Great start with dry July
THE record dry of July contributed to one of the better starts to a new brown trout fishing season in Tasmania for a number of years.
The rain, wind and snow that 95 per cent of the time arrives before or on opening weekend came a week late, showing how confused our climate really is.
Ultimately this was good timing and waters that have suffered from low water levels like Lake Echo, Great Lake, Lake Gordon, Lake King William and Laughing Jack Lagoon will appreciate the extra inflow and fish better for it.
Cluny Lagoon is spilling over the dam wall and water has also been let go from Lake Repulse as part of maintenance work.
Thankfully this didn’t happen over opening weekend — but did it affect fishing in the Derwent during the week.
The New Norfolk Licensed Anglers Association will hold the Derwent River Inter Club Challenge on August 26 and 27.
Bar any more really bad weather and water being let go, trout fishing will be great again in time for the competition.
A good way to catch trout in the Derwent and all rivers when conditions are not suit- able for lure fishing is to try backwash bottom fishing. Try this with baits like worms and wattle grubs and in tidal areas sandies, galaxia and gudgeon.
Brown and rainbow trout to 3kg have been reportedly caught at Tooms Lake on bait, lure and fly.
Woods Lake and Four Springs Lake are fishing well and will continue to all season with some well-conditioned brown trout available up to 2kg.
Lake Mackintosh and Talbots Lagoon are also worth a visit, and have been made more appealing with improved angler access.
Penstock Lagoon is popular for fly anglers with some good brown and rainbow trout to more than 1.5kg being caught on wet flies. Remember Lake Crescent and its population of trophy brown trout, and also the Brady/Bronte/Binney and Tungatinah chain.
The South Esk River Angler Access project has been completed by Inland Fisheries Service project manager Neil Morrow with the help of a $60,000 grant to the Anglers Alliance of Tasmania from the Tasmanian Community Fund.
It was successfully launched by Minister Jeremy Rockliff at the South Esk River at Hadspen on August 5.
The brochure and information can be downloaded from the AAT and IFS websites along with the 2017-18 inland angling code of conduct.
Hydro Tasmania plays a big part in recreational trout angling around the state.
It manages eight major lakes and lagoons — Bronte, Laughing Jack, Penstock, Little Pine and Shannon lagoons, Arthurs, Woods Lake and Lake Augusta.
These fisheries are managed under a memorandum of understanding with the Inland Fisheries Service. The agreement sets out water level management targets to support good, sustainable trout fishing while also looking at protecting fish stocks and water quality.
For the latest news and information on what goes on and why, and to keep up to date with water levels at your favourite fishing spots, check the website at www.hydro.com.au/
Tight lines until next week.
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