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Inland Fisheries Service News

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Preliminary trials testing the feasibility of long lines as a method to assist in carp eradication

Preliminary trials testing the feasibility of long lines as a method to assist in carp eradication

Dec 17, 2013

European carp (Cyprinus carpio) were targeted in suburban Melbourne lakes using rod and line, as a preliminary test for determining the most effective hook type, size, and bait for catching carp using a long line. This study was conducted as an honours project for the Australian Maritime College (AMC). The long lines will be trailed in Lake Sorell, where it is hoped that this technique will be able to assist in the eradication of carp, and consequently the species from Tasmania. Melbourne was chosen as a venue for the preliminary trials due to the ease of access of locations, and the high abundance of European carp in relatively small lakes. A combination of two hook types in two sizes (J-hook and circle hook in sizes 1 and 4) were tested, while a flavoured artificial bait known as a boilie were compared against corn kernels. A total of 346 hook-hours were fished, with 39 carp hooked and 28 landed. 11 fish were lost due to hooks pulling, or line breakage by abrasion on snags (rocks/logs) while being reeled in. Fish size ranged from 1.5 to 7 kg. Both baits showed similar success with boilies and corn kernels accounting for 21 and 17 fish respectively. Circle hooks accounted for 21 of the 39 fish hooked. 15 of the 24 fish landed had the hook firmly penetrated in the corner of the mouth, which is a preferential and strong hook placement. Of the 15 corner-hooked samples it is interesting to note that 10 of these were with circle hooks. The development of the long lines for use in Lake Sorell has now commenced and will hopefully be deployed in the following weeks. To view the complete report please see the link below:

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Installation of Navigation Lights continues

Installation of Navigation Lights continues

Dec 16, 2013

The installation of navigation lights continues with installation complete at Lake Barrington (Wilmot, Weeks Reach and Kentish Park boat ramps), Dee Lagoon (Spillway Bay), Lake Echo (Dam wall) and Lake Pedder (Edgar Dam and Scotts Peak boat ramps) completed. The lights are a solar powered white beacon that have a range of 5 nautical miles in clear weather. The flashing lights activate at dusk and operate until dawn and are being placed to give the best possible visibility from the water to aid boaters find ramps in low light conditions. A full list of the light installations will be available upon completion (Early 2014) along with GPS coordinates for loading into on-board navigation aids as an extra back up. These lights have been jointly funded by Hydro Tasmania and MAST with in –kind support from IFS for installation and maintenance. Please report any operation issues to IFS on 1300infish or infish@ifs.tas.gov.au

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Winner of the November junior angler draw

Winner of the November junior angler draw

Dec 15, 2013

Mathew Crawford of Ridgeway is the winner of the November junior angler prize draw. Mathew received a new spin outfit and some other fishing goodies. This is a monthly prize draw and will continue till April.

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Craigbourne Dam to remain closed due to blue-green algae bloom - Do not visit!

Craigbourne Dam to remain closed due to blue-green algae bloom - Do not visit!

Dec 03, 2013

Tasmanian Irrigation advises that Craigbourne Dam in Tasmania's South East will remain closed to the public due to the presence of a blue-green algal bloom. The dam is closed to all recreational activities, including fishing as the naturally occurring algae remains at elevated levels. TI Chief Executive Chris Oldfield said that members of the public should adhere to these warnings. "TI understands that closing the dam may inconvenience some members of the public but this is necessary to protect the community," he said. "TI advises against the consumption of any fish caught from the dam as the current levels within the dam may present a risk to human health, including skin irritations and gastro-intestinal illness." TI is continuing to monitor the algal bloom and will re-open the site once results show a return to safe levels. www.tasirrigation.com.au

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Winner of the October junior angler draw

Winner of the October junior angler draw

Dec 02, 2013

As part of the 2013 season promotion the IFS draws the name of a junior angler to win a prize pack each month. The October winner is Jarrod Quigley. Congratulations Jarrod you have a new rod and reel combination to use this summer.

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Navigation lights installation commences.

Navigation lights installation commences.

Dec 02, 2013

The installation of navigation lights at 30 of the most popular boat ramps at lakes around Tasmania has commenced with installation complete at Four Springs Lake. The lights are a solar powered white beacon that have a range of 5 nautical miles in clear weather. The flashing lights activate at dusk and operate until dawn and will be placed to give the best possible visibility from the water to aid boaters find ramps in low light conditions. A full list of the light installations will be available upon completion (Early 2014) along with GPS coordinates for loading into on-board navigation aids as an extra back up. These lights have been jointly funded by Hydro Tasmania and MAST with in–kind support from IFS for installation and maintenance. Please report any operation issues to IFS on 1300infish or infish@ifs.tas.gov.au

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Access assured to western shore of Great Lake with installation of cattle grids

Access assured to western shore of Great Lake with installation of cattle grids

Nov 25, 2013

The installation of the grids, fencing together with access signage are fulfilling an access agreement between the new landholder of the area Mr. Peter Downie and the IFS to maintain access. During the last week of November 2013 the IFS is installing cattle grids and signage to access roads on the western shore of Great Lake. A total of eight tracks that lead to the western shoreline of Great Lake from the Lake Highway on the Liawenee Moor will have cattle grids installed to constrain the stock grazing in the area. The tracks are popular with anglers wanting to access the western shores of Great Lake and include tracks to Duck Point, Canal Bay, the Beehives and Boundary Bay. Please be aware that the signs provide advice to the public in respect of the private land only that the public must cross to reach the Hydro land on the lake shore. Once on the lake shore and environs Hydro guidelines to recreational use apply.

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New all level pontoon for Swan Bay boat ramp

New all level pontoon for Swan Bay boat ramp

Nov 19, 2013

Marine and Safety Tasmania has just installed a new pontoon at Great Lake's Swan Bay. This runs down the middle of the double width ramp and can be moved up and down the ramp as lake levels change. This is one of two prototypes (with the second being installed at Arthurs Lake dam wall) being trialled by MAST. Performance and suitably will be assessed and any modifications made before other locations are considered. MAST and IFS welcome feedback from users to assist in this assessment. It will be welcomed by the many boat fishers that use this popular facility. It has been funded by Marine and Safety Tasmania from the Recreational Licence Fund.

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Lake Augusta Dam Road improvements

Lake Augusta Dam Road improvements

Nov 19, 2013

Hydro Tasmania have recently repaired potholes and laid new gravel on the Lake Augusta Dam road. This has improved the road for the upcoming summer season of fishing in the Western Lakes area. All users should drive slowly to avoid damaging the road surface, to reduce road kill and potential damage to vehicles.

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2013 Release of the TASMAP Highland Lakes Map and Angling Notes

2013 Release of the TASMAP Highland Lakes Map and Angling Notes

Nov 12, 2013

The Central Highlands of Tasmania are a rugged area with impressive scenery and world class trout fishing in the thousands of lakes and tarns. The TASMAP Highland Lakes Map covers most of the plateau, it shows all of the lakes, how to get there along with launching facilities, accommodation, camping and caravan areas, fuel supplies and services. The reverse side features updated, detailed notes and maps covering the prime fishing lakes. The notes are packed with valuable information on regulations, fish types and the best fishing locations and methods. The 2013 edition is available for purchase from the TASMAP e-shop - www.tasmap.tas.gov.au for $9.95, or at your local Service Tasmania outlet.

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