Fish show up for opening

THE 2021-22 Tasmanian brown trout season kicked off on Saturday morning in what was less than ideal conditions but that didn’t stop anglers from finding some fish.

Throughout Saturday conditions eased and trout came on the chew before temperatures dropped overnight with Sunday glassing out giving anglers every opportunity to catch their first fish of the new season.

The Derwent River was running slightly dirty and fast but anglers still found some good sea-run trout mainly fishing with baits on the bottom during an early turning tide.

Lure anglers also found some fish trolling and drift spinning in the lower reaches of the river from Old Beach, Granton, Lime Kilns through to Norske Skog.

Atlantic salmon made up the numbers as well with some good fish landed to 3kg.

Michael Deppeler took his kids Liam and Lucy fishing Sunday afternoon on the Derwent River and they all scored big time catching an orange tagged trout worth $2000.

I talked to Michael who said the fish was caught on a pink and gold 75mm cherryblood hardbody lure near the pylons at Norske Skog at 1.30 pm on Sunday.

Other waters in the highlands to fish well over opening weekend were Lake Leake and Lake Echo which gave up some good brown and rainbow trout for anglers trolling and drift spinning.

Four Springs Lake, Woods Lake, Tooms Lake, Bradys Lake and Bronte Lagoon all gave up good numbers of trout as well.

Fishing Report by Adam Rice