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Trout save a tough Tamar
  |  First Published: August 2009



Saltwater fishing in the Tamar has still been quiet apart from the odd catches of Australian salmon. Consistent rain in the catchments has dulled action a little.

Some are being taken inside the Tamar estuary but the majority has been caught along the northeast coast towards Beechford, Bellingham, Weymouth and Bridport, although some really big ones have been caught in West Arm. Most have been taken on soft plastics but small slices and pilchard styled lures have also been productive. The salmon have been up to 2kg in weight.

Trout Time

Curries River dam has been fishing very well. Inland fisheries have stocked it with 600 adult brown trout prior to the opening of the 2009/2010 season. These Great Lake browns average around 1.2kg. The most productive method so far this season has been a wattle grub fished on the bottom. Spinning with cobras and plastics have also claimed some nice fish. The most popular plastics have been Berkley Gulp 3inch minnows in Smelt and Emerald Shiner.

Brushy Lagoon has been fishing well since the fisheries stocked it with 200 adult Atlantic salmon last month. The fish are averaging around 3kg. Anglers have been having a ball using all methods. Wattle grubs fished below a float have been claiming plenty of big catches. Soft plastics have also been very successful. Berkley 3 inch minnow grubs in the pumpkinseed colour have been great.

Hard bodied lures have been taking their fair share of fish. McGrath Fluoro and Green Carp have been stand out lures. The bright colours really seem to attract the salmon. Cobras have also been taking their fair share as well. Tillins King Cobras in the colours 69, 42 and 47 have been red hot. Most of the salmon have been captured in the deeper water around the dam wall.

Lake Barrington

Sean Brodie of Victorian Fisheries and I had a very successful trolling trip to Lake Barrington recently. We trolled for 7 hours and managed to snag 5 salmon and 2 browns. The best lures that we found were JD Depth master deep divers in the colours Fluoro pink and Trout Egg Orange. Theses are a locally made lure from Beaconsfield on the Tamar River. McGrath deep divers in chartreuse and pink also worked well. Inland fisheries released 600 adult Atlantics just before the season started. Most of the fish were smaller fish around 1.2kg but 100 fish were larger ones, which weighed around 3.5kg. Lake Barrington is a beautiful L\lake and is worth a trip, fish or no fish. Barrington is fantastic trolling water.

Four Springs

Four Springs Lake has been fishing very well as usual at the start of the season. Good catches of browns and rainbows have been taken on wattle grubs on the bottom. Reports of a brown of around 4.5kg were taken with this method recently. Flyfishing has also been taking a few good fish. Frog flies, Woolly Worms and Woolly Bugger patterns are all working well. Berkley Power Bait dough in rainbow and sherbet is also worth a try early season. The rainbows seem to like it more than the browns. Four Springs is a rewarding fishery and can be tough but there are some magnificent trophy trout in this impoundment.

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