Mike Fry doesn’t only live on the Wild Side of Tasmania, but also goes fishing in probably the wildest boat ever to troll for trout—certainly in Tasmania.
When your mate says ‘What are you doing tomorrow, want to come up the Gordon for the night?’ it would be pretty hard to say anything else except “you bet” and start checking out your tackle box and packing your overnight bag. But if your mate was Troy Grining and he wanted to give his new 52ft, high speed cruiser a run across Macquarie Harbour, test the new onboard dory with a chance of landing a nice Gordon River Brown you would have to feel privileged. I didn’t say anything about getting on my hands and knees and kissing his feet…just having a lend of ya’ but I did feel very appreciative.
Today being the last day of the trout season saw me heading off to try another piece of tannin water in the middle of the bush and yes it did require a little bush bashing to reach it. As tough as it was getting to that small tannin water it was well worth it because I was sheltered from the gusty wind that was still blowing. As I reached the water I could see it will be a pretty tough spin session, the water was very shallow, this meant I was having to go into stealth mode.
Like most mornings lately I was in two minds whether to go chasing trout today mainly because it was cold, wet and blowing a gale. With just two days left of the 2018/19 trout season left I really wanted to go but the weather was holding me back. In the end it got the better of me and I headed of to try a tannin stream, one I've never fished before but one I've always thought about trying. Thirty minutes after leaving home.
|5/06/2019||Big Waterhouse Lake||200||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|1/06/2019||Big Waterhouse Lake||400||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|5/06/2019||Blackmans Lagoon||100||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|30/05/2019||Blackmans Lagoon||400||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|10/05/2019||Blackmans Lagoon||250||Brown Trout||850||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|9/05/2019||Blackmans Lagoon||250||Brown Trout||850||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|7/06/2019||Bradys Lake||2100||Brown Trout||500||Diploid||River Derwent Trap @ Lake King William||Wild|
|16/05/2019||Bradys Lake||309||Brown Trout||500||Diploid||River Derwent Trap @ Lake King William||Wild|
|14/05/2019||Bradys Lake||750||Brown Trout||500||Diploid||River Derwent Trap @ Lake King William||Wild|
|7/05/2019||Bradys Lake||250||Brown Trout||600||Diploid||River Derwent Trap @ Lake King William||Wild|
|5/06/2019||Briseis Hole (Derby Mine Hole)||100||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|30/05/2019||Briseis Hole (Derby Mine Hole)||400||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|13/06/2019||Bruisers Lagoon||50||Brown Trout||800||Diploid||Liawenee Canal, Yingina/Great Lake||Wild|
|23/05/2019||Brushy Lagoon||1500||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|18/04/2019||Brushy Lagoon||1050||Brown Trout||900||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|17/04/2019||Brushy Lagoon||125||Brown Trout||900||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|13/06/2019||Camerons Lagoon||50||Brown Trout||800||Diploid||Liawenee Canal, Yingina/Great Lake||Wild|
|18/05/2019||Carter Lakes||200||Brown Trout||800||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|30/05/2019||Craigbourne Dam||1500||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|17/04/2019||Craigbourne Dam||250||Brown Trout||900||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|5/04/2019||Craigbourne Dam||91||Atlantic Salmon||10000||Diploid||Hac - New Norfolk||Domestic|
|29/05/2019||Curries River Reservoir||400||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|8/05/2019||Curries River Reservoir||1175||Brown Trout||850||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|28/05/2019||Dee Lagoon||1000||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|26/06/2019||Four Springs Lake||250||Brown Trout||660||Diploid||Sandbanks Creek, Yingina/Great Lake||Wild|
|26/06/2019||Four Springs Lake||1052||Brown Trout||550||Diploid||River Derwent Trap @ Lake King William||Wild|
|26/06/2019||Four Springs Lake||100||Brown Trout||800||Diploid||Liawenee Canal, Yingina/Great Lake||Wild|
|3/06/2019||Four Springs Lake||629||Brown Trout||800||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|3/06/2019||Four Springs Lake||200||Brown Trout||700||Diploid||Sandbanks Trap||Wild|
|27/05/2019||Four Springs Lake||1500||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|20/05/2019||Four Springs Lake||888||Brown Trout||800||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|20/05/2019||Four Springs Lake||170||Brown Trout||800||Diploid||Sandbanks Trap||Wild|
|17/05/2019||Four Springs Lake||250||Brown Trout||800||Diploid||Sandbanks Trap||Wild|
|15/05/2019||Four Springs Lake||250||Brown Trout||800||Diploid||Sandbanks Trap||Wild|
|13/05/2019||Four Springs Lake||251||Brown Trout||850||Diploid||Sandbanks Trap||Wild|
|12/06/2019||Lake Binney||272||Brown Trout||550||Diploid||River Derwent Trap @ Lake King William||Wild|
|7/06/2019||Lake Binney||250||Brown Trout||500||Diploid||River Derwent Trap @ Lake King William||Wild|
|21/05/2019||Lake Binney||1978||Brown Trout||500||Diploid||River Derwent Trap @ Lake King William||Wild|
|16/05/2019||Lake Binney||250||Brown Trout||500||Diploid||River Derwent Trap @ Lake King William||Wild|
|28/04/2019||Lake Binney||139||Brown Trout||500||Diploid||River Derwent Trap @ Lake King William||Wild|
|23/05/2019||Lake Botsford||200||Brown Trout||800||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|17/04/2019||Lake Crescent||250||Brown Trout||900||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|12/04/2019||Lake Crescent||500||Brown Trout||850||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|10/04/2019||Lake Crescent||250||Brown Trout||850||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|30/05/2019||Lake Dulverton||200||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|24/05/2019||Lake Duncan||30||Brown Trout||800||Diploid||Sandbanks Trap||Wild|
|23/05/2019||Lake Kara||524||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|22/05/2019||Lake Leake||2013||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|30/04/2019||Lake Leake||1050||Brown Trout||850||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|24/05/2019||Lake Lynch||30||Brown Trout||800||Diploid||Sandbanks Trap||Wild|
|20/06/2019||Lake Paget||50||Brown Trout||800||Diploid||Liawenee Canal, Yingina/Great Lake||Wild|
|21/06/2019||Penstock Lagoon||5||Brown Trout||1100||Diploid||Tumbledown Creek, Arthurs Lake||Wild|
|28/05/2019||Penstock Lagoon||1500||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|30/04/2019||Penstock Lagoon||125||Brown Trout||850||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|27/04/2019||Penstock Lagoon||250||Brown Trout||850||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|26/04/2019||Penstock Lagoon||750||Brown Trout||850||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|24/04/2019||Penstock Lagoon||754||Brown Trout||850||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|23/04/2019||Penstock Lagoon||1003||Brown Trout||900||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|19/04/2019||Penstock Lagoon||135||Brown Trout||600||Diploid||River Derwent Trap @ Lake King William||Wild|
|19/06/2019||Pet Reservoir||250||Brown Trout||800||Diploid||Liawenee Canal, Yingina/Great Lake||Wild|
|19/06/2019||Pet Reservoir||750||Brown Trout||550||Diploid||River Derwent. Lake King William||Wild|
|27/05/2019||Pet Reservoir||500||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|29/05/2019||Pioneer Lake||400||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|17/06/2019||Rocky Lagoon||100||Brown Trout||700||Diploid||Sandbanks Creek, Yingina/Great Lake||Wild|
|29/05/2019||Tooms Lake||1500||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|13/05/2019||Tooms Lake||1100||Brown Trout||850||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|12/06/2019||Tungatinah Lagoon||750||Brown Trout||550||Diploid||River Derwent Trap @ Lake King William||Wild|
Amendments to the Abalone Management Plan have been released for consultation. The primary aim of these changes is to address risks of localised depletion and improve fish handling practices in the non-commercial fishery (recreational and Aboriginal). Some amendments such as compliance and handling also apply to the commercial fishery.
The main changes proposed include:
· Reducing the recreational bag limit from 10 to 5 abalone per day;
The morning was a low three degrees as I was heading to the upper reaches of the Mersey River, then I had a change of mind and decided to head to the small tannin stream I fished several days go. On my arrival I found the water level was the same as the last trip (a little on the low side) so I thought I would be in for another tough time fishing here. This trip I thought I'd start the session using a copper blade #00 Mepps Aglia Mouche Noire to see how it would go on the trout in the tannin water, not that the copper colour would be a problem as it's worked well before in tannin waters.
Marine and Safety Tasmania and Inland Fisheries have jointly funded an upgrade to the Tooms Lake boat ramp. Taking advantage of the current low lake level of - 2.60 m below the spillway, contractors removed stumps and snags from the vicinity of the ramp, extended the gravel ramp to the current water level and repaired the rock armour on the sides of the ramp.
The project was managed by the Inland Fisheries Service. Stocking of both brown and rainbow trout during the winter Tooms Lake is primed to fire early in the 2019/20 season – just add water!
The lake will need to rise by around 300 mm ( - 2.30 m) to make boat launching possible.
The level for Tooms Lake can be found at www.bom.gov.au – latest River Heights for the Northern Rivers.
With fantastic weather and a great crew the Willow Warriors planted 700 native rushes, shrubs and trees along a stretch of the Tyenna River replacing recently removed willows. The willows, removed by the landholders at the Westerway Raspberry Farm, had been restricting access to the river and impacting on fish habitat. As they grow, our native plantings will help to shade the river, stabilise the banks (as the willow roots break down) and improve river health.
There were both new faces and seasoned Willow Warriors at the working bee and the many hands made light work of a big job. Participants had a chance to give back to one of Tasmania’s premier trout-fishing rivers and the landholders that provide access to it.
Another mild overcast day had me heading off to the Meander River chasing trout and if they weren't there then I'd shoot on over to Western Creek and give that a go on the way home. It wasn't an early start this morning by any means, by the time I arrived and had a 1.5 kilometre walk to the river it was just on 8:35am. As I approached the river I could see it was running nice and clear but the river bottom wasn't looking good for spin fishing, it was covered in green algae. The fishing was pretty slow going with no signs of a trout and with the little Mepps gold black fury continually becoming fouled with the algae it wasn't looking good.
With some good rain forecast for later in the day and with it being a dull humid overcast day I thought another afternoon trip to the small tannin stream was worth a shot. I was hoping it was still at a nice depth for a spin session. Once there I could see the water level was well down, much lower than I had expected it to be so it's going to be a tough spin session. With the water being so low is going to have the trout on edge, they'll be darting every which way at the slightest sound on the river bottom.
|Brown trout are available in the
River Derwent year round
below New Norfolk Bridge:
The rainbow trout waters closed last weekend (Sunday 2 June) but there are still lots of freshwater fishing available over winter. Waters open all year round are:
- Brushy Lagoon from one hour before sunrise to three hours after sunset on any day
- Craigbourne Dam from one hour before sunrise to three hours after sunset on any day
- Great Lake other than Canal Bay
- Huntsman Lake from one hour before sunrise to three hours after sunset on any day
- Huon River from the Huonville Bridge downstream to the seaward limit of that river
- Lake Barrington
- Lake Burbury
- Lake Meadowbank
- Lake Pedder
- Lake King William
- River Leven from the confluence of Whisky Creek, delineated by a straight line between grid reference 422710E 5442177N and 422750E 5442142N downstream to the seaward limit of that river
- North Esk River and River Tamar from the Lower Charles Street Bridge on the North Esk River downstream to the seaward limit of the River Tamar
- Pioneer Lake
- River Derwent from the A10 Road Bridge at grid reference 504630E 5263716N downstream to the seaward limit of that river
- South Esk River and River Tamar from the West Tamar Road Bridge on the South Esk River downstream to the seaward limit of the River Tamar
Get out and have a go!
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and an art worth your learning.."
Presented from Issue 112, October 2014
So said Izaak Walton in the 1600s. It seems that Burnie’s Hannah Ledger has combined angling with art rather well. Hannah is a fish fanatic, outdoor enthusiast and budding, self-taught artist. From as young as she can remember, she has always had crayon in hand, colouring book under arm and as she’s grown as a painter, jars full of paintbrushes and cupboards full of ready-to-go blank canvas’.
A country girl at heart, Hannah was schooled at Yolla District High School, a small ‘farm’ school in the states North West, then went on to Hellyer College where she was given the opportunity to really grow her art skills; And by grow, that meant skipping the classes that would probably have more an impact of getting her somewhere in life, like English and Math to spend every spare minute with the art teacher, painting or drawing.
As typical teenagers do, they make poor decisions- and after being accepted in to one of the countries top art schools, turned down the offer and decided to move to the big island, where she lived for 5 years working in what seemed ‘dead end’ retail.Read more ...