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During 17-19 April 2018, we conducted an in-lake survey at Little Pine Lagoon to assess:

  1. the CPUE for brown trout,
  2. the population structure, and
  3. the condition of fish.

Over two nights, we set 104 box traps and captured 482 brown trout, with all areas of the lagoon surveyed. We weighed and measured 362 brown trout for fork length, with the remaining 120 brown trout counted only. The CPUE for brown trout was 4.64 fish per trap, indicative of a high abundance of fish.

Of the 482 brown trout captured, 50 per cent were female, 36 per cent male, and the remainder immature fish. Table 7 shows the summary statistics for these fish. The average weight for all fish, including immature fish, was 917 grams. The average weight for fish over 300 mm was 1 044 grams, with 85 per cent of the fish measured being greater than 300 mm length (see Figure 8).

little pine table 7

 

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The growth of fish was good, with all fish displaying a healthy weight for a given length. Just over ten per cent of fish grew to over 500 mm (see Figure 8), with no signs of larger fish being in poor condition.

little pine table 8

 

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little pine table 9

 

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Discussion

There was good evidence the recruitment of brown trout has been consistent across several years with all length classes present (see Figure 9). However, recruitment resulting from 2016 spawning was not well represented, despite favourable conditions during winter/spring.

There were still reasonable numbers of fish surveyed in the 220-320 mm size range. The overall condition of brown trout was good, with 92 per cent in the fair to excellent range. There was no evidence of excessive harvest, with significant latent fishing effort apparent over the last six years.

In summary, Little Pine Lagoon has a high abundance of brown trout across a wide range of sizes. The vast majority of fish are in good condition and the growth of fish, relative to most other waters, is good. The annual harvest relative to fish abundance is sustainable and present fishery management actions are supporting the fishery.

A short video from Adrian Webb.

2018 10 03 The only trout for the sessionSeeing as the Meander River level had dropped to 62 cms on the BOM river levels chart I thought it was worth heading there to see if the trout are out and about. The previous two trips here when the river was running at 77 cms to 80 cms weren't all that flash with just one brown being caught on the first trip and four on the second. Today I'm fishing a different stretch of river, so I'm hoping for a few trout to be around seeing as the day is warm and the water temp should be around 10-11 degrees which is 6-7 degrees better to what it was.. No sooner had I arrived when the wind picked up and started blowing a gale, this wasn't forecast for later in the afternoon (3:00pm) not at 10:00 am.

2018 10 01 Mepps Aglia Furia did its jobIt's been a week since my last trip to a river due to crappy weather & high river levels & I was over due for a spin session in a river. Today was one of our better days with mainly clear blue skies and a West - Nth Westerly breeze blowing, so it was good enough to go & wet a Mepps spinner. Firstly I went & checked out a small river near home only to find that there had been a lot of cattle in the river. Walked along it for around a kilometre without spotting a single trout, so I headed back to the car to try another river. So I headed on over to the Mersey River to find it was still running a little high and for some reason or another it wasn't all that clear either.

During 23-25 July 2018, we undertook a trapping survey within the Pet Reservoir.
The purpose of the survey was to gain information on:

 catch per unit effort,
 the length structure of the brown trout population,
 the condition of fish, and
 an estimate of the brown trout population size.

Anglers Access - River Access

IFS has started assessing sites for extensions of the Anglers Access Program in the North, North West and River Derwent. As part of the Tyenna River willow control program a replanting day was held at Lanoma Estate on 6 June. Native trees were planted to stabilize banks before willow removal.

IFS and the Derwent Catchment Project are planning further field days on the Tyenna River as part of the willow control program. A revegetation day will be held in October and willow control days over the summer months. We will notify anglers of event dates. Volunteers are encouraged to participate.

News from IFS

We have received information that the gate into the Nineteen Lagoons has now been opened. With the settled, overcast weather forecast for the next few days and coming weekend it should be a good place to find a wild brown trout. This opens up easy access to Double Lagoon, Lake Ada, Lake Kay and the greater Western Lakes area.

For more information on the read check out our Angler Access brochure on the area.

https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2018/oct/02/gate-nineteen-lagoons-open

ifs management planTasmanian Inland Recreational Fishery Management Plan 2018-28

In June, Sarah Courtney, Minister for Primary Industries and Water, launched the Tasmanian Inland Recreational Fishery Management Plan 2018-28.
The Plan will guide the management of the recreational trout fishery in Tasmania for the next 10 years. It aims to provide a sustainable, vibrant and healthy fishery.
After extensive public consultation, the Plan provides better opportunities for anglers, assesses fishery performance and conserves fish stocks as a recreational resource for future generations.

The plan outlines measures to increase participation locally and from tourism markets. It balances the needs for individual fishery management while standardising regulations.
It supports the actions to grow and develop recreational fishing in Tasmania. These include a freeze on trout fishing licences, improved access for anglers and better facilities that encourage female participation and angling tourism.

116 shore fish beachPresented from Issue 116, June 2015
As many of us fish on a tight budget these days, what with mortgages, living costs, family expenses, kids and cars etc, owning a boat is quite often low on the list of priorities. With this in mind being able to maximise your shore fishing opportunities and make the most of your feet is as important as the tackle you use to do it with. What follows is a quick look at shore fishing options around Georges Bay, St Helens, and the tackle and techniques needed to take home a feed of fish.

Georges Bay has a good variety of shore fishing options from sandy flats to rocky shores as well as the many small jetties around the bay and these offer a great place to start especially where the kids or family are concerned. To ensure a successful outing on a wharf or jetty the use of berley is paramount, this will attract fish from a wide area to your fishing position and keep them there for your session. A small berley pot with a couple of handfuls of berley pellets and a capful or two of fish oil is all that is needed and dropped down a foot or two under the surface. Try not to introduce large amounts of berley to the water column at once as this will only serve to feed the fish and they will soon move on, the effect you are looking for is a constant, steady stream of particles floating down to the bottom……a little bit often is better than a lot at once.

Our inland fisheries are amongst the best trout fisheries available in the world.

Over the first couple of weeks of this season, we have become aware that some anglers are not following size and bag limits. Of particular concern is

  1. taking undersized fish
  2. exceeding bag limit, and
  3. exceeding the number of fish permitted over 500 mm.

The Inland Fishing Code, supplied each year with your licence, is a great pocket reference to keep in your tackle box. The regulations are readily available on our website, the InFish App and on signage at major angling waters around the state.

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