Lake Rosebery

Region: West · Category: Major
0.57 21/04/2024


Min size: 300 mm Bag limit: 12 Method: All methods (bait, lures and flies) Season: 5/8/2023 - 2/6/2024

Latest stocking

Date Number Species Age Weight (g) Type Stocked from
05/07/2022 5 Brown Trout Adult 926 Diploid Liawenee Canal, yingina/Great Lake
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Lake Rosebery was created in 1983 by the construction of the Bastyan Dam on the Pieman River for Hydro generation. Feeder rivers include the dammed Mackintosh and Murchison rivers.
Like many Hydro Tasmania Lakes, Lake Rosebery contains superb brown and rainbow trout. You can launch your boat at the lake and spend the day fishing or enjoy a picnic on the shore.

Getting There

Lake Rosebery is approximately 110 km south of Burnie and 70 km north of Queenstown on the A10. The township of Tullah lies on the lakes' eastern shore.

Recreational Fish Management

Lake Rosebery is managed as a wild trout fishery. Brown trout populations are sustained through natural recruitment. Periodic stocking of rainbow trout provides additional angling opportunities.

Angling Notes

Lake Rosebery provides excellent opportunities for shore based angling particularly around the eastern shores near Tullah and to the north - east of the Bastyan Dam. A boat can be useful to explore less accessible areas of the lake and to target wind lanes in open water. The lake is subject to regular water level fluctuations. Casting from a drifting boat and trolling are the preferred methods for lure anglers. For the fly angler the summer months are best when fish can be found rising to midges or chasing mudeyes. Beetle falls are also a feature during summer and autumn when trout can be found rising along the shores or in the wind lanes. Bait fishing at dusk and into the evening with live mudeyes and floating grubs can be very productive on warm nights.

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

Short finned eels are potentially present upstream of the dam wall. The climbing galaxias (Galaxias brevipinnis) may have established a landlocked population post dam construction. This scaleless fish is the largest of Tasmania's galaxiids reaching up to 270 mm in length but more commonly around 120 mm

Pest Fish Management

Anglers can help reduce the spread of pests in Tasmanian waterways by not transferring fish between waters. Offences may incur significant penalties.


Anglers are encouraged to bring portable toilets or be sure to walk at least 100 metres from the water, dig a 15-centimetre hole and bury waste including the toilet paper.


Lake Rosebery is exposed to extreme changes in weather and can become very rough. Hazardous conditions can occur at any time of the year with little warning. A good concrete boat ramp and landing is located at Tullah. Please observe areas prohibited for navigation: Between the signs and Bastyan Dam.
In the waters of the Mackintosh River and Lake Rosebery 2.7 km downstream of the Mackintosh Dam.
In the waters of the Murchison River and Lake Rosebery 1.4 km downstream of the Murchison Dam.


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. Consider using 4 stroke or low emission 2 stroke motors.