Part of Tasmania's island advantage is the waters that surround it, and the unique sea life that it supports. Recreational fishing inland and off the coast is incredibly popular. Fishing licences are compulsory in Tasmania and some marine reserves do not allow fishing. For full details on recreational fishing licences, fishing seasons, size limits and catch limits etc in Tasmania ring the Department of Primary Industries and Water.
Tel: (03) 6233 3352 or 1800 084 881 visit www.fishing.tas.gov.au
Combine kilometres of sweeping coastline and pristine blue waters; secluded inland lakes, crystal clear estuaries and winding rivers with a variety of saltwater fish species and prized freshwater trout, and you have a recipe for success. Add the exciting reality that you may be one of a mere few, if any, out on the water at one time and alas, an angler's paradise. The diversity of Tasmania's Western Wilderness and its fishery is a unique package - invigorating, productive fishing in refreshingly spectacular surroundings.
Tasmania's trout fishery is world class and the region boasts some of the most dynamic angling in the state. An Inland Fisheries Licence is required for inland waters but the rewards are high. You can fish just about any river, lake or stream in the region for brown trout, rainbow trout, Atlantic salmon or brook trout. Highly prized sea-trout run the regions rivers, particularly in spring when large fish move up river chasing schools of whitebait, whilst the mighty Lake Burbury beckons as one of the state's most highly regarded angling destinations. The freshwater fishing season runs from August to May, with November and March considered the best time to fish. Some of the regions major waters are open for fishing year round.
Insight: Fly Fishing
Tasmania may be fished on the surface from mid October to end of season as most rivers and lakes are shallow and the remote lakes and rivers of the Central Highlands are home to the world’s best trout fishing.
Trout will readily take a well presented artificial that matches the insect or food. Most brown trout fishing requires stealth but not grasshopper fishing which is particularly exciting in this region. Plop a grasshopper on the water in mid March and the trout will literally jump at it. The rivers generally produce nice pan size trout and the lakes 2 to 3 pound trout with a trophy fish at times.
Tip: Hire a guide, get with a local or search out a fishing club in the area to make the most of your fly fishing experience.
The best flies for West Coast Rivers:
Berne's Robin - No.12 hook wet fly (August, October)
Berne's Grasshopper - No.12 hook (mid January to mid April)
Brown or Green Nymph - No.12 and 14 (all season)
Iron Blue Dunn - No.14 and 14 hook (October, November December *)
Tea Tree Beetle - No.12 hook (mid January, December, early February)
Woolie Worm (shortie) Brown - Green No. 12 hook (August, September October)
The best flies for Lakes:
Bead Head Woolie Bugger (orange tag) - No.12 (August to October)
Berne's Duck Fly - No.12 hook (October, November, December*)
Berne's Grasshopper - No.12 (February, March)
Guides Tag - No.12 hook (late November through January*)
Lodgers Dunn - No 12 hook (late December, January)
Tasmania's trout fishery enjoys disease free status and encourages sustainable fishing practices. Fishing guidelines and restrictions are in place including bag and size limits, seasons and licence requirements. For more information and a comprehensive guide to freshwater fishing in Tasmania visit www.ifs.tas.gov.au.
Tasmania encourages responsible and sustainable fishing practices. Bag and size limits, seasons and licence requirements are in place. You don't need a licence for recreational rod and line fishing in salt or marine waters but licences are required for abalone, rock lobster fishing (dive, ring and pot), scallop (dive), grabhall net, mullet net and beach seine net fishing. For more information and a comprehensive guide to recreational saltwater fishing in Tasmania please visit www.fishing.tas.gov.au.
Weather conditions throughout the region vary considerably and can change without warning, it is strongly recommended that you seek regular updates and take the necessary precautions to ensure your fishing trip is a safe one. Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST), www.mast.tas.gov.au, provides information for general safety and recreational boating in Tasmanian waters.
Boat ramps, jetties, wharves and moorings
Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) outlines all marine facilities - boat ramps, jetties and wharves - and moorings by region. For more information visit http://www.mast.tas.gov.au/domino/mast/newweb.nsf/v-html/fsFacilities