What to Expect
Tasmania provides some of the best inland fishing waters in the world. Its abundant streams and lakes and its pristine, unique natural environment make it a highly attractive and exciting fishing destination. You can catch wild trout in crystal clear waters surrounded by spectacular natural scenery, access prime fishing locations easily from major cities, and fish for a variety of trout and salmon at a single water or at several waters within the one day.
The recreational fishery is based around four species of introduced salmonids (trout and salmon). Tasmania's wild brown trout fishery, in particular, attracts anglers from interstate and overseas, but the fishery also caters for a wide range of angling interest. Anglers have the choice of fishing one of the many small streams that teem with brown trout in the 500 gram range, to stalking larger fish in the shallow margins of one of the many hundreds of lakes.
For the intrepid angler, vast areas of National Park and World Heritage Areas contain excellent trout waters. These areas enable the outdoor enthusiast to combine trout fishing with bushwalking for the ultimate wilderness fishery experience.
The Tasmanian climate, particularly in the highland country, is highly changeable and outdoor recreationalists need to beware and be prepared. Research the Weather forecast before you leave on a fishing trip and check the live webcams in the highlands.
For the novice fisher or tourist, some local advice on where to fish and what to use, could make the difference to a successful fishing experience. Tasmania has a healthy network of angling clubs throughout the State and a string of accredited trout guides. Valuable advice is also available through tackle stores, where you can also purchase a fishing licence.
Angler Access brochures, which contain a map of the fishing water, are available for the majority of popular trout fishing waters.