We are in the middle of the year, in the middle of winter and in the middle of Tasmania and quite possibly in the middle of some awesome shore based trout action.
Great Lake for the most part is the only water open at this time of year in the highlands. You can scoot over to Burbury or drop down to Meadowbank or Huntsman, but the big lake has some pretty fine sport too.
It’s fair to say that this time of year is cold. Very cold. Anglers are the only ones who will feel it, as of course trout are cold blooded and don’t feel the cold. Having said all that, this is the time of year to be pounding the shores of Great Lake looking for trout smashing the galaxia.
Galaxia congregate on the shores of Great Lake in big numbers at this time of year and all the way into August. I guess they are looking to spawn, but what ever the case, the trout certainly know all about it and cash in on an easy feed.
The best shores for galaxia feeders are those with the wind blowing onto them. At this time of year it is pretty much all south west, west and north west winds, so the shore line in Swan Bay in front of the shacks all the way around to Haddens Bay and along the dam is the hot spot.
Obviously in a howling gale the flyfishing will be a tad trying, but spinning with the god old Ashley spinners will be awesome. Hurl them into the wind and wind them back in. Fan your casts out and along the shoreline to maximise your chances.
On calm days keep an eye out for shallow water feeding trout, especially if there are a few midges on the water. I’ve seen trout rising in June when the lake has been 2C and the air temperature -5C! Never discount anything at all.
Apart from the galaxia feeders, most fish in the lake will have finished with spawning and be back down looking for a feed. The best fish will make a bee line for the scud and shrimp beds, so trollers and deep lure fishers should spend a lot of time around McLanachans Island and Point and the shores around Becketts Bay.
In the northern reaches of the lake spend a lot of time looking around Reynolds Neck.
The eastern shoreline of Great Lake to the south of Cramps Bay has some prime winter shorelines.Reads: 812