Presented from Issue 105, August 2013
We did a bit of a runaround Tasmania’s tackle stores to see what their tips for the first month or so of the tackle season were. We asked what the top three places to fish were, plus lures, flies, baits and a few other things.
Here is a rundown on their answers Whenever, and wherever you fish - anywhere, or for any fish in the world - ask the locals and especially ask at the local tackle store. They know what was caught today, yesterday and on what.
The Lake Leake boat ramp will be closed on Thursday 25th January 2024. Sub41 Construction Management and Tas Divers Group will be loading out construction equipment using the Lake Leake boat ramp and associated car park. For safety reasons, the area will be cordoned off during this time.
The barges are being used for dam maintenance work.
The contractors apologise for any inconvenience and plan to be clear of the area as quick as possible.
Construction of the Huntsman Lake jetty is scheduled to begin on 7th December 2023. Work will continue periodically over summer as the lake level falls. Anglers and other ramp users can expect minor delays when launching boats however the ramp will not be closed for any significant periods during construction.
After a three-week closure, the Corinna boat ramp on the Pieman River has reopened after the recent upgrade. The new precast concrete boat ramp is longer and deeper than the old ramp which should stop boat trailers falling off the end of the ramp when the river is low. As an extra precaution a sign has been installed on the jetty showing where the ramp ends.
MAST would like to thank IFS for assistance with funding and the Parks and Wildlife Service in arranging approvals to carry out the work.
|Parking area extension
An extension to the parking area has been completed at Talbots Lagoon. Increasing popularity at Talbots over the past few seasons had seen the limited parking facilities become quite crowded on busy days.
In partnership with Forico, IFS engaged Civilscape Contracting to complete the car park extension. This involved removing a small amount of plantation trees, flattening the area and laying down road base gravel to finish the job.
In addition to this the Bosses Hole carpark has been re-gravelled, with the walking track to the lagoon improved including a properly gravelled kayak launching area. Drainage at both carparks has been improved and pot holes in the road around the main carparks have been fixed.
Anglers at the lagoon this week gave the improvements the thumbs up, with good quality fish being caught using all angling methods. Mayfly activity is just starting to fire up, and one angler was delighted to have caught 5 fish in an afternoon on mudeyes.
IFS would like to thank Forico for their ongoing support of Tasmanian trout anglers, and Civilscape for their thoroughly professional work.
Risdon Brook Dam
Anglers with disabilities and mobility issues often have difficulty finding fishing spots. The IFS recommends a number of locations that may be suitable depending on your specific restrictions and available assistance. There are purpose built platforms at Risdon Brook Dam that are specifically designed and reserved for anglers with a disability. Other options in the south are on the River Derwent at the New Norfolk esplanade and Windsor Corner on the Lyell Highway. In the north a platform at Four Springs Lake is a great location particularly early in the season when lake levels are high. In the north west a level path provides access to the grassy shores of South Riana Lake and good access to the waters edge is available at the north western end of the Pet Reservoir.
All of these waters have plenty of trout so get out there!
Source : https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2023/oct/18/fishing-opportunities-for-anglers-with-disabilities
| New stairs
Works have been completed at the Penstock Lagoon Day Use Area. The works consist of the construction of a 1 meter wide gravel pathway along the levee with ramp and stair access to the carparks on either side of the penstocks. The pathway extends from the Day Use Area at the spillway to the Angler Access Sign on the southern side of the icebreaker.
The Inland Fisheries Service contributed to this Hydro Tasmania initiative which has improved foot access for anglers and visitors to this popular area. The work was completed by Tasmanian company, Mtn. Trails Pty Ltd.
The Parks and Wildlife Service advise the boom gate on Lake Augusta Road has been re-opened for public access as of today (25 September 2023), along with the boom gate to Double Lagoon.
Vehicle access to Pillans Lake and Talinah Lagoon will remain closed with a view to reopen on 1 November 2023 (approximately) subject to road inspections determining conditions are suitable for vehicular traffic.
For any further information please contact the Great Western Tiers Field Centre on 67012104.
A number of waters around the state are still open. Refer to the Tasmanian Inland Fishing Code 2022-23 or go to the Infish app 2.0 to see where you can fish through winter.
The wild brown trout spawning run is underway and you will be able to see them at Trout Weekend on 20-21 May at the Liawenee Field Station.
The big fish keep coming at Lake Crescent with good catches of trophy sized brown trout. Clearly, this is the best season that the lake has had since European carp were eradicated in 2009.
Better catch rates this season are in part due to better water quality in the lake. The Inland Fisheries Service has been tracking water quality (turbidity) in both lakes Crescent and Sorell since 2006 and the latest sampling results show the lowest turbidity readings in both lakes for the last 25 years. The latest testing revealed clarity down to a depth of 60 - 65 centimetres.
With high lake levels it is expected that this trend will continue. This all bodes well for the remainder of the current trout season, the 2023/24 season and beyond. Anglers are reminded that the bag limit for Lake Crescent is 2 fish combined with only 1 fish over 500mm. For more information go to the Lake Crescent Fact Sheet.
Sand flathead are Tasmania's favourite recreational fish, but stocks are in trouble. Action is urgently needed to improve the future of the fishery.
NRE Tas Fisheries is working with fishers, researchers and the community to address this decline in stock levels, identified in a new report from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS).
Around 1.6 million sand flathead are caught by recreational fishers per year in Tasmania. In fact, 70 per cent of all recreational fish taken are sand flathead, placing a huge amount of pressure on one species.
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Presented from Issue 105, August 2013
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There are several things we look for in our early season trout waters. It is still winter and cold, so some of the things to consider are: Altitude as this dictates the water temperature and therefore feeding activity. Food for the fish. Availability of trout food is generally dictated by the quantity and quality of weed beds.
Quantity of fish.
Three waters which I believe fit all three requirements are:Read more ...