2019 08 13 Lovely coloured brownMy first couple of days (3rd & 5th August) of the 2019/20 trout season started like this... With the 2019/20 Trout Season well under way I have had a couple of trips to check out a few waters around the place. I haven't really got myself fired up enough to put a lot of time into chasing the trout yet due to the very low water temps in the rivers & streams due to snow melt. I reckon it's just an age thing, being 73 years of age I don't feel the need to push myself too early in the season, besides it's too damn cold anyway. So what I've done over the past couple of days is just hop in a river & stream (that weren't running too high) here and there for twenty to forty minutes and test out my new Okuma Celilo 6'6'' & 6' ULS 1-3kg trout rods, Okuma Helios SX 20 reels and give the Platypus lines & Mepps fluo lures a short workout for when I do get serious. I'll tell you now, the Okuma gear I used is the perfect trout set up, beautifully balanced & light weight which is perfect for trout fishing, the Helios SX20 reel runs nice & smooth and is a pleasure to use. The water temp in the rivers I've had a practice sessions in has been in the 2 - 3 degree range and I can tell you now, it was bloody freezing, hence the short time I spent in them.. I did manage a couple of hook ups on a Mepps #0 Aglia fluo tiger spinner in a small creek but lost both fish. After the three month lay off each trip helps me to hone up my casting skills and gets me a little fitter after my hibernation period. I'll start to get into it over the coming weeks once the days slowly get warmer and hopefully the snow will have eased off. Last season I only had four trips to the rivers in August with just 15 trout caught & released, then in September I had five trips for 21 trout caught & released. Hopefully it won't be all that long before I have my first trout of the 2019/20 trout season in the net.

Quamby open day 2019

Please follow these links for the Quamby Open Day POSTER and INFORMATION

whitebaitIn 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.

If you witness illegal fishing, or anything suspicious at our inland waters please let us know. You can call 0438 338 530 or 1300 INFISH (1300 463 474). You can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

tagged troutWe 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.

2019 07 19 A well deserved troutToday being the last day of the trout season saw me heading off to try another piece of tannin water in the middle of the bush and yes it did require a little bush bashing to reach it. As tough as it was getting to that small tannin water it was well worth it because I was sheltered from the gusty wind that was still blowing. As I reached the water I could see it will be a pretty tough spin session, the water was very shallow, this meant I was having to go into stealth mode.

2019 07 12 Another well conditioned wild brown troutLike most mornings lately I was in two minds whether to go chasing trout today mainly because it was cold, wet and blowing a gale. With just two days left of the 2018/19 trout season left I really wanted to go but the weather was holding me back. In the end it got the better of me and I headed of to try a tannin stream, one I've never fished before but one I've always thought about trying. Thirty minutes after leaving home.

Trout Stocking 2019

Here is a link to a pdf for Trout Stocking for 2019

Date Stocked Quantity Size Area
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

fisheries

Abalone proposed rule changes

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;

2019 06 27 Lovely wild brown troutThe morning was a low three degrees as I was heading to the upper reaches of the Mersey River, then I had a change of mind and decided to head to the small tannin stream I fished several days go. On my arrival I found the water level was the same as the last trip (a little on the low side) so I thought I would be in for another tough time fishing here. This trip I thought I'd start the session using a copper blade #00 Mepps Aglia Mouche Noire to see how it would go on the trout in the tannin water, not that the copper colour would be a problem as it's worked well before in tannin waters.

tooms ramp

An excavator was used to remove snags from in front of the boat ramp

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.

Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2019/jun/18/tooms-lake-boat-ramp-upgrade

tyenna river warriors

Tyenna Willow Warriors

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.

If you are interested in joining the next Willow Warriors event or hearing more about our 10-year plan to eradicate willows from the Tyenna River get in touch with Magali from the Derwent Catchment Project (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0424 277 226) or Neil from the Inland Fisheries Service (0438 279 421 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Source: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/2019/jun/17/native-trees-planted-tyenna-river-derwent-catchment-project

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