Early opening for fishing in Bradys Lake system

UPDATED: The Bradys Lake system will be opened to recreational fishing earlier than usual, on a trial basis. The Inland Fisheries Service (IFS) today announced it would open Bradys Lake, Lake Binney and Tungatinah Lagoon, from this Saturday, June 1.

In a statement, the IFS said the opening of the Bradys Lake system for recreational angling was permitted via an exemption permit issued by the director of Inland Fisheries. It noted that inflowing water at Bradys Lake (known as the whitewater) would remain closed to angling during this period to protect any spawning brown trout.

This two-month period, ahead of the official opening of the brown trout season on August 3, will provide additional angling opportunities for licence holders over winter, and is being undertaken on a trial basis for 2024. Anglers can assist the IFS throughout this trial period by logging their fishing activity using the Angler Diary feature within the InFish smartphone app.

Business, Industry and Resources minister Eric Abetz welcomed the announcement. “I am pleased that the IFS has undertaken this trial opening of the Bradys Lake system and note that the increased angling opportunities and associated visitations to the Central Highlands across the winter months will also benefit the local economy,” Mr Abetz said.

Anglers who hold a 2023-24 angling licence will be able to fish the Bradys Lake system from June 1 through to July 31. From August 1, a 2024-25 angling licence will be required. Licence renewals, or new licence purchases for the 2024-25 season, will be available from July 1.

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