Inland Fisheries Service News
IFS staff have recently extended anglers access upstream from Woolmers Bridge on the Macquarie River. Infrastructure including signage, a new footbridge and numerous stiles provide foot access for approx 3.5km upstream on the eastern bank. This area has previously been inaccessible to anglers. IFS would like to acknowledge the owners and managers of the Rannoch Park property for making this possible. A new version of the Macquarie and Lake River brochure (which also includes new contact details for a property on the western bank) is now available at www.ifs.tas.gov.au
Hydro Tasmania is conducting investigations at Bronte Dam as part of their comprehensive Dam Safety Program. This work will provide insight into the current status of the dam, which will be used to plan upgrade works in future years. The work is scheduled for 4 and 5 March 2014 and will involve disruption to road access across the top of the dam because of the need to work on the crest of the dam. Care should be taken if using the boat ramp as the lake level will be lower than normal. Hydro Tasmania will make every effort to limit disruption for road users but delays should be expected when using the road across the crest of the dam. Any questions should be directed to Andrew Rumsby, the project manager, on 1300 360 441.
The Inland Fisheries Service participated in Business Clean Up Australia Day on 25 February 2014. Teams of staff worked at Craigbourne Dam and Lake Crescent. At Craigbourne Dam the rubbish removed totalled approximately 150 kg, collected from two points around the dam. The rubbish mainly comprised of bottles and cans with one 44 gallon drum also removed. At Lake Crescent and Lake Sorell around 500 kg of bottles, cans, old drums of fuel, car parts, and general rubbish was collected from various areas including Dago Point campground.
IFS staff on the Carp Management Program have been making the most of the warm, still conditions presented at Lake Sorell. They have been using a variety of techniques in a bid to remove the remaining population of carp from the lake. The slowly maturing carp have proved difficult to target and catch, as they did not aggregate in the shallows during optimum weather conditions, and have shown no interest in spawning. Many kilometres of gill nets have been set each day in locations where “Judas” transmitter fish were observed. The gill nets have allowed the team to maintain catch rates through a difficult period of carp maturity and activity. The numbers of carp caught throughout summer are as follows; December- 287, January- 893, and *February- 675. *This is the number caught to February 18.
Following the rerouting of the Gunns Lake to Little Lake 4wd track in 2013, the IFS, with the assistance of volunteers, has continued to monitor the condition of the track. When conditions permitted in February 2014, due to a record wet spring in 2013, IFS staff and volunteers inspected the track and undertook maintenance as required. Inspection revealed that a the track is receiving regular traffic and is improving with use. Some fallen timber was removed from the track, additional signage installed and a large amount of stone placed in the areas most vulnerable to erosion and inundation. Finally a large amount of rubbish was removed from the vicinity of the Little Lake hut. IFS would like to thank Jan and Bill Spencer and Hydro Tasmania for their assistance with this project. Anglers are reminded that this track is suitable for high clearance 4wd vehicles only and should not be attempted in wet conditions. Alternatively Little Lake can be accessed on foot from Gunns Lake, an easy 20- 30 minute walk.
IFS staff recently inspected the Little Pine Lagoon to Lake Fergus walking route. Staff completed the return walk in 5.5 hours including checking a number of anglers at both Little Pine and Lake Fergus en-route. The route is in good condition with evidence of regular foot traffic taking advantage of this excellent walk-in angling experience. Water levels at Lake Fergus are ideal for late season polaroiding with dun and ant hatches always possible at this time of year.
Members of the public are advised the above works will commence on Monday 3 March 2014 and should be completed by Monday 31 March 2014 (weather permitting).The nature of the works will necessitate the launch area being closed during this period.The Bradys shack ramp will be open for use during the works. For more information contact Jim Caulfield on 0419120209 or Neil Morrow at IFS on 0438279421. Marine and Safety Tasmania apologises for any inconvenience that may be caused.
Tasmanian Irrigation wishes to advise that Craigbourne Dam in Tasmania's South East is now open to the public.The dam had been closed to fishing and recreational activities as a precaution due to the detection of naturally occurring blue-green algae. Elevated levels of the blue-green algae have now disappeared making it safe for public use. Tasmanian Irrigation is continuing to monitor the dam on a weekly basis. There was no impact on irrigation as a result of the dam closure. Tasmanian Irrigation thanks the public for its patience during the closure.
After the positive response to initial trial stockings of Lake Kara with adult rainbow trout and Atlantic salmon during 2013 IFS committed to replacing the screens at the spillway to prevent fish from migrating downstream when the lake is overflowing. The installation of new galvanised steel screens was completed on 13 February2014. This will be a considerable boost to the future management of Lake Kara as a family fishery for the North West coast. Further stocking will be undertaken as fish become available.
The latest update on the Carp Management program is now available. Find out what has been happening with the efforts at Lake Sorell and trials with new technology and methods.