Tasmania’s inland waters offer great boat fishing opportunities.
Make sure you are familiar with the rules around using a boat in Tasmania. Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) is the regulator for boats and the rules can be found on their website mast.tas.gov.au.
Accelerate gently in shallow water to avoid the underwater wash stirring up silt and mud. This sediment clouds the water, disturbs sensitive weed beds, smothers aquatic plants and degrades fish habitat. If it’s white, it’s all right but if it’s brown, slow down.
Use an appropriate size of boat and motor for the water. If possible,
When fishing at Little Pine and Penstock lagoons please use petrol motors only in the designated areas. This helps reduce the impact of increased angling pressure and boating in recent years.
Note that it is an offence to fish from a boat within 100 m of an anglers fishing from the shore unless the boat is securely moored.
Think of others when using boat ramps and parking areas. Don’t obstruct boat ramps and parking areas.
If you are on an inland water, in a National Park or the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA), the Parks and Wildlife Service regulate boating. Plus the MAST rules still apply.
Motorised boating is restricted to lakes Pedder, Augusta, St Clair, Mackenzie, Ada, Pillans and Julian, Lake Fergus (electric motors only.), Double Lagoon and Gordon River.
Motorised boating (including electric motors) is prohibited on all other waters in the Western Lakes region, TWWHA and National Parks.
When fishing from a boat on inland waters, there are rules. These include:
You can find the full list of rules by looking at Sections 19 and 20 of the Inland Fisheries Regulations 2019.
There are speed limits for recreational vessels in Tasmania. Check the rules with Marine and Safety Tasmania.
Generally, no boat should exceed 5 knots within 60 metres of a wharf, jetty, mooring, the shoreline or other boat, or within 120 metres of a person swimming, diving or wading in the water.
Some waters around the state have a speed limit of 5 knots. These include:
Information from: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/fis...