Weather warm – fishing hot
  |  First Published: October 2009

Lake Burbury is a great fishery that is open all year round but it only starts to really show signs of great fishing in the late winter, spring and summer months.

It is my favourite trout haven in Tasmania because it is so versatile you can drift spin, troll, spin from the shore, flyfish and bait fish and catch fish and a lot of them.

Boats are really a necessity at Burbury, and can be launched at several places on the lake. If you are looking to shore fish as well, then the southern end near the Crotty Dam is where it is easy to launch your boat and a long bank area of which is great for either fly or lure fishing.

Best spots in the boat are near any inflow of water especially when drift spinning. All the islands in the lake are good for both trolling and drift spinning. Lofty Cobras and Juro Mimic Sweetwater Minnows in all colours are good lures when trolling and drift spinning, and the new Berkley MF40’s work well when drift spinning.


Lake Mikany is one of the lesser know lakes in Tasmania but is one with big potential.

Some large trout have been coming out of the lake, but Mikany, like most lakes on the North-West coast, doesn’t see huge numbers of fish taken. Most fish have been caught on bait, with worms being the popular choice, although a lot of fish have been caught by spinning with Tassie Devils and Rapala’s.

Searun trout

Anglers got very excited in October with the annual whitebait run. Although the North-West has nothing like the Derwent River for searun trout, it can produce some good fish none-the-less. The places to keep your eye on are Leven River, Cam River Inglis River, both Little and Big Henty Rivers, Pieman River and the Mersey River. Although our whitebait almost got wiped out by over fishing years ago the whitebait are getting stronger in numbers every year and hopefully there will be a lot around this year to excite the trout.

Lures to use are the River2Sea Sea rocks and most soft plastics in any colour(s) that look like whitebait.


November is prime time for fishing with dry flies and expect to see many fish taken by this method in the local streams.

In November the almon should be back in numbers after the slow winter and wet start to spring. The places that a expected to fire are Leven River, Arthur River, Inglis River, Mersey River, Blythe River, Forth River, Emu River, Port Sorell, Trial Harbour and Marrawah.

The lures to be use are Tassie Devils in pinks, blues, yellows, silvers, oranges and gold, also silver slices and a range of soft plastics. Look for schools of whitebait - this is where you will find fish and also have a chance of snagging a searun trout.


Two lakes that host great fishing but often underestimated. Like many lakes in Tasmania, lakes Mackintosh and Rosebery have their good and bad days. With a lot of fish being caught throughout October it can only get better in November.

Trolling lures in both lakes (especially Mackintosh) works extremely well. Rosebery is a lake that is hard to fish without a boat so if thinking of spinning and bait fishing from the shore then Mackintosh is a far better bet. The most productive ways to fish Lake Rosebery is to drift spin allowing you to cover more water than from land.

Best baits and lures are wattle grubs and worms, while the better lures are Tasmanian Devils, a wide range of Rapalas and soft plastics. Lake Rosebery has just received a significant brown trout stocking, so they will be on the chew shortly. Both lakes are quite high, which makes it the best time to be fishing them.


This competition is held on the 20th to the 22nd of November and is a great competition for all anglers. The lake always fishes well when levels are high, as they currently are.

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