Snapper surprise
  |  First Published: March 2010

It’s April and there is still plenty of fishing to do on the North-West coast with trout and Australian salmon on the menu.

So brave the weather and remember you don't always have to catch fish to enjoy fishing.


There has been a pleasing amount of snapper around recently. This is exciting, for not just the northwest but for all of Tasmania. Port Sorell and Mersey River areas have been the place to find these snapper. Bait has to be fresh to maximise your snapper success.

I do urge you to release your catch so that we can see these fish multiply so we have this marvellous fish for years to come.


Salmon on the northwest don't really know their seasons. After the awesome summer season the salmon just stuck around, keeping anglers very happy.

A boat has been an advantage with drift spinning and trolling the way to go, but there is still some action for the shore anglers with bait and lure. There has been a few schools seen with anglers either drift spinning or trolling.

Drift spinning will work a lot better because as you troll over the school they will move. It is much better to just cut your engine and cast to the school.

Lures are easy to pick, often it’s a case of trying things until you find a lure or colour that works.

There are ample rivers and bays on the North-West that hold salmon, such as Emu Bay and other bays in the Burnie area, Leven River, Port Sorell, Mersey River, Arthur River and many, many more, just take your pick.


The places to be to chase up a few late season trout will be lakes such as Huntsman, and also a lot of rivers along the coast. Also the Riana farm dams will be firing right through autumn and into winter.

Best baits on the rivers are grasshoppers, worms and wattle grubs (mainly for lakes). When bait fishing I like to look at it from more of a flyfishers perspective and match the hatch, so look around and be aware of what natural baits the trout might be looking for.

Lure anglers will need Celtas for the river and Tassie Devils, soft plastics, hardbodied lures like Rapalas, Ecogear MX and MWs and Daiwa Pressos and Dr Minnows.

Flyfishers should be stocking their boxes with hoppers, caddis and the must haves such as the Red Tag, Royal Wulff and more.

The northwest has many trout surprises, especially if we get a decent autumn flood, so be prepared for all eventualities.

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