Tasmania Fishing Spots
1. Bronte Lagoon
Bronte Lagoon's main attraction is fly fishing. Almost all of the Lagoon's shoreline is grassed providing world class polaroiding. Bait fishing is prohibited so spin or fly fishing is the only way to go.
The lagoon fishes best with water rising over the grassy paddocks. When conditions are dull and overcast, trout can be found in the shallows all day. At other times, fishing can be slow especially with low water levels.
2. Lake St. Clair
Is one of the most favourite spots because you can feel the wilderness experience enhanced by the wonderful beauty of the landscape. This is the deepest natural lake found in Australia, with its crystal clear water which became a home to some of the best fighting browns and rainbow trout ever encountered.
St. Clair Lake have its fair share of bush walkers but have very few fishermen. It could be during the several times of your visit, you can only notice few trout anglers.
Trolling is abundant especially in front of the Hugel and Cuviere rivers. There's a productive land based lure casting and fly fishing in Watersmeet Bay and around the outlet of the Cuvier River as well. The surrounding shallow sand beach in Cynthia Bay is favorable for fly fishing.
St Clair Lagoon & Overflow
St. Clair lagoon has a depthless area ideal for polaroiding trout. Superb river fishing can be experienced in Derwent starting 50m from the radial gates all the way to Lake King William.
Go slowly as there are many rocky outcrops in this area. The fishes are down deep but you can certainly see them playing around submerged trees when the water is still during the day. Try to visit behind the island where there seems to be a plentiful numbers of active trout.
Is another shallow sandy area which is ideal for polaroiding and is well protected from southerly winds.
Along the way from the jetty to the Pumping Station you can find sand beach which is ideal for polaroiding as long as the wind is calm. Try lurecasting and trolling from a boat around the drop offs.
At the southern end of the bay and conneting Frankland Beaches is a backwater which provides a perfect backwater fly' fishing amongst tea tree, bushes and grassy tufts when flooded early in the season (October - December).
The Deep Shore area on the way to Narcissus Bay is the deepest part of the lake. This regions lends itself to downrigging from having crystal clear tannin stained water.
You'll get a real feeling of remoteness as you arrive in the stunning Bay of Narcissus. The Narcissus River is reportedly a great trout water. There are admirable beaches for polaroiding at the south west of Narcissus River mouth.
3. Southeast Tasmania
Most of holiday anglers visits Tasmania for superb trout fishing of the central highlands. Aside from that place, there are many estuary, beach and offshore locations for a challenging saltwater fishing which attracts many visiting anglers.
Visitors has good opportunity to catch the famous tasmanian scallop in the southeast region. Game fishermen can try their skills in fishing in this area where world record catches were made.
The river can be fished from many edge points to catch certain species in the estuary including flathead, barracouta, salmon, trevally, whiting, flounder and trumpeter. The black bream can be taken in the estuary.
Known for handline anglers who are wishing to catch trevally, flathead, salmon and mullet. Constitution Dock, Prince's Pier and Macquarie Wharf are the usual visited regions.
Is the main fishing area for boat anglers in Hobart. Trumpeter, flathead, trevally and salmon are usually taken in this area, while barracouta is best yield from January to June. Maligned, barracouta are delicious and are usually taken by trolling lures. At Storm Bay, amateur fishermen can also catch tasmanian crayfish. There's a regulation to limit each angler to take only one crayfish pot and a catch of 10 crayfish per day.
A very productive body of water, which is one of the most popular Hobart's recreational for fishermen. It is a 'hot spot' to yield good catches of whiting, flathead, trumpeter, trevally and salmon. The Channel is popular for its grand catches of Tasmanian scallop. Most local fishermen have small dredge device which operates from the back of their boat and is capable of catching bountiful of delicious molluscs. An angler can yield approximately 14 kg in just a single outing. State Fisheries' regulations should be consulted for there's only a limited season to spot Tasmanian scallops.
Frederick Henry Bay and Norfolk Bay
These two bodies of water in the east of Hobart are known for anglers seeking for whiting and flounder. There are many favorable spots where shore-based anglers can catch flathead, leatherjacket, trevally, salmon and trumpeter. Dunalley is a great hot spot and night fishermen often takes in an excess of 30 fish.
Eagle Hawk Neck
In southeast Tasmania, this area is the main game fishing region where large tuna, albacore, mackerel and mako sharks are yielded regularly. A world record catches of southern bluefin tuna have been taken in these waters. St Helens Island, Maria Island and Shouten Island are some other main game fishing areas in the southeast coast.
Port Arthur and Tasman Island
One of the top game fishing region. On February, March and April there are several catches of black marlin, striped marlin and large mackerel. This area is also known for its large hauls of trevally which attracts anglers with superb fishing. Other yields in the area include flathead, barracouta, morwong and salmon.
In this area the red trumpeter, or striped trumpeter is considered by many as a delicacy. The yellowtail kingfish are yielded together with other game fish in deep waters. In the shallow waters, the flathead, morwong, salmon and trevally are the main targets.
4. Brumbys Creek and Macquarie River
Macquire River is where a red spinner is found normally in the month of October. On the other hand, Brumbys creek is a good fishing creek in January.
During January, Brumbys Creek has the first class fishing. Ties like red Macquarie with green or black nymp, dun, lambda, cocky spinner, orange quill especially black muddler can give good results in fishing.
Brumbys Creek is accessible and a good source of quality trout. Although trout are hard to catch, the best time to catch them is at dawn on summer mornings.
Macquarie River is one Tasmania’s excellent fly fishing. Fishing license is required in Tasmania; this is issued for one day duration or for the entire season.
5. Central Highland Lakes
Some interior parts of the Central Highlands are accessible by foot. Areas like Derwent, Forth, Mersey and Gordon Rivers were converted to hydro electric power production.
There are also areas that have been designated as National Parks like the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park. It is 126 205 ha rugged mountain peaks and alpine moorland. Motorists have the option to visit either Lake St Clair to the south or Cradle Mountain to the north. It usually takes four to five days walk from the Cradles Mountain to the Lake St Clair for almost 85 km.
Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is accessible in central Tasmania and the facilities are free. The waters are good source of trout.
6. Great Lake and Arthurs Lake
The largest of Tasmania’s central lake is the Great Lake, with an altitude of more than 1000 meters and a good source of rainbow and brown trout. It is open for angling during the month of November up to
June except in Canal Bay that is close during April. Bait fishing is allowed in all areas except in Tods Corner, Canal Bay and Little Lake where it is reserved for artificial lures. Fly fishing is good in early
evening in Tods Corner and in some areas where Marlborough highway meets the Lake Highway.
Black spinners or any beetle pattern, ginger and black, greenwells and hackles perfection is best in good weather condition. However if it requires to use wet fly, a mallard and claret, Watson’s fancy, butcher, nymp and exciter pattern is best.
East of Great Lake is Arthur Lake where brown trout is found and anglers allowed from the month of August to April. Areas like Morass Bay, Pumphouse Bay, Hydro Bay and Cowpaddock Bay are best place for fly fishing in Arthur Lake. Fly fishing is not allowed during summer but the best month is January to February.
7. Lake Pedder and Lake Gordon
Lake Pedder is known for giant brown trout. It is for artificial lure only. Mudeye is best use in fly fishing during the month of November up to February while fish cake is recommended during dusk to dawn.
Bait fishing is not permitted in Lake Pedder.
Inland Fisheries Commission controlled all fishing in inland waters. On the other hand, Lake Gordon is not that accessible and is not a good source of fish.
8. Lake Sorell and East Coast Lakes
Lake Sorell provides good brown and rainbow trout. Tasmanians look at it as the most productive trout water in the entire state. Fly anglers and trollers are permitted here but for artificial lures only. Angling
season starts in August and ends in April. Red and black lures are best in this area.
Lake Crescent has a lot of big trout and is most likely caught in natural bait. Rainbow trout are found in Lagoon of Islands but it is restricted for artificial lures only. Fly fishing are best during the month of November to January.