The Mersey Forest Road, leading to prized rainbow trout fisheries previously inaccessible by road for nearly a year, is open at last. With the rainbow season closing on May 28, anglers will doubtless make the most of fishing for trout virtually untouched this season.
Access via the Mersey Forest Road to the Lees Paddocks area remains closed at the Fish River bridge, 1.4 km short of the Walls parking area, but parking and a ford over the Fish River will be available for walkers.
Meanwhile, the Inland Fisheries Service Trout Weekend is coming up at Liawenee, Great Lake, this weekend May 20 and 21, from 10am to 3pm.
Besides spawning brownies, many other attractions include helicopter rides, expert advice on fishing for trout and displays of desirable gear.
Junior anglers under 14 years will each have 10 minutes fishing the supervised pond.
Trout cooking demonstrations will be held on the hour from 11am to 2pm, with free tickets for tastings available at the entrance.
The IFS regards this free event as also being free of alcohol, smoking and dogs.
A boater was impressed last week by how well Tamar Estuary water looked.
Putting out from George Town, he presented a range of baits, including bluebait and squid, to catch many flathead near Middle Island.
While most were too small, he was happy with those big enough to keep.
Mackerel have also been plentiful near Bell Bay.
Then other anglers presenting bait down east were pleased with good-sized flathead recently boated off Four Mile Creek.
This latest brown trout season ended well at Woods Lake, with many trout caught over the final weekend.