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2019 04 24 Lovely solid Meander River brown trout headAfter having around 50 injections in my lower back, hips and left shoulder blade I felt good enough to hit the fast water on the Meander River. Before I left home I put several stick on heat patches on my lower back & took a couple of pain killers as well. Any way I arrived at Meander in thick fog, got the trout wading gear on and headed off to the river. When I arrived at the area I was going to fish I found the river was running a too little high and fast for my liking.

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Club events, meetings and dinners

December 2018

International Fish Passage Symposium, Albury
Australian Visiting Journalist Program - Hosting Kirk Deeter, the editor for Trout, Trout Unlimited's quarterly magazine, and editor-at-large for Field & Stream magazine. His stories have appeared in Garden & Gun, The Drake, 5280, Fly Rod & Reel, Fly Fisherman, Big Sky Journal, Salt Water Sportsman, and Trout, among other places. He lives in Pine, Colorado.

January 2019
Bronte Fly Fishing School

February 2019
IUCN Australian Freshwater Fish Global Assessment Workshop, Melbourne
Australian Visiting Journalist Program - Hosting Martin Cottis, British fly-guide and
instructor.

Compliance

Compliance Statistics from 1 July 2018 to 31 January 2019

During this period there were:

2 534 angling licence inspections.
111 whitebait licence inspections.
445 recreational vessel inspections under Marine and Safety legislation.
4 commercial fishing inspections.
5 search warrants executed.
8.5 kilograms of whitebait seized.
8 whitebait nets seized.
3 lobster traps seized.
2 cray rings seized.
6 defendants convicted of 32 offences in the Magistrates Court.
122 offences detected and dealt with via Infringement notice and/or Infringement Notice endorsed as a Conditional Caution notices.

Lamprey and juvenile eels (elver)

We catch and stock migrating elver and lampreys from two Hydro Tasmania catchments:

1) Meadowbank Dam in the River Derwent

2) Trevallyn Tailrace in the kanamaluka/River Tamar

The lamprey run at Meadowbank Dam started in October and peaked in December. Overall we caught 2 414 kg of lamprey for the 2018-19 season.

In November, we began to catch elver using nets set in the Trevallyn Tailrace and in December from a trap at the base of Meadowbank Dam. By 6 February we had caught 1 308 kg of elver across both sites.

Hatchery

Salmon Ponds The brown trout fry (from yingina/Great Lake) and rainbow trout fingerlings (domestic stock from Huon Aquaculture Group Ltd) grew well and were stocked out by the end of December 2018.

The rainbow trout fingerlings, averaging 10 grams, were sold and stocked in to private farm dams for private fishing. We stocked the brown trout fry into private North West farm dams open to public fishing, angling club dams and other public fisheries. (See the fry-stocking list below)

2019 04 15 Streamepps and wild brown troutI just love this time of year with it's cool nights & mornings that slowly turn into beautiful still mild Autumn days. It's also a great time of the trout season for chasing trout in the rivers for me as well. It was another cool morning when I arrived at the Meander River for another spin session with the river still flowing at a nice wading height. I started the session off with the lure that has done well on the trout over a few trips and that was the copper Aglia Mouche Noire spinner. The water temperature has now dropped to a cool ten degrees, I'm hoping for more good results like I had in this river on my last trip when I caught & released 15 browns. I was in the river by 7:20 am and it wasn't too long before I had my first trout take the spinner which was good, it was a nice 280 gram brown.

2019 04 14 Meander River and trout No 400 is on its wayGiven it was a beautiful cool & frosty morning I decided to head off for an early spin session to see if I could catch three more trout to reach the 400 mark for this season. It's been a tough one for me so far and being around 120 or more trout down for the same time last season, reaching the 400 mark will make up for my poor season.

Woods Lake Fishery Performance Assessment

During the first week of October, we surveyed the brown trout population at Woods Lake.
Over two nights we captured 368 brown trout.
The average weight for fish over the legal size limit of 300 mm was 804 grams with an average
length of 427 mm.
The growth of fish was good across all lengths, with approximately 20 percent of fish measuring in
excess of 500 mm.
There was a strong cohort of fish centered around a peak of 360 mm length, with 37 percent of
fish measuring 300 – 400 mm.

Anglers Access

Craigbourne Road to remain open On Saturday 1 December 2018, the Southern Midlands Council published a Public Notice seeking feedback on a proposed permanent closure of a section of the Craigbourne Road.

The road closure would have resulted in no public access to the eastern side of the dam, restricting access to the western side only.

The Council discussed the proposal at meeting of 23 January. Neil Morrow, Manager Anglers Access made representation to the Council.

The Council voted unanimously to keep Craigbourne Road open to the public.

The IFS thanks the community for their overwhelming support in keeping this important public access open for anglers and other recreational users.

Anglers accessing the dam should respect private land and adhere to the access rules at all times.

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