Seasons and Waters

Most inland waters are open for angling in line with the brown trout season. This runs from the first Saturday of August in any year to the Sunday nearest the 30 April in the next year. A smaller number of rainbow waters are open in line with the rainbow trout season which runs from the Saturday nearest to 1 October in any year to the Sunday nearest 31 May in the following year. Other exceptions include waters open all year round, closed waters and waters with restricted opening, such as spawning creeks.

Most inland waters are open for angling in line with the brown trout season. This runs from the first Saturday of August in any year to the Sunday nearest the 30 April in the next year. A smaller number of rainbow waters are open in line with the rainbow trout season which runs from the Saturday nearest to 1 October in any year to the Sunday nearest 31 May in the following year. Other exceptions include waters open all year round, closed waters and waters with restricted opening, such as spawning creeks. The open season for all waters is listed in the Inland Waters Database, which can be searched according to name, location, fishing method or season.

Rainbow Waters

Waters open in line with the rainbow trout season, which runs from the Saturday nearest to 1 October in any year to the Sunday nearest 31 May in the following year, include:

  • Dee Lagoon
  • Lake Rowallan
  • Lake Skinner
  • Mersey River, upstream from Lake Rowallan
  • River Leven, upstream from Loongana Bridge
  • Lake Meston, Lake Youd and Junction Lake (within the Central Plateau Conservation Area and the Walls of Jerusalem National Park) to its source
  • Weld River (in the State’s north) upstream from grid reference (E575769 N5443349 and E575659 N5443334)
  • Weld River (in the State’s south) upstream from grid reference (E479455 N5234171 and E479487 N5234269) to its source

Waters Open All Year

Inland waters open to fishing all year round are:

  • Brushy Lagoon
  • Craigbourne Dam
  • Great Lake (other than Canal Bay)
  • Huon River downstream from the Huonville Bridge
  • Lake Barrington
  • Lake Burbury
  • Lake King William
  • Huntsman Lake
  • Meadowbank Lake
  • Lake Pedder
  • Pioneer Lake
  • River Leven, downstream from the Allison Bridge on Golf Course Rd.
  • River Tamar, downstream from the Lower Charles St Bridge on the North Esk River and West Tamar Road Bridge on the South Esk River
  • River Derwent downstream from the Bridgewater Bridge

Closed Waters

Waters closed to fishing at all times include:

  • Lake Sorell
  • Curries River Reservoir, within a 400 m radius of the dam intake structure
  • Lake Fenton and its tributaries
  • Waters flowing into Great Lake, lakes LeakeArthursKaraRowallan (except Mersey River), Dee Lagoon and Lagoon of Islands, and for a radius of 50 m below the point where that water flows into the above lakes and lagoons
  • Penstock Lagoon Nos 1 and 2 canals above two white posts on opposite banks of those canals
  • Brushy Rivulet, flowing into Brushy Lagoon, and for a radius of 50 m below where it flows into that lagoon
  • McPartlans Canal between lakes Pedder and Gordon
  • Sisters Creek between a white post about 100 m below the bridge in Bird Land Nature Park and a second post about 100 m above that bridge
  • All ponds, raceways and fish culture ponds maintained by or operated under the consent of the Service (the exception being the Plenty River which is reserved for anglers with a disability)
  • Fishing is prohibited within 100 m of a fish trap maintained by the Service.

Waters Open for Specific Periods

The following waters are open for fishing during specific periods:

  • Lake Crescent, Curries River Reservoir, Craigbourne Dam, Brushy Lagoon, Four Springs Lake and Huntsman Lake are open from one hour before sunrise to three hours after sunset
  • Canal Bay, in Great Lake is open from the Saturday nearest 1 December in any year and the Sunday nearest 31 March in the next year
  • Lakes Mackintosh and Rosebery are open from the first Saturday of August in any year to the Sunday nearest 31 May in the next year.

Restricted Waters

Tasmania has public waters reserved for exclusive use by anglers with a disability and for the tuition of young people. Private fisheries are also available for use by anglers besides the extensive public waters system. Risdon Brook Dam and the Plenty River adjacent to the Salmon Ponds, are reserved for anglers with a disability (holders of a Tasmanian Transport Access Scheme Card). Lake Waverley is reserved for junior anglers who must be under 16 years of age and accompanied by an adult. A current angling licence is required and normal brown trout season dates apply. No adult may fish in a junior angling water and no able-bodied angler may fish at waters reserved for anglers with a disability.

Inland Waters Database

The Inland Waters Database lists the majority of waters in Tasmania and includes the open season, fishing method and catch limits that apply to each water individually. It can be searched according to region, name, method or season.