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River Derwent trout study update

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The brown trout in the study have green tags

In late July, 400 tagged wild adult brown trout were released into the River Derwent in the Dromedary area. Each of the trout have a single green coloured tag with a four digit number. This release of fish is part of a study to investigate the movements, growth and population of brown trout in the River Derwent. It will also tell us how easy the trout are to catch. The study will run for the next two years. We would like anglers to report the capture of these tagged fish, noting the tag number, location captured and if possible the length and weight of the fish. We are also keen to know how many other untagged trout are caught. There is no requirement to release these fish, we just want to know if you catch one, along with the tag number and location.

So far there have been 12 tagged trout re-caught, ranging from the Dromedary area up to 5km upstream of the New Norfolk bridge.

Please do not confuse these tagged fish with the Tasmanian Tagged Trout Promotion (three have been released in the River Derwent), of which the tags are orange. These fish are worth $2000 each to the lucky angler. One of these has been caught and two still remain so keep an eye out!

Report tagged fish via email: infish@ifs.tas.gov.au OR phone 6165 3808

For each green tag that is returned, your name will go into the draw for a Shimano graphite fishing rod and reel combo at the end of the season.

If you fish the River Derwent for trout, please contact us and we will send you a free IFS Tasmanian Inland Recreational Anglers Logbook so that you can record your catch. We are interested in both tagged and untagged brown trout, so even if you haven’t caught a tagged trout, your fishing information is important for managing this wonderful fishery!

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