Camden Lake

Region: Northeast · Category: Minor
3.74 21/04/2024


Camden Dam

5 fish combined with only 2 over 500mm

Min size: 300/500 mm Bag limit: 5 Method: All methods (bait, lures and flies). From 1 hour before sunrise to 3 hrs after sunset Season: 5/8/2023 - 28/4/2024


Camden Lake was created in 2019 by the damming of Camden Rivulet for the Scottsdale Irrigation Scheme. The dam has a surface area of 200 ha and a capacity of 9,300 ML when full.

Getting There

Camden Lake is located 45 Km northeast of Launceston via the A3 Tasman Highway, C405 Camden Hill Road and Diddleum Road. A dedicated parking area and shore access is located on the eastern shore off Diddleum Road.

Recreational Fish Management

It is anticipated that the small population of resident trout will grow quickly in the first few seasons. Good natural recruitment is expected in Camden Rivulet upstream of the dam and should maintain the trout population in subsequent seasons. Both rainbow and brown trout are present in Camden Rivulet upstream of the dam.

Angling Notes

Bait, lure and fly-fishing are permitted methods. Fishing the flooded margins of the dam early in the season should be productive using wet flies or earthworms. Motorised boating (including electric motors) is not permitted and there is no boat ramp therefore canoes, kayaks and sit on tops are ideal options and provide access to the western and southern bays. As the weather warms up lure and dry fly fishing will become the preferred methods.

Protect Waters

Recreational anglers have a responsibility to look after fisheries resources for the benefit of the environment and future generations.
Do not bring live or dead fish, fish products, animals or aquatic plants into Tasmania.
Do not bring any used fishing gear or any other freshwater recreational equipment that may be damp, wet or contain water into Tasmania. Check, clean and dry your fishing equipment before entering Tasmania.
Do not transfer any freshwater fish, frogs, tadpoles, invertebrates or plants between inland waters.
Check your boat, trailer, waders and fishing gear for weed and other pests that should not be transferred before moving between waters.
Do not use willow (which is a plant pest) as a rod support as it as the ability to propagate from a strike.
Report any unusual fish captures or algal sightings immediately to the Inland Fisheries Service.
Report illegal activities to; Bushwatch 1800 333 000

Pest Fish Management

Anglers can help reduce the spread of pests in Tasmanian waterways. It is an offence to use fish or fish products for bait or to transfer fish between waters. Significant penalties apply.


Motorised boating is not permitted however canoes and kayaks powered by manual propulsion are allowed. Kayakers should be particularly careful of submerged trees and floating debris.


Please observe the no access area around the dam and spillway.
Be aware of and comply with fishing regulations.
Respect the rights of other anglers and users.
Protect the environment.
Carefully return undersized, protected or unwanted catch back to the water.
Fish species and other organisms must not be relocated or transferred into other water bodies.