Off to the lakes for the Christmas fishing

THE Christmas break will see many anglers and family groups heading to the highlands for their traditional annual fishing holidays. Holiday shacks at the popular lakes including Great Lake, Arthurs Lake, Brady’s Lake and Bronte Lagoon will be well patronised and most of our highland waters have a number of casual campsites available for tents, motorhomes and caravans.

Fortunately, summer is the time when trout are most active in Tasmania, hopefully making them more catchable, and with longer daylight hours and increasing temperatures the conditions are generally more pleasant for the holiday angler. Trolling and spinning at this time of the year can be very successful especially on dull overcast days with anglers concentrating on dawn and dusk on brighter days.

Early summer on in the highlands has seen the start of dun hatches on waters such as Little Pine Lagoon and Arthurs Lake with gum beetles also emerging on the warmer days to make some exciting fishing on Lake Echo in particular.

Around the lakes

  • Woods Lake has seen plenty of anglers and plenty of fish with some big bags of smaller fish taken from all over the lake in recent weeks and many fish will be taken from here over the Christmas break by lure and fly anglers.
  • Great Lake is still fishing well and will see a large number of campers around the shoreline over the next few weeks. Deep trolling over the weed beds is producing good numbers of brown and rainbow trout with fly anglers also having success early morning and evening. Bait fishers will also land their share of fish.
  • Lake Crescent is still the place for a trophy fish but is also producing some very well conditioned smaller trout in the 1 to 2kg range which augers well for the future of this fishery.
    Expect fishing to become more difficult as water temperatures increase and water levels drop before a late season revival.
  • Lake Gordon is possibly worth a day trip for the angler looking for something different. Gordons water level has been steadily increasing and is now around 10 meters higher than its May level covering a large amount of new ground and food sources for its trout population. Lake Gordon also has a large population of redfin perch which seem to grow to a much larger sizes than the stunted specimens normally encountered in our waters.
    With redfin spawning in early summer trout and larger redfin will feed heavily on these smaller fish so trout should be in top condition at this time.
  • Lake Pedder is a much neglected fishery but recent reports indicate some good bags of well conditioned fish have been landed by trolling and drift spinning anglers so is another water well worth a visit.

For information about New Norfolk Licensed Anglers’ Association club activities, contact Laurie on 0428 626 370 or Adam on 0437 717 505.

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