Cold snap brings tough times
TROUT fishing in the Derwent has been a bit tough in the past week after what was a better than average opening weekend.
Another cold snap has the river running fresh and high on top of last week’s 1.6m king tides.
Resident and sea-run trout up to 2kg have been caught on both lures and baits, and those fish that were kept had been feeding on a mix of worms, grubs, crabs, lampreys, elvers, sandies and gudgeon.
Smaller rivers like the Styx, Tyenna and Plenty provide good lure fishing when water levels are high, as do similar tributaries on the Huon River like the Weld, Little Dennison and Russell Rivers.
From word they have all been quiet early but don’t be put off by that or minor flooding.
Smart big predatory fish can handle fast, dirty flow and they know vulnerable smaller fish can’t.
To increase your chances of catching anything in these conditions what you use needs to be fished near the bottom for as long as possible. You will get a few snags but one day a snag will turn out to actually be a big fish.
Use deep diving hard bodies or different sized minnow, ribbon or shad tailed soft plastics on heavy weighted jig heads.
Weights to use vary from an eighth of an ounce to three eighths of an ounce depending on depth and flow in the area you are fishing.
Catches elsewhere have also been patchy but from reports Tooms Lake, Lake Leake, Craigbourne Dam, Wood’s Lake, Bradys Lake and Penstock Lagoon are the pick of the bunch.
THE New Norfolk Licensed Anglers Association is running the Interclub Derwent River Challenge from August 24-26.
Hopefully the river condition will have improved and fishing will be great for the competing Southern Tasmanian Licensed Angling Association clubs. The challenge winner is decided by the heaviest combined weight of five trout.
The NNLAA is lucky to have a lot of great sponsors with some good prizes to win.
To enter the competition you need to be a STLAA member and separate entry fees need to be paid before you weigh in any fish.
Challenge entry fees are $10 for adults and $5 for juniors. I will detail the event more in next weeks report.
THE Rise Fly Fishing Festival is the world’s most extensive fishing film exhibition. There is a one-off screening of this year’s movie at Village Cinemas at Eastlands on Thursday from 7-9pm.
Tight lines until next week.