Trout to be found in all sorts of places
  |  First Published: October 2013

The Tamar River has been very quiet due to fresh cold water caused by consistent heavy rain that Tasmania received in August and September.

As a consequence George Town has been quiet too as the immense amounts of freshwater gradually make their way out to sea.

The water was coffee coloured and huge barely-submerged logs were floating down the Tamar, so boating was very risky indeed.

There has been a few small Australian salmon been schooling up off the Monument at the end of the main street of George Town. Anglers can catch them off the rocks on small slices or soft plastics.

Low Head is pretty much the same as George Town but there has been a few barracouta and pike around the last two Farewell beacons as you leave the river.

Boat anglers are catching some nice fish trolling around the beacons using shallow running Rapala styled lures.

Up river has been very quiet due to the floods; I have not seen a boat out for weeks.

Boating was very hazardous and would not be advised until the clarity returns to the river.

Supply River trout

The Supply River is situated just south of Batman Bridge on the West Tamar. It is a great place to have a fish when the estuary is like the way it is.

My boys and I often fish the supply for trout when the waters high. The small brown trout fossick the new ground searching for worms, often gorging themselves so they nearly burst.

It can often be fast and furious fishing, especially when using scrub worms for bait.

It is great fun catching the little river fish and it is good to see some benefit coming from the massive downpours we experienced in the lead up to spring.

Hopefully during October the estuaries along the north coast clear up and some of our warm water species turn up and provide us with some great fishing for the spring.

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