Fishing the Weather
  |  First Published: July 2009

Not much is happening in the way of fishing on the coast with a lot of rain filling the rivers. Sea fishing is at a minimum, but this rain may get the sea run trout stirred up for the up and coming season.


There has been some strange species hanging around on the North West in the past month or so, like garfish at Port Sorell and Wynyard. Best bait is any fish chopped into small pieces. Berley is essential, tuna oil and fish pellets work well. Sand whiting are also on the smorgasbord of less common fish on the North West.

These have been caught at Burnie and Port Sorell on small hooks with any kind of bait. Last But not least the snotty trevally have been foraging in the Mersey River in Devonport. They have been caught along side two more common Tassie fish; the yellow-eye mullet and the mackerel.


There have been three main salmon hot spots on the coast, which are the Leven River, Inglis River and the beaches at the Blythe River for surf fishing. At the Leven River fish have been caught up to 4lbs. There has even been some action at low tide with some smaller salmon, but to get the big ones high tides the go. The guys at Ultimate Fishing and Outdoor in Ulverstone said that 15 salmon had been caught off the breakwater at the Leven; all good size.

The Leven River has been the Australian salmon hotspot for the past month but in recent weeks it has outdone itself, with trophy fish up to 4lbs being caught. I can’t see this slowing down. If in Ulverstone try out the breakwater: it doesn’t matter which side. Remember that the bigger salmon have been taken on the high tide.


In July, like June, there was nothing but wet and woolly weather, which made it difficult to venture outside to fish. I hope if you where stuck inside with nothing to do that you made use of your spare time and cleaned rods, reels, and other gear, and stocked up the tackle box. Don’t forget there are a lot of specials around as tackle shops are doing stock takes; you can always pick up a bargain. Also something that I did during July was fly tying which has kept me busy when the wet weather was about and build up my fly box for the 2009/2010 season.

August Hot spots

Opening day will see heaps of keen trout anglers to Tasmania’s best trout waters to catch trout. Here is some of what the North-West has to offer in August.

North-West Rivers

We have had a lot of rain over the past month, which has been filling our lakes and dams. Also this fantastic rain has been filling the North-West Rivers and bringing with it lots of trout food. This is why in the first month of the trout fishing season rivers such as the Leven, Mersey, Forth and Blythe are going to fire, as the trout will be feeding on the morsels that have been washed down by the rain. To find these trout go to the upper reaches of most North-West Rivers.

The two most effective ways to catch these trout is to drift un-weighted worms and my favourite river fishing method - Celta fishing. Just cast your Celta into one of the numerous runs and riffles; then with a quick retrieval you will hopefully have a fish in no time. Polaroid glasses are a handy tool when Celta fishing the rivers, they give you the ability to see the trout in the pool you are fishing and to spot any follows.


When you think opening day you immediately think Arthurs Lake, Great Lake, Little Pine Lagoon and so on. But the last thing you will think of is Riana. Riana is a farming town not far from where I live in Penguin and with farming comes farm dams. You may be thinking ‘how do I get access to these dams’; just ask the farmer that owns the dam and you could be in luck. These dams have a lot of trout in them; some are good-sized fish too. The best techniques are worms with a running sinker or my personal favourite is the Celta: Green & Gold and the Red & Gold work best for me.

Lake Barrington

It has Atlantic salmon, it has rainbow trout and it has brown trout. But the lake has been a bit of a hit and affair. Honestly I don’t know of many times that I have come home fishless even after 2 to 3 hours in the boat. But on the other hand I have been lucky enough to catch a large Atlantic salmon out of the lake.

Also I have caught a lot of good-sized rainbow trout out of the lake on wet and cold days. If you head to Lake Barrington in August then my advice is that you launch the boat at the rowing course end and head up stream this is where most of the fish are know to be. Trolling Lofty’s Cobras or Tassie Devils always seems to work.

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