Brown Dun | Four Springs all clear and back in action

ANTICIPATION: While Four Springs Lake has been given the all clear, brown trout anglers will have to wait until August to cast a line.
ANTICIPATION: While Four Springs Lake has been given the all clear, brown trout anglers will have to wait until August to cast a line.

Good news about Four Springs Lake is that visitors can now continue with water-based activities there.

This follows results of recent tests of its water for blue green algae which give the all-clear.

Four Springs trout anglers, however, will still need to wait until the brownie season re-opens on August 4.

The Inland Fisheries Service Trout Weekend is coming up at Liawenee, Great Lake, this weekend May 19 and 20, from 10am to 3pm. Entry is by donation with monies going to the Fisheries Habitat Improvement Fund.

Besides spawning brownies, many other attractions include tracking carp, helicopter rides, expert advice on fishing for trout and displays of desirable gear. Junior anglers under 14 years will be rostered to fish the supervised pond to try for its trout.

Cooking trout will be demonstrated on the hour from 11am to 2pm, with free tickets for tastings available at the entrance.

This free event as also alcohol-, smoke- and dog-free.

Huntsman Lake near Meander remains open for trout angling, and action there last Monday pleased one keen veteran fishing nymphs from shore.

He reported water was very clear, and although still low, up noticeably after the latest rains. Fishing nymphs as deep as possible from shore, he landed three brownies – not big, but satisfying.

West of the Tamar estuary, plenty of big Australian salmon are reported off Devonport along with mackerel and some tailor.

Meanwhile, northern rivers given recent out-of-season boosts by rain for their stocks of trout include the North Esk, upper South Esk, its tributaries the St Pauls and Nile, the Ringarooma and North Eastern coastal streams.