Big day from any angle
IT has been a long threemonth wait and conditions are looking great for the start to the 2017-18 brown trout fishing season this Saturday.
It’s an exciting time for a lot of people, and alarms will be set to go off well before dawn, though most won’t sleep a wink.
The forecast is for settled, though cold weather, which will give everyone the chance to fish where they want, whether it be up in the Central Highlands or in one of our many rivers and streams.
Waters stocked by the Inland Fisheries Service during the off season, such as Tooms Lake, Lake Leake, Penstock Lagoon and Lake Crescent, should fish well, with trout looking to feed on native Galaxia populations.
Woods Lake, Arthurs Lake, Great Lake, Lake Echo, Bronte Lagoon, Binney and Bradys lakes, Tungatinah/Wayatinah Lagoon, Lake Repulse and Cluny Lagoon are also worth a look.
The tidal influenced estuaries of the Derwent and Huon rivers are always popular and some good numbers of resident and sea run trout are moving.
In the River Derwent, the Old Beach, Claremont, Granton and Bridgewater areas will offer some good trout right from the start of the season.
Dowsings Point, Masons Point, The Lime Kilns, Murphys Drain, Green Island, Sorell Creek, Norske Skog and Lachlan Creek are also likely areas to target.
Bait fishing with sandies, worms and wattle grubs, trolling cobra-styled lures through the deeper channels or drift spinning hard bodied minnows and soft plastic lures from a boat or shore should get attention when fishing a changing tide.
Areas from New Norfolk to Bushy Park should also fish well, and tributaries like the Tyenna, Styx and Plenty rivers should be considered.
The Huon River from the town centre down through Franklin to Port Huon offers great resident and sea-run trout fishing, as does its tributaries such as the Little Denison, Russel, Mountain and Weld rivers. MAKE sure you check the new 2017-18 IFS angling code for changes in relation to some bag limits, sizes and fishing times at some of your favourite fisheries. Rainbow trout waters will open on the first Saturday in October. THE New Norfolk Licensed Angling Association NLAA is starting the new season with an “Open Waters”competition this Saturday and Sunday.
The weigh-in for the competition is on Sunday at the Rotunda on the New Norfolk Esplanade between 4pm and 4.30pm.
A barbecue and refreshments are available.
Remember the new length competition and the require- ments on taking a picture of the fish and recording its length, with the date and time on a brag mat or similar.
This is mainly for members who want to release trout and measuring options will also be provided at weigh-ins for those wanting to keep trout.
The results along with other performances during competition throughout the season will determine the overall most consistent winner for Seniors and Juniors at the end of the season.
Thanks to Darren Hay from B-Blades Tasmania for making and donating a knife and sheath for the Senior section of the club’s consistency competition.
For a chance to win this great prize it’s important to fish as many club competitions as possible to accumulate points, which are added up at the end of the season.
Darren and some others have kindly offered support to the NNLAA which is greatly appreciated and I will reveal more on this in the coming weeks as we push towards the popular Derwent River Inter Club Challenge on August 26 and 27. BE sure to watch Fishing Australia on WIN television over the next two weekends because two episodes filmed on the Tyenna River will go to air. SEND your fishing reports, tips and pics to valleyfishes @gmail.com and keep track of the Gazette fishing page on Facebook. GOOD luck to all heading out this weekend and I hope you all catch some nice trout. Rug up, stay safe and see in the new season in style. Tight Lines until next week.
NOW THAT’ A KNIFE: The NNLAA Senior Consistency Trophy for the 2017-18 season, made and donated by Darren Hay from B-Blades Tasmania.