Tasmania's Central Plateau holds a special allure for fly fishers the world over.  The wily nature of the trout, the diversity of the waters and the variability of the weather has led to a reputation of demanding trout fishing. Trout were introduced here in the 1860s by European colonists who saw the potential for fishing in the myriad of lakes, but for the lack of native fish.

The Inland Fisheries Service (IFS) is a Tasmanian State Government body that is reponsible for inland fisheries in Tasmania, and operates under the Inland Fisheries Act 1995 and are overseen by the Director of Inland Fisheries and the
Inland Fisheries Advisory Council.

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Fishing Near Me

Tasmania has great trout fishing and many different trout fishing experiences.

This page will help you learn more about the different fisheries and choose the one that is right for you.

The good news is there is great trout fishing within two hours drive of Tasmania’s major cities.

Some suggestions for a place to start

Penstock Lagoon

This fly-only lagoon has long been a popular water and on the must visit list of many interstate anglers. The fish here grow fast and strong and provide great sport for dry and wet fly fishing. The fish are stocked as fry from wild strain stocks and are triploided to produce fast growing and fit specimens.

Little Pine Lagoon

A small dam on the Little Pine River has created arguably Australia's best known fly fishing water. From wily tailing fish to voracious dun feeders this water offers something for the fly fisher all season, whether from a boat or the shore.

Great Lake

The sheer size of Great Lake means that there are always a variety of possibilities for the fly fisher. The lake has a huge population of brown and rainbow trout and offers year round fishing. The shores of the lake offer good wet fly fishing and beetle falls provide dry fly fishing particularly in open water. The open water polaroiding of trout cruising wind lanes is as good as you will find anywhere.

Arthurs Lake

This lake offers nearly everything a fly fisher could want. While the trout don't tend to be large, every season Arthurs offer up a trophy brown trout of ten pound or more. The catch rate at Arthurs can be outstanding and when it is firing it is not unusual to catch twenty or more for the day. Dry fly fishing the hatches, nymphing wind lanes or wet fly fishing the galaxias feeders, the action at Arthurs can be red hot.

Brumbys Creek

Brumbys Creek is a tailrace trout fishery that is fed by cool clear mountain water through the summer months. This water delivers mayfly action on the lowlands throughout spring, summer and autumn.

Western lakes

This is Tasmania's true wilderness fishery with literally thousands of lakes, lagoons and tarns covering the Central Plateau west of the Nineteen Lagoons area. This area can only be accessed by foot or the couple of four wheel drive tracks that are still open. Tailing and cruising brown trout are what anglers come to this area for and depending on the water it could be a trophy sized fish that you cast your fly to.

Nineteen Lagoons

The collection of waters West of Great Lake accessed by the road into Lake Augusta are a truly wilderness experience without the need for hours of walking. While not all these waters are regulated as fly fishing only, most are best for this method. Flooded lagoon and backwater fishing for tailing brown trout is an early season feature and in the height of summer polaroiding the shallow lagoons is an exciting and rewarding prospect.

Lake Burbury

This lake is open all year round and has both wild rainbow and brown trout populations. Early morning fishing, particularly during spring months, for midge feeders is the feature here. Rainbow trout can often be found cruising wind lanes and offer exciting fishing from a boat. There is also plenty of dead timber for targeting mudeye feeders.

Bronte Lagoon

For a small water this lagoon has a variety of fly fishing options. Tailing fish are a feature during spring months with frog feeders providing some exciting fishing amongst the tussocks. Rising fish can be found on occasion and cruising fish near inflows provide very good dry fly fishing. Brown, brook and rainbow trout are all found here.