://parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?sys=News%20Article&intID=3886
For the listing of Track & Reserves closures refer to https://parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=7785
And for the latest Facebook posts https://www.facebook.com/tasmaniaparks/?__tn__=kC-R&eid=ARBgjnqJd5dsb42mRz7gH0lnuJ5AxXdqDs2HCV64jHVo8vp31JYoLmNm1EJLED3hxz5VQRaRippPVw7n&hc_ref=ARQGuUAAQk1tmH4mqRlyBTUwpROCJTuCOOtLp7qy3DLAjlxgixjnd2_h10z2NG0IIuA&fref=nf
Acting Ranger in Charge
Great Western Tiers Field Centre
Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service
PO Box 13 Deloraine Tas 7304
General Enquiries: 1300 TASPARKS (1300 827 727)
Direct Ph: (03) 6701 2102
Mobile: 0429 635 182
Published on Jan. 10, 2019 at https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2019/jan/10/cumbungi-control-trial-four-springs-lake-update-january-2019
Before and after shots of the area treated by manual slashing. AAT executive member John Broomby admiring the work.
On Tuesday 8 January 2019, we went with Anglers Alliance Tasmania to Four Springs Lake to see the results of the cumbungi control done in January 2018.
We surveyed the eight sites sprayed last year. At two of the sites, eradication was 100% successful. The remaining six sites have small areas of regrowth. These have been re- treated with low toxicity biactive herbicide.
The highlight was that the largest area, which was treated by manually slashing the stems 150 mm below the water surface in January and March, resulted in 100% eradication.
We will survey all sites again in in January 2020.
Brett Smith from the Fishers and Walkers group has organised a meeting for interested parties at 7pm at the Great Lake Hotel on Thurs 17 Jan 2019 to discuss the Lake Malbena proposal. There will be guest speakers from fishing, bushwalking and environmental groups
All welcome, get along and have your say on protecting the wilderness values of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area
Gary France - Chairman
Terry Byard - Vice Chairman
Denis Edwards - Executive Officer
GPO BOX 963, HOBART TAS 7001
Phone: 0428 84 1166
ABN 73 327 229 428
From IFS https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/
Coming soon – Woods Lake.
The IFS Annual Report 2017-18 is now available on the website.
The Christmas and New Year period saw anglers flocking to the central highlands to enjoy some fantastic fishing.
Overall the weather was good providing lots of fishing opportunities.
Our Officers were on patrol throughout the period, and they saw some fantastic catches. Overall 317 anglers were checked, along with 109 vessels.
The standout waters were as follows:
Results from rock lobster samples collected from this Zone on 12 December show that paralytic shellfish toxins are below the established limit of 0.8 mg/kg.
The Maria Island Biotoxin Zone will open on Friday 21 December.
Recreational and commercial rock lobster fishers can set pots from 5 pm today, Thursday 20 December.
The zone is open to fishing (pulling pots, rings or diving) from 00:01, Friday 21 December.
Tasmania recently hosted, Kirk Deeter, a leading US angling journalist and widely travelled author. Here is what he had to say in a recent social media post about his experience.
"Thank you, Tasmania.
Just back from one of the most extraordinary "fishing" trips I've ever experienced. Never thought I'd watch a wallaby jump over the creek as I made a cast. Never thought I'd see 7-pound brown trout tailing like redfish in skinny water, crushing frogs in the grasses. Never imagined a hatch of snowflake caddis that made the river look like an impending blizzard. Under-appreciated the significance of Tasmania in a cultural and historic context... as this is where the empire of the brown trout first expanded beyond European shores. Didn't fully respect just how dialed Tassie anglers are in terms of their cutting-edge techniques. Had almost forgotten what a truly wild trout behaves like, and how awesome it is to watch them eat a fly.
Did NOT under-appreciate the amazing hospitality and stunning environs while I was there.
Much, much more forthcoming, but worth saying that Tasmania is beyond special. Love NZ, and Chile, and Argentina, and of course, the wild, wild West of America. But for context, know that Tassie sold a grand total of @250 fishing licences to foreign anglers last year... by contrast, NZ sold about 100 times that many.
In other words, it's wide open.
More soon... just landed... totally spent... feel like Dorothy waking up after her trip to Oz."
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by Sarah Graham
Many anglers are preparing for the opening of the new angling season on Saturday 7 August and it's shaping up to be another good one with the fishery in excellent health as a result of last year’s drought breaking rains. There are many great fishing locations around the State from which to choose for the opening weekend and early season fishing but here are a few suggestions.