COVID-19 Recreational Fishing in Tasmania - Inland Fishing- FAQs, updated Monday 10 August 2020. To help slow the spread of COVID-19, please download the government's COVIDSafe app.

COVID-19 Recreational Fishing in Tasmania - Inland Fishing - FAQs

PLEASE NOTE: This information is accurate at the time of publication, Monday 10 August 2020. To help slow the spread of COVID-19, please download the government's COVIDSafe app.

What are the restrictions on where I can go fishing?

Tasmanian inland angling licence holders can safely travel outside their residential municipality to stay at their shacks, launch their boat and enjoy fishing in open waters.

It’s important to remember Tasmanian's must continue to observe social distancing and gathering rules. For more information head to the Tasmanian Government coronavirus website – gatherings.

Where can I go fishing?

The 2020–21 brown trout season started on 1 August 2020, opening most inland waters. For more information on open waters and where to fish, see the Tasmania Inland Fishing Code 2020-21.

How far can I travel to fish?

You can travel outside of your municipality to fish, stay overnight and launch your boat. You are also able to stay overnight on your boat.

Please be patient if your preferred boat ramp is packed when you arrive, observe the distancing rules and remember to sanitise your hands and respect those communities by helping to keep everyone safe.

Can I stay overnight as part of my recreational fishing activity?

Licence holders can safely travel outside their residential municipality to stay at their shacks or camp and enjoy fishing in open waters.

It is important to check the Parks and Wildlife Service or the Hydro Tasmania websites for information on what facilities are available.

People who intend to camp should continue to adhere to physical distancing standards and Public Health regulations. Campers are also advised to take their own toilet paper, soap and hand sanitiser.

How many people can I go fishing with?

Gatherings have increased to 80 people at a time for indoor and outdoor, with physical distancing of 1.5 metres (where practicable) and a maximum of one person per 4 square metres applicable - unless you are boating, in which case head to the MAST website for up-to-date information.

What procedures should I put in place when I go fishing?

Anglers should maintain personal hygiene practices such as washing hands or using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser, coughing or sneezing into a tissue, or flexed elbow if a tissue, is not available and staying at least 1.5 metres apart.

What about sea fishing?

For more information about sea fishing visit: Sea Fishing - FAQs

Will I receive a refund for my Inland Angling Licence?

No refunds will be given for licences that have already commenced.

For more information

Please use the contacts below:

Parks and Wildlife Service Phone 1300 827 727 business hours Mon-Fri. or go to the website - www.parks.tas.gov.au
Hydro Tasmania phone 1300 360 441 or got to the Hydro Tasmania Website www.hydro.com.au and click on the COVID 19 link Hydro Tasmania Facebook page
Tasmanian Irrigation Phone 03 6398 8433 go to their website (www.tasmanianirrigation.com.au)
Sustainable Timber Tasmania Calls to Neil Morrow, Manager Anglers Access 0438 279 421 or email neil.morrow@ifs.tas.gov.au

PLEASE NOTE: This information is accurate at the time of publication, Monday 10 August 2020.