There’s noth­ing like fish­ing where the lo­cals do. Tas­ma­nia is trout ter­ri­tory, so pack your favourite rod and tackle and, if you’re keen to catch your din­ner, drop a line in at some of the state’s most beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tions.

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Per­fect for shore fish­ing, lo­cals cast in around the oys­ter racks for de­li­ciously large flat­head. The fish­ing alone makes a drive to award-win­ning Smith­ton worth­while. Snap­per and trevally are caught from spots in town, so un­less you want to fish the es­tu­ary, you don’t need a boat to en­joy a solid day’s fish­ing.

Duck Bay is 136km west of Devon­port. Sil­ver trevally, flat­head, Aus­tralian salmon.


Ask around in St. He­lens and lo­cals will tell you about the huge, tasty garfish in Ge­orge’s Bay. When they’re bit­ing you’ll be jostling for po­si­tion on the jet­ties that make Ge­orge’s a great spot for fish­ing with light gear. For boaters, off­shore reef fish­ing near St. He­lens Point pro­vides good qual­ity, quan­tity, and va­ri­ety of fish. Want to get se­ri­ous but don’t have the gear? Get on a char­ter to the edge of the con­ti­nen­tal shelf for world-class deep-sea fish­ing. Ge­orge’s Bay is 165km east of Launce­s­ton. Tuna, flat­head, bream, Aus­tralian salmon, trevally, and more.


Early sea­son (Au­gust) wet fly­fish­ing and lure cast­ing around the weed beds is a high­light of Lake Leake fish­ing. Lo­cals launch small boats at Kalan­gadoo Bay and head to the mouth of the Snowy River, which feeds Lake Leake. Shore fish­ing is su­perb – when the rain­bow trout are bit­ing – and, if you’re bring­ing your boat, you’ll find even more amaz­ing spots on the wa­ter.

Lake Leake is 100km south-east of Launce­s­ton, 166km north of Ho­bart. Brown trout, rain­bow trout, brook trout.


The Meander flows from Tas­ma­nia’s Great West­ern Tiers in the Tas­ma­nian Cen­tral High­lands and is char­ac­terised by long runs and pools in­ter­spersed with peb­bly rif­fles. Lo­cals head to the up­per reaches of the river where fly-fish­ing is the tech­nique of choice. Closer to Launce­s­ton, the river is ideal for shore-based an­gling with bait or lures.

The Meander River is 20km west of Launce­s­ton. Brown trout, rain­bow trout, and river black­fish.

Fly fish­ing is the tech­nique of choice for many rivers

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