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Going Fishing

The recreational fishery is based on the introduced salmonid species of brown trout, rainbow trout and brook trout, and Atlantic salmon. You require a licence to fish in Tasmanian inland waters.

You require a licence to fish for salmonids in Tasmanian inland waters (except at a registered private fishery).  A variety of options are available with significant discounts for pensioners, juveniles and seniors.  Licences can be purchased and renewed online, and are available at 120 agents located in fishing tackle stores throughout the State as well as Service Tasmania shops.

Regulations

Be aware that you must check the rules relating to catch limits, fishing methods and open season dates, as these vary between waters. Anglers should check the regulations before fishing and are asked to report illegal fishing activities.

The Fishery

The recreational fishery is based on the introduced salmonid species of brown trout, rainbow trout and brook trout, and Atlantic salmon.

Since their introduction over 150 years ago, trout have spread or been introduced to most inland waters, and thrived in Tasmania’s ideal habitat, with its abundant lakes and rivers, rugged topography and temperate climate.  Wild populations exist in even the most remote highland waters, which are considered the ‘jewels in the crown’ of the Tasmanian fishery. These unique characteristics, combined with the untouched landscape in Tasmania and its disease-free status, have resulted in a fishery of world class standard.

The fishery caters for all angling tastes and skill levels whether you’re a beginner or an expert angler. Bait fishing, lure casting, trolling and fly-fishing are practiced successfully at many waters, but there are some waters reserved for artificial lure and/or fly-fishing only.

Although many waters have established trout populations, a number are stocked either to supplement fish populations as part of the annual Stocking program or to provide anglers with ready to catch fish, including trophy size trout and salmon in popular fishing waters.