Fishing in Tasmania

Tasmania is renowned for its trout and these fighting fish can be found in almost every river, lake and freshwater stream in the state. There are some private lakes in Launceston and the Snowy Range where you do not require a license however in most places, you require a licence to fish. Licences are available for $12 per day or from $45 for the whole season (August to May, with fishing at its best from October to April). You must also obtain special licenses if you intend on fishing for crayfish, abalone or scallops.

In the north, trout are plentiful in most streams but some of the best include North and South Esk, Liffey, Meander, Elizabeth, Macquarie and the Mersey. In the south and west, the Peddar, Burbury and St Clair Lakes are popular spots while on the Central Plateau, London Lakes offers a luxury angling lodge rated in the top five of the world.

Trout aren't the only fish that are abundant in Tasmania, Australian salmon, bream, whiting and flathead are also found in many bays, beaches and estuaries and even big game fishers will enjoy the challenge big tuna and marlin present in Bicheno, Coles Bay, St Helens, Triabunna, Eaglehawk Neck, Strahan, the Tasman Peninsula and King and Flinders Islands.

A few tips:

  • Join guided expeditions to find the best fishing spots or brush up on your skills with accredited fly-fishing tuition.
  • Polaroid sunglasses make stalking trout on a sunny day much easier in the clearer lakes and streams.
  • If you're not joining a guided trip, benefit from local knowledge at bait and tackle shops for tips on bait, gear and hot spots.
  • If you're after the big game fish like tuna and marlin, February to June offer your best chances, however all catches are tagged and released