Tasmania's Coolest Fishing Experiences
Tasmania is a fishing holiday hotspot. The island’s brown trout fishery is one of the best in the world or, if you prefer casting a line from the shore or motoring out to ocean depths, you have a good chance of reeling in a few beauties.
Many trout-fishing enthusiasts and hopeful beginners head to the Central Highlands, an area splashed with thousands of lakes, lagoons, tarns, streams and rivers.
Use bait, a lure or a fly to haul in brown and rainbow trout from Arthurs Lake, or fish with a backdrop of rugged mountains and forests at Lake King William. Other good trout lakes include Penstock Lagoon, a small body of water offering exceptional fly fishing, and Bronte Lagoon on the road to Lake St Clair. All four lakes have boat ramps.
Also up in the remote highlands is a vast network of waterways known as the Western Lakes. Almost all the lakes in this rugged wilderness area support wild populations of trout. The water is so clear you can see them rising to the surface or flicking their tails and dorsal fins in the air as they fossick for food along the edges.
Other top trout fishing spots in Tasmania include the Macquarie River, which flows through the historic town of Ross, the Meander River in the central north and the Huon River south of Hobart. A special fishing lodge in the Derwent Valley is 28 Gates, an hour west of Hobart.
The trout-fishing season runs from the first weekend in August to the last weekend in April. For more information, check out the Inland Fisheries Service website.
As for saltwater fishing, Tasmania offers some of the best you can find anywhere. Try fishing for snapper, flathead, garfish, whiting, gemfish and blue grenadier in the Derwent Estuary, which flows through Hobart before emptying into the Tasman Sea. Or catch mullet, flathead and Australian salmon off Bridport’s white sand beaches on the north-east coast.
The fishing is also good off Bicheno, on the east coast. Cast off the beach or fish for salmon, mackerel, trevally and leatherjacket from the jetty.
For world-class deep-sea fishing, head to St Helens on the north-east coast or Eaglehawk Neck on the Tasman Peninsula. Because the continental shelf is close to the coast, you don’t have to travel far offshore to catch southern bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, giant mako sharks, swordfish and striped marlin. There’s also good reef fishing.