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News Views & Press Releases / Huntsman Lake is offering good all year fishing
« Last post by Member on Yesterday at 04:05:45 PM »
Huntsman Lake is offering good all year fishing

Fisheries officers checked a number of anglers enjoying a perfect winter’s day fishing at Huntsman Lake.Small but well conditioned brown trout were being caught on lures and fly. The lake level is rising slowly bringing fish into the shallows at first and last light. There is plenty of water for launching and retrieving boats.Anglers also reported catching excellent rainbows at Lake Barrington.
Source: Huntsman Lake is offering good all year fishing
News Views & Press Releases / Little Pine Lagoon turns it around
« Last post by Member on Yesterday at 04:05:44 PM »
Little Pine Lagoon turns it around

The signs from a fishery surveys suggest Little Pine Lagoon is well and truly on the up.

Over recent years, anglers fishing for brown trout at Little Pine Lagoon have experienced a daily catch rate well below the long-term average. The reasons for this are still unclear but survey results are starting to show a change.

Our survey of the trout population during April 2018, found fish of a wide range of sizes. The average weight for fish over 300 mm was 1 044 grams. Eighty five per cent of the catch was larger than 300 mm.

Our annual angler postal survey show the catch rate for the 2017-18 season was the highest recorded at 1.6 fish per day. 

This sets a very positive scene for the coming season!

Daily catch rate of brown trout from Little Pine Lagoon, 2000 – 2018.
Source: Little Pine Lagoon turns it around
Lure Making / What makes for a great lure?
« Last post by Member on July 06, 2018, 10:44:41 PM »
In early spring I went down to my pond and checked out the action of a mini-stick soft plastic lure with a light jig stuck midway wacky-style. The action on the slow drop was no different than a Senko's. A few weeks ago I  figured, why not fuse the bodies of two grubs together, wacky rig them and use them in a few lakes I fish. Man did I catch fish: panfish, bass, a few pickerel and even a catfish! Here is the sequence of lure design evolution:

This 2 1/4" stick came from a mold, but thinner than I liked so I dipped it back into hot plastic to coat it and make it a bit thicker. Perfect Senko-like tip action on the fall! Once the weather and lake warmed a bit into the 50's, it caught fish.

Fusion of two curl tail grub bodies fused together:


Tackle: light action rod, 8# test (2# diam.) braid, 1/32, 1/24 or 1/16 oz ball head jig

At first I fused the tails of the grubs together and figured it mattered for a better lure action (note the narrow waist mid section):

The thin midsection allowed the plump tail to wobble back & forth, generating strikes.

I figured, why not fuse the fronts of each grub together (as are seen in the after-fusion picture)? It worked just a well wacky rigged seeing as how the arms quivered fast, but why since the profile was the same? Presentation was the answer - one that causes a crazy, rapid, body twitch when the rod tip is shaken fast, similar to a worm getting electrocuted. In fact fish just under the surface from 5' away took notice first time I tried it and kept attacking until I cast someplace else where a bass then got hooked immediately.

So why does this presentation / lure design combo work so well. Here are a few ideas:
When you think about it, billed crankbaits, spinnerbaits, in-line spinners, curl tail grubs, Heddon's Sonic Blade bait, ChatterBaits and buzzbaits, are all robotic in action, exhibiting an uninterrupted cadence when used with a steady retrieve. Problem is that they must be moved at a certain rate of speed horizontally, near objects that might hold fish, thereby not able to spend much time in a spot that may hold fish in the surrounding area nor fish crazy about chasing or ambushing a lure as it swims past at a certain rate of speed.

The term strike zone has been used which I define as being an area of lure effectiveness vs time in the zone; the longer in the zone on certain days the more chances of getting strikes; the effective larger the area, the more fish are apt to see and feel the lure.

 The lures in this post are not ambush type lures like spinnerbaits, swimbaits, curl tail or shad tail grubs and Chatterbaits that must be moved at a certain speed to produce the designed in actions of each. But what is interesting is the almost robotic-mechanical and unnatural actions of all the lures mentioned. Blade baits and buoyant billed crankbaits vibrate at a certain speed when retrieved; Senkos on the fall have a rhythmic action more similar to a falling leaf than a worm. But all have their moments when fish must kill the object or die trying.

But getting back to the fused grub bodies: the grub plastic is medium soft, not hard nor supersoft. When twitched fast, the sides (arms) aren't the focus of attention nor the provocation - it's the crazy, robotic super-fast twitching of the entire lure that wakes fish up and makes it focus on the object longer and the longer in the visual area, the greater the chances of a fish's sense overload, where hunger may or may not be the reason (though what difference does it make as long as the lure gets struck?).

Some have convinced themselves that fish contemplate what a lure looks like to a fish before striking. In the example above as well as so many others, fish see, feel and react - or not. Exactly what they feel and see is unique to every lure design and more so with different presentations. You just have to take note of what that might be.

News Views & Press Releases / Illegal fishing in the Coal River
« Last post by Member on July 06, 2018, 10:00:34 PM »
Illegal fishing in the Coal River

We have had some reports of illegal fishing in the Coal River.Most inland rivers and lakes are currently closed to fishing, including the Coal River for the taking of salmonids.This is to protect brown trout on their spawning run in autumn and early winter.The boundary between where you can and cannot fish is the Seaward Limit. This is the boundary between marine (State) and inland waters.We regulate all bodies of water inland and upstream of declared Seaward Limits. Water and Marine Resources regulate downstream of the Seaward Limits.Seaward limits are generally marked by a physical structure like a bridge, road or white posts. In some places they are only known by map coordinates.The seaward limit for the Coal River isSaltbush Point delineated by a straight line between grid references E 536862 N 5266238 and E 536962 N 5266238 (GDA 94)..If you are not sure about where you can fish there are ways you can check:You can find common seaward limits on our website or in your Tasmanian Inland Fishing Code.The full list can be found on the Tasmanian Legislation website.Email us – us – 03 6165 3808Most inland waters re-open for fishing on Saturday 4 August 2018.
Source: Illegal fishing in the Coal River
News Views & Press Releases / Tasmanian Inland Fishery Management Plan 2018-28
« Last post by Member on July 06, 2018, 10:00:33 PM »
Tasmanian Inland Fishery Management Plan  2018-28

Today, Sarah Courtney, Minister for Primary Industries and Water, launched the Tasmanian Inland Recreational Fishery Management Plan 2018-28.The Plan will guide the management of the recreational trout fishery in Tasmania for the next 10 years. It aims to provide a sustainable, vibrant and healthy fishery.After extensive public consultation, the Plan provides better opportunities for anglers, assesses fishery performance and conserves fish stocks as a recreational resource for future generations.The plan outlines measures to increase participation locally and from tourism markets. It balances the needs for individual fishery management while standardising regulations.It supports the actions to grow and develop recreational fishing in Tasmania. These include a freeze on trout fishing licences, improved access for anglers and better facilities that encourage female participation and angling tourism.The Plan ensures all anglers will have an enjoyable fishing experience into the future.
Source: Tasmanian Inland Fishery Management Plan  2018-28
News Views & Press Releases / Another successful conviction
« Last post by Member on July 06, 2018, 10:00:32 PM »
Another successful conviction

On Wednesday 6 June, Paul Nicholls appeared in the Smithton Magistrates Court. Mr Nicolls was facing seven charges relating to the illegal taking and possession of whitebait.In November 2017, our officers found Mr Nicholls at the Duck River. He was fishing for whitebait with an illegal net after the season had closed.Mr Nicholls pled guilty to, and was convicted on, all charges. He was fined $3000 and ordered to pay $82.15 in court costs.This is the seventh person to be convicted in relation to the illegal taking of whitebait this year. There are more still to go through the courts. This show that those who do the wrong thing are taking a very big risk.If you witness or suspect illegal fishing, please let us know. You can send us an email at, or call our Manager of Compliance and Operations Stephen Hepworth on 0438 338 530. We need your help to stop illegal fishing.
Source: Another successful conviction
News Views & Press Releases / The rainbow trout waters will close on Sunday
« Last post by Member on July 06, 2018, 04:00:56 PM »
The rainbow trout waters will close on Sunday

The 2017-18 rainbow trout season will close at midnight on Sunday 3 June 2018. Tasmania’s rainbow trout waters are:Dee LagoonJunction LakeLake MestonLake RowallanLake SkinnerLake YoudMersey River above Lake RowallanRiver Leven upstream of Loongana RoadWeld rivers (both North and South)Remember that following waters are open all year and offer the chance of a winter fishing experience:Brushy LagoonCraigbourne Damyingina/Great Lake (other than Canal Bay)Huon River downstream from the Huonville BridgeLake BarringtonLake BurburyLake King WilliamHuntsman LakeMeadowbank LakeLake PedderPioneer LakeRiver Leven, downstream from the Allison Bridge on Golf Course Rd.kanamaluka/River Tamar, downstream from the Lower Charles St Bridge on the North Esk River and West Tamar Road Bridge on the South Esk RiverRiver Derwent downstream from the Bridgewater BridgeIt is not long now until the brown trout season opens on 4 August 2018.
Source: The rainbow trout waters will close on Sunday
News Views & Press Releases / IFS quarterly report to anglers
« Last post by Member on July 06, 2018, 04:00:55 PM »
IFS quarterly report to anglers

Wondering what we have been doing for the last couple of months?Have a look at the IFS Quarterly Report to Anglers for March to May 2018.Highlights includeThe winners of the Tasmanian Trout Fishing Competition.Trout Weekend 2018.The start of the adult transfers.The new look website and online licensing.
Source: IFS quarterly report to anglers
News Views & Press Releases / Lake Leake - Kalangadoo Bay boat ramp upgrade
« Last post by Member on July 06, 2018, 04:00:54 PM »
Lake Leake - Kalangadoo Bay boat ramp upgrade

The local community at Kalangadoo Bay have upgraded their boat ramp.Stakeholders and individuals who made cash and in-kind contributions were: Sustainable Timbers Tasmania, Inland Fisheries Service, Todd & Janet Lambert, Australian Recreational Fishers Party, Craig Woods,Mack Saunders, Ian & Sandra Taylor, Kalangadoo Store, John Hughes, Michael & Karen Byrne and Mark Tapsell.Contractor, Paul Evans, deserves a special mention. Paul was tireless, working magic with his machine and delivering a truly splendid job.A fantastic community project and a great result for recreational fishers.The IFS will be stocking Lake Leake over winter in preparation for the 2018-19 season.
Source: Lake Leake - Kalangadoo Bay boat ramp upgrade
News Views & Press Releases / Carp Management Program Workshop 2018
« Last post by Member on July 06, 2018, 04:00:54 PM »
Carp Management Program Workshop 2018

The Carp Management Program (CMP) held its yearly Workshop on 10 May in Hobart. We looked over the past year's work and started planning for the coming year.The Workshop provided an update for the new Minister responsible for Inland Fisheries, Sarah Courtney. The Minister offered her support and the team appreciated her words of encouragement.The day involved presentations and discussions of different aspects of the data collected during 2017-18. This gave an understanding of how the CMP is progressing, the findings for the season, what we did well and what can be done to complete the eradication of carp from Tasmania.Key findings were:No carp were detected in Lake Crescent or downstream in the River Clyde.Carp are contained to Lake Sorell.No spawning or small carp were found in Lake Sorell.The fishing effort was the same as last year but caught less than a quarter of the number of carp. This suggests the population has fallen greatly.Studies of the “jelly gonad” disease which causes sterility is now affecting over 50% of male carp caught.41 450 carp have been removed from Lake Sorell since 1995.Less than 0.2% of the original population remain. We estimate this means less than 50 carp.Some things identified to watch in the coming year were:Be prepared for spawning conditions in spring 2018 - rising water levels combined with warm settled weather - If the conditions are good, carp will push inshore to marsh areas. This makes them easier to catch in nets and traps. We could catch the last carp left in the lake.If all goes to plan through the coming spring and summer, we may be able to consider a limited opening of Lake Sorell to the public late in the trout season.
Source: Carp Management Program Workshop 2018
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