The brown trout season is set to get underway on Saturday, August 3 and the outlook is looking fantastic.
Thanks to good winter rain we expect most lakes and rivers to perform well right from the beginning of the season. Here's a rundown on where to go.
Four Springs Lake
Over 4,000 wild adult brown trout and 1,500 rainbow trout were transferred over winter. The lake draws a crowd for the opening and will fish well early and late in the season.
These will provide great fishing; however, how good depends on continuing rainfall.
We have updated our Anglers Access Program brochures that show how to get to the best spots, with South Esk River, Brumbys Creek, Meander River and St Patricks River all set to be popular.
Leake and Tooms lakes
These lakes provide good early-season waters with generally mild weather. Try wet fly and lure casting around the weed beds.
The lakes are low but should improve with spring rain. To catch fish try dry fly fishing (October to December), or drift spinning among the dead timber.
If you fancy an early trip to the Central Highlands, Bronte Lagoon, Pine Tier Lagoon, Lake Echo, Vingina/Great Lake and Woods Lake are all worth a try.
7,000 adult brown trout were transferred into the Bradys Chain over winter so it should fish well from the start of the season.
Some fish have been tagged and anyone who catches one is asked to email email@example.com or call 1300 463 474 with the tag number and location caught.
Lake King William
The lake is steadily filling and should provide good access from Derwent Bridge end by early spring. If it's numbers of fish you are after, look no further than here.
While reliable, be prepared for some rough weather particularly early in the season. For a more sheltered option with good fish numbers, try Huntsman Lake.
For anglers chasing a trophy trout, try here early in the season. While the water level is currently low, further spring rains should bring the water to the marshes.
The lake has both brown and rainbow trout and will produce some massive trout again this season.
Another trophy trout chance that has been stocked with 500 adult brown trout. These fish will grow quickly in this productive water.
The Western Lakes
The lakes have benefited from good winter rainfall and are worth a look for early season fishing and tailing trout.
Sea run trout
Trout will be about in estuaries and lower reaches of major rivers from the season's start, providing exciting fishing through to Christmas. Check out the Kanamaluka/River Tamar, Great Forester, Brid and Boobyalla rivers.
Things to note
- There have been some regulatory changes for the new season.
- The five venues for the World Fly Fishing Championship 2019 will close for a short time to support the event.
- Some rivers will see a season extension trial until the end of May. Check your Tasmanian Inland Fishing Code 2019-20 for details.
- Anglers Access Program brochures have been updated, so pick up a current copy and update the Infish app.
- Angling licences are available for 48 hours, seven or 28 days, one or five seasons.
To purchase a licence, or for further information visit ifs.tas.gov.au.