Mike Fry doesn’t only live on the Wild Side of Tasmania, but also goes fishing in probably the wildest boat ever to troll for trout—certainly in Tasmania.
When your mate says ‘What are you doing tomorrow, want to come up the Gordon for the night?’ it would be pretty hard to say anything else except “you bet” and start checking out your tackle box and packing your overnight bag. But if your mate was Troy Grining and he wanted to give his new 52ft, high speed cruiser a run across Macquarie Harbour, test the new onboard dory with a chance of landing a nice Gordon River Brown you would have to feel privileged. I didn’t say anything about getting on my hands and knees and kissing his feet…just having a lend of ya’ but I did feel very appreciative.
The IFS recently undertook an in-lake survey at Curries River Reservoir in the states north east. The reservoir is located just off the B82 between George Town and Bridport and was built in the late 1970’s as a domestic water supply for Georgetown.
The IFS have been stocking the reservoir since the 1980’s and it is currently managed as a trophy fishery. In 2019, 400 rainbow trout and 1,175 fin clipped adult brown trout were released. The fin clipped fish were released to form the basis of a population estimate based on recapture numbers and will give us information on growth rates if surveys are conducted at the reservoir in future years.
While the final results from our survey are currently being analysed, results appear to indicate that the existing population of trout is quite low. In total over the two days using 80 traps, 97 brown trout were captured with 83 having fin clips which represents 87 percent. Over both days, 4 rainbow trout were captured. All of the fish were in good condition and the presence of large numbers of galaxiid suggests that trout should put on weight quickly.
Hydro Tasmania is holding a community session at Deloraine this week which will give the public an opportunity to meet with Hydro Tasmania representatives and learn more about the Battery of the Nation Project.
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Despite the rugged, cold conditions over the last few weeks, the Carp Management Program is starting to ramp up with gear preparations for the coming carp season. This involved inspecting and repairing the 14 kilometres of barrier net blocking carp spawning sites in the wetlands. Several kilometres of gill net was also repaired, which included both gill nets used in active fishing operations, as well as blocking gill nets to prevent carp from accessing the marshes.
Over the next few weeks, the big fyke nets will be sewn back into the barrier nets. These will be placed in strategic locations to catch any mature carp pushing into the shallows seeking spawning habitat. The secondary spawning protection gill nets will also be set behind the barrier nets.
In Devonport Magistrates Court on 1 August 2019 Kerry James Davison, of Devonport, appeared on matters relating to the illegal taking of whitebait. Mr Davison was found guilty of exceeding the 2 Kilogram daily bag limit, and exceeding the 10 Kilogram possession limit. Mr Davison was found by our Officers in possession of 37.9 Kilograms of whitebait. He had also taken 6.15 Kilograms from the Forth River in one day.
The charges were laid as a result of a joint Inland Fisheries, Parks and Wildlife and Tasmania Police Operation conducted in November 2017.
Mr Davison was convicted on both charges and was fined $4929, along with $85.86 in Court costs. During sentencing, the Magistrate referred to Mr Davison’s actions as a serious matter. The Magistrate also said that people needed to fish within the regulations for the fishery to remain sustainable. The Magistrates also acknowledged that the verdict was intended to provide a general deterrence to those who would also consider breaking the laws relating to the taking and possession of whitebait.
Whitebait regulations are in place for a reason. The fishery is fragile because of over fishing between the 1940’s and 1960’s. Illegal fishing for whitebait puts this fishery at risk for everybody who enjoys this activity.
We tag for a number of reasons:
1) to estimate the number of fish in a water (usually a lake)
2) to work out how much a fish has grown
3) or to track fish movements.
Anglers can help in all these areas. Here is a quick guide on what you can do if you catch a tagged fish.
|5/06/2019||Big Waterhouse Lake||200||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|1/06/2019||Big Waterhouse Lake||400||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|5/06/2019||Blackmans Lagoon||100||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|30/05/2019||Blackmans Lagoon||400||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|10/05/2019||Blackmans Lagoon||250||Brown Trout||850||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|9/05/2019||Blackmans Lagoon||250||Brown Trout||850||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|7/06/2019||Bradys Lake||2100||Brown Trout||500||Diploid||River Derwent Trap @ Lake King William||Wild|
|16/05/2019||Bradys Lake||309||Brown Trout||500||Diploid||River Derwent Trap @ Lake King William||Wild|
|14/05/2019||Bradys Lake||750||Brown Trout||500||Diploid||River Derwent Trap @ Lake King William||Wild|
|7/05/2019||Bradys Lake||250||Brown Trout||600||Diploid||River Derwent Trap @ Lake King William||Wild|
|5/06/2019||Briseis Hole (Derby Mine Hole)||100||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|30/05/2019||Briseis Hole (Derby Mine Hole)||400||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|13/06/2019||Bruisers Lagoon||50||Brown Trout||800||Diploid||Liawenee Canal, Yingina/Great Lake||Wild|
|23/05/2019||Brushy Lagoon||1500||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|18/04/2019||Brushy Lagoon||1050||Brown Trout||900||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|17/04/2019||Brushy Lagoon||125||Brown Trout||900||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|13/06/2019||Camerons Lagoon||50||Brown Trout||800||Diploid||Liawenee Canal, Yingina/Great Lake||Wild|
|18/05/2019||Carter Lakes||200||Brown Trout||800||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|30/05/2019||Craigbourne Dam||1500||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|17/04/2019||Craigbourne Dam||250||Brown Trout||900||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|5/04/2019||Craigbourne Dam||91||Atlantic Salmon||10000||Diploid||Hac - New Norfolk||Domestic|
|29/05/2019||Curries River Reservoir||400||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|8/05/2019||Curries River Reservoir||1175||Brown Trout||850||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|28/05/2019||Dee Lagoon||1000||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|26/06/2019||Four Springs Lake||250||Brown Trout||660||Diploid||Sandbanks Creek, Yingina/Great Lake||Wild|
|26/06/2019||Four Springs Lake||1052||Brown Trout||550||Diploid||River Derwent Trap @ Lake King William||Wild|
|26/06/2019||Four Springs Lake||100||Brown Trout||800||Diploid||Liawenee Canal, Yingina/Great Lake||Wild|
|3/06/2019||Four Springs Lake||629||Brown Trout||800||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|3/06/2019||Four Springs Lake||200||Brown Trout||700||Diploid||Sandbanks Trap||Wild|
|27/05/2019||Four Springs Lake||1500||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|20/05/2019||Four Springs Lake||888||Brown Trout||800||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|20/05/2019||Four Springs Lake||170||Brown Trout||800||Diploid||Sandbanks Trap||Wild|
|17/05/2019||Four Springs Lake||250||Brown Trout||800||Diploid||Sandbanks Trap||Wild|
|15/05/2019||Four Springs Lake||250||Brown Trout||800||Diploid||Sandbanks Trap||Wild|
|13/05/2019||Four Springs Lake||251||Brown Trout||850||Diploid||Sandbanks Trap||Wild|
|12/06/2019||Lake Binney||272||Brown Trout||550||Diploid||River Derwent Trap @ Lake King William||Wild|
|7/06/2019||Lake Binney||250||Brown Trout||500||Diploid||River Derwent Trap @ Lake King William||Wild|
|21/05/2019||Lake Binney||1978||Brown Trout||500||Diploid||River Derwent Trap @ Lake King William||Wild|
|16/05/2019||Lake Binney||250||Brown Trout||500||Diploid||River Derwent Trap @ Lake King William||Wild|
|28/04/2019||Lake Binney||139||Brown Trout||500||Diploid||River Derwent Trap @ Lake King William||Wild|
|23/05/2019||Lake Botsford||200||Brown Trout||800||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|17/04/2019||Lake Crescent||250||Brown Trout||900||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|12/04/2019||Lake Crescent||500||Brown Trout||850||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|10/04/2019||Lake Crescent||250||Brown Trout||850||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|30/05/2019||Lake Dulverton||200||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|24/05/2019||Lake Duncan||30||Brown Trout||800||Diploid||Sandbanks Trap||Wild|
|23/05/2019||Lake Kara||524||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|22/05/2019||Lake Leake||2013||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|30/04/2019||Lake Leake||1050||Brown Trout||850||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|24/05/2019||Lake Lynch||30||Brown Trout||800||Diploid||Sandbanks Trap||Wild|
|20/06/2019||Lake Paget||50||Brown Trout||800||Diploid||Liawenee Canal, Yingina/Great Lake||Wild|
|21/06/2019||Penstock Lagoon||5||Brown Trout||1100||Diploid||Tumbledown Creek, Arthurs Lake||Wild|
|28/05/2019||Penstock Lagoon||1500||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|30/04/2019||Penstock Lagoon||125||Brown Trout||850||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|27/04/2019||Penstock Lagoon||250||Brown Trout||850||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|26/04/2019||Penstock Lagoon||750||Brown Trout||850||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|24/04/2019||Penstock Lagoon||754||Brown Trout||850||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|23/04/2019||Penstock Lagoon||1003||Brown Trout||900||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|19/04/2019||Penstock Lagoon||135||Brown Trout||600||Diploid||River Derwent Trap @ Lake King William||Wild|
|19/06/2019||Pet Reservoir||250||Brown Trout||800||Diploid||Liawenee Canal, Yingina/Great Lake||Wild|
|19/06/2019||Pet Reservoir||750||Brown Trout||550||Diploid||River Derwent. Lake King William||Wild|
|27/05/2019||Pet Reservoir||500||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|29/05/2019||Pioneer Lake||400||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|17/06/2019||Rocky Lagoon||100||Brown Trout||700||Diploid||Sandbanks Creek, Yingina/Great Lake||Wild|
|29/05/2019||Tooms Lake||1500||Rainbow Trout||500||Triploid||Hac - Millybrook||Domestic|
|13/05/2019||Tooms Lake||1100||Brown Trout||850||Diploid||Liawenee Canal||Wild|
|12/06/2019||Tungatinah Lagoon||750||Brown Trout||550||Diploid||River Derwent Trap @ Lake King William||Wild|
Amendments to the Abalone Management Plan have been released for consultation. The primary aim of these changes is to address risks of localised depletion and improve fish handling practices in the non-commercial fishery (recreational and Aboriginal). Some amendments such as compliance and handling also apply to the commercial fishery.
The main changes proposed include:
· Reducing the recreational bag limit from 10 to 5 abalone per day;
Marine and Safety Tasmania and Inland Fisheries have jointly funded an upgrade to the Tooms Lake boat ramp. Taking advantage of the current low lake level of - 2.60 m below the spillway, contractors removed stumps and snags from the vicinity of the ramp, extended the gravel ramp to the current water level and repaired the rock armour on the sides of the ramp.
The project was managed by the Inland Fisheries Service. Stocking of both brown and rainbow trout during the winter Tooms Lake is primed to fire early in the 2019/20 season – just add water!
The lake will need to rise by around 300 mm ( - 2.30 m) to make boat launching possible.
The level for Tooms Lake can be found at www.bom.gov.au – latest River Heights for the Northern Rivers.
With fantastic weather and a great crew the Willow Warriors planted 700 native rushes, shrubs and trees along a stretch of the Tyenna River replacing recently removed willows. The willows, removed by the landholders at the Westerway Raspberry Farm, had been restricting access to the river and impacting on fish habitat. As they grow, our native plantings will help to shade the river, stabilise the banks (as the willow roots break down) and improve river health.
There were both new faces and seasoned Willow Warriors at the working bee and the many hands made light work of a big job. Participants had a chance to give back to one of Tasmania’s premier trout-fishing rivers and the landholders that provide access to it.
Derwent Catchment Project have been working with Inland Fisheries Service Anglers Access program and the Willow Warriors to remove willows and revegetate sections of the Tyenna River running through Lanoma Estate.
We have recently received support from the Fisheries Habitat Improvement Fund, to develop and start the first stages of a 10-year plan to eradicate willows in the upper stretches of the Tyenna River.
Join the next Willow Warriors working bee to replace recently removed willows with native trees and shrubs at Lanoma Estate and hear more about the next stage of the Tyenna River Recovery Program.
Where: Lanoma Estate, Westerway
When: 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday 15 June
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Sea-run trout fishing this year got off to a cracking start in most areas, with the majority of anglers employing nearly every trout fishing technique to secure fish in local estuaries statewide.
Even those anglers fishing the "off-season" lower down in our estuaries for sea-trout commented on the number of fish moving in early August.