2021-22 Angling Licence
artwork by Trevor Hawkins

New and renewal licences for the 2021-22 angling season are now available. Brown trout waters open on Saturday 7 August.

Be prepared, renew your licence now!

Go online at www.ifs.tas.gov.au, visit any Service Tasmania Shop, or drop into your local tackle store.

See you on the water.

Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2021/jul/01/new-season-angling-licence-now-available

talbots lagoon 
Kayak access widening
at Talbots lagoon

Due to the increasing popularity of kayaks and canoes at Talbots Lagoon, improvements have been made to cater for this method of fishing. In response to feedback from anglers the access point at the main parking area has been widened to cater for trolleys and kayaks up to 1300mm wide. The launching area has been improved by removal of soft sediments and placement of gravel.

Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2021/jun/21/access-improvements-talbots-lagoon

 guy barnett
Guy Barnett
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.

Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2021/jun/18/brown-trout-spawning-run-full-flight-central-highlands

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

Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2021/jun/03/pet-reservoir


shannon galaxias 
 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.

Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2021/may/14/penstock-and-shannon-lagoons-native-fish-monitoring

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.

We strongly urge anyone that suspects illegal activity at our inland waters to report it to us. You can call 0438 338 530 or 1300 INFISH (1300 463 474). You can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2021/may/14/whitebait-poacher-convicted 

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.

Source: Craigbourne Dam now open (ifs.tas.gov.au)

brushy salmon stocking 2021We 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!

Source: Brushy Lagoon Stocking (ifs.tas.gov.au)





brushy salmon stocking 2021

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. 

Leader Fisheries Engagement 

 pet reservoir
 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.

Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2021/apr/01/pet-reservoir-access-improved 




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.

Source: Blue-Green Algae Advisory for Craigbourne Dam (ifs.tas.gov.au)

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