Brown Dun: Full Lake Rowallan worth the effort

Trout anglers might well consider visiting Lake Rowallan. One skilled troller recently boated 17 trout over one weekend, with almost equal numbers of browns and hard-fighting rainbows.

Averaging more than 1kg and in good condition, they seem to have benefited from lack of angler access by road during nearly all of last season.

Almost full at the time, Rowallan remains high at 2m down and rising. With most action localised, however, anglers may need to prospect.

Now could also be the time to go farther west to visit Talbots Lagoon, another prime fishery where many anglers believe sport improves between October and March.

Hydro Tasmania advises that the Clarence Weir and Laughing Jack bridges will be replaced between November 13 and 30.

Alternative access routes will be available.

Recreational saltwater anglers should note the whitebait season has closed, but three rock lobster zones will open as scheduled next Saturday, November 18. These are the Furneaux, north-east and upper east zones.

However, because of elevated toxin levels, four zones along the east and south coasts will remain closed. For more details, phone 6165 3233 or 1300 720 647.

The spawning season for carp remaining in Lake Sorell is now in full swing until February but has been slowed by falling lake levels and lack of heat.

The Inland Fisheries Service hopes the warmer weather that is forecast will encourage those few spawners remaining to push into shallows and to be captured there.            

In the north-east last weekend, anglers using gurnard bait boated limits of big flathead to 85cm and averaging 60cm from 40m down off Waterhouse Island.