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Fishery Types

The Tasmanian fishery is made up of a range of fishery types, which are managed for a particular fishing experience.

The Tasmanian fishery is made up of a range of fishery types, which are managed for a particular fishing experience.  These include the following categories for which examples have been given:

Premium Wild Trout Fisheries

These incude most Tasmanian inland waters which contain self-sustaining populations of wild brown trout and may be supplemented with wild stock rainbow trout. Tasmania’s best known and top angling waters are Arthurs Lake, Great Lake, Little Pine Lagoon, Lake Echo, Bronte Lagoon, Woods Lake, Huntsman Lake and Lake Burbury. Premium Wild Trout River Fisheries include the River Derwent, River Leven, and the Tyenna, Mersey, St Patricks, Macquarie and South Esk rivers.

Premium Fisheries

These include excellent angling waters that may be supplemented with wild fish stock or stocked with domestic fish on occasions, and offer a good range of different fishing experiences. Examples include Tooms Lake, Lake Leake, Four Springs Lake, Penstock Lagoon and the Bradys chain of lakes.

Wilderness Fisheries

These fisheries are located in remote areas of the World Heritage Area and National Parks. They are generally accessible only by trekking and subject to low angling pressure. Examples are waters in the Western Lakes region such as Pillans, Julians and Upper Mersey lakes.

Trophy Fisheries

A small number of fisheries are managed as trophy fisheries. Examples include East Rocky Lagoon, First Lagoon, Blackmans Lagoon, Lake Crescent, Tin Hut Lagoon, Pieman River and Huon River.

Popular (family) fisheries

These are generally lakes located closer to major population centres or are more accessible. They are often open to fishing all year round and are stocked periodically with large trout and trophy salmon to stimulate angler interest. Examples include Meadowbank Lake, Craigbourne Dam, Brushy Lagoon and Lake Barrington.

Special Angler Waters

There are several waters with restricted angler access, that have been designated for use by junior anglers and anglers with a disability.