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Curries River Reservoir: the results of our Fisheries Performance Assessment

IFS Manager (Hatchery and Stocking) with a Curries River Reservoir brown trout
IFS Manager (Hatchery and Stocking, Brett Mawbey, with a Curries River Reservoir brown trout

Curries River Reservoir is located off the B82 road, between George Town and Bridport. The fishery serves anglers from the greater Launceston area. Over the years this water has produced variable fishing for both brown and rainbow trout. However, the fish are always of excellent size and condition. 

During August 2019 we did a survey of Curries River Reservoir to assess;

  • the number of brown and rainbow trout,
  • the size of the brown trout population,
  • the length structure of the brown trout population and,
  • the condition of all fish.

In summary, there were very low numbers of both brown and rainbow trout. However, the resident fish we did catch were in great condition.

Before the survey, 1 175 adult brown trout with their adipose fin clipped were released into the reservoir. These fish weighed around 721 g and were on average 420 mm long. By the 2020-21 season they should be approaching 1.2 kg. The fin clip enables to identify the released fish and estimate the size of the brown trout population.

As a consequence of the survey, we plan to boost fish numbers in Curries River Reservoir with stockings of brown and rainbow trout over winter 2020.

For the full results, read the Fisheries Performance Assessment Technical Report – Curries River Reservoir 2019.

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