TASMANIA


Aka the Apple State, some say its because of its shape suggesting an apple while others say its because of the fact that apples are one of its main produce. At the same time it is undoubtedly the state of lakes. One only needs to open look at a map of Tasmania to see why.
Tasmania is arguably the trout fishing capitol of Australia. After several unsuccesful attempts, salmon and trout ova were brought to Tasmania by sailing ship in 1864. The ova were carefully laid in moss and packed in ice to delay hatching during the three months voyage. Althought the salmon failed to acclimatise, the handfull of brown trout which were reared and released thrived in the Tasmanian environment and their progeny were later used to atock the waters of other States of Australia and of New Zealand.
Fishing Regulations
  • Fishing License
    Inland Fisheries angling license issued by the Tasmania Inland Fisheries Commisionis required for fishing the inland waters of Tasmania. Inland Fisheries angling license are available for periods of one day, 3 days, 14 days and a full season.
    The fees are as follows
    1 day3 days14 days1 season
    FeeA$8$13$22 $40

  • Seasons
    The opening and closing dates differ from year to year. The dates for 1996/97 season as follows.
    When you may fish

    3 August 1996 to 27 April 1997
    Most inland waters except waters closed at all times. Note: This season also appliies to the taking of salmon and trout in the section of the River Derwent below its seaward limit to an imaginary line drawn between the extremities of Dowsing's Point and Store Point.

    3 August 1996 to 1 June 1997
    Great Lake except Canal Bay (which opens 2 November 1996 and closes 30 March 1997), Lake Mackintosh, Lake Rosebury, Lake Burburry.

    28 September 1996 to 1 June 1997
    Dee Lagoon, Lake Rowallan, Lagoon of Islands, Lake Skinner

    2 November 1996 to 30 March 1997
    The part of the canal conveying water from Bronte Lagoon to Bradys Lake between the control gates in that canal on the Bronte Tarraleah Road and where the water enters Brady Lake. The part of the canal conveying water from Pine Tier Dam to Bronte Lagoon between the brdige on the Marlborough Highway and the mouth of the canal where it enters Bronte Lagoon and marked by two white posts set up on opposite banks of the canal. That part of the canal conveying water from Dee Lagoon to Brady's Lake between the mouth of the tunnel and Bradys Lake defined by two white posts on opposite points of the canal. That part of Great Lake known as Canal Bay.

    2 November 1996 to 27 April 1997
    The Mersey River above Lake Rowallan, above two white posts on opposite banks of the river.

    2 November 1996 to 30 March 1997
    Derwent River between the Lyell Highway road bridge at Derwent Bridge and the HEC radial gate at Lake St Clair.

  • Waters Closed at All Times
    Any water flowing into: Great Lake, Lake Leake, Dee Lagoon, Lagoon of Islands, Arthur Lake, Lake Kara, Lake Rowallan (except Mersey River), Lake Gordon, and Lake Pedder. (Except Holley River, Pokana River, Boyes River, Gordon River or Adams River), and for a radius of 50 metres below the point where that water flows into the above lakes and lagoons.
    Any water flowing into Lake Sorell, and for a radius of 50 metres below where Dogs Head Creek, Silver Plains Creek and Mountain Creek flow into that lake.
    Any water flowing into Lake Crescent, including the canal from Lake Sorell, and for a radius of 50 metres below where that canal and Agnews Creek flow into Lake Crescent.
    Brushy Rivulet which flows into Brushy Lagoon, and for a radius of 50 metres below where it flows into that lagoon.
    All ponds, races and fish culture ponds maintained by the Inland Fisheries Commission or angler's associations with the consent of the Commission.
    Any water within 100 metres of any fish trap maintained by the Commission.
    McPartlans Canal between Lake Pedder and Lake Gordon.
    St Marys Rivulet for 180 metres on either side of the Main Road Bridge in St Marys.
    Falls River between Russel Falls and Tyenna River.
    Sisters Creek between a white post approximately 100 metres below the bridge in Bird Land Nature Park and a second post approximately 100 metres above that bridge.
    The canal known as No 1 Canal and No 2 Canal conveying water from Shannon Lagoon to Penstock Lagoon above two white posts on opposite banks of the canals.
  • Bag Limit
    Twelve fish consisting of salmon, trout and blackfish.
  • Size Limit
    220 mm. Applicable species: Brown trout, Rainbow trout, Brook trout, Tasmanian Blackfish, Atlantic Salmon.
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