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Inland Fisheries Service News

This section features the latest news stories from the Inland Fisheries Service .
Carp management update for the last quarter of 2013

Carp management update for the last quarter of 2013

Feb 04, 2014

The latest update on the Carp Management program is now available. Find out what has been happening with the efforts at Lake Sorell and trials with new technology and methods.

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Fisheries Compliance - Australia Day Long Weekend

Fisheries Compliance - Australia Day Long Weekend

Jan 29, 2014

Over the Australia Day Long Weekend Inland Fisheries Officers patrolled many inland waters across the State. The objectives of the patrols were to ensure recreational angler compliance under the Inland Fisheries Act 1995, inland Fisheries (Recreational Fishing) regulations 2009, Marine and Safety Act to ensure angler awareness of fishery regulations and fishery management strategies. Officers based from Liawenee patrolled Great Lake, Arthurs Lake, Woods Lake, Little Pine Lagoon, Pine Tier Lagoon, Bronte Lagoon, Brady’s Lake, Lake Binney, Tungatinah Lagoon, Tooms Lake and Lake Leake with a further team visiting Lake St. Clair, Lake Burbury, Lake Mackintosh, Lake Plimsoll, Lake Rosebery, Talbots Lagoon, Lake Kara, Pet Dam and Guide Reservoir. 236 angling licences were inspected with 12 Fisheries Infringement and Conditional Caution Notices issued for 13 offences. Those being, 5 x Fish without an angling licence. 5 x Fail to wear PFD on vessel under 6 meters while underway. 1 x Possess assembled rod, reel and line without an angling licence. 1 x Operate vessel on Lake Sorell. 1 x Exceed 5 knots limit. According to Brett Mawbey (Manager of Hatchery and Stocking) low catch rates were observed and the general consensus amongst anglers in the highlands was that the fishing was slow due to the hot weather. Anglers were successful on some of the deeper lakes trolling with lead lines and deep diver lures. Lakes Tooms and Leake revealed more success with most anglers catching numbers of good size fish. 2kg browns as well as rainbows of up to 1kg were landed. Anglers at Woods Lake were rewarded with nice size browns of up to 2.5kgs.

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Illegal gill net retrieved from Wayatinah Lagoon

Illegal gill net retrieved from Wayatinah Lagoon

Jan 22, 2014

Wednesday 22 January 2014 the IFS received a call from staff at SALTAS Wayatinah hatchery informing of a net found at Wayatinah Lagoon. An IFS staff member went to Wayatinah to collect the net. The net contained dead cormorants and redfin perch and is a reminder of the destruction that illegal fishing gear can cause when used in the freshwater environment. The use of gill nets in lakes and rivers is strictly prohibited and anglers should report any sightings of such gear to the IFS. Thanks must go to the staff at Wayatinah SALTAS hatchery for informing the IFS of the find and removing it from the river where is was causing death of native and introduced wildlife.

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Wader Safety – MAST TV

Wader Safety – MAST TV

Jan 22, 2014

MAST have added a title on wader safety to the excellent MAST TV series starring Nick Duigan and Andrew Hart of Hook Line and Sinker. The IFS recommends all anglers familiarise themselves with the basic safety tips for the use of waders and practice them in controlled conditions – turning your waders from a liability in to an asset may save your life!

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Bradys Dam Road closure: 3 – 28 February 2014

Bradys Dam Road closure: 3 – 28 February 2014

Jan 20, 2014

Hydro Tasmania has scheduled investigations at Bradys Dam for 28 January - 28 February 2014, and intends to close the dam crest of Bradys Dam on Bradys Lake Road for the 3 - 28 February. There will be some increase in noise and traffic levels during the works. Works will be confined to 7am to 5.30pm. Bradys’ shacks and boat ramps will still be accessible. Temporary road signs will be in place for further information. Hydro Tasmania apologise for any inconvenience, please contact Andrew Rumsby on 1300 360 441 with questions or concerns.

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Shannon Lagoon - joint project commenced

Shannon Lagoon - joint project commenced

Jan 16, 2014

Shannon Lagoon, located in the Central Highlands close to the community of Miena, has an interesting history and has provided for numerous values including hydro-electricity, trout fishing, biodiversity and recreation. Over recent years, Shannon Lagoon has not been a quality trout fishing venue because of high levels of turbidity. With the loss of Lagoon of Islands as a fishery, and increasing fishing pressure on Little Pine and Penstock Lagoons, the IFS believes that it is important to explore opportunities to improve Shannon Lagoon with the aim of providing another quality fishing location. The Inland Fisheries Service (IFS) and Hydro Tasmania (HT) have commenced a joint project to determine the current environmental condition and evaluate options for enhancing recreational values at Shannon Lagoon. The project will systematically assess the environmental and economic feasibility of options to enhance fishing opportunity and reach an agreed management approach for the lagoon. We are monitoring turbidity through data loggers installed in the lagoon, and we will be mapping aquatic plants and monitoring native fish and trout. Hydrological data will also be assessed. We will evaluate the feasibility, likely effectiveness and cost of the various management options that have been proposed in the past, and communicate our findings to anglers to enable open discussion on future management. The IFS is currently in the process of acquiring a strip of land along the northern shore of the lagoon to ensure future access for anglers. IFS and HT aim to hold a workshop to discuss management options towards the end of 2014, and will provide web based updates on the project throughout the year.

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Western shore of Great Lake access roads – take care and slow down

Western shore of Great Lake access roads – take care and slow down

Jan 14, 2014

The IFS recently positioned cattle grids on tracks leading from the Highland Lakes Road to the western shore of Great Lake along Liawenee Plain. This is part of the agreement that has been negotiated with the new landowner who is preparing to fence the land so that his stock does not roam onto the busy road and to ensure future access for anglers. There have been comments from anglers that the ramped position of some of the grids may cause difficulties for vehicles particularly when towing a boat. A review of the grids has been undertaken and some improvements have been made in particular to the cattle grid on the Boundary Bay track. Drivers need to be aware that they should slow to a low speed when crossing the grids to protect their vehicles and boats. Low speeds will also ensure that the tracks stay in good condition, limit maintenance and protect the landowners stock which will all assist in keeping the tracks open in the long term.

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Dee Lagoon boat ramp maintenance completed

Dee Lagoon boat ramp maintenance completed

Jan 14, 2014

Maintenance work on the Dee Lagoon Spillway Bay boat ramp and an upgrade of the car park has now been completed. Funded by Marine and Safety Tasmania and authorised by Hydro Tasmania, the work included removal of submerged logs from the vicinity of the boat ramps, installation of foot wire on the timber landing and an increased parking and turning area. This work is timely as fishing in the lagoon tends to be at its best in the late summer and autumn as insect hatches increase and terrestrial beetle falls occur.

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Jonah Bay boat ramp repairs

Jonah Bay boat ramp repairs

Jan 14, 2014

With the lake level finally beginning to fall at Arthurs Lake the IFS has taken the opportunity to repair the Jonah Bay boat ramp. Erosion from high water levels and wind action created a hole in the gravel at the top of the Jonah Bay boat ramp. Some reinforcing steel that was protruding has been cut away and a truck load of gravel has been spread by machine and track rolled in to provide easy access once again. The recent good weather has seen anglers flocking to Arthurs Lake with some good catches of solid young fish being reported.

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Helping rivers on road to recovery

Helping rivers on road to recovery

Jan 12, 2014

In 2013 the IFS investigated the current status of a suite of river fisheries across the state. As part of this investigation several rivers with regional representation were electrofished in a survey during February 2013. The findings of the survey showed depletion of river brown trout populations across the state and that the most likely cause was high numbers of cormorants, especially prevalent in 2012 and 2013. Though stocking is not a cure all for these depleted river fisheries it may go some of the way to aid recovery of stocks, particularly in rivers or creeks that have other negative influences on their trout populations. The Rubicon, Galwer, Coal, Clyde, Nile and Break O'Day rivers have all been stocked with at least 10,000 brown trout fry as they have all had environmental issues working against them on top of the latest depletion of the trout populations through cormorant predation. A selection of smaller streams in the state's northwest have been stocked with a smaller number of brown trout fry to aid in their recovery. Lobster Creek, Don River, Penguin Creek, Dale Brook, Western Creek and Forth Falls Rivulet all received a stocking last week (9 January 2013). The IFS encourages reducing your personal take of fish from rivers and streams around the state to help with the recovery.

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