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Tidal Talk

Well we missed the tenth birthday of the Recreational Fishing Branch which was in June. So after 10 years in the harness I have decided to retire and do my bit to increase recreational fishing effort.

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When you have finished for the day, why not have a brag about the ones that didn't get away! Send Mike an article on your fishing (Click here for contact details), and we'll get it published here. Have fun fishing - tasfish.com

anglers-alliancePenstock Lagoon Ramp Upgrade

MAST is looking for feedback on this proposal before construction starts in April.
Any queries, comments or suggestions please let me know. (see attached PDF)

Cheers
Denis Edwards - Executive Officer

Penstock Report 15/11/2013

I went to Penstock Friday night with Shippy we got six nice fish a browny would have been close to 6lb we didnt weigh it but took a pic and put it back brought home 3 fish . Went to Arthurs Saturday we caught 17 fish should have had about 40 with all the fish we missed on the water at 8.30 off by 2.30 had a great day
Regards, Derek - Click Read More for pictures

Penstock Lagoon 9/12/2012

We were off to fish Penstock on Sunday headed up the mountain about 8 o'clock. We got to Cramps bay turn off Road Closed because of bush fires couldn't get through, so we took the long way.
Back down the mountain through Liffy to the A5 high way past Great Lake an extra one an half hours . Finally  got to the shack at Flintstone to pick up my boat then back to Penstock about  11.30 . On the water fishing the dam end had a few cast Duns starting to show, we were pulling wets.

Penstock Lagoon Proposal

Please read the attached letter from John Diggle, Director of Inland Fisheries

Letter to Fishing Clubs

Penstock Lagoon 18/8/2012

We headed up to Penstock for the weekend and was joined by Ross Frankcombe and arrived there on Friday around 10.15am. After a quick unpack, we were on the water fishing at noon. A light north easterly wind posed little problems and Ross hooked (and lost) a nice fish, five minutes into our first drift. We managed two for this session before the wind dropped out, along with any further interest from the fish.

Penstock Lagoon 19/8/2012

Derek and I went to Penstock today for a three hour practice session. We managed to land eight fish keeping five and releasing the others. The fish were all in top nick, dropped a few as well, conditions weren’t that ideal, but still paid off with some fly changes and hard work.

Cheers Craig

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Penstock Lagoon 12/8/2012

Some photos of our two and a half hour trip at Penstock today.
Cheers Craig

Penstock Lagoon 4/8/2012

Went up to the Central Highlands as our normal opening weekend trip. We fished Woods Lake Saturday caught eight between us, (all on fly) as that’s the only way we fish for trout...was hard going. Weather was too good, plenty of flat water with bits of sun, also had others on that we dropped.
Sunday morning fished Penstock for two and a half hours for seven fish between us. There was a bit of wind around and patchy skys, headed back to shack for a feed, clean up and the drive home. We timed it nicely as it started to rain within half an hour of being back at the shack with snow falling as we left for home.
Cheers, Craig

Penstock Lagoon Report 20/4/2012

Had an RDO on Friday so thought I would take the opportunity to get one last fish in at the lakes before the season closes for the year. After heading the the shack at Arthur's Thursday night I had decided to fish penstock at first light in hope of some late season action in the shallows.

Penstock Lagoon Boating Questionnaire Survey Results and Report.

Please follow the link below to read this report:

Penstock Lagoon Boating Questionnaire Survey Results and Report

Penstock Lagoon

Public meeting announced to discuss boating regulations at Penstock Lagoon
Exclusive use of electric outboard motors whilst fishing at Penstock Lagoon has been proposed to help protect the fishery public meeting will be held on Saturday 4 February at 6 pm at the Miena Community Centre to discuss a proposed change to the use of electric outboard motors only whilst boating at Penstock Lagoon. All interested anglers are welcome to attend.

The Penstock 25/12/2011

A few days before Xmas I spent several most enjoyable days at the Penstock, mainly by myself,and as such had the luxury of deciding where and when to fish.
As we all know fishing at the “P” can either be full on or full off, there are days however when it is sometimes in between. Over the week I struck it all. Bright sky and windy being the main order of the day.

Penstock and Howes Bay 

Couple of fish photos of catches over the Xmas New Year break. Fine Penstock brown 4lb caught a foot of the edge by a floating brown possum tail nymph, the take was barely perceptible. Just shows you mustn’t wade right in before testing what’s there. The two little rainbows came from Howes Bay Lagoon. They also took the floating nymph which is fast becoming the only fly I tie and use. They fought really well and had small heads and fat bodies. Smoked up really well. Had a great day at Carters yesterday, warm, slight breeze ,blue sky, water crystal clear and the fish were cruising. Hooked into 6 the biggest was around 4-5 lb a big buck the smallest around 2.5lb all caught again on the floating possum tail nymph. Polaroided some, fished up the others, all were released. Highland gold day.

Tight lines and smelly bags

Bob

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Penstock Lagoon a stocking success

Inland Fisheries Service
Long touted as the jewel in the crown of Highland fisheries, Penstock Lagoon has been a consistent high quality fishery since 2000. Although only fly fishing is permitted, it has been ranked in the top 10 lake fisheries on an annual basis for the State since the 1999/2000 season, in terms of angler visitation. Given that it is a small water body and that only those fly fishing can fish there it is an extremely popular fishery. During the 2008/2009 season Penstock sustained a very high angler effort which was in part due to low lake levels and less than ideal conditions at a number of other popular fisheries such as Arthurs Lake. Despite this, the fishery has consistently produced good size and conditioned fish at reasonable catch rates.

Penstock Lagoon

Joe Riley

Since the creation of Penstock Lagoon in the early 20th Century to hold water for the Waddamana Power Scheme, Penstock has build a strong and lasting reputation as a challenging and rewarding fishery for both Brown and Rainbow trout. With a dun hatch that was regarded as one of the finest anywhere, polaroiding on bright days for large browns sipping black spinners and trout foraging the shallows for damsel fly and mudeye larvae the lagoon has always offered exciting opportunities for the persistent and observant angler to catch with quality fish.

Penstock Lagoon Assessment

Penstock Lagoon is a relatively small shallow water with a surface area of 1.4 square kms and maximum depth of 1.8 metres. The lagoon has over a number of years, been subject to significant alterations in water management.

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