Blackmans Lagoon

Region: Northeast · Category: Minor


5 fish combined with only 2 over 500mm

Min size: 300/500 mm Bag limit: 5 Method: All methods (bait, lures and flies) Season: 3/8/2019 - 3/5/2020

Latest stocking

Date Number Species Age Weight (g) Type Origin Stock
05/06/2019 100 Rainbow Trout adult 500 Triploid FF#65 - Milly Brook (Huon Aquaculture Group) domestic
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This is a major fishery in the north east of Tasmania and one of three fisheries in the area just east of Bridport. Blackmans Lagoon is within the Waterhouse Conservation Area and is a typical coastal lagoon surrounded with areas of coastal heath and marram grass dunes. The Waterhouse Conservation Area encompasses a diverse range of vegetation communities, including one of the largest areas of heathland on the north-east coast, a vegetation community, which has been greatly reduced in extent since European settlement. These diverse habitats support a rich fauna. Nine threatened species of bird and at least three, and possibly four, of Tasmania's six species of threatened mammals are found in the reserve, as is a rare freshwater fish - the dwarf galaxias - and the vulnerable green and golden frog. Blackmans Lagoon and its feeder creeks constitute probably the single most important site in the State for the green and golden frog. The use of frogs as bait is prohibited.

Getting There

Blackmans Lagoon can be reached via the B82 and is approximatley 20 km east of Bridport.

Recreational Fish Management

Blackmans Lagoon is managed as a Trophy Fishery and is regularly stocked by the Inland Fisheries Service to maintain populations of both brown and rainbow trout.

Angling Notes

Blackmans typically fishes well from the opening of the season until December, particularly at first light and evening. Fly-fishing is the most effective method of angling from the shore particularly for tailing trout. Bait fishing and drift spinning from a boat are equally effective. Brown trout grow to good size here and the lagoon is suitable for all types of fishing.