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News Views & Press Releases / Vic -trout season opening festival
« Last post by Member on Today at 12:40:52 PM »
A great day out for the family at Lake Eildon north of Melbourne and Lake Wendouree in Ballarat. There will be fun and exciting activities for the whole family: stock live trout, get tips from experts, tour a hatchery or let the kids go wild on jumping castles!

And it's all free!

Both events are on Saturday 2 September, 2017.
Fishing Reports / Re: Dumaresq River near Texas 12.8.17
« Last post by Member on August 19, 2017, 10:48:49 PM »
Great report mate. Water looks ok, if not alot of it. Better than watching netflix mate  :youbeauty
Fishing Reports / Re: Dumaresq River near Texas 12.8.17
« Last post by Member on August 17, 2017, 07:05:11 PM »
Stunning photos! Great fish - thanks for sharing
General Discussion / North Pine Dam QLD boating permits now available.
« Last post by Member on August 15, 2017, 06:48:24 AM »
Yearly permits commencing on 1/9/17 are now available on the PRFMA website.
If you enjoy peace and tranquility on this electric only ( No petrol motors allowed on your boat ) dam please have a look at the PRFMA website.
This year the dam has been fishing exceptionally well with cricket score catches for both bait and lure fishos.
If anyone wants a trip there I normally fish Sundays,Mondays and Wednesdays and quite often have a spare seat available.
PM me or 0403072325
News Views & Press Releases / Anglers – get involved in improving fish habitat.
« Last post by Member on August 14, 2017, 04:00:37 PM »
Anglers – get involved in improving fish habitat.

Anglers regularly express their concerns that the fishing is not as good as it used to be due to our waterways being choked with noxious plants and pests. There is now a lot of information on how to improve degraded fish habitat and there are ways you can get involved in local projects with the support of government resources.
On Saturday 19 August there is a unique opportunity for anglers to meet with landowners and experts to discuss about how to get hands-on to improve our waterways. If you are interested in attending the event in Campbell Town please RSP now to the information on the attached flyer.
Source: Anglers – get involved in improving fish habitat.
Fishing Reports / Dumaresq River near Texas 12.8.17
« Last post by Member on August 13, 2017, 09:17:59 PM »
Here’s a bit of a report and some pictures from last Saturday on the Dumaresq river near Texas.
Drove the 300kms down to Texas on Friday night. In the morning it was evident the river was very low and barely flowing.

Fishing was slow and it was quite a while before the first cod came out to play.

But we pressed on. Conditions were nice though a little cool. It was past mid morning before the sun came out.

I chucked everything at them, spinnerbaits, wooden hard bodies, soft plastics and surface lures but it seemed they only wanted Oargies.

But those three fish were spread over the afternoon, so the going was tough.
Late in the afternoon they did start to hit surface gear. Only my fishing buddy had success though in a hookup.

Six fish landed in total from the two of us. Very quiet compared to the last trip. I must say after a long day in the yak, its great having a van just to chuck all your cr@p into.

Thanks for reading.
News Views & Press Releases / Opening of the trout season wrap up.
« Last post by Member on August 09, 2017, 04:03:43 PM »
Opening of the trout season wrap up.

The weekend saw the opening of the brown trout season for 2017-2018, with thousands of anglers out trying to tempt a trout. Despite some rain and wind in the north, there were some outstanding catches to report. Going on the fishing seen on the opening weekend of the season, it looks like this trout season is going to be one to remember! Inland Fisheries Officers patrolled waters around the state. In all 561 anglers and 53 boats were inspected with catches of 556 brown trout, 278 Rainbow trout and 1 Atlantic Salmon reported.

At the popular waters a large percentage of the fish caught were either recently stocked rainbows or wild browns transferred from the highlands over the winter.  Some of the brown trout were recovering from spawning so were not in prime condition. Anglers should remember that there are only a limited number of fish available to be stocked and if they are all taken early in the season the fishing will get tougher. Some of these waters have the potential to grow trophy trout but from the catch rate seen none will get through to reach these proportions
3. So as much as it is nice to take a trout home for dinner please consider releasing any you do not need.

If you are wondering where to go for your next trip why not try somewhere a bit different. Reports were that Lake Mackintosh fished well and Lake Burbury is always worth a look. Talbots Lagoon, with its improved access, will produce some good fish. The lakes in the Derwent system, Meadowbank, Cluny, Repulse and Catagunya are always worth a look. Lake Echo is a good lake to try as the level is beginning to rise and this should encourage fish to come in close.  A wrap up of waters checked over the weekend are as follows:

Tooms Lake – Anglers at Tooms Lake also enjoyed some outstanding fishing. Up to 50 boats were on the lake with a lot of camps dotted around the shoreline. Good numbers of brown and rainbow trout were taken by all methods of fishing. Fish up to 3kg were also seen here.

River Derwent – The New Norfolk Licensed Anglers Club held its opening weekend fishing competition on the Derwent system over the weekend. 84 fish were weighed in with fish up to 5.6kg. The lower Derwent always fishes well early in the season and with dryer than normal conditions this year whitebait will be around early and this should provide good fishing in the section from Bridgewater to New Norfolk!

Mersey River – The rain on the North West coast over the weekend saw the Mersey River rise significantly throughout the weekend. Such conditions are perfect for bait fishing, with some good fish caught throughout the Kimberley/Merseylea stretch of the river. One angler fishing at Merseylea on opening day had caught 8 trout to 3.5lb before lunchtime. The key is to find backwaters and flooded margins that have relatively still water. Trout will come to these areas to seek out food such as worms etc. drowned by rising water levels that are washed downstream. There were also some good brown trout caught in the Latrobe area by anglers using soft plastics.

Woods Lake - Good numbers of fish were taken from Woods Lake on the opening day of the season. One IFS compliance team conducted a boat patrol on this water on the Saturday and checked 67 anglers for a total of 144 fish. Trolling was the most successful method however there were also some fish taken by bait fishermen. This water has been a stand out for many years now.

Pet Dam – There were large numbers of rainbow trout along with some brown trout caught at this water over the weekend. Bait and lure anglers were extremely successful. The majority of the rainbow trout caught were from stocking conducted late last fishing season. This group of fish is now just reaching the minimum size of 300mm and is providing good sport to anglers. We would like to encourage anglers at this water to only take what they need. These fish will grow exceptionally well throughout the spring and will likely be around 1kg by Christmas. If anglers fish responsibly now, the fishing quality later in season will thank you!

Four Springs Lake – The fishing here was fantastic. On Saturday morning, some anglers had caught their bag limit before 9am! Brown and rainbow trout up to 3kg in weight were caught, with a variety of angling methods proving successful.

Penstock Lagoon – Good numbers of both brown and rainbow trout were taken by anglers fishing wet flies at Penstock. The average catch rate for anglers checked at this water was over 5 fish for the day. It was pleasing to see so many anglers practising responsible fishing with the majority of caught fish returned to the water to grow and fight another day. Anglers reported that the fish were in good condition and fought well.

Junior Fishing Dams – Frombergs dam at Ulverstone and Taylors Dam at Latrobe held their junior fish-out days over the weekend. Some nice fish were caught. The annual presentations for last season were held at Taylors Dam with many prizes awarded for various categories.. We would also like to acknowledge the contributions of Peter and Wendy Maloney. Peter was presented with life membership to the Devonport Angling Club for his service to junior angling. Well done Peter.

South Riana Dam – Lure and soft plastic fishermen caught good fish up to 2.8kg.

Fisheries Officers detected the following offences over the weekend:

β€’ 1 x Take fish by means other than artificial fly
β€’ 4 x Fail to wear PFD
β€’ 4 x Fishing with unattended set rod
β€’ 2 x Fishing without angling licence
β€’ 2 x Fishing in closed water
β€’ 2 x Possess assembled rod/line at a closed water
β€’ 2 x MAST boat equipment offences
β€’ 2 x Use more rods than endorsed on license
β€’ 1 x Use bottle strike indicator

The 2017-2018 fishing season is finally here! With so many of our waters firing why not get out and amongst it? Take a friend, your kids, grandkids trout fishing and pass on the tradition and create lifetime memories. Buy your licence early to make the most of it and don’t let another season pass you by!
Source: Opening of the trout season wrap up.
News Views & Press Releases / South Esk Angler Access project completed
« Last post by Member on August 08, 2017, 10:04:29 AM »
South Esk Angler Access project completed

On Saturday 5 August, to coincide with the start of the brown trout season, the Minister for Inland Fisheries, Jeremy Rockliff officially launched the South Esk River Anglers Access project on the riverbank at Hadspen. This is the 10th river access project completed by Anglers Alliance Tasmania (AAT) and Inland Fisheries Service (IFS).

Since 2007, over 300 km of rivers reaches across Tasmania have benefitted from Anglers Access projects.

The South Esk River Anglers Access Project would not have been possible without a grant of $66 000 from the Tasmanian Community Fund to AAT with matching funding provided by the IFS.

Crucial to the success of the project is the participation of 18 private landowners who agreed to allow access to the river adjacent to their properties. The Anglers Access Program provides landowners with appropriate infrastructure, increased surveillance and improved risk management.

The South Esk is a highly regarded brown trout fishery and is the third most popular river fishery in Tasmania with over 2000 anglers fishing it during the 2016-17 season.

The project has provided improved access to approximately 40 km of river frontage on both private and public land. This involved the construction of parking areas, gates, steps and paths to facilitate access to the river.

The project has involved the installation of 30 fence stiles and fence crossings, insulation and signing of dozens of electric fences, and over 50 warning and information signs.

A number of canoe launch sites, identified provide a fantastic new opportunity for anglers. These sites will also be available to the guiding industry enhancing the guided fishing experience and tourism.

The completion of the Angler Access project will further increase the popularity of the river with local, intrastate and interstate anglers. It will aid the dispersal of anglers throughout the catchment and improve the fishing experience.

The combination of the South Esk River, the Meander River, Brumbys Creek and the Macquarie River creates a significant angling attraction in the central north of Tasmania. This will benefit regional economies and communities.

A full colour brochure containing angling regulations, access rules, fishing information and high quality maps of the access area is now available through tackle shops, Visitor Information centres at Deloraine, Evandale and Longford and via the IFS and Anglers Alliance Tasmania websites. Find brochure here.
Source: South Esk Angler Access project completed
News Views & Press Releases / Let the fun begin
« Last post by Member on August 07, 2017, 04:02:08 PM »
Let the fun begin

The countdown has begun to the much-anticipated start of the brown trout fishing season. In the latest weather forecast from the BOM they have backed the wind off to what now looks like great trout fishing weather. With a bit of rain, particularly in the North West, how fishy can it get!

We have seen plenty of boats being towed behind vehicles and heading to the highlands. It looks like the celebration has begun.

Remember to start taking photos for our photo competition that will see some great prizes given away at Trout Weekend.

Tight lines everyone and best of luck in your fishing adventures for the coming year.
Source: Let the fun begin
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