Lakes are still best place to land a trout

Arthurs Lake remains popular with trout anglers and the Inland Fisheries Service surveyed its brownie population during the last week of September.

While the heaviest was 1.7 kg, trout averaged 0.6 kg but were in good condition.

The IFS catch rate across Arthurs was at the lower range and although trout numbers from Phantom and Hydro Bays were reasonable, most came from the eastern side between the Morass and Tumbledown Bay, well down along the backs of the islands.

The IFS recommends fishing to suit current conditions, with trout generally holding in the deeper parts of the eastern basin over weed beds, 1.5m to 4.5m deep.

Northerners who use life jackets are informed that Marine And Safety Tasmania will demonstrate what life jackets can and cannot do for wearers in the water.

Owners are invited to bring their own jackets along for checking Wednesday, October 26, 6pm at Launceston Aquatic Centre. For more, call MAST on 1300 135 513.

Promising for those many anglers anticipating renewed action at Lake Sorell are key findings from a workshop held last May.

No recruitment of carp was detected in Lake Sorell the previous spring and less than three per cent of their original population remain.

Causing recent concern were winter downpours that flooded marshes where carp like to spawn, so barrier nets essential in keeping them out had to be set.

These seem to have been effective enough for ABC television to announce on October 16 that anglers can hope to fish Lake Sorell again in 2018.

Other trout waters again reported as worth fishing right now are Tooms Lake and Lake Leake.

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