Anglers will be out in force on inland waters statewide when the long-awaited brown trout season opens this Saturday, August 3.
White water again showing recently in Cataract Gorge was a welcome sign of higher levels of some northern rivers, especially the Meander.
Although Public Health Services have advised against eating North Esk fish caught below Corra Linn Gorge, remaining popular will be the rest of the North Esk plus South Esk and Macquarie River systems, Four Springs Lake and Woods Lake up top.
Cowpaddock Bay in neighbouring Arthurs Lake is also favoured by some anglers afloat for early and late season catches.
Also worthwhile could be Meadowbank Lake, especially along marshes where rivers enter.
Most of Great Lake remains open and its level is back to where it was early last summer, with one party recently using bait from shore east from the Swan Bay ramp happy with 13 substantial brown trout.
Windy weather is not unusual on the Central Plateau and one of the best places then has always been Pine Tier Lagoon, now full.
Anglers looking for trophy-sized brown and rainbow trout might consider Lake Crescent; its level, measured at Tea Tree Point, given enough rain, will sharpen trout appetites by spilling into marshes.
For those after numbers rather than size, Lake King William also continues to fill with its level back to where it was early last summer.