Good and bad news for inland fishers

Saltwater anglers at St Helens are bagging dependable Australian salmon, mainly cocky salmon to a kilogram.

These and trevally are coming onto boats offshore as well as Georges Bay jetties. In between, Humbug Point has been productive – sometimes for garfish, too.

Inland, rain and mud last September 18 did not deter scores of Trout Expo anglers lining Brumbys Creek. Significantly, organiser Richard Goss estimated two out of every three entrants hailed from outside the Cressy area, from all parts of Tasmania including the West Coast.

News from the Inland Fisheries Service is mixed. Downpours at Interlaken in mid-September meant possible uncontrolled spilling from Lake Sorell and setbacks to the carp eradication program. Hence the higher water was released from linked Lake Crescent.

More welcome is information that the road to Lake Mackenzie is now open. Sadly, the Mersey Forest Road to Lake Parangana and beyond will probably remain closed until autumn.

Conversely, much access to the lower Mersey River has been restored. Check website www.ifs.tas.gov.au.

Eastwards, a flyfisher on a creek joining the Elizabeth River not far below Lake Leake took three nice rainbows on a brown Woolly Worm.

Ranging from 0.7 to 0.9 kg, trout had been looking for snails and scud in a small backwater.

Rain has lifted the levels of the Macquarie River system, with both Tooms Lake and Lake Leake spilling. Besides the Macquarie itself, prospecting edges and sidewaters of other tributaries like the Lake River could also be worthwhile.

Little Pine Lagoon water has been clear and cold with some trout already boated. 

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