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January 2021 Inland Fisheries Service News Archive

Jan. 13, 2021

Changes to Life Jacket Standards – Frequently Asked Questions

When is the new standard effective from? From 1 January 2021, all life jackets in Tasmania on recreational boats will need to be approved to AS4758. Why? A new Australian Standard (AS), AS4758 for life jackets was introduced in 2010 and then implemented through Tasmanian Legislation the same year. MAST has been alerting boat owners...

Jan. 7, 2021

High water levels may block Julian/Pillans lakes access

Ifyou're planning a fishing trip to Lake Augusta, high water levels are expected from 15 January to 11 February, which may temporarily block access to the Julian and Pillans Lakes area. Check the lake level at and be advised that the Pillans Lake Track may be inundated if Lake Augusta's level is at or higher than...

Fisheries Officer Paul Middleton with a brown trout from Four Springs Lake
Jan. 6, 2021

Four Springs Lake Fisheries Performance Assessment and creel census

During May 2020 we carried out a major survey of the fish population at Four Springs Lake to assess the trout population. This information along with past stockings numbers and angler catch information collected since 1999, have been assessed and reported. A final report is now available on the IFS website at: About Us -...

A 5 fish daily bag limit applies to Atlantic salmon in inland waters
Jan. 5, 2021

Chasing Atlantic salmon in inland waters!

With the recent arrival of 'escapee' Atlantic salmon in inland waters anglers need to be aware that regulations apply. Each person must have a current angling licence to fish with a rod, reel and line in any inland waters. A 5 fish daily bag limit applies to Atlantic salmon in inland waters. The two main...

Mike Fishburn & William Overton with a well fought catch at Cowpaddock Bay
Jan. 4, 2021

Arthurs Lake continuing to improve

Arthurs Lake is continuing to improve this season. Over the Christmas/New Year period lots of trout were caught. Spinning with lures and fly fishing were most successful. Trolling cobra lures deep in bright conditions and shallow in dull conditions has been productive. One angler using soft plastics had caught five well-conditioned fish from the Lilypads at...