Inland Fisheries Service News
Tasmanian Irrigation advises that Craigbourne Dam in Tasmania's South East will remain closed to the public due to the presence of a blue-green algal bloom. The dam is closed to all recreational activities, including fishing as the naturally occurring algae remains at elevated levels. TI Chief Executive Chris Oldfield said that members of the public should adhere to these warnings. "TI understands that closing the dam may inconvenience some members of the public but this is necessary to protect the community," he said. "TI advises against the consumption of any fish caught from the dam as the current levels within the dam may present a risk to human health, including skin irritations and gastro-intestinal illness." TI is continuing to monitor the algal bloom and will re-open the site once results show a return to safe levels. www.tasirrigation.com.au
As part of the 2013 season promotion the IFS draws the name of a junior angler to win a prize pack each month. The October winner is Jarrod Quigley. Congratulations Jarrod you have a new rod and reel combination to use this summer.
The installation of navigation lights at 30 of the most popular boat ramps at lakes around Tasmania has commenced with installation complete at Four Springs Lake. The lights are a solar powered white beacon that have a range of 5 nautical miles in clear weather. The flashing lights activate at dusk and operate until dawn and will be placed to give the best possible visibility from the water to aid boaters find ramps in low light conditions. A full list of the light installations will be available upon completion (Early 2014) along with GPS coordinates for loading into on-board navigation aids as an extra back up. These lights have been jointly funded by Hydro Tasmania and MAST with in–kind support from IFS for installation and maintenance. Please report any operation issues to IFS on 1300infish or firstname.lastname@example.org
The installation of the grids, fencing together with access signage are fulfilling an access agreement between the new landholder of the area Mr. Peter Downie and the IFS to maintain access. During the last week of November 2013 the IFS is installing cattle grids and signage to access roads on the western shore of Great Lake. A total of eight tracks that lead to the western shoreline of Great Lake from the Lake Highway on the Liawenee Moor will have cattle grids installed to constrain the stock grazing in the area. The tracks are popular with anglers wanting to access the western shores of Great Lake and include tracks to Duck Point, Canal Bay, the Beehives and Boundary Bay. Please be aware that the signs provide advice to the public in respect of the private land only that the public must cross to reach the Hydro land on the lake shore. Once on the lake shore and environs Hydro guidelines to recreational use apply.
Marine and Safety Tasmania has just installed a new pontoon at Great Lake's Swan Bay. This runs down the middle of the double width ramp and can be moved up and down the ramp as lake levels change. This is one of two prototypes (with the second being installed at Arthurs Lake dam wall) being trialled by MAST. Performance and suitably will be assessed and any modifications made before other locations are considered. MAST and IFS welcome feedback from users to assist in this assessment. It will be welcomed by the many boat fishers that use this popular facility. It has been funded by Marine and Safety Tasmania from the Recreational Licence Fund.
Hydro Tasmania have recently repaired potholes and laid new gravel on the Lake Augusta Dam road. This has improved the road for the upcoming summer season of fishing in the Western Lakes area. All users should drive slowly to avoid damaging the road surface, to reduce road kill and potential damage to vehicles.
The Central Highlands of Tasmania are a rugged area with impressive scenery and world class trout fishing in the thousands of lakes and tarns. The TASMAP Highland Lakes Map covers most of the plateau, it shows all of the lakes, how to get there along with launching facilities, accommodation, camping and caravan areas, fuel supplies and services. The reverse side features updated, detailed notes and maps covering the prime fishing lakes. The notes are packed with valuable information on regulations, fish types and the best fishing locations and methods. The 2013 edition is available for purchase from the TASMAP e-shop - www.tasmap.tas.gov.au for $9.95, or at your local Service Tasmania outlet.
The 2013 whitebait fishing season which opened 1 October concludes at midnight tonight 11 November 2013. The season operates according to the Whitebait Fishery Management Plan 2011-2015 for a six week season 1 October to 11 November each year.
Tasmanian Irrigation conducts regular water quality monitoring at Craigbourne Dam. Last week (end of October 2013) the results of testing showed there was a bloom of blue-green algae at the dam.The results indicate that the bloom is currently non-toxic. Further testing will be undertaken this week (first week of November 2013)to monitor the situation. A sign has been erected at the dam to inform the public of the bloom. If the bloom turns toxic the signage will be changed to reflect this and a story will be posted on this website.
Inland Fisheries Service has assisted Parks and Wildlife Service to install new reserve signage at Little Pine Lagoon. The signs are in the new Parks blue and white colour palette and replace the old brown timber signs that had reached the end of their lifespan. The new signs advise visitors of reserve use regulations including fuel stove only* and dogs permitted if under effective control. The signs also identify facilities and areas for specific activities including boat launching, day use only areas, tent camping area and caravan and camper trailer area. To protect the lagoon environment an area on the road shore (Off the B11 Marlborough Road) has been reclassified from a camping area to a day use only area with all camping, caravans and camper trailer areas consolidated adjacent to the public toilets within the reserve. The signs reflect a significant investment and ongoing cooperation between the two agencies in managing the reserve areas surrounding this world class fishery that is the most popular fly fishing water in Tasmania. * fuel stove means a device for cooking that does not – (a) affect, or interact with, in any way, soil or vegetation; or (b) use or burn coal, wood, plant material or any other solid fuel;