Salmon fire up in the Tamar
  |  First Published: December 2013

As the water temperature rises the fishing in the Tamar Valley is really starting to heat up.

Massive schools of Australian salmon are currently swimming around the Tamar feeding on schools of whitebait. This is providing some excellent sport for many local anglers. The schools have been mainly hanging around the Low Head and George Town area.

Some anglers have been doing very well from the stones. The most productive spot have been the monument at the end of the main street of George Town. Spinning from here using small metal lures and soft plastics that mimic whitebait have been very successful. Low head breakwater has also been a good spot to target them from the shore.

The best spot has been right at the end of the breakwater casting into the channel. The salmon have been of good size with most of the fish have been around 1kg wit some pushing the 2.5kg. Boat fishers have had the most success on the western side of the river around Kelso. Most of the fish have been coming from very shallow water just north of the Kelso pontoon. Once again small silver slice lures have been out fishing other lures.

To make things even better there has been an escape at the local Atlantic salmon farm. Anglers have been enjoying the fruits of the escape. They have been up to 6kg in weight and have spread out quite a bit. I have heard reports from Greens Beach to Gravely Beach, which is probably around 50km apart. They have been caught nearly on all methods from spinning trolling and bait. Even anglers fishing from the pontoons have been getting into the Atlantic salmon action, with good reports from Gravelly Beach and Deviot pontoons. A few years ago there was another escape and a lot of the salmon ended up in Launceston at the Trevallyn Tailrace. This just shows how far they will travel.

Brushy Lagoon

Local angler Ron Stewart caught a beautiful 9kg Atlantic salmon recently. He has spent many freezing hours spinning on the lagoon dam wall when finally this monster came along. He caught it on a pink and yellow soft plastic lure.

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