Please check all relevant authorities before fishing - www.ifs.tas.gov.au and dpipwe.tas.gov.au . Don't forget issuu.com/stevenspublishing for years of back issues !

pws logoPWS 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

Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2019/oct/07/nineteen-lagoons-gate-open

ifs logoINLAND 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

Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2019/oct/07/expressions-interest-inland-fisheries-advisory-council

2019 10 06 First of several caught and releasedIt's been a week since my last fishing session due to a trip to the hospital & today I was finally well enough to head off in the hunt for some wild brown trout. The weather was sitting on 17 degrees when I arrived at my destination, once in the water I knew that I would get a few trout seeing as the water temp was touching seven degrees. The water level was down by around three inches since my last visit but it still had enough depth and flow for a spin session. The Okuma Finesse ULS 6' 1-3kg trout rod couple with the Helios SX20 reel was already set up with the small Mepps #00 gold Aglia spinner and that's what I started the session with.

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

2019 10 01 2019 10 01 Ready for releaseA light breeze and a forecast temperature had me heading off to fish another tannin water, it's one I had partly fished sometime ago but really would like to fish a lot more of it. Today was the day because that's the area I felt would fish well and give up a few wild brown trout. The water level was around the same as last time, running at a medium to low level and a good rich tannin colour with a water temp of four degrees. There's been some more snow falls in the highlands and we've also had some heavy frosts, that's why the water temperature had dropped two degrees since the last trip.

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.

 

2019 09 29 First of the sessionBeautiful warm (17 degrees) conditions saw me heading off for another spin session in a small stream this afternoon. This trip was one to a stretch of water I haven't fished since the 12th August so with the warmer temps I felt it was time to give it another go. The last trip this area only gave up two small browns, today I'm looking for a big improvement with the fishing. I had a twenty minute walk to where I started the spin session off and found the water was still running at a nice wading height. The water temp sitting on six degrees, a rise of three degrees which was good, three degrees doesn't sound a lot but it is when chasing trout.

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

essential fly lineI said I would write about fly lines. I think it is Simon Gawesworth from RIO fly lines coloured string - and if you ever get the chance to listen to him, please do it. He is passionate about fly lines and helps explain them simply.
Realistically though fly lines are a hugely complex, so I will just give my very brief overview on floating trout lines.

Most fly lines sold are floating weight forward lines. There are a few double taper, spey, switch and sinking lines sold, but mostly they are floating WF. Lines are generally 90 feet, with a couple of lines used for tournament casters at 120 feet.

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