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Brown trout waters close for the 2018-19 season

IFS staff member, Paul Middleton, and a brown trout making its way up the River Derwent on its annual spawning migration
IFS staff member, Paul Middleton, and a brown trout making its way up the River Derwent on its annual spawning migration

Most of waters around the State closed yesterday, Sunday 28 April 2019.

If you didn’t get enough fishing time this season there are inland waters still open to angling.

Fisheries open until Sunday 2 June include:

  • Dee Lagoon;
  • Lake Mackintosh;
  • Lake Rosebery;
  • Lake Rowallan;
  • Lake Skinner;
  • Mersey River above Lake Rowallan and the associated upper Mersey lakes rainbow fishery (Lakes Meston and Junction);
  • River Leven above the Loongana Bridge;
  • Weld River in the North East above Harridge Falls; and
  • Weld River in the South above Eddy Road Bridge.

Fisheries open all year round include:

  • Brushy Lagoon;
  • Craigbourne Dam;
  • yingina/Great Lake other than Canal Bay;
  • Huntsman Lake;
  • Huon River downstream of the Huonville Bridge;
  • Lake Barrington;
  • Lake Burbury;
  • Lake Meadowbank;
  • Lake Pedder;
  • Lake King William;
  • North Esk River and kanamaluka/River Tamar downstream of the Lower Charles Street Bridge;
  • Pioneer Lake;
  • River Derwent downstream of the New Norfolk Bridge;
  • River Leven downstream of the Whisky Creek; and
  • South Esk River downstream of the West Tamar Road Bridge

Why do the waters close? To protect the brown trout on their spawning runs. The fish-breeding season provides us with a new group of fish to catch for years to come.

If you are interested in knowing more, come and visit us at Trout Weekend 2019. Here you can learn how the IFS manages the fishery. There are also other attractions from how to cook your catch through to fly casting and native fish displays.

Trout Weekend 2019. Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May. Liawenee, yingina/Great Lake. 10 am until 3pm daily.

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