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 ...
We catch and stock migrating elver and lampreys from two Hydro Tasmania catchments:
1) Meadowbank Dam in the River Derwent
2) Trevallyn Tailrace in the kanamaluka/River Tamar
The lamprey run at Meadowbank Dam started in October and peaked in December. Overall we caught 2 414 kg of lamprey for the 2018-19 season.
In November, we began to catch elver using nets set in the Trevallyn Tailrace and in December from a trap at the base of Meadowbank Dam. By 6 February we had caught 1 308 kg of elver across both sites.
Salmon Ponds The brown trout fry (from yingina/Great Lake) and rainbow trout fingerlings (domestic stock from Huon Aquaculture Group Ltd) grew well and were stocked out by the end of December 2018.
The rainbow trout fingerlings, averaging 10 grams, were sold and stocked in to private farm dams for private fishing. We stocked the brown trout fry into private North West farm dams open to public fishing, angling club dams and other public fisheries. (See the fry-stocking list below)
I just love this time of year with it's cool nights & mornings that slowly turn into beautiful still mild Autumn days. It's also a great time of the trout season for chasing trout in the rivers for me as well. It was another cool morning when I arrived at the Meander River for another spin session with the river still flowing at a nice wading height. I started the session off with the lure that has done well on the trout over a few trips and that was the copper Aglia Mouche Noire spinner. The water temperature has now dropped to a cool ten degrees, I'm hoping for more good results like I had in this river on my last trip when I caught & released 15 browns. I was in the river by 7:20 am and it wasn't too long before I had my first trout take the spinner which was good, it was a nice 280 gram brown.
Given it was a beautiful cool & frosty morning I decided to head off for an early spin session to see if I could catch three more trout to reach the 400 mark for this season. It's been a tough one for me so far and being around 120 or more trout down for the same time last season, reaching the 400 mark will make up for my poor season.
During the first week of October, we surveyed the brown trout population at Woods Lake.
Over two nights we captured 368 brown trout.
The average weight for fish over the legal size limit of 300 mm was 804 grams with an average
length of 427 mm.
The growth of fish was good across all lengths, with approximately 20 percent of fish measuring in
excess of 500 mm.
There was a strong cohort of fish centered around a peak of 360 mm length, with 37 percent of
fish measuring 300 – 400 mm.
Craigbourne Road to remain open On Saturday 1 December 2018, the Southern Midlands Council published a Public Notice seeking feedback on a proposed permanent closure of a section of the Craigbourne Road.
The road closure would have resulted in no public access to the eastern side of the dam, restricting access to the western side only.
The Council discussed the proposal at meeting of 23 January. Neil Morrow, Manager Anglers Access made representation to the Council.
The Council voted unanimously to keep Craigbourne Road open to the public.
The IFS thanks the community for their overwhelming support in keeping this important public access open for anglers and other recreational users.
Anglers accessing the dam should respect private land and adhere to the access rules at all times.
On Tuesday 16 April, in the Launceston Magistrates Court, a defendant appeared on Inland Fisheries charges. These related to the illegal taking of fish from Sandbanks Creek, yingina/Great Lake, during last year’s spawning run.
The defendant pled guilty and was convicted of disturbing spawning fish and assisting his friend to illegally take fish from the trap by holding a light. He was fined $500 plus Court costs.
With the spawning run starting, we remind you of the strict laws around the protection of spawning fish. You are most welcome to have a look at the fish in our traps, but you must not disturb or interfere with them in any way.
If you notice or hear of any illegal activity please call our Compliance Team on 0438 338 530. We need your help to protect our fishery.
Brown trout in a migratory fish trap on yingina/Great Lake
Water testing by the Meander Valley Council at Four Springs Lake has revealed blue green algae to be currently present.
Please be advised that:
Blue Green Algae may pose a risk to water users and anyone who draws water directly from the water body. Swimming, canoeing and any other recreational use should be avoided until further notice.
Contact may cause sickness in humans and animals.
Contact may cause skin and eye irritation.
At low levels of algal density fish are safe for consumption if cooked – consume at own risk.
Meander Valley Council will continue to monitor water quality.
If you have any queries regarding this matter please contact the Meander Valley Council on (03) 6393 5300 between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
On Monday 15 April access to the Woods Lake boat ramp will be restricted from 7.30am until about midday.
We are going to remove some dangerous dead branches from the large trees over the car park.
Access will reopen as soon as the work is completed.
On Tuesday afternoon, we took a moment to say thank you to Stephen Hepworth who retired from the Inland Fisheries Service last year.
We wanted to recognise the 18 years of valued service he gave to IFS, with the last 10 years as the Manager of Compliance and Operations.
Stephen was the beneficiary of one of the largest known ‘crowdfunding’ efforts from our workplace. We wanted to ensure Stephen’s retirement lifestyle reflected the effort he exerted while working with us. A reproduction of his favourite painting of yingina/Great Lake was the centrepiece of our gift giving.
On behalf of all of us at IFS, we wish Stephen and his lovely wife, Betty, all the best for their adventures together in retirement bliss.
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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.