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Clarence Lagoon

Region: Central · Category: Minor


Min size: 300 mm Bag limit: 2 Method: Artificials (lures and flies) only Season: 7/8/2021 - 1/5/2022

Latest stocking

Date Number Species Age Weight (g) Type Origin Stock
15/08/2018 1000 Brook Trout unspecified 80 Triploid FF#52 - Mountain Stream Fisheries Pty Ltd Domestic
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Getting There

Liawenee lies on the western shore of yingina/Great Lake approximately 92km north west of Melton Mowbray and 59km south of Deloraine via the A5 Highland Lakes Road. Other popular access points to the Western Lakes include Lake Mackenzie, Walls of Jerusalem National Park and Clarence Lagoon.

Recreational Fish Management

Clarence Lagoon is managed as a Wilderness Fishery and is within the Central Plateau Conservation Area. The Inland Fisheries Service (IFS) regularly stocks Clarence Lagoon to maintain the population of brook trout. To protect the unique native fauna and flora Clarence Lagoon is restricted to the use of artificial lures and fly fishing only.

Angling Notes

The Western Lake Wilderness Fishery is dominated by wild brown trout with rainbow trout present in some waters. Clarence Lagoon is the only water in the Western Lakes that holds brook tout.
Individual waters are small and sensitive suited to small angling groups or individuals. Angler dispersal is encouraged to maintain the angling experience and wilderness values.
Early season fishing for 'tailing' trout is best in waters with shallow, weedy margins that fill with winter rain and snow melt such as Lake Kay, Double Lagoon, Howes Bay Lagoon and Talinah Lagoon. If trout are not visible then carefulsearching of the undercut banks of most waters with a wet fly or nymph can produce fish. Given favourable conditions, polaroiding can be rewarding throughout the season although December to February is the optimal period. Shallow sand/silt bottom waters are best such as lakes Ada, Augusta and Chipman and Double, Third and Second lagoons. Good dry fly fishing to mayfly feeders during late December to February occurs at Lake Kay, Howes Lagoon Bay and Carters Lakes. Spin fishing, trolling and loch style fly fishing are popular on Lakes Augusta and Ada.

Protect Waters

Recreational anglers have a resonsibility 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 has the ability to propagate from a strike.

Native Fish Management

Clarence Lagoon is one of only a few known populations of the State and Commonwealth listed threatened fish, the Clarence galaxias (Galaxias johnstoni). It occurs only in Tasmania with Clarence Lagoon being the only place where it co-exists with another species. It is therefore essential that no other fish species are introduced into Clarence Lagoon. Clarence galaxias is a small dark coloured fish with dark bars and patches extending down its side to its yellowish belly. It grows to about 120mm in length and spawns in spring. The IFS monitors this species on an annual basis looking for changes in population structure and any potential new threats.

Recreational Use

When visting these sensitive regions, please play your part in ensuring their future by following leave no trace guidelines. These are largely common sense, such as carrying out what you carry in, walking on formed tracks wherever possible, and pitching tents on established sites rather than creating a new one. The WhA is a fuel stove only area - open fires are not permitted, and in many areas, including all national parks and reserves, live bait cannot be collected.
To minimise the spread of root rot fungus start your walk with clean gear, including boots, tent pegs, gaiters and tent floor; use washdown stations where provided and wash your gear at the end of a trip.
If fishing in an area where a toilet exists please use it! If there is no toilet, walk 100m away from any water, dig a 15cm hole and bury your waster and the toilet paper as well.
By following these simple giudelines you will assist in ensuring the long-term viability of Tasmania's freshwater fisheries, and our unique natural heritage. Remember, when fishing in Tasmania, fish for the future. Future anglers will thank you.


The Parks and Wildlife Service regulate boating in the Western Lakes area. Motorised boating is permitted on Lake Augusta, Lake Mackenzie, Lake Ada, Double Lagoon, Lake Fergus (electric motors only) and the lakes accessed for the Pillans Lake - Julian Lakes vehicle track. Motorised boating (including elecric motors) is prohibited on all other waters in the Western Lakes area.