Inland Fisheries Service News
The Inland Fisheries Service meets four times a year with Anglers Alliance Tasmania (AAT). AAT is the peak body representing Tasmania's freshwater anglers. The IFS delivers a report to AAT prior to each meeting for information on IFS activities and discussion at the meetings. These reports are published on the IFS website and can be found here. AAT also publish the minutes to the meetings on their website www.anglersalliance.org.au
Inland Fisheries Officers conducted patrols across the state to coincide with the opening of the 2014/15 angling season on Saturday 2 August. With many rivers impacted by flood and snow down to 300 metres, challenging conditions confronted anglers and officers alike. With hardy resolve both groups rose to the challenge with over 380 anglers checked at 28 waters as far afield as Lake Kara in the north west to Tooms Lake in the east, Penstock Lagoon in the central highlands and Lake Pawleena in the south. Anglers were rewarded with 126 rainbow trout, 130 browns and two Atlantic salmon. A number of offences were detected including failure to wear PFD’s in boats under 6 metres and some anglers being caught out by the new bag and size limits introduced for the 2014/15 season. Most pleasing was the number of families, juniors and increasingly, female anglers, getting in on the early action, being part of the 150 years of trout celebrations and going into the draw for the Ford Ranger.
Just in time for the opening of the 2014/15 angling season, Lake Kara has been stocked with some big fish. Today (1 August 2014) the IFS stocked 305 rainbow trout averaging 1.8 kg and 70 Atlantic salmon averaging 2.4 kg into Lake Kara. The fish were donated by Huon Aquaculture from their Springfield Hatchery. Anglers are reminded that Lake Kara now has a daily bag limit of five fish of all species of salmonid combined. The minimum size is now 300 mm and no more than two fish can be larger than 500 mm in length.
Anglers will be pleased to hear that the trees fallen on the main access road to Four Springs Lake have been cleared. This popular fishery will be able to be accessed for the opening weekend of the 2014/15 season.
The damage to the DPIPWE gauging station on the Mersey River has now been cleared. This means the access to the Mersey River via Shale Rd. has now been reopened.
A reminder that Lake Sorell remains closed for the 2014/15 angling season due to carp control activities. This is an extension of the closure from the previous seasons. INLAND FISHERIES SERVICE Inland Fisheries Act 1995 Notification of Closure of Lake Sorell. I, John Diggle, Director of Inland Fisheries, acting in accordance with Clause 3 of the Inland Fisheries (Delay or prevention of Spread of Controlled Fish) Order 2003 hereby advise that Lake Sorell is closed below its high water mark and access is totally restricted to all persons from Saturday 2 August 2014 until further notice unless otherwise authorised by me in writing. Further I hereby direct, pursuant to Section 152(4) of the Inland Fisheries Act 1995, that access by persons and the activities of such persons in and around Lake Sorell be restricted in accordance with the above notification. Dated Wednesday 30 July 2014. John Diggle Director of Inland Fisheries
This is the time of year many anglers look forward to, opening of a new angling season. Season 2014/15 opens Saturday 2nd August 2014. So many are asking where is the best place to go? This year the IFS has built new traps in the Central Highlands at Arthurs Lake. What this means to anglers is that there have been a lot more adult brown trout transferred to other water than previous years. Rather than waiting for fry to grow to takeable sized fish (minimum size for waters is 220 mm or 300 mm in most fisheries) these adults are ready to catch with all those transferred greater than 220 mm and most greater than 300 mm in length. Fisheries that have received the most benefits from these developments are; Bradys Lake with just under 10,000 stocked, Four Springs Lake with 2,700 stocked, Craigbourne Dam with 4,000 stocked, Tooms Lake with 2,300 stocked and Lake Leake with 1,800 stocked. There are many others that have received adult brown trout, as the list below shows. Penstock Lagoon was stocked with 2,000 adult brown trout that have been adipose fin clipped. This was to estimate the size of the brown trout population there but also provides some extra stocks for anglers to target opening weekend. During May to July period Lake Barrington, Craigbourne Dam and Brushy Lagoon all received Atlantic salmon in the 2-6 kg range. Craigbourne Dam and Lake Barrington also received some big rainbow trout averaging 2.5 kg. Lake Kara is planned to receive Atlantic salmon and adult rainbow trout prior to the season opening, watch this website for details. It is also worth noting that Lake Kara was stocked with 550 brown trout which will further encourage northwest coast anglers to visit on opening weekend. Tight lines everyone, this season should be a ripper.
Due to unseasonal low lake levels at Bronte Lagoon, Bradys Lake, Lake Binney, Tungatinah Lagoon and Lake Echo, IFS has issued the following caution to anglers: Bronte Lagoon –The boat ramp at Bronte Lagoon Dam Wall is operational to -1.7 m below Full Supply Level (FSL). With the lagoon currently at -1.85 m extreme caution should be exercised when launching and retrieving boats. Bradys Lake – The new ramp at the Whitewater is operational to -3.9 m below FSL. The level is currently -3.9 m therefore caution should be exercised when launching and retrieving. Lake Binney – The boat ramp off the Lyell Highway is operational to approximately -3.0 m below FSL. The lake level is currently -3.9 m therefore launching and retrieving trailer boats is not recommended. Tungatinah Lagoon – The gravel ramp at Tungatinah Lagoon off the Lyell Highway is operational to approximately -3.0 m below FSL. The lake level is currently -3.9 m therefore launching and retrieving trailer boats is impossible at current levels. Lake Echo- The boat ramps at Large Bay, Middle Echo and the Dam Wall are all designed to operate to approx. -8.5 m below FSL. With the lake currently -9.15 m launching trailer boats is not recommended. As a general precaution boat operators should maintain extreme caution whilst navigating on all these waters due to submerged hazards just below the surface. A 5 knot speed limit is recommended. Forecast rain during this week may see some increase in lake levels. Check the current level anytime at: www.hydro.com.au
An inspection of the boat ramp at Lake Binney which coincided with a low lake level of -3.7 m allowed IFS staff to remove a large submerged tree from the toe of the ramp. The tree was lying across the bottom of the ramp just below the water level and could have been an unpleasant surprise for early season anglers.
As part of the MAST/Hydro Tasmania upgrade of the Whitewater boat ramp at Bradys Lake, Central Highlands Council have completed improvements to the turning circle and widened the access road to provide space for parallel parking on both sides. Central Highlands Council’s in-kind contribution to the project is valued at $10, 000. Completion of the parking area and turning circle has put the finishing touches on a major project for anglers visiting the central highlands region. Many thanks to MAST, Hydro and Central Highlands Council for an excellent job.