Curries River Reservoir

Region: North · 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). From 1 hour before sunrise to 3 hrs after sunset Season: 5/8/2023 - 28/4/2024

Curries River Reservoir - within 400 m of the dam tower


Latest stocking

Date Number Species Age Weight (g) Type Stocked from
28/06/2023 31 Brown Trout Adult 466 Diploid Tumbledown Creek, Arthurs Lake
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Constructed in 1979, Curries River Reservoir is managed by TasWater as domestic water supply for nearby George Town. Covering an area of 182 Ha the reservoir is surrounded with forest and woodland with many sheltered shorelines ideal for small boats and kayaks (electric motors only are permitted) and shore-based angling.

Getting There

Curries River Reservoir is 5 km east of Bell Bay. Turn north off the B82 Bridport Road on to Curries Dam Road. The reservoir is a further 1.5 km via gravel road.

Recreational Fish Management

Due to no evidence of natural recruitment the Inland Fisheries Service periodically stocks both brown and rainbow trout to maintain the fishery.

Angling Notes

There is an informal boat launching area off Curries Dam Road. The causeway and western shoreline are easily accessible from here for shore-based angling. The eastern shore of the reservoir is private property. As most of the shore is open, there are ample opportunities for set rod bait fishing and fly or lure casting. Fishing with worms or artificial baits under a float is popular. A small boat or kayak provides access to the eastern and middle areas of the reservoir where trout can be found feeding over txtensive weed beds and on schools of native galaxiids (small native fish). Fly fishing and lure casting are effective methods of targeting these fish.

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 suport as it has the ability to propergate from a strike.

Native Fish Management

The common galaxias (Galaxias maculatus) and spotted galaxias (Galaxias truttaceus) have established landlocked populations with juveniles often being observed in small schools. Short finned eels are also present.

Pest Fish Management

Anglers can help reduce the spread of pests in Tasmania waterways. The reservoir holds a population of introduced yabbies (Cherax destructor). Yabbies are a controlled fish under the Inland Fisheries Act 1995. It is an offence to possess yabbies, use fish or fish products for bait, or to transfer fish between waters. Significant penalties apply.


The reservoir is sheltered and ideal for small boats and kayaks. Only boats propelled manually or by an electric motor can be used when either fishing or travelling on this water. The area within a radius of 400 metres of teh dam intake structure is closed to fishing and boating at all times. Fishing from a boat within 100 metres of an angler fishing from the shore is prohibited unless the boat is securely moored.


Code of Conduct:
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.