Fishing in Tasmania

Fishing in Tasmania is an endlessly exciting adventure. Surrounded by waters that are brimming with some of the most spectacular marine species, Tasmania offers year round fishing opportunities from game fishing for fishing from bays and lakes as well as its many river and estuary systems.

With world class trout fisheries and several world records for Southern bluefin tuna, Tasmania is the place where angler’s dreams are made!

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5 Best Places for Tasmania Fishing

St Helens: St. Helens is the saltwater sportfishing capital of Tasmania. An excellent year-round fishery for striped marlin, albacore, Australian salmon, mako shark and flathead,

Tyenna River: Tyenna River has the highest fish population in Tasmania. Estimates put it at about 150 fish per 100 meter stretch 40 of which are a legally take able size. There’s no way you can come away empty handed! The best time to fish is when the water is moderate to low trout fishing is in the summer time. Most easily caught fish are browns and rainbow trout.

The Tyenna River is an offshoot of the iconic Derwent River and begins behind Mount Field and runs along in an easterly direction for about 40 kilometres before joining together with the Derwent River just above Bushy Park.

Rainbow and brown trout can both be easily caught using a mixture of ways and means from flies, surface poppers to the old worm on a hook bit and all ways are well loved by folks fishing for trout.

The fish are abundant at this time of the year and easily caught.practically the entire river is fishable, but rather difficult above Maydena which it is more overgrown with trees and undergrowth and the going gets a bit tougher. Try the tributaries as well, but the fish will be smaller.

Arthurs Lake: Tasmania’s premium Stillwater trout fishery, Arthurs Lake is open for trout fishing from August to May. The lake contains only brown trout. Any trout fishing method can be used here- lure, bait or fly fishing.

Pedra Branca, Tasman Peninsula and Pirates Bay: The proximity of the continental shelf to the shore and the varied underwater terrain combine to produce some sensational game fishing opportunities. With 8 world records for southern bluefin tuna, this is the most sought after species for gamefishermen fishing these waters.

D'Entrecasteaux Channel: A popular spot for recreational Tasmanian fishing, the D’Entrecasteaux Channel yields good catches for salmon, trumpeter, trevally and whiting. The Channel is also excellent place for Tasmanian scallop. There are strict regulations imposed on fishing for Tasmanian scallop so be sure to check for the maximum catch limit.

Tasmanian Fishing Requires a License

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It is mandatory to get a fishing license before you set out fishing in Tasmania at any open inland water, including farm dams on private property. Depending on your fishing plans, you can either get a short term weekend license or a full season license, which allows you to fish every day for 12 months of the year!

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