The surface is just about the most fun you can have as an angler. Whether chasing giant trevally in the coral sea, bream in the estuaries, or dry flying trout here in Tassie you can’t help but get excited watching something come up and slurp or smash your top-water offering. Although they have been around for many years, surface hardbodies for trout have never really hit a spotlight but with the new methods and gear being developed at the moment it’s only a matter of time before people begin to look more seriously at top-water options. It takes some time to perfect your technique but it is essentially easy to get started and can be a very effective tool in your trout fishing arsenal.Read more ...
Presented from Issue 107, December 2013
If you’ve managed to get out trout fishing a bit like I have this season then you will probably have been cursing the lousy weather so far and the mediocre fishing that’s gone with it. I’ve sampled most of my favourite waters and can confidently say that the winner is certainly Woods Lake. The following is a brief roundup of some of our favourite locations and a detailed look at Woods Lake itself.
Fellow Anglers Scott and I would personally like to thank the persons who helped us with our broken spring on our boat trailer...(trailer is 5 years old) Norm for his knowledge on how to get us home and his rope knots...thats obviously why not too many fish escape him. Bert for his knowledge and the whole roll of duck tape.....the repairer is going to love you :) Gerry for his wire, Neil for his nice piece of fence post.
I spent 3 days at Woods Lake with my son Jarod. We landed there on Thursday night at 11 pm, up at 5 and on the water in very foggy conditions. We found fish rising all over the lake in the fog; I had my bag by 7am and put a few smaller ones back, Jarod not being so lucky.
Much the same thing Saturday getting 4 and Jarod 2. We didn’t fish Sunday, preferring to go touring on the lake instead. We had a great time, biggest fish was 1kg “gilled and gutted”; all fish were in fabulous nick.
Regards - Mark Tapsell
I just arrived home after a couple of enjoyable days at the Pumphouse bay camp ground at Arthurs Lake. We didn’t do a lot of fishing, but as Monday's weather was calm, Virginia and I decided to take the fly rod over the hill to Woods Lake for a couple of hours.
I am glad we did.
With a good friend from Queensland, I spent a very nice day at Woods Lake last Wednesday. We boated 8, keep 3 and had a very nice smoked trout along side the Hut side. Most of the browns were in the 1.5 / 2lb mark, not big ,but lovely condition. Lunch, with a nice cold beer was nice too.
All were on Dales red nut and red rascal, good lures. Thanks Dale.
The road in is quite good, and with a relatively nice day, a good time was had.
Trev and I had a couple of hours at Woods Lake today. Fishing was very hard with the normal old lures not performing to expectations. That being said, we got on to a few using the Devils Tongue. The weather was perfect... Overcast and not much wind.
Marine and Safety Tasmania have just finished an upgrade at Blizzards Landing and a $30K project at Woods Lake to protect boaters using the ramp in southerly weather. The Woods Lake ramp was closed 14-19 November and is now reopen.
This is your recreational boating money at work.
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The Woods Lake Road will be closed 14 - 18 November between 7.30am and 4.30pm each day.
The Woods Lake boat ramp will also be closed completely inclusive of those dates.
A rock groyne is being built 30 metres long with a 10 metres dogleg at the end to protect the ramp from the south and westerly winds that make launching and retrieval so difficult.
Please be tolerant during this time. This project is funded by Marine and Safety Tasmania.
Trev and i had the morning on Woods lake today, very nice and calm but cold early.
We got four almost as soon as we arrived and lost a few. The fish caught were on blue oyster , salt n pepper & jollytail... we were getting plenty of hits but they were lazy hits , the weather soon changed..... "very strong winds" so that was enough for us.
Dale & Trev
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with Greg "Lofty" Hynes
Early December 2008 my son arrived back in Australia fresh from a pretty hectic time in Afghanistan with the 4 RAR commandos. He called me and said "dad I want to go back to Tassie fishing'. It had been over four years since we had been fishing together and over three years since I left Tasmania to live on the Gold Coast in Qeensland.
Received a call from ******** as he headed home from Woods Lake Saturday 12 Sept. Road very rough, but fishing today was exceptional. Party finished with four with others hooked and lost but saw some magnificent fish at the boat ramp and no one seemed to come off the water empty handed. Didn't matter what you put at them, they took it, he said. The fish are in good condition.
Woods Lake continues to be one of the most exciting trout fisheries in Tasmania. Catch rates are high with many anglers taking limit bags of five fish. It should be noted regulations are quite specific to Woods Lake. A 5 fish bag limit applies for Woods Lake, with a minimum length of 300 mm and only two fish exceeding 600 mm.
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