Trout still about
  |  First Published: April 2010

May is a great month for trout in waters still open for fishing.

The saltwater angling is pretty good as well, and with those lovely warm afternoons there couldn’t be anything better than heading out for a fish.

SALT continues to proliferate

The good thing about Tassie fishing is you can find fish most of the year round. Port Sorell is a good place to be with the flathead still hanging around and a few gummy sharks as well.

As usual the Australian salmon season continues and will only start to slow down when we get into the heart of winter.

Your normal bait fishing gear suits these species, with soft plastics quite good, especially for flathead because they are a lot easier to control on the bottom.

Hardbodied lures are great for chasing salmon, but can also be effective on flathead if fished properly. My favourites are Tassie Devils, River2Sea and Halco Laser Pro.


Lakes such as Rowallan, Rosebery, Mackintosh, Barrington and Burbury are all still open in May and are good places for a fish or three. Best baits are grubs, worms and if you can find some, cockroaches.

On the lure front there is many lures that you can use and it often depends on the lake that you are fishing. Most fish will be keen to feed up before spawning, so show them something with plenty of colour. Tassie Devils are always good, as are Berkley Power Minnows and the Berkley Black and Gold T Tail.

May is a great time for getting into flyfishing and a great place on the northwest to learn this great method is at Natone Hills Fly Fishery. Here you will get to learn how to cast properly and how to hook and land a fish.


One species that just never stops is the Australian salmon. These fish are awesome and will continue to be around for a while yet.

The best spot to be is Port Sorell; this includes the Franklin and Rubicon rivers. The estuary has been seeing some big fish caught recently.

When you start to get upstream there are a lot more fish but they are very small with some being well undersize. Lures and bait have been the go with getting these salmon, but there is no reason why the fly wouldn't work and trolling lures would also be a good option.

Other places that you would be able to find a bag of salmon include Arthur, Mersey, Leven, Emu and Blythe rivers. The same methods apply to most of these rivers.

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