lake rowallan boat ramp
IFS and AAT inspect the
improved Lake Rowallan
boat ramp

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

Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2019/oct/02/lake-rowallan-notification-upgrade-boat-ramp

Bradys tagged fish
Please contact us with
tagged fish details

Following the release of 3,500 tagged fish into Bradys Lake during May/June this year, reports of tagged fish captured by anglers have been steadily flowing in. As of 23 September, 19 tagged fish have been captured and reported by anglers. Of these, 9 have been captured from Bradys Lake, 6 from Lake Binney and 4 from Tungatinah Lagoon. This shows a movement ‘downstream’ by the fish. As it’s still early in the season, these fish have yet to put on any notable weight.

Anglers are encouraged to report the capture of these tagged fish, noting the tag number, location captured and if possible the length and weight of the fish. All tags are a distinctive green colour and sit just below the fin on the fishes back. We are also keen to know if any of these tagged fish turn up in Bronte Lagoon.

There is no requirement to release these fish, we just want to know if you catch one, along with the tag number and location.

Report tagged fish via email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR phone 6165 3808

Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2019/sep/23/bradys-lake-tagged-fish-update
Click Read More for photos of the tag.

 

four springs net barrierRecently we replaced the barrier net at Four Springs Lake. The barrier net is located across the spillway at the dam and is in place to stop trout escaping in times of flood.

After being in place for several years the old net had become quite brittle from the sun, and had several holes in it. It also had few fishing lures snagged in it!

Anglers are asked to avoid the new barrier net. It is important not to get holes in it from boats and wading.

Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2019/sep/20/stopping-fish-escaping-four-springs

clyde river rescueDue to low water levels we completed a salvage of trout in the upper River Clyde. We recovered 172 brown and 51 rainbow trout. The fish were released into Lake Crescent. There were 8 dead fish.

We would like to thank anglers for letting us know that there were fish stranded in the river.

Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2019/sep/19/river-clyde-fish-salvage

rock lobster 2019Recreational season opening dates

The dates for the 2019 rock lobster season will be:

East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone (ECSRZ)

The recreational sector will open on Saturday 7 December 2019 and the entire Eastern Region including the ECSRZ closes on 30 April 2020; and

The commercial sector will open on Tuesday 10 December 2019.

Waters outside the ECSRZ

The recreational sector will open on 2 November 2019; and

The commercial sector will open on 15 November 2019.

south rianaSouth Riana Dam has become recognised as a boutique fishery in the north west. Since its creation in 2015 the dam has developed in to an excellent regional water with its convenient location just 20 km from Penguin.

Regular stocking with wild brown trout fry by the IFS has underpinned the existing trout population and some natural recruitment. Anglers are taking well-conditioned fish using all methods including bait fishing, lure casting and fly fishing.

Canoes and Kayaks are permitted and can assist anglers to access the northern and western shores of the dam.

North Coast

NW calamari closure 2019

The calamari and squid fisheries will be closed to recreational and commercial fishing on Tasmania's north coast from 1 - 31 October 2019 inclusive to protect spawning calamari.

During the closure period, taking or possessing calamari and other squid species is prohibited in the closed area. Squid that has been commercially purchased can be used for bait.

waterhouse areaThe first month of the brown trout season has started very well with excellent fishing reports coming from around the state.

In the south, the River Derwent is producing some lovely resident and sea run trout after a high water event in late August. Lure anglers seem to be making the most of this estuary fishing although not much whitebait has been seen. The Tyenna River has also fished well and is always a consistent performer for all forms of fishing at this time of year when water levels permit. Large fish were caught at Rostrevor Lagoon during the opening weeks and this should continue with the rain that is forecast.

On the east coast, Tooms Lake and Lake Leake are very low but should receive and boat anglers must be mindful of submerged logs and stumps. With a large easterly weather pattern hitting the state, these lakes could be the pick of the waters when levels rise. Expect bigger than average fish and plenty of them.

curriesThe IFS recently undertook an in-lake survey at Curries River Reservoir in the states north east. The reservoir is located just off the B82 between George Town and Bridport and was built in the late 1970’s as a domestic water supply for Georgetown.

The IFS have been stocking the reservoir since the 1980’s and it is currently managed as a trophy fishery. In 2019, 400 rainbow trout and 1,175 fin clipped adult brown trout were released. The fin clipped fish were released to form the basis of a population estimate based on recapture numbers and will give us information on growth rates if surveys are conducted at the reservoir in future years.

While the final results from our survey are currently being analysed, results appear to indicate that the existing population of trout is quite low. In total over the two days using 80 traps, 97 brown trout were captured with 83 having fin clips which represents 87 percent. Over both days, 4 rainbow trout were captured. All of the fish were in good condition and the presence of large numbers of galaxiid suggests that trout should put on weight quickly.

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