Talbots Lagoon

Region: Northwest · Category: Major


5 fish combined with only 2 over 500mm

Min size: 300/500 mm Bag limit: 5 Method: All methods (bait, lures and flies). From 1 hour before sunrise to 3 hrs after sunset Season: 5/8/2023 - 28/4/2024

All waters flowing into Talbot's Lagoon


Getting There

Located approximately 50km South of Burnie. Turn East off the B18 Ridgley Highway, 38km South of Ridgley onto Guildford Road. Follow Guildford Road for 8km to Talbots Lagoon car parks. The lagoon is reached by a 200m walk. Walking tracks extend around much of the lagoon - beware of logging traffic on private roads.

Recreational Fish Management

Talbots lagoon is managed as a wild trout fishery. natural recruitment maintains the quality of the angling. To protect spawning fish, all waters flowing into Talbots Lagoon are closed to angling at all times.

Angling Notes

Talbots Lagoon is generally shallow with many snags and submerged trees and is ideal for wading. Anglers should be aware of submerged hazards and soft sediments. All methods of angling can be productive including fly fishing, spinning and bait fishing. The lagoon is a renowned dry fly fishery, particularly during the late spring and summer when dun and spinner hatches can be prolific. Mudeye fishing can also be productive in the evening. All waters flowing into Talbots Lagoon are always closed to fishing.

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

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

Environ Cultural

Talbots Lagoon Reserve is located on private property. Access has been provided by the goodwill of the owners and is a privlege not a right. We ask that you help us maintain the site and access by following the access rules and code of conduct.

Talbots Lagoon is remote and very exposed. Visitors should be well prepared as sudden changes in weather can occur at any time of the year. Mobile phone coverage is inconsistent - please ensure you have notified someone of your plans.

Camping and overnight parking is not permitted. Camping is available at Waratah Ph. 03 6439 7100


Talbots Lagoon is ideal for kayaks and canoes.
You may only fish from a non-motorised boat (Including electric motors) at Talbots Lagoon.
There are no launching facilities or vehicle access to the lagoon. Vessels must be carried or trolleyed 200 m from the car park to the lagoon.