Minister responsible for
inland fisheries with a
wild brown trout at Liawenee
Minister responsible for Inland Fisheries Guy Barnett visited Liawenee to view the brown trout spawning run which is well underway across the Central Highlands.
There have been 11 483 trout trapped, counted and released through to spawn at Arthurs Lake. Fish up to 1.37kg have been measured at these traps.
On the River Derwent at Lake King William 5273 have been trapped. Most of these fish have been transferred to the Brady's Chain of lakes. Fish up to 990 grams have been measured at this trap.
At yingina / Great Lake 11 127 fish have been trapped. Fish up to 1.55kg have been measured. Fish have been transferred to small number of popular Assisted Fisheries with little or no natural recruitment as set out in the Tasmanian Inland Recreational Fishery Management Plan 2018-28. These include waters in the Nineteen Lagoons, Lake Leake, Curries River Reservoir, Four Springs Lake, Craigbourne Dam, Brushy Lagoon, Pet Reservoir, Blackmans Lagoon, Big Waterhouse Lake, Penstock Lagoon and few other waters. To keep up with latest fish transfers go to the stocking database.
More fish will be trapped and transferred in the coming weeks ready for the start of the trout season that commences on Saturday 7 August. From 1 July angling licences will be available from the IFS web site, Service Tasmania shops and tackle stores.
|Wild brown trout from
Liawenee about to be
sent to the Pet Reservoir
Yesterday 980 wild brown trout, averaging 850 grams, were transported from Liawenee to the Pet Reservoir. These fish will have time to settle and be ready for the new trout fishing season that starts on Saturday 7 August. This will provide a boost to anglers that enjoy this popular fishery on the North West Coast.
Angling licences for the new season will be available from 1 July from the IFS Website
|Shannon paragalaxias (P. dissimilis)|
Each year we monitor the native fish populations at Penstock and Shannon lagoons. The three species of fish we are looking for are, the spotted galaxias, the Shannon paragalaxias and the Great Lake paragalaxias. This year we caught a very large number of both the spotted galaxias and more pleasingly, the threatened Shannon paragalaxias. This is the highest numbers of this species that have been found at for many years! The third species, the Great Lake paragalaxias, which is much harder to find and occurs only in low numbers in these lagoons, was found within both lagoons. This is a great outcome and indicates the overall health of these waters is good.
On Friday 14th May 2021 Barry John McDermott appeared in the Devonport Magistrates Court charged with the illegal possession of whitebait.
The charges related to 7.86 Kilograms of whitebait seized by Fisheries Officers from a residence in Devonport whilst executing a search warrant in November 2019.
Mr McDermott was convicted and fined $1344, plus $85.86 Court Costs.
Illegal fishing is an ongoing problem with the whitebait fishery. Each year IFS officers actively target poachers to ensure the long term viability of the recreational whitebait fishery.
Tasmanian Irrigation wishes to advise that Craigbourne Dam in Tasmania’s South East is now open to the public. The dam was closed to fishing and recreational activities as a precaution due to the detection of naturally occurring blue-green algae.
Tasmanian Irrigation thanks the public for its patience during the recent closure.
We released Atlantic salmon into Brushy Lagoon today, approximately 170 at an average of 1.2kg. These fish were an opportunistic donation by Huon Aquaculture. Happy fishing all!
The IFS released Atlantic Salmon into Brushy Lagoon
Information for suitable applicants who have an interest in the Fisheries Community Engagement area.
Applications close soon!
The Leader Fisheries Engagement is based in Launceston at 0.8 to 1.0 FTE.
| Improved western
access to Pet Reservoir
Pet Reservoir now has improved access for older and mobility impaired anglers.
Works have been completed to improve the parking area close to the existing access on the western side of the dam, the path to the edge of the dam and widen pedestrian access.
The reservoir is home to a healthy population of brown and rainbow trout.
Tasmanian Irrigation wishes to advise that Craigbourne Dam in Tasmania’s South East is closed to the public. The dam is closed to fishing and recreational activities as a precaution due to the detection of naturally occurring blue-green algae.
Tasmanian Irrigation is continuing to monitor the dam on a weekly basis and will advise the public when Craigbourne Dam is available for recreational use. There is currently no impact on irrigation as a result of the dam closure.
Tasmanian Irrigation thanks the public for its patience during the closure.
Needing only ten more trout to reach my 300th trout for the 2020/21 trout season and with the larger rivers still running high after 47mms of rain three days ago I had no option but to head back to my favourite tannin waters. The weather was fine, no wind to worry about plus I had an earlier start to the day than I normally do, I was in the water by 8:20 am. At this time of the year the sun rises much later than last month and lower in the sky in the morning to what it was last month. Not that it mattered all that much as the area I'm fishing has a lot of dense foliage on both sides of the stream.
Due to the constraints of delivering a COVID-Safe event, Trout Weekend 2021 will not go ahead.
The Inland Fisheries Service has reluctantly taken this measure, as this is an important event for the Inland Fisheries Service, anglers and the Central Highlands community.
Trout Weekend is planned to return on the 21 and 22 May in 2022.
Source: Trout Weekend 2021 cancelled
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During the trout off-season I tend to spend a bit of time chasing bream, to continue getting a fishing fix, and spend time tying flies and dreaming about the trout season to come. It’s a time to spend doing tackle maintenance, stocking up on lures and dreaming up new challenges and goals for the trout season ahead. When the new season comes around I usually spend the first few months targeting sea runners. Sea run trout are simply brown trout that spend much of there lives out to sea and come in to the estuaries for spawning and to feed on whitebait and the other small endemic fishes that spawn in late winter through spring. Mixed in with the silvery sea runners you can also expect to catch resident fish that have the typical dark colours of a normal brown trout as well as atlantic salmon in some of our estuaries that are located near salmon farm pens. Living in Hobart it is quick and easy to do a trip on the Huon or Derwent and is a more comfortable proposition compared to a trip up to the highlands with snow and freezing winds to contend with.Read more ...