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Thousands of people travel to Tasmania each year for its world famous trout waters so if you’re looking to catch the “big one” you’re not alone. But where is it to be found?

From salt to fresh water, from bait to flies and lures, State forest rivers, streams and dams cater for them all. Most access is by road, although in some areas a walk through the forest is required to get to just the right place.

You will need a licence, which can be purchased from most tackle shops and general stores. Some waters exclude bait fishing and/ or fishing from a moving boat and are signposted accordingly. The only thing you need is luck.

Lake Rowallan Trout Northern
Lake Parangana Trout Northern
Brushy Lagoon Trout, Redfin Northern
Warrawee Trout, disabled fishing Northern
Forth, Mersey and Meander Rivers Trout Northern
Scamander Bream, salmon North East
Griffin, South Esk Trout North East
Cascade Dam Trout North East
Huon Picton Rivers Trout, Blackfish Southern
Lake Skinner Rainbow Trout Southern
Lake Gordon Trout Central
Lake Repulse Trout Central
Lake Echo Trout Central
Lake King William Trout Central
Swan Basin Flounder, cod, trout West Coast
Henty River Trout West Coast
Lake Rosebery Trout West Coast
Black River Trout, Blackfish North West
Rapid River Trout, Blackfish North West
Leven River Trout, Blackfish North West

As a general rule trout waters are closed from the last weekend in April to the first weekend in August and designated rainbow trout waters are closed from the last weekend in May and reopen on the first weekend of September. Please adhere to fishing restrictions to ensure good fishing for future generations of anglers.


  • Any person over the age of 14 is required to hold a current Inland Fisheries Commission angling licence.
  • Licences are available at most fishing tackle stores and Service Tas outlets.
  • Restrictions apply to most inland lakes for opening times and numbers of fish caught.

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