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Join in discussions on local recreational fishing issues and hear presentations from IMAS researchers and DPIPWE fishery managers.

Topics

King George Whiting and other North West species - a biological snapshot: Presented by Dr James Haddy, IMAS
Calamari and key recreational species - an overview: Presented by Dr Jeremy Lyle, IMAS
Rock Lobster - increasing the female size limit change in the North West to improve the fishery: Presented by Hilary Revill, DPIPWE Wild Fisheries
Abalone - what's a fair day's catch? Presented by Rod Pearn, DPIPWE Wild Fisheries

Dates and Venues

Burnie
Wednesday, 27 March, 6:30 - 8:30pm
UTAS Cradle Coast Campus, Building D, Level 2, 16-20 Mooreville Road, Burnie

Smithton
Thursday, 28 March, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Circular Head Community & Recreation Centre, 72 Nelson Street, Smithton

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Recreational Fisheries Section, DPIPWE
Phone: 1300 720 647
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Web: www.fishing.tas.gov.au

To support of the World Fly Fishing Championship 2019 this December the IFS are making a few temporary regulation changes.

Please read all information here:

The World Fly Fishing Championship 2019 is coming to Tasmania this year between 30 November and 7 December.

Teams from up to 30 countries will compete bringing an estimated 800 anglers and support crew. Competitors will fish in three lakes and two rivers.

Starting this week many large oversize, over mass, very long and heavy vehicles are moving components to the Cattle Hill (Waddamana) Wind Farm site.

These movements will use

the Midlands Highway;
the Highland Lakes Road from Melton Mowbray through Bothwell; and
The Northern Waddamana Road to the wind farm site.

It is likely the convoys will move through between 6am and 12 noon, Mondays to Saturdays for the next 6 months. There might be some extra movements needed outside of these times.

Many of the loads will be under the control of Escort and Pilot vehicles.

Hydro Tasmania will be upgrading the Tungatinah Lagoon boat ramp. The water levels in the Bradys chain of lakes (Bradys Lake, Lake Binney and Tungatinah Lagoon) will be drawn down to 3.5 metres below full over 4 - 8 March. Water levels should be back to normal by the Labour Day long weekend.

The boat ramp at Bradys Lake next to Woodswards Canal will be open so you will still be able to get out on the water.

For further information, contact Hydro Tasmania via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Item sourced from https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2019/mar/04/upgrades-tungatinah-lagoon-boat-ramp

2019 02 25 Trout No 300 for the seasonI though a trip back to the Leven River may be worthwhile now the river level has dropped backed to a safe wading height after some heavy rainfall a couple of weeks ago. My last trip there was a good one with nineteen trout being caught & released, today the water level is lower than that trip was. When I arrived it was very foggy and the conditions were great, cool and not a breath of wind, just perfect for chasing trout. There were a few campers set up on the property where I started off the spin session, good thing was I had arrived at 6:00 am and they were still in their beds.

2019 02 26 Close up of brown trout and Mepps Aglia Furia spinnerTook another trip over to the Meander River again to day to see if there was to be any improvement in the trout fishing. The forecast was good with light winds & a temp of around 21 degrees, I was in the river by 7:00 am & the air was damn cold as was the water temp. It was also running at 70 cms which is on the high side for wading but still safe enough when you know the river. I started off with the lure that's been working the best in the rivers & that was the Mepps #1 Aglia Furia. I had a trout take it in the first five minutes and I thought I was in for a good day.

Hydro Tasmania have advised that all sites at Penstock lagoon including the below are now open after completion of vegetation fire damage works;

Penstock Lagoon boat ramp and campground

Penstock Lagoon Lady’s Walk campground

With a pleasant weekend forecast the fish should be rising. Tight lines.

https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2019/feb/22/penstock-lagoon-reopened

From Parks Tas website:

Advice from the Parks and Wildlife Service:

Nineteen Lagoons Open

Lake Augusta Road is now open to regular traffic for day use only.  Lakes and tracks north of Lake Augusta Road are open to visitors and fishers for day use only.  Pillans Track remains closed and overnight camping within the 19 Lagoons area is not permitted at this stage.  Lakes and tracks south of Lake Augusta Road from Thousand Lakes Lodge through to the Pine River remain closed due to continuing fire-fighting operations. Please drive to the conditions and be aware that fire fighters are still actively using Lake Augusta Road for fire fighting operations.

https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2019/feb/15/nineteen-lagoons-open

NORTHERN REGION

Central Plateau Conservation Area 
– tracks/lakes north of Lake Augusta Road, including Pillans Track Road, Julians Crossing, Pillans Lake–Lake Field remain closed for overnight camping
– tracks/lakes south of Lake Augusta from Thousand Lakes Lodge to the Pine River, including 19 Lagoons (O’Dell Lagoon / Lake Flora, Lake Kay Road, Lake Botsford, Double Lagoon Road, First Lagoon, Second Lagoon), remain closed
– tracks/lakes west of Lake Augusta, including Talinah Track Road (closed to vehicles), Lake Fanny beyond Talleh Lagoons, Lake Antimony, Lake Fergus, Higgs Track (closed past Lake Nameless), Ritters Track, Explorer Creek Track, Blue Peaks Track, and all remote walking routes east of the central Walls of Jerusalem area remain closed.

Walls of Jerusalem National Park – Little Fisher River Track is closed and routes east of Mt Jerusalem remain are closed

Liawenee Conservation Area – the reserve is closed

Rainbow Point Conservation Area – the reserve is closed

Remarkable Rock Conservation Area – the reserve is closed

Five Mile Pinnacles Conservation Area – the reserve is closed 

Little Pine Lagoon Conservation Area – the reserve is closed

Top Marshes Conservation Area – the reserve is closed

Steppes Homestead State Reserve – the reserve is closed 

2019 02 02 Mepps Stone fly bug spiiner wild brown troutHit the Mersey River just on 7:00 am in what was cool foggy conditions to start with, but a good mild 19 degree day was forecast. My last trip here was back on the 5th December when I had a tough spin session chasing trout in similar conditions. As soon as I hit the water I could see plenty of trout on the rise in a wide long slow flowing flat water which meant I was in for another tough spin session. I fished a short fast water to start with just like I did on the last trip with the same result, no fish. As I headed into the wide long stretch of river with the fog slowly lifting there was a line of trout rising ahead of me which was quite good to watch. Trout were rising everywhere,

2019 02 01 Mersey River brown trout caught in back waterI Headed over to the Mersey River and walked down through several paddocks for a good kilometre or so below the Union Bridge then started fishing my way back upstream. I haven't fished here for quite some time due to the lack of trout being in the river, today I mainly wanted to see if it has improved with trout stocks. The river was running at a nice wading height and a dark tanning colour. I started off with a Mepps #1 gold black fury working it in several fast water and medium flowing runs without a sign of a trout over the first two hundred meters of river. I changed over to the #1 Aglia Furia and the first stretch of water I used it in I had a couple of follows from brown trout that were mainly out of interest, not a sign of aggression from either fish. Then decided to try hard body lures in that same stretch of water, all to no avail as I never had a follow on any of the five different hard body lures I tried.

117 winter break fillet garfishPresented from Issue 117, August 2015

Where to go and what to do?

Just how lucky are we to live in a naturally beautiful and safe place like Tasmania?

It is school holiday time and I am lucky that I have been able to schedule a full week off my work to take the kids on an adventure somewhere. So where should we go? Just a relatively short drive in any direction can take you to some terrific places. Should we go back to Wynyard where we caught bucketfuls of magnificent squid at this time last year. But then again, maybe we should take the camper with the dingy on the roof back to Bruny Island where we had such fun catching tuck loads of Salmon the last time we were there? Then again there is always Strahan and that magnificent wild ocean beach to explore !

My daughter suggested we sneak around the east coast and maybe we could work out a win/win deal where all our needs could be met. My son is mad about fishing a nd my daughter is mad about surfing. Let’s go to St Helens I said.

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