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  |  First Published: February 2011

February will see the trout action get better, as by February all rain should have gone away and anglers will be getting out and about catching fish all around the coasts lakes and rivers.

Huntsmans Lake has been a stand out fishery over the past few months and is worth while checking out.

Lake Barrington has been fishing well and producing large fish, but the numbers are not huge. A lot of rivers are working really well now that a small streak of flooding has eased. The usual lakes and rivers such as Guide Dam, Pet Dam, Lake Mikany, Lake Burbury and Leven, Forth, Inglis and Blythe rivers are fishing well and are always worth a look.

Make sure you don't get to overwhelmed by the brilliant saltwater flourish that the coast is experiencing and find out what the North-West has to offer on the trout side of thing, you will surely be satisfied


There was a lot of action on the Australia salmon front in January and February will be much the same with good numbers and size of fish coming to anglers. It is all about where and how you catch these fish is the exciting things about this January salmon run that is the most important. Due to the rain throughout December and early January some salmon do not want to enter the river systems along the North-West Coast and therefore will hang around the mouth of the river.

This was quite apparent on one of my trips to the Arthur River. Due to the freshwater in the system anglers were struggling, only achieving one or two fish. Our theory was that these fish where hanging in the bay at the front of the river, staying away from that fresh water.

We headed for a set of rocks in the bay and within minutes of fishing it certain that our theory was ringing true. After a short 45 minutes session we has 32 fish between the three participants. This method can be practice in many systems around the state.

If you are planning to fish a river for salmon and some other saltwater species and it has a considerable amount of fresh water coming down its always worth trying the beach or rocks outside the mouth of the river.


February will continue to strengthen the runs of fish seen in January.

We will continue to see a whole array of species on the coast; bream at Port Sorrel and Rubicon River, snapper in the Burnie area, silver trevally in a lot of our rivers and as always Australian salmon covering the whole coast.

All methods will catch fish in the saltwater, therefore something for all anglers to enjoy.

February is also a perfect time for young kids to get into the fishing scene, so make sure we get then out there so the tradition of fishing continues for many, many years to come.

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