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Seasonal Experiences

The angling season extends from start of August to the end of April.

The angling season extends from start of August to the end of April.

Early Season

Early in the season, the cool conditions and high water levels stimulate 'tailing' fish, which feed along the flooded lake (and river) margins looking for snails, worms, grubs and other food items. Fish can be seen cruising along the edges with their tails and dorsal fins exposed, providing exhilarating sport for the fly fisher and baitcaster. Lakes with shallow edges coupled with plant growth are best suited for tailing fish.

Sea Runners

Also early in the season sea trout fishing is at its peak as sea-run browns chase whitebait up the estuaries during their annual migration. These fish offer great angling opportunities on fly, lure and bait. Most of the larger estuaries offer good sea run trout fishing.

Mid Season

Mayfly hatches are a feature from mid-October on the lowland lakes and mid-November in the highlands. Mayfly activity can last until March and is seen by many as the pinnacle of dry fly fishing in Tasmania. Mayfly activity on the northern "meadow" streams is centred on the red spinner and generally extends from October to December.

Sight Fishing

Sight fishing for trout with the aid of polarised sunglasses or "polaroiding", is used extensively throughout the state. Tasmania's clear water environment readily lends itself to this method. The best waters being the shallow lakes on the Central Plateau, particularly the Western Lakes, however any water with reasonable clarity has potential for polaroiding