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River Derwent

Region: South · Category: River


River Derwent - Above the bridge at New Norfolk

Min size: 220 mm Bag limit: 5 Method: All methods (bait, lures and flies) Season: 7/8/2021 - 1/5/2022

River Derwent - Below the bridge at New Norfolk

Min size: 220 mm Bag limit: 5 Method: All methods (bait, lures and flies) Season: All Year

Latest stocking

Date Number Species Age Weight (g) Type Origin Stock
05/08/2021 3 Brown Trout unspecified 852 Diploid Liawenee Canal, yingina/Great Lake Wild
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The first brown trout introduced to the southern hemisphere were hatched at the Salmon Ponds on the Plenty River, a tributary of the River Derwent, in 1864 and released into the wild the following year. A wild population of brown trout are maintained in the River Derwent and its tributaries through natural recruitment. Sea-run trout are a feature with small numbers of rainbow trout and Atlantic salmon present. The estuarine section of the River Derwent is described as the best black bream fishery in Australia.

Getting There

The River Derwent rises at Lake St. Clair and flows south to Hobart. This information refers to a 75km section of the river from Gretna to just downstream of the Bowen Bridge in Hobart's northern suburbs.

Recreational Fish Management

The River Derwent is managed as a wild fishery sustained through natural recruitment. The River Derwent is also managed as a recreational whitebait fishery. Separate rules and regulations apply to whitebait. Check the IFS website for details.

Angling Notes

Disabled Access: There is disabled access at the New Norfolk Esplanade and Masons Point. Both locations have a platform specifically designed for disabled access.

There is a pontoon/platform at Austins Ferry, Millbrook Rise, Prince of Wales Bay & Windsor Corner to aid anglers launching and boarding boats.

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 Tasmania.
Do not bring 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 propogate from a cutting.

Sustainable Management

Above Bridgewater Bridge.

The River Derwent has its headwaters at Lake St. Clair and meanders down through to New Norfolk via several dammed Hydro Tasmania storages. A variety of fishing can be found along its' length. The tidal reaches commence at Lawitta above New Norfolk and become increasingly estuarine as it approaches the Bridgewater Bridge. Sea run trout can be caught up to the base of Meadowbank Dam, the first of many dams as you travel upstream.

Below Bridgewater Bridge.

Below the Bridgewater Bridge the true Derwent Estuary starts. There are access points from Kingston to Granton on the western shore and from Tranmere to Bridgewater on the eastern shore. Sea run trout can be found in this stretch of river peaking during September in the upper estuary. Resident brown are also readily available particularly outside of the summer months. Bream fishing is popular and productive throughout the estuary.

Native Fish Management

Australian grayling are present in the River Derwent and are wholly protected species. River blackfish are also present upstream of New Norfolk.

Pest Fish Management

The pest fish, redfin perch (Perca fluviatilis) and tench (Tinca tinca) inhabit the Derwent catchment. If either of these species are caught, anglers are asked to humanely kill the captured fish and dispose of appropriately.

Environ Cultural

All fish contain a small amount of mercury - even those from the open ocean. This influences how much you can safely eat. If you eat fish caught in the RIver Derwent downstream from New Norfolk it is best to avoid eating fish from other sources in the same week. Fish, including trout, should not be eaten TWICE a week*
*Some people should further limit their consumption to ONCE a week.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women and women planning to become pregnant
Children aged six years and younger.