Water temperatures are critical for success when fishing in either freshwater or brine.
In Tamar estuary brine, catches of cocky salmon are reported from near Kelso with some flathead and gummy sharks off Low Head.
Anglers, however, are looking forward to more fish being attracted upriver when its saltwater warms from the 11 degrees currently in Bass Strait to at least 13 degrees.
Parts of East Coast brine are already at 13 degrees, which could help explain all the fish reported near the Burns Bay boat ramp just off Georges Bay bar at St Helens and the four bluefin tuna of 20 to 25kg boated recently by two anglers only 500m seaward of Schouten Island.
Inland, water in shallower lowland stillwaters like Brushy Lagoon is warmer and some nice brownies are being taken by trolling.
Others caught up higher from Clarence Lagoon have lacked condition.
Four Springs Lake continues popular, usually from mid-mornings, especially with anglers afloat in various watercraft. Recent windy, icy weather has discouraged those in the highlands.
Yet with spring almost here, Lake Echo is filling steadily and is back to its level of last mid-summer.
So too is Arthurs Lake, where Inland Fisheries officers commented on the excellent condition of its brownies noted during their latest spawning.
Also worth considering is Lake Crescent, with catches of two kilo browns in acceptable nick being reported.