Tooms Lake

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

Latest stocking

Date Number Species Age Weight (g) Type Stocked from
15/05/2023 1000 Rainbow Trout Adult 485 Triploid FF#65 - Millybrook (Huon Aquaculture Group)
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Tooms Lake lies within the Tooms Lake Conservation area managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service. The Northern Midlands Council manages the shack village and camp ground. Tooms Lake provides a regulated water supply for irrigation alongside the Macquarie River.

Getting There

Tooms Lake lies approximately 42 km east of Ross and can be accessed from Ross via the C305 or York Plains via the C307

Recreational Fish Management

Tooms Lake is managed by the Inland Fisheries Service.Due to limited opportunities for natural recruitment, the IFS stocks Tooms Lake to maintain populations of brown and rainbow trout.

Angling Notes

Tooms Lake has gained a reputation as an early season venue due to its low elevation (466m) although given favourable conditions and water levels, angling can be rewarding throughout the season. Wet and dry fly fishing, trolling, lurecasting and set rod baitfishing are all popular methods.

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 Jollytail (Galaxias maculatus) has established a landlocked population in the Tooms Lake with juveniles often being observed swimming around in small schools. This scaleless fish grows to a maximum length of 180mm but is more commonly around 100mm. The other native species potentially present is the short finned eel (Anguilla australis).

Recreational Use

One formal campground exists between the boat ramp and the dam wall. A composting toilet facility is provided.


Tooms Lake is a shallow and sheltered water ideal for small boats. Use the designated launching area only. 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.