During the trout off-season I tend to spend a bit of time chasing bream, to continue getting a fishing fix, and spend time tying flies and dreaming about the trout season to come. It’s a time to spend doing tackle maintenance, stocking up on lures and dreaming up new challenges and goals for the trout season ahead. When the new season comes around I usually spend the first few months targeting sea runners. Sea run trout are simply brown trout that spend much of there lives out to sea and come in to the estuaries for spawning and to feed on whitebait and the other small endemic fishes that spawn in late winter through spring. Mixed in with the silvery sea runners you can also expect to catch resident fish that have the typical dark colours of a normal brown trout as well as atlantic salmon in some of our estuaries that are located near salmon farm pens. Living in Hobart it is quick and easy to do a trip on the Huon or Derwent and is a more comfortable proposition compared to a trip up to the highlands with snow and freezing winds to contend with.Read more ...
River Access Brochure on Rights and Responsibilities
Angler access to river fisheries - know your rights and responsibilities.
In response to the many general inquiries regarding angler access to rivers, the Inland Fisheries Service has developed a River Access brochure containing information on angler rights and responsibilities. It lists the simple access rules and signage, safety and code of conduct, as well as the general principles that apply in Tasmania.
Whitebait Fishing Season Opens on Saturday 1 October
The recreational whitebait fishing season starts on Saturday 1 October and lasts for 6 weeks, closing on Friday 11 November. A whitebait licence is required for whitebating if you are over 10 years of age. The licence costs $28 this year and it can be bought at any Service Tasmania shop and at select private agents.
Winter in Tasmania seems to be a time to slow down, pop on the kettle and usually in my family, share a flu or two. I like to look out of my window at the woolly weather, but clearly this is not the case for all those keen (crazy) fishers and divers out there who still have been reporting unusual fish sightings over this chilly winter period. For that the Redmap team thank you! You are the stars that make the collection of this previously unrecorded information, and the Redmap website, such a success.
High water level at Arthurs Lake has restricted access to Pumphouse Bay boat ramp. Boaters are advised to use alternative ramps at the dam wall and Jonah Bay until the level drops.
The new season starts on Saturday 6 August
by Sarah Graham IFS
The start of the new season this year is on Saturday 6 August. This marks the opening of brown trout waters which remain open until 29 April 2012, while rainbow trout waters open on 31 October and close on 3 June next year.
The start of the new season this year is on Saturday 6 August.
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Presented from Issue 100
Considering the world class quality of our sea trout fishery, these fish are not sought after by enough anglers. Sea runners live in the salt water and run up our estuaries and rivers from the start of August to the middle of November. At this time of the year, they are here to eat the many species of fish that are either running up the rivers to spawn or are living in and around the estuary systems. Trout, both sea run and resident (Slob Trout) feed heavily on these small fish which darken in colouration as they move further into fresh water reaches.
The majority of these predatory fish are brown trout with rainbows making up a very small percentage of the catch. They can be found all around the state but it would be fair to say that the east coast is the least prolific of all the areas. They still run up such rivers as the Georges (and many others) but their numbers along with the quality of the fishing elsewhere make it difficult to recommend the area above the larger northern, southern and western rivers.Read more ...