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Brown trout from this years
spawning run at Liawenee 

Spawning brown trout have been running thick at Liawenee, despite COVID-19 restrictions forcing the cancellation of Trout Weekend 2020. With good rain and large flows being released from Lake Augusta, trout spawning conditions have never been better at Liawenee. These conditions have seen good numbers of brown trout running into the Liawenee fish trap.

Each year we weigh and measure 200 fish to assist in monitoring the fishery. This year the average weight is 804g and the average length was 415mm, with some fish reaching 1.4Kg. This is very similar to last year where the average weight was 795g and 412mm. The fish are in good condition.

 

We have been busy moving these fish to popular angling waters around the state. The fish that have been moved to greener pastures, are able to turn from ‘good’ condition to ‘great’ condition in the coming season. An up to date record of our fish transfer and stocking activities can be found here https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/fisheries/stocking/.

 

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Curries River Reservoir is located off the B82 road, between George Town and Bridport. The fishery serves anglers from the greater Launceston area. Over the years this water has produced variable fishing for both brown and rainbow trout. However, the fish are always of excellent size and condition.

During August 2019 we did a survey of Curries River Reservoir to assess;

- the number of brown and rainbow trout,
- - the size of the brown trout population,
- the length structure of the brown trout population and,
- the condition of all fish.

In summary, there were very low numbers of both brown and rainbow trout. However, the resident fish we did catch were in great condition.

Before the survey, 1 175 adult brown trout with their adipose fin clipped were released into the reservoir. These fish weighed around 721 g and were on average 420 mm long. By the 2020-21 season they should be approaching 1.2 kg. The fin clip enables to identify the released fish and estimate the size of the brown trout population.

As a consequence of the survey, we plan to boost fish numbers in Curries River Reservoir with stockings of brown and rainbow trout over winter 2020.

For the full results, read the Fisheries Performance Assessment Technical Report – Curries River Reservoir 2019.

Source : https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2020/may/22/curries-river-reservoir-results-our-fisheries-performance-assessment

During this Easter and school holiday period, recreational fishers should consider if going fishing is essential.

The Tasmanian Government has a clear position that Tasmanians should stay home to save lives.

If you are going fishing, please follow the latest advice on our website including:

How far can I travel to fish?

Can I go camping as part of my recreational fishing activity?

How many people can I go fishing with?

What procedures should I put in place when I go fishing?

What will happen with my recreational scallop licence?

What about inland fishing?

The COVID-19 situation is changing daily, please check the Tasmanian Government coronavirus website regularly for any updated information.

 

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Web: www.fishing.tas.gov.au

Scallop season closure

The Premier has announced that the recreational scallop season in Tasmania will remain closed as part of broader measures to protect Tasmanians during the current COVID-19 situation.

The season was originally scheduled to open this Saturday, 4 April.

As the scallop season can see thousands of fishers travelling to the East Coast, this decision is consistent with the Premier's goal to minimise non-essential travel.

DPIPWE Recreational Fisheries is working through the implications of this for recreational licence holders and will provide further information in the near future on our website and the Fisheries Tasmania Facebook page.

Due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19 and following the Federal Government’s ban on outdoor gatherings of over 500 people, Trout Weekend 2020 will not be going ahead. The Inland Fisheries Service has reluctantly taken this measure, as this is an important event for anglers and the Central Highlands community alike.

The Trout Fishing Competition continues. This year the competition winners will be announced at a later date.

Trout Weekend will return over Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 May in 2021 and we hope you will be able to join us once again at the Liawenee Field Station.

If you would like more information, please contact me via email or mobile listed below.

Kind Regards,
Steve Paterson
Manager – Compliance, Inland Fisheries Service (Tasmania)

17 Back River Rd
New Norfolk TAS 7140
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mob: 0438 338 530 Work: 03 6165 3808 http://www.ifs.tas.gov.au

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What is Safety Watch?

Safety Watch is a new service for Tas Maritime Radio members based on the ETAR System that we have been trialling.

If you use Safety Watch you will tell us when you expect to arrive at your destination or return to your starting point and then call us as you arrive or return.

If you are:

more than 20 minutes overdue: we will start to call you using radio and your mobile phone number.
more than 1 hour overdue: we will contact Tasmania Police who will then take whatever steps they feel necessary, possibly including mounting a search for your vessel.

parksThere is a new and exciting project being undertaken within the Walls of Jerusalem National Park. This project will improve the visitor experience while helping to protect the high conservation values of this amazing area.

Attached is a Stakeholder announcement flyer which contains a link to Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service “Have your say” website. Here you can read all relevant project background documents.

You can provide feedback through the website if you wish.

Yours sincerely,

Daniel Johansson

Ranger

>Flyer attached here

hydo tasPlease read the attached flyer re some maintenance work on Tarraleah no 1 canal starting early February.

Flyer attached here

 

Summer Fishing Clinics

Don't forget that free fishing clinics are being held in January at local jetties around the state from Dover to St Helens to Devonport. All ages and abilities are welcome. 

New fishers learn basic skills like setting up a rod, casting, how to measure your catch and to fish responsibly. Others may want to improve their skills or just drop by to find more about fishing. Rods and gear are provided.

Preregistration is encouraged to allow us to plan the required support and assist in guaranteeing you a fishing spot on the day.

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