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.
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.
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.
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.
The East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone opens for recreational rock lobster fishing.
A biotoxin update relating to elevated levels of paralytic shellfish toxins in bivalve shellfish and rock lobster research samples in Mercury Passage on the East Coast is now available on our website. Read the full update.
There is also a current Public Health alert warning not to eat recreationally harvested wild shellfish from the Mercury Passage and Spring Bay regions. Wild shellfish includes: oysters, mussels, clams, pipis, cockles and wedge shells. Seafood in shops and restaurants is safe to eat.
Why not become a Fishcare volunteer? It's a great way to do your bit for sustainable fishing in Tasmania.
What volunteers do:
· Run exhibits at outdoor and regional shows, AgFest and Liawenee weekend;
· Run fishing clinics for juniors and pass on practical fishing tips;
· Maintain local fishing signs and rulers.
Fishcare operates in all regions of the State. We particularly need new volunteers in the following areas: St Helens, Triabunna, Smithton, Port Sorell, Tasman Peninsula and Dover. Training sessions for new volunteers are being held soon.
Sunday 20 October is national Gone Fishing Day. Time to get out on the water with family and friends to celebrate all that's great about fishing in Tassie! It doesn't matter if you haven't fished before - join in one of the free events below
The Inland Fisheries Service installed an information sign in the car park at Tasmania’s newest fishery, Camden Dam in the north east last week. Camden Dam is situated approx. 10 km south of Targa via Camden Hills Rd and East Diddleum Road. There is one designated public access point and car park on the eastern side of the dam.
Anglers should be aware that there are numerous hazards around and in the dam such as floating debris and tripping hazards. Foot access is permitted around much of the lake however the dam structure, spillway and Camden Rivulet below the dam are strictly no access areas.
Motorised boating is not permitted however canoes and kayaks powered by manual propulsion are allowed. Kayakers should be particularly careful of submerged trees and floating debris.
PWS advise that the boom gate on Lake Augusta Rd was opened for public access as of 4th October 2019.
Vehicular access to Lake Pillans and Double and Talinah Lagoons will remain closed with a view to reopen on 1st November (approximately) subject to road inspections determining conditions are suitable for vehicular traffic.
For any further information please contact the Great Western Tiers Field Centre on 67012104
INLAND FISHERIES ADVISORY COUNCIL
Expressions of Interest are invited for appointments to the Inland Fisheries Advisory Council (IFAC).
Established under Section 20A of the Inland Fisheries Act 1995, IFAC is the advisory body for matters relating to inland fisheries.
In broad terms, the role of IFAC is to provide strategic advice to the Minister on freshwater fisheries management and fisheries policy.
Women are encouraged to apply. The Tasmanian Government is committed to a target of 50% representation of women across Tasmanian Government boards and committees by July 2020.
For more information go to www.dpac.tas.gov.au/divisions/csrt/programs_and_services/women_on_boards_and_committees
|IFS and AAT inspect the
improved Lake Rowallan
In collaboration with Inland Fisheries Service (IFS), Marine and Safety Tasmania (MaST) and various local contractors, Hydro Tasmania has been working to improve our recreational infrastructure.
The latest achievement has been the boating infrastructure at Lake Rowallan. This large, gravel boat ramp is now functional across the operational range of the lake. The upgrade has realigned and widened the boat ramp, creating an even and gentle slope, with rocks placed along the right hand side to indicate the edge of ramp.
The fishing season at Lake Rowallan opened on Saturday 28 September 2019.
The camp ground area, along Mersey Forest Road, provides visitors a place to stay while on their fishing or camping holiday. This site is only suitable for self-sufficient campers.
Information about recreation sites and amenities in the North West on the Hydro Tasmania website https://www.hydro.com.au/things-to-do/north-west
For further information about access and fishing go to Lake Rowallan brochure
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Presented from Issue 105, August 2013
We did a bit of a runaround Tasmania’s tackle stores to see what their tips for the first month or so of the tackle season were. We asked what the top three places to fish were, plus lures, flies, baits and a few other things.
Here is a rundown on their answers Whenever, and wherever you fish - anywhere, or for any fish in the world - ask the locals and especially ask at the local tackle store. They know what was caught today, yesterday and on what.