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.
Finally the weather arrived that I've been wanting for quite some time now, a day with light drizzle and very humid conditions were here at last. Even though I was up at 5:00 am I was a little slow of the mark before heading off to the Meander River. By the time I put a dozen heat patches on the old body & loosened up it was 6:10 am when I was in the '' Trout Stalker 2 '' and on my way to the river.
Today my plan was to head to the fast water runs, one of the toughest stretches of water one can fish in the upper reaches of the river. It's a very long rocky fast water that tests the best of any river fisher, a fast water full of very slippery rocks/boulders that has sent many trout fisho's home much earlier than they would have liked. As tough as it is on the body the upper Meander River fast water is at the top of my favorites list to chase brown trout. I was in the river by 7:05 am and found it was running a little higher than I preferred, this meant it was going to be that much harder work fishing my way upstream.
Many thanks once again to all those that competed in our event, especially those that travelled from the big island to compete.
Also a special thanks to those that offered their boats for use during the competition, it was very much appreciated.
The final results are attached.
Fish Stats :
Total Fish Caught : 195
Woods Lake : 95 Biggest fish – Garth Jackson 57.6cm, Di Richards 57.3cm, Tom Jarman 56.9cm
Arthurs Lake : 100 Biggest fish – Tom Jarman 55.5cm, Karen Brooks 52.0cm, Casey Pfeiffer 52.0cm
Woods Lake Average Fish Length : 35.8cm
Arthurs Lake Average Fish Length : 37.9cm
Seeing as it's a new year and I haven't wet a line since the 24th December I thought it was time to go and have a session in a river this morning. I left home at first light and on the way I saw a fiery sunrise, one that was bright orange due to the air being filled with smoke from bush fires here in Tasmania as well as the mainland bush fires.
Here I was heading off chasing trout in a river when there are people battling to save homes as well as their lives, it really makes one think how lucky many of us are. My thoughts go out to all of those people as well as the volunteers who have and are still being effected by those horrific bush fires around Australia. I arrived at the Meander River just before 6:30am in what was a beautiful cool morning, the river was running clear and at an ideal wading height, all I needed was the trout to be here and in an aggressive mood.
|Winning photo Tasmania Trout Fishing Photo
by Shaun Chooper "Keep em wet" taken at Lake Fergus
The IFS Trout Fishing Photography Competition is back for 2019-20.
We want your best Tasmanian trout fishing photos. Enter photos of fishing families, anglers, scenery and, of course, trout.
1st Place: $500, 2nd Place: 1 x pair Neoprene waders (Fly 'n Dry), 3rd and 4th Place: 10 x Lures (Hueys Lures).
Entries is free and will be accepted up until 5pm on Tuesday 5 May 2020.
Conditions apply - see entry form
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.
Dull overcast conditions and a gusty South Westerly helped me make the easy decision to fish the lower Mersey River this morning mainly because I knew it would be reasonably sheltered from the winds. It wasn't an early start either because the air temp was only eight degrees when I left home, so there was no rush to get in the river. I was on the river bank by 9:05 am and spotted several trout on the rise plus a few small jumpers as well. As always the first lure of choice was a Mepps spinner, the #0 Stone Fly Bug was what went for starters as it's the lure that's done a great job on several trips lately. I spotted a trout on the rise close to the opposite river bank so that's where the first cast headed.
|Fishing and camping
what better way to spend
the summer holidays
The Christmas/New Year period in the Central Highlands saw some fantastic conditions for fishing. Our Officers were out on patrol and witnessed some great catches. Several waters were visited and boat patrols conducted on several waters. From a fishing perspective Great Lake fished well for anglers trolling with lead lines, particularly early and late in the day. On the warmer sunny days, fish were up and about looking for food in the waves near the surface. The fish were concentrated in the wind lanes.
Woods Lake fished well as usual, however lure anglers are starting to have to check for weed fouling their lure fairly regularly. Fly fishermen did well as usual in the south western corner of the lake.
Arthurs Lake – Fish safes were seen to contain nice fish, with trolling anglers and spinning proving popular. Fly fishermen also had good success in Cowpaddock Bay.
Penstock Lagoon – Plenty of duns were on the water on the cloudier days. As usual, good numbers of rising trout were taken by happy anglers.
Little Pine Lagoon – Fish are tailing nicely at the moment and are in excellent condition.
King William – Lots of fish caught by trollers over the period. Green and old cobra lures were the standout.
In all 224 anglers and 42 boats were inspected by our Officers across 5 days. 10 offences were detected. Fishing without a licence, failing to wear PFD and failing to carry minimum safety equipment on vessels accounted for the majority.
IFS wishes all anglers a safe and happy 2020. If you are in need of a New Year’s resolution, we would highly recommend spending more time fishing our lovely inland waterways.
Collect your photos now and keep you eye on our website for information about how to enter.
There will be some great prizes and the winners will be announced at Trout Weekend 2020 on 16-17 May.
If you haven't already, start shooting those fishy shots and scenes.
The track leading to Double Lagoon in the Nineteen Lagoons area of the Western Lakes is now open.
Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2019/dec/23/double-lagoon-track-now-open Published on Dec. 23, 2019
Hi Willow Warriors,
Just getting in touch to wish you all a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year. If you have been with the Willow Warrior for a while now, thank you for your contributions to the Tyenna River Recovery Program in 2019. If you are one of our new members, I look forward to meeting you at an upcoming event. Its been a fantastic effort this year and we are close to completing the primary willow control and planting works at the Westerway Raspberry Farm. Upstream efforts were kicked off in late November by the Clark’s from Raspberry Farm who organised local Westerway residents to remove willow upstream from the bridge in Westerway with the help of the Derwent Catchment Project. You may have already see their efforts, which have really improved river access from Westerway.
We have also completed our planning to start control of the most upstream willows and work downstream over a 10 years with the aim of eradicating willows from the Tyenna. I will be in touch in the new year with Willow Warrior working bee dates for February and March in the Maydena area and share these draft plans if you are interested in providing input. We have been successfully with a funding application to the Community Environment Grants that, along with the funding from the Fisheries Habitat Improvement Fund, will support all our planned restoration works on the Tyenna for 2020.
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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 ...