Great day to wet a line

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - SPORT - with Adam Rice Send your fish­ing re­ports, pic­tures and tips to val­ley­fishes @gmail.com and keep track of the Der­went Val­ley Gazette Fish­ing page on Face­book.

NA­TIONAL Gone Fish­ing Day is this Sun­day.

Free events will be held at dif­fer­ent venues around the state where you can take the kids and wet a line.

The event aims to pro­mote the ben­e­fits of fish­ing with a long-term plan to have more than a mil­lion an­glers in Aus­tralia by the year 2020.

The New Nor­folk Li­censed An­glers As­so­ci­a­tion and Angling Al­liance Tas­ma­nia are open­ing the Bushy Park ju­nior pond in Acre Lane on Sun­day.

Kids up to 17 years of age can fish for free in a safe en­vi­ron­ment — and there is no bet­ter way and day to in­tro­duce them to fish­ing.

The event starts at 11am and fin­ishes at 2pm, with some fish­ing gear pro­vided. But if you have your own, bring it along with you. Re­fresh­ments and a bar­be­cue will be avail­able on the day.

Fresh­wa­ter events will also held at Cressy, Pen­guin, La­trobe and Frombergs Dam at Ulver­stone, with salt­wa­ter op­tions avail­able statewide.

Grab the kids and come up to Bushy Park for the day and get your kids onto a trout — they will never for­get it and nei­ther will you. SOME healthy res­i­dent and sea-run trout are still be­ing caught in the Der­went River.

White­bait and galaxia runs should pick up in the next week or so, and an­other good run of fish will be fol­low­ing them.

Lam­prey eels, which are the tar­get of big trout, are also spawn­ing. A big old 5kg brown trout was caught from the Huon River on a sandie.

At­lantic salmon to around 4kg are be­ing caught and have kept kids busy over the school hol­i­days.

Black bream are also start­ing to move in the Der­went and the odd tailor, Aus­tralian salmon and mul­let are also in the mix.

Fish­ing on the West Coast is heat­ing up.

Shaun House, of Smith­ton, caught two big brown trout in two casts at Lake Rose­bery re­cently. They were caught on a Z Man soft plas­tic matched with a half-ounce jig head. One trout weighed about 4.8kg and the other about 4.4kg.

In the High­lands some good re­ports of catches have come from Woods Lake, Lake Echo, Lake Dul­ver­ton, Lake Cres­cent, Arthurs Lake, Tooms Lake and Bronte/Pen­stock la­goons.

Galaxia are start­ing to spawn close to shore in some places which gives an­glers a good chance of catch­ing a tro- phy trout. Drift spin­ning and trolling near struc­ture seems to be ac­count­ing for most fish caught with baits like grubs and worms also work­ing well fished un­der a float or on the bot­tom. THE Der­went Catch­ment Project team has been work­ing with the In­land Fish­eries Ser­vice to de­velop a five-year plan for wil­low con­trol along the Tyenna River.

The plan fo­cuses on wil­low tree re­moval and reveg­e­ta­tion along sec­tions of the river run­ning through Lanoma Es­tate.

In the se­cond year the plan now looks up­stream with the aim to get rid of wil­lows in the up­per stretches of the Tyenna River with the help from the “wil­low war­riors”.

Th­ese ef­forts will help to link restora­tion works by the Tas­ma­nian Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice, Wild­care vol­un­teers and Norske Skog.

The Wil­low War­rior team is get­ting to­gether for the “Mayfly Muster” to re­plant na­tive trees and shrubs at Lanoma Es­tate from 10am to 3pm next Wed­nes­day. Email Neil.Mor­row@ifs.tas.gov.au or phone 0438 279 421, or ma­g­ali@der­went­catch­ment.org or call 0424 277 226.

Tight lines un­til next week.

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