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Inland Fisheries Service News

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Whitebait season finishes tonight - 11 November 2013

Whitebait season finishes tonight - 11 November 2013

Nov 11, 2013

The 2013 whitebait fishing season which opened 1 October concludes at midnight tonight 11 November 2013. The season operates according to the Whitebait Fishery Management Plan 2011-2015 for a six week season 1 October to 11 November each year.

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Blue-green algae (non-toxic) bloom at Craigbourne Dam

Blue-green algae (non-toxic) bloom at Craigbourne Dam

Nov 03, 2013

Tasmanian Irrigation conducts regular water quality monitoring at Craigbourne Dam. Last week (end of October 2013) the results of testing showed there was a bloom of blue-green algae at the dam.The results indicate that the bloom is currently non-toxic. Further testing will be undertaken this week (first week of November 2013)to monitor the situation. A sign has been erected at the dam to inform the public of the bloom. If the bloom turns toxic the signage will be changed to reflect this and a story will be posted on this website.

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Little Pine Lagoon Lakeside Reserve upgrade

Little Pine Lagoon Lakeside Reserve upgrade

Nov 03, 2013

Inland Fisheries Service has assisted Parks and Wildlife Service to install new reserve signage at Little Pine Lagoon. The signs are in the new Parks blue and white colour palette and replace the old brown timber signs that had reached the end of their lifespan. The new signs advise visitors of reserve use regulations including fuel stove only* and dogs permitted if under effective control. The signs also identify facilities and areas for specific activities including boat launching, day use only areas, tent camping area and caravan and camper trailer area. To protect the lagoon environment an area on the road shore (Off the B11 Marlborough Road) has been reclassified from a camping area to a day use only area with all camping, caravans and camper trailer areas consolidated adjacent to the public toilets within the reserve. The signs reflect a significant investment and ongoing cooperation between the two agencies in managing the reserve areas surrounding this world class fishery that is the most popular fly fishing water in Tasmania. * fuel stove means a device for cooking that does not – (a) affect, or interact with, in any way, soil or vegetation; or (b) use or burn coal, wood, plant material or any other solid fuel;

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Do not leave your rubbish behind when you're fishing

Do not leave your rubbish behind when you're fishing

Oct 29, 2013

Every angler has the responsibility to leave the place they fish in the condition they found it. Whether you're in a boat, fishing from the shore or camping out at a lake or river you should not leave litter or garbage behind. The IFS participates in Clean Up Australia Day each year and always retrieves ute and trailer loads of rubbish from the small areas covered. The waste that is removed from lake side sites includes all manner of objects from food and beverage containers to car seats and building materials. Angling clubs, groups and conscientious individuals all do their bit to look after the environment that supports the recreation we all share and love by removing waste left behind by others. Don't let it be your garbage that is cleaned up by others, take it away from the sites and dispose of it thoughtfully and responsibly.

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Morass Boat Ramp maintenance

Morass Boat Ramp maintenance

Oct 29, 2013

Due to the record high water levels in Arthurs Lake residents and visitors to Morass Bay have found it impossible to launch boats at the public ramp. In response to concerns from local shack owners and anglers the IFS and Hydro Tasmania responded to improve the situation. The only option available was to create a small turning and launching area at the end of Larner Parade and to install no parking signs to ensure the area is kept clear unless launching or retrieving boats. Parking is available in Nielsen Crescent, a short 50m walk from the launching area. The IFS will monitor water levels and remove the no parking signs when water levels allow. At the same time parking areas were improved at the Dam Wall boat ramp to compensate for the areas now inundated by the lake.

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Winners of the first two monthly junior licence holder prize draw

Winners of the first two monthly junior licence holder prize draw

Oct 28, 2013

As part of its' 2013/2014 angling season promotion the Inland Fisheries Service is drawing a junior angler's name from the licence data base to win a prize pack for each month till April 2014. Eligible anglers are those who took out a junior licence during the 2013/2014 season, a junior licence is only $12.00 and available for anglers between 14 and 17 years of age. The prize pack includes a good quality rod, reel, lure, a sticker and drink bottle. The names drawn for the months of August and September were Aaron Wilson from Sorell and Cameron Mitchell from Newstead. We are sure both will love their new outfits and put them to good use.

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A guide to start trout fishing

A guide to start trout fishing

Oct 23, 2013

Trout fishing can be daunting to the beginner, even if they have tried other forms of fishing but with the right guidance anyone can fish for trout. Once you've started trout fishing a lifetime of great recreational activity is ahead of you. That's why the Inland Fisheries Service has put together a fact sheet on tips and techniques to get the beginner or novice angler started. This new fact sheet explains where you can start and what you need to go out and catch a trout in Tasmania as well as providing tips on certain waters and what species can be encountered. Click on this link to view the fact sheet: Let's go trout fishing.

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Carp season slowly warming up

Carp season slowly warming up

Oct 21, 2013

The variable weather conditions over the past few weeks have made the start of the carp season a variable and slow affair. The series of cold fronts that have been passing over the State over the past few weeks have been keeping the water temperatures in Lake Sorell below 10 Celsius with the shallow margins cooling even further over night. This has limited the opportunity to target carp but with a high water level and longer day light periods the carp team has everything in place to tackle the opportunities that are expected to begin in coming weeks. As the water has slowly warmed the transmitter implanted carp have begun to liven up moving actively around the lake with the occasional sortie into the margins just to keep IFS staff on their toes. This has been at the carp’s peril as the team has been eagerly waiting to take any of the early starters out of the game. The recently released sterile male carp appear to already settling in and are mixing and moving around the lake with the other transmitter fish.

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Suburban native fish collections

Suburban native fish collections

Oct 21, 2013

Inland Fisheries staff visited numerous sites along the Sandy Bay Rivulet to collect native freshwater fish for educational purposes. There are 25 species of native freshwater fish inhabiting a range of streams, rivers, and lakes around Tasmania. The fish were collected using backpack electro-fishers and delivered to Lobster Haven near Wynyard where they will be on display in aquariums. On first glance of this rivulet, it appeared to be a shallow storm water drain, devoid of any life what so ever. However after walking upstream for less than a minute, it was obvious that this was not the case. Small juvenile yellow-eye mullet were caught at the mouth of the rivulet, while 200 metres further upstream a variety of small native fish were found residing among the debris. Spotted galaxias, jollytail galaxias, sandies and short-fin eels were all found throughout the Sandy Bay rivulet in healthy populations. Even further upstream towards the Parliament street park in Sandy Bay, the fish ladder which had been installed to assist in the upstream migration of these fish was observed. The “fish ladder” is constructed out of concrete and is designed to break-up the flow of water and provide resting areas for fish trying to swim upstream. Much of the public are unaware of the diverse range of native fish species residing in Tasmanian waters, and the role which the Inland Fisheries Service plays in maintaining and managing these fish, to ensure there are healthy populations around for many years to come. Jonah Yick

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Damage to wattle trees by bait collectors

Damage to wattle trees by bait collectors

Oct 17, 2013

A recent report to the IFS has highlighted the damage caused by bait collectors looking for wattle grubs. The damage to road side trees has been reported on the roadsides between Perth and Longford. This activity is not permitted unless the collector owns the land which the trees are on. Prosecution for such activity could occur under the Crown Land Act. The IFS does not condone such bait collection and the willful destruction of trees on public land or land not owned by the collector. Such activity gives a bad name to anglers.

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