Great day to wet a line
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0424 277 226.
Tight lines until next week.