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150 years ago on May 4th 1864, the first english trout eggs started hatching at Plenty, Tasmania. In the 2014/15 season Tasmania celebrated the successful transfer of wild brown trout into the southern hemisphere.Tasmania is famous for its wild brown and rainbow trout, and its beautiful, clean waters. More than 25,000 people a year fish for trout in Tasmania. Both river and lake fishing are rewarding.
The rivers around Launceston such as the South Esk, Macquarie and Brumbys Creek are favourites. On the Central plateau the man-made lakes such as Arthurs and Great Lake are the most popular lake fisheries. An area know as the Western Lakes is within the Central Plateau World Heritage Area, and contains more than 3000 lakes, ponds and tarns, most with wild brown trout in them ranging from 0.5kg (1lb) to 5kg (10lbs) in size. This is the jewel in Tasmania's fishing crown! Fly Fishing around Hobart is popular in the Derwent and Huon rivers, and their tributaries.
Tasmania is now preparing to host the world fly fishing championships in 2019.
The annual brown trout fishing season usually runs from the beginning of August to the first weekend in May. Some rainbow trout areas have an alternate season from October to May. A number of waterways including Great Lake are open all year. You need a licence to fish the inland waterways of Tasmania. They are available from tackle shops, stores in fishing areas and online from Inland Fisheries. Inland Fisheries also runs the fish hatchery at Salmon Ponds near New Norfolk.
There are two useful angling organisations in Tasmania:
Trout Guides and Lodges Tasmania (TGALT) which is an industry body.
Another useful resource is the Tasfish weblog.
There is also the Australian Fly Fishing Museum at the National trust property Clarendon on the South Esk River near Evandale.
Guided fishing tours are available from many guides including:
You can also catch trout, without the need to buy a licence, at private trout fisheries including :