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 ...
The Christmas and New Year period saw anglers flocking to the Central Highlands to enjoy some great fishing. Our Officers were on patrol throughout the period, and they saw some fantastic catches. The standout waters were:
Arthurs Lake – After some tough times, we were pleased with how well this water fished. Both lure and fly anglers were catching fish that were in fantastic condition.
Four Springs Lake – There were less anglers, but some impressive bags caught. Fly anglers did well from the shore.
Nineteen Lagoons – Anglers reported plenty of cruising fish from Lake Botsford, Lake Augusta and Lake Ada. Tailing fish were reported at Howes Bay Lagoon and Double Lagoon.
Woods Lake – Saw great catches with one very impressive fish weighing in excess of two kilograms. yingina/Great Lake – Swan Bay, Haddens Bay and Cramps Bay were the hotspots. One bait angler in Swan Bay caught four good fish ranging between 420 mm and 480 mm in an afternoon session.
Time to get your gear ready and check your licence. Recreational scallop season opens from Saturday 13 April for all waters except the D'Entrecasteaux Channel. A reminder that only the licence holder can dive for scallops.
Measuring gauges are available from Service Tasmania outlets.
Site works to replace the flood damaged pedestrian bridge between Lake Ada and Ada Lagoon will be underway between Wednesday 10 April and Friday 12 April 2019. As part of these works the carpark at the end of Lake Augusta Road and the Talinah 4x4 Track will be closed from 0700-0900 on Thursday 11 April 2019. This closure is required to facilitate the helicopter operations for the replacement of the bridge as is subject to weather.
The boat ramp at Lake Ada will be available during the closure however there will be limited parking. Once the helicopter operations are completed the carpark and track will be reopened. Access across the pedestrian bridge between Lake Ada and Ada Lagoon may also be limited on Thursday 11 April 2019. Visitors are advised to avoid the area if possible during the works period.
For further information please contact the PWS Project Manager on 6777 2255.
From 10 am until 3pm over Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May at the Liawenee field Station, yingina/Great Lake
Come with your family, enjoy displays, demonstrations, the ever-popular junior angling pond, and see the hundreds of wild brown trout on their annual spawning run.
There is something for everyone at Trout Weekend.
Read more on the Trout Weekend webpage.
And don’t forget the IFS Photo Competition is on again.
We are looking for photos of trout, families, kids, female anglers and scenery shots.
There are cash and gear prizes on offer
1st Place: $500
2nd Place: 1 x pair Neoprene waders (Fly 'n Dry)
3rd Place: 10 x Lures (Hueys Lures) 4th place 10 x Lures (Huey Lures).
You can submit up to six images with a maximum size of 5 MB each.
Images will be showcased and the winner announced at Trout Weekend 2019.
Download the entry form from www.ifs.tas.gov.au
We are accepting entries until 5pm on Tuesday 30 April 2019.
The Lake Leake campgrounds and boat ramp are closed until Saturday 30 March. This is so the Tasmania Fire Service can do a safe Fuel Reduction Burn.
Once the burns starts on Wednesday (27 March) it is likely to be very smokey and there may be some short road closures.
People wishing to access the Lake Leake can use the Kalangadoo boat ramp on the eastern side of the lake with safety.
Join in discussions on local recreational fishing issues and hear presentations from IMAS researchers and DPIPWE fishery managers.
King George Whiting and other North West species - a biological snapshot: Presented by Dr James Haddy, IMAS
Calamari and key recreational species - an overview: Presented by Dr Jeremy Lyle, IMAS
Rock Lobster - increasing the female size limit change in the North West to improve the fishery: Presented by Hilary Revill, DPIPWE Wild Fisheries
Abalone - what's a fair day's catch? Presented by Rod Pearn, DPIPWE Wild Fisheries
Wednesday, 27 March, 6:30 - 8:30pm
UTAS Cradle Coast Campus, Building D, Level 2, 16-20 Mooreville Road, Burnie
Thursday, 28 March, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Circular Head Community & Recreation Centre, 72 Nelson Street, Smithton
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Recreational Fisheries Section, DPIPWE
Phone: 1300 720 647
To support of the World Fly Fishing Championship 2019 this December the IFS are making a few temporary regulation changes.
Please read all information here:
The World Fly Fishing Championship 2019 is coming to Tasmania this year between 30 November and 7 December.
Teams from up to 30 countries will compete bringing an estimated 800 anglers and support crew. Competitors will fish in three lakes and two rivers.
Starting this week many large oversize, over mass, very long and heavy vehicles are moving components to the Cattle Hill (Waddamana) Wind Farm site.
These movements will use
the Midlands Highway;
the Highland Lakes Road from Melton Mowbray through Bothwell; and
The Northern Waddamana Road to the wind farm site.
It is likely the convoys will move through between 6am and 12 noon, Mondays to Saturdays for the next 6 months. There might be some extra movements needed outside of these times.
Many of the loads will be under the control of Escort and Pilot vehicles.
Hydro Tasmania will be upgrading the Tungatinah Lagoon boat ramp. The water levels in the Bradys chain of lakes (Bradys Lake, Lake Binney and Tungatinah Lagoon) will be drawn down to 3.5 metres below full over 4 - 8 March. Water levels should be back to normal by the Labour Day long weekend.
The boat ramp at Bradys Lake next to Woodswards Canal will be open so you will still be able to get out on the water.
Hydro Tasmania have advised that all sites at Penstock lagoon including the below are now open after completion of vegetation fire damage works;
Penstock Lagoon boat ramp and campground
Penstock Lagoon Lady’s Walk campground
With a pleasant weekend forecast the fish should be rising. Tight lines.
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