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 !

 libby lake rosebery
Libby with her
$2000 trout from
Lake Rosebery

Libby Webb broke her ankle back in September and hasn’t been able to go fishing for the past few months. Now that she is fully recovered she had a day fishing from the boat on Lake Rosebery with her husband Chris. While trolling a Stump Jumper lure in the Mackintosh River arm of Lake Rosebery around mid-morning a trout hit Libby’s rod. Libby quickly realised that there was a problem in that the line had become twisted around the tip of her rod. Despite the problem Libby persisted and slowly wound the fish in.

After some time, Chris netted the fish and lifted it into the boat where the lure dropped out. As Chris was putting the fish into the esky he called out “oh no!”. Libby didn’t know what was wrong. Chris then told her that the fish had an orange tag with “Winner” on it. They quickly checked the Inland Fisheries Service website and could see that they probably did have a winner.

Libby is indeed a winner, catching one of the five tagged trout released into Lake Rosebery as part of the Tasmanian Tagged Trout Promotion. The win nets her $2000. Libby has promised to give captain Chris $50 for his help!

Fifty tagged brown trout have been released into waters around Tasmania for the 2021-22 Angling Season. Each tag is worth $2,000* to the angler that returns the fish to the Inland Fisheries Service (*conditions apply).

The waters and number of tagged trout still to be caught are:

 

Designated water

Number remaining

Arthurs Lake

5

Briseis Mine Hole

Was 2 now 1

Bronte Lagoon

Was 2 now 1

Craigbourne Dam

Was 2 now 1

Curries River Reservoir

2

Huntsman Lake

Was 2 now 1

Lake Burbury

5

Lake Leake

Was 3 now 2

Lake Mackintosh

5

Lake Parangana

2

Lake Pedder

5

Lake Rosebery

Was 5 now 4

Lake Rowallan

2

River Derwent

Was 3 now 2

yingina / Great Lake

5

The tags are orange and have unique identifying details.

Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2022/jan/04/a-winning-start-to-the-new-year

echo damHydro Tasmania is currently working on a major refurbishment of Lake Echo Power Station, including replacing the turbine runner and overhauling the electrical system that controls the station’s gates and valves. This project is part of the ongoing asset management program that keeps our stations operating safely and efficiently.

As they near completion, the project team need to test the new system before the station can be restarted. Testing will take approximately 8 weeks, from late January and late March 2022. During January to March, they will need to operate Lake Echo dam spillway. When the spillway is being used, large volumes of water run across Lake Echo Road (see red star on the map below), making it unsafe to cross. For your safety, permanent barriers are being installed either side of the spillway and when the spillway is in use, these barriers will be locked.

Please stay alert for changing conditions during the testing phase and obey the temporary road closures and warning signs. Lake Echo dam wall road and the boat ramp will not be affected by this work. If you want to access these areas, we suggest using Mentmore Road to avoid travel delays.

Thank you for your patience while they complete this important work. If you know someone that may be affected by this temporary closure, please share this update. If you have any questions or concerns, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 1300 360 441.
Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2021/dec/22/lake-echo-dam-road-intermittent-closure-january-march-2022

 

Rock lobster catch app trial

rock lobster app

Recreational rock lobster fishers can now log their catches and fishing details in a new Rock Lobster Catch Monitoring app. The app is part of a trial to gather real-time catch data to better manage the rock lobster fishery.

Using the app is voluntary and your feedback will help develop future versions. Available now from the Apple and Google stores.

Download and Win!!: Log your catch and send in your feedback - you can win great prizes including cray cookers and PFD yokes.

Mariners are advised that a Rowing Tasmania Regatta will be held on Saturday, 18 December 2021 and Sunday, 19 December 2021 (0800 -1700 hours) on the Lake Barrington Rowing Course.

Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution and avoid interfering with the event.

Source: https://mast.tas.gov.au/notices/m347-21-lake-barrington-rowing-regatta/

 

 camden lake
Darryl with a Camden Dam
brown trout taken
from his kayak
 

Darryl Saunders of Scottsdale has been enjoying fishing the new Camden Dam from his kayak. Fishing with hard bodies and soft plastics Darryl has been averaging two well conditioned brown trout up to 1.5 kg per session. A visit this week was no exception keeping one fish just under the 1kg mark and releasing one other. A gut sample revealed the fish had been feeding heavily on mudeyes. You can find more information about Camden Dam on the fact sheet or by going to the new INFISH app.

Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2021/dec/17/camden-dam-is-fishing-well

south riannaRecently contractors completed the accessible angling project at South Riana Dam.

This project was commenced in 2019 when it was identified that an easement was required to ensure public access to the car park and access area in perpetuity. The easement was created with the assistance and cooperation of the private landowner, Gary Carpenter and Tasmanian Irrigation.

Upon completion of the easement the IFS has built a new 60 m long pathway from the carpark to the waters edge via a self-closing pedestrian gate. The gently graded path provides access for anglers with mobility issues including wheelchairs with carers, mobility scooters, and walking frames. The gate is designed to permit canoe and kayak trolleys up to 1300mm wide.

The recently completed works cost $8,000.00 and was funded through the Government’s Strategy to ‘Increase Participation in Tasmania’s Inland Recreational Fishery 2021-28’.

South Riana Dam is an ideal location for passive angling with gently sloping grass to the waters edge. The IFS stocks the dam with brown trout fry annually. Anglers are catching well-conditioned trout up to 1.5kg with bait, lure and fly.

Source:  https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2021/dec/08/south-riana-dam-access-improvements

south rianna

brushy troutYesterday (7th December) we released 50 Atlantic salmon into Brushy Lagoon. The average weight of the fish was 1.5kg. This should provide some exciting fishing for anglers that like to fish the lagoon in the lead up to Christmas.

Thanks to Tassal for donating the fish.

Scource: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2021/dec/08/atlantic-salmon-released-into-brushy-lagoon

2021 11 18 They small and aggressiveWith another storm forecast later in the day I headed up to a small stream on private property for a quick spin session before the weather turned sour. It was quite humid when I left home and on my arrival I noticed quite a few heavy clouds building up so I had to hurry on and get in the small river. The water level was still good here and there was still plenty of flow, it was a nice medium tannin colour as well so I started off using a small Mepps #00 gold Aglia. The first cast and retrieve resulted in a small brown having a go at the spinner, it missed getting hooked. The second cast and retrieve was much better when another small brown had a go at it and was hooked, the first trout of the session was landed. I moved several feet forward and flicked the spinner into the top end of this narrow stretch of water, no sooner had I started to retrieve the spinner when another little brown snapped it up, trout number two was soon in hand. Another cast & retrieve back into the same area I had a hit and miss from a trout, like the others, it was a small fish.

 tagged trout
Tony Robertson
with the
tagged trout

Keen angler, Tony Robertson, showed that the tagged fish are out there to be caught.

While drift spinning from his boat in yingina / Great Lake, near Reynolds Island, with small hard body lures he hooked and landed a brown trout. He noticed that it had blue tag. On closer inspection Tony realised it was the tagged fish from the 2020-21 Tasmanian Tagged Trout Promotion. The fish also had fishing line trailing from it where it had been hooked by another angler and lost.

Unfortunately for Tony, the 2020-21 competition finished at the end of April making the catch ineligible for the $10 000 prize. Tony has been given a consolation prize and is now on the hunt for one of this years tagged fish.

There are 45 tagged trout out there, waiting to be caught,

Each tag is worth $2,000* to the angler that returns the fish to the Inland Fisheries Service (*conditions apply). There are still five tagged fish swimming around in yingina / Great Lake and Tony has shown that these fish can be caught. Five of the fifty tagged brown trout in the 2021-22 Tasmanian Tagged Trout Promotion have been caught. There are lots more tagged fish in waters near you.

The waters and number of tagged trout still to be caught are:

Designated water

Number remaining

Arthurs Lake

5

Briseis Mine Hole

Was 2 now 1

Bronte Lagoon

2

Craigbourne Dam

Was 2 now 1

Curries River Reservoir

2

Huntsman Lake

Was 2 now 1

Lake Burbury

5

Lake Leake

Was 3 now 2

Lake Mackintosh

5

Lake Parangana

2

Lake Pedder

5

Lake Rosebery

5

Lake Rowallan

2

River Derwent

Was 3 now 2

yingina / Great Lake

5

 

Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2021/nov/17/tagged-trout-can-be-caught

2021 11 01 The fish of the dayAfter being laid up for a while with a torn muscle in my back and then giving it a short two hour workout in the Mersey River yesterday in which I pulled up okay I decided I will get a spin session in again today. With rain looming in the distance I headed off to one of my favourite small tannin streams for a morning spin session in the hope of catching a few trout before it arrives. As soon as I arrived I darted over to see what the water level was like, it was running high, much higher than I thought it would have been. The 60mms of rain we had here four days ago has really lifted the water level, it was still at a safe wading height, the downside was I'll be in for a tough time finding trout in the faster flowing water. After a twenty five minute walk I was at my entry point where I started fishing for trout, my lure of choice was a #0 Mepps Aglia Fluo Phospho (white) lure. The reason I chose this lure was because of it's white coloured blade plus the Aglia blade is a wide blade that will send out plenty of vibration through the water as I retrieve it, hopefully that will be enough to attract a few trout. As I started fishing my way upstream I couldn't believe how cold the water was, it was very cold on the legs which was something I wasn't expecting today. To make matters worse I didn't wear my thermal gear today either thinking the water temperature would have been okay. Yesterday when I fished the Mersey River the water temperature was around the 12-13 degree mark, here it's only around 7-8 degrees.

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