Great start with dry July

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - SPORT - With Adam Rice

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.hy­

Tight lines un­til next week.

Send your fish­ing re­ports, pic­tures and tips to val­ley­fishes and keep track of the Fish­ing page on Face­book.

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