The inland recreational fishery in Tasmania is based primarily on angling for four species of introduced salmonids (brown trout, rainbow trout, brook trout and Atlantic salmon).
It is a licensed recreational fishery governed by regulations under the Inland Fisheries Act 1995. Most inland waters are open to angling for nine months of the year but specific regulations relating to fishing method and catch limits do vary according to individual waters. A smaller recreational whitebait fishery, which is operated under a separate fishing licence, operates in Tasmania with a limited number of waters open for whitebait fishing during a season of six weeks.
- The development, management and protection of this recreational fishery is a major focus of the Service, with funding generated primarily through revenue raised from angling licence sales. Major recreational management activities include:
- Stocking and hatchery operations, which focus on breeding and raising wild trout stock at the Service's hatcheries at New Norfolk and the Salmon Ponds, and the stocking of public and private inland waters for recreational fishing
- Monitoring and planning of the fishery through fishery management plans, performance assessments and angler surveys
- Development of the fishery through infrastructure, information and Angler Access projects
- Development and enforcement of regulations governing the fishery, including compliance operations