Lake Crescent

Region: Central · Category: Minor


2 fish combined with only 1 over 500mm

Min size: 400/500 mm Bag limit: 2 Method: Artificials (lures and flies) only. From 1 hour before sunrise to 3 hrs after sunset Season: 5/8/2023 - 28/4/2024

All waters flowing into Lake Crescent excluding that section of the canal connecting Lakes Crescent and Sorell below Interlaken Road.


Latest stocking

Date Number Species Age Weight (g) Type Stocked from
28/04/2021 500 Brown Trout Adult 800 Diploid Liawenee Canal, yingina/Great Lake
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Lake Crescent is a large shallow storage (average depth 1.5m and maximum depth 2.4m) surrounded by grassy woodland and pasture. Marshlands extend around the northern and western shores. The water in Lake Crescent is naturally turbid. Water enters the lake via a canal from Lake Sorell and flows out into the Clyde River. Lake Crescent has a reputation for a small population of large trout.

The Interlaken Lakeside Reserve at the northern end of the lake is listed as a Ramsar wetlands site, it has been identified as a wetland of international significance.

Getting There

Lake Crescent can be reached via the C527 from Bothwell, the C526 from Tunbridge and the C527 from Oatlands.

Recreational Fish Management

Lake Crescent is managed by the Inland Fisheries Service as a trophy trout fishery. Low level stocking of both brown and rainbow trout maintains populations at levels where the golden galaxias can co-exist with trout.

Angling Notes

Lake Crescent is reserved for artificial lures and fly fishing only. Persistent anglers fishing with hard bodied lures, soft plastics and large wet flies can be rewarded with above average size brown and rainbow trout. Wading can be difficult and a boat is an advantage. Early season provides the best sport when high water levels flood into the marshes.
Waters closed to fishing at all times:
All waters flowing into Lake Crescent excluding that section of the canal connecting Lake Crescent and Sorell below Interlaken Road (C527).

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.

Native Fish Management

The Golden galaxias (Galaxias auratus) is endemic to lakes Crescent and Sorell. This species is listed as rare under the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995.

Pest Fish Management

Considerable effort has been undertaken to eradicate European carp from this water. Lake Crescent is now carp free. It is an offence to transfer fish between waters. Significant penalties apply.

Lake Levels

Information on current lake level for Lake Crescent is available at

Recreational Use

There is one boat launching area at Lake Crescent. Camping is not permitted on Crown Land adjacent to Lake Crescent including the lakeside Island Reserve area. Campgrounds are provided at Dago Point, Lake Sorell.


Lake Crescent is exposed to extreme changes in weather and can become very rough. Due to its shallow nature there are many submerged hazards and reefs. Boat operators should take extreme care. Please practice minimal impact boating by accelerating gently in shallow water to avoid the underwater wash from the propeller jet stirring up silt and mud. This sediment clouds the water, disturbs sensitive weed beds, smothers aquatic plants and degrades fish habitat.


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.