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Huntsman Lake

Region: North · Category: Major

Regulations

Min size: 220 mm Bag limit: 20 Method: All methods (bait, lures and flies). From 1 hour before sunrise to 3 hrs after sunset Season: All Year

Latest stocking

Date Number Species Age Weight (g) Type Origin Stock
01/07/2009 300 Brown Trout Adult 1100 Diploid Liawenee Canal Wild
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Background

Huntsman Lake was created in 2007 by the damming of the Meander River for irrigation and power generation.

Getting There

Huntsman Lake is 20km south of Deloraine via the A5 and C167 through the Meander township.

Recreational Fish Management

Huntsman Lake is managed by the Inland Fisheries Service (IFS) as a Wild Trout Fishery. Natural recruitment sustains the population.

Angling Notes

Huntsman Lake is an exciting fishery for Tasmanian anglers. The IFS manages the lake as a wild trout fishery. It has a large population of fish in the 300 - 400 mm size range. The lake is attractive to both boat and shore based anglers, particularly early and late in the season when the sheltered location and lower elevation provide an alternative to the highland lakes. Good shores for wading are at Paynes Landing and McNeill Bay. The forested southern shores provide good beetle falls during summer.

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 has the ability to propagate from a strike

Pest Fish Management

Redfin perch (Perca fluviatilis) are present in the Meander River below Huntsman Lake and in Brushy Lagoon. If this species is caught, anglers are asked to humanely kill the captured fish and dispose of appropriately. Please report any captures of Redfin perch in Huntsman Lake or Four Springs Lake to the IFS. Anglers can help reduce the spread of pests in Tasmanian waterways by not transferring fish between waters. Offences may incur significant penalties.

Recreational Use

Huntsman Lake is managed by Tasmanian Irrigation and is reserved for day use only. Toilets are located near the Dam Wall boat ramp and at 'The Dairy' day use area where there are picnic tables and a BBQ. Please Note the gates are locked at sunset each day - gates open automatically for exit up to one hour after closing.

Boating

Huntsman Lake is a relatively sheltered water ideal for small boats. Use the designated launching area only. A maximum speed limit of 5 knots applies to the whole lake. Lake levels can vary, beware of underwater hazards. If the lake level is low, beware the steep drop off at the end of the boat ramp. Areas prohibited for navigation- within 200 m radius of the dam wall

Remember

Check your wash - if it's white it's all right - if it's brown slow down. Fishing from a boat within 100 metres of an angler fishing from the shore is prohibited unless the boat is securely moored. Do not park on or obstruct boat ramps.