Summer has it all
  |  First Published: December 2010

December is a massive time for fishing on the north west coast.

It’s finally summer and the saltwater species become more prominent. Trout fishing also turns it up a notch when it comes to summer, so its a brilliant time for anglers all over the state. Summer has the fishing and the North-West has summer.


It’s that time of year where you just sit back and say "this is going to be good". Summer brings around many different species many of which have been missing over the extended winter period that we have experienced in Tassie this year.

One big inclusion is silver trevally, one of our most recognised saltwater species due to there hard fighting style and reasonable table fare.

Bream have also started to fire up on the north west coast. Bream have been on the north west coast all year round, but since late October, places such as Rubicon River, Port Sorell and Emu Bay River are hot spots for a good bream.

Another species that always gets people excited is snapper around the Burnie area. They will join the smorgasbord along with Australia salmon, tailor, mackerel, mullet and garfish. There is always the odd sea run trout about to. These fish can be caught in a number of different places along the coast.

But the best thing about summer fishing on the coast is that there is something for everyone.


The salt is absolutely pumping with fish but the freshwater is just a hot, with some brilliant north west waters to check out over this summer.

Waters such as the Guide and Pet dams, Huntsman Lake, Lake Mikany, Leven River, Mersey River, Blythe River, Forth River and Emu River have been in good form since the start of the season will continue to provide fish right through out summer.

Other waters such Lake Burbury, Lake Barrington, Lake Rosebery, Lake Mackintosh, Lake Rowallan, Lake Parangana, Inglis River, Cam River will be at their prime over the summer period.

This means that there is going to be many opportunities for anglers to catch a bag of trout, you just need to get to these waters and fish them hard.

All methods will be working at there full potential and just about any of the popular lures, flies and baits will work well.

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