Pet Reservoir

Region: Northwest · 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) Season: 5/8/2023 - 28/4/2024

Latest stocking

Date Number Species Age Weight (g) Type Stocked from
12/05/2023 1000 Rainbow Trout Adult 485 Triploid FF#65 - Millybrook (Huon Aquaculture Group)
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Pet Reservoir is a 4210 ML dam originally constructed in 1956. The reservoir is managed by TasWater for domestic water supply. Surrounded by gently sloping grassy banks with many sheltered shorelines the Pet is a quiet and peaceful desitination limited to foot access only.

Getting There

Pet Reservoir is at Ridgley, 15 km south of Burnie via the B18 Ridgley Highway.

Recreational Fish Management

The Inland Fisheries Service maintains the population of brown and rainbow trout with regular stocking of both species to supplement limited natural recruitment in the Pet River.

Angling Notes

There are four access points around the reservoir with varying distances to walk to the shore. Boating is prohibited therefore all shore-based angling methods are practised. As most of the banks are open, gently sloping and grassed there are ample opportunities for set rod bait fishing, fly or lure casting. Fishing with worms or artificial baits under a float is popular for trout and blackfish.

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

There is a significant population of river blackfish (Gadopsis marmoratus) in the reservoir. The protected giant freshwater lobster (Astacopsis gouldi) also occurs in the area and are not to be disturbed.

Pest Fish Management

Angler can help reduce the spread of pests in Tasmanian waterways. It is an offence to use fish or fish products for bait or to transfer fish between waters. Significant penalties apply.


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.