Fishing

Discover endless fishing possibilities in Tasmania.

WHAT SPARKS YOUR INTEREST?

The Creech - On the South Esk River in the states North East, near Mathinna.
Image thanks to: Samuel Shelley

Fishing in Coles Bay in Freycinet National Park on the East Coast of Tasmania.
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania and Heath Holden

Red Tag Trout Tours - Fly-fishing tours and workshops to suit the beginner through to the experienced enthusiast.
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Warren Steptoe

The Nut at Stanley
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Adrian Cook

Ross Bridge
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Adrian Cook

Fishing

When someone says “Australia,” you’re likely to think of bounding kangaroos, hot sunsets and a red desert. But the Tasmanian island broke itself away from the hot and dusty mainland quite a few millennia ago. Now the island sits in the teeth of the Roaring Forties, which brings Tasmania the world’s freshest air and bountiful, clean rains. The Southern Hemisphere’s weather engine feeds over 3,000 rivers, streams and lagoons across Australia’s island state. This makes for some of the cleanest, healthiest, most sustainable fishing on planet Earth.

Brown Trout, Sea Bream and Bluefin Tuna

Fishing off the coast of Flinders Island, Tasmania, AustraliaThe entire island of Tasmania is disease-free which assists in an annual explosion of wild brown trout. Tasmania’s wild brown trout are the purest strain of the fish in the entire world. And you’ll find these large freshwater fish in the glacial Highlands of the interior all the way to the roaring river mouths of Tasmania’s coasts. Image thanks to Tourism Australia & Graham Freeman.

At the mouth of the Scamander River on Tasmania’s east coast, you’ll find a sensational population of sea bream. These flat fish make for a tasty meal and can be caught in abundance in the Tasmanian town of Scamander.

Fishing on the beach at St Helens Point, Tasmania, AustraliaStretching from Flinders Island in the northeast past St. Helens and spanning all the way down to the Tasman Peninsula, you’ll find Tasmania’s bountiful game fishing waters. A 20-minute boat ride takes you out to some of the most abundant game fishing waters on the planet. In fact, Tasmania holds 6 world records for the southern bluefish tuna. You’ll also find that the waters are full of striped marlin, yellowfin tuna, Australian salmon, Garfish, flathead and sea bream. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Glenn Gibson.

Where to Fish

Fishing opportunities are abundant on the Tasmanian island, from lakes carved by glaciers in the Alpine Highlands, to the beaches of the southeast coast. Here are just some of Tasmania’s fishing hotspots.

St. Helens is Tasmania saltwater fishing headquarters. Located just south of the Bay of Fires on Tasmania’s northeast coast, this small town features a sheltered bay and crystal-clear waters. The land and sea around this town are protected conservation areas, making for rich seagrass beds, lagoons and reef systems. You can toss in a line off the town’s pier or arrange for deep-sea charter fishing. Anglers often target striped marlin, yellowfin tuna and the Australian salmon in the waters of this beautiful little town.

The Tyenna River is a tributary to Hobart’s River Derwent. Its fresh water is abundant with rainbow and brown trout and it’s where you’ll find plenty of fly fisherman. Trout over 5 kilograms are often caught in these waters year round and views of the far-off Mount Field National Park make for a pleasant fishing trip.

Red Tag Trout Tours, Tasmania, AustraliaThe Tasman Peninsula, a little more than an hour southeast of Hobart, offers up some of the most spectacular views in Tasmania. You’ll also find Pirates Bay, where the massive Southern Bluefin Tuna live. Multiple world record catches have been pulled from these waters, where you’ll also have a crack at flathead, Australian salmon and squid.

Arthurs Lake is obviously man-made. You’ll see large weed beds as well as swaths of dead tree stumps in these crystal-clear waters. But the lake is well-stocked with varying sizes of brown trout. This stillwater trout fishery is perfect for a variety of fishing methods including flyfishing, bait fishing and lure fishing.

Four Springs Lake is a shallow lowland body of water perfect for boating and wading. Another man-made lake, it was created when 4 creeks were damned in the late 1990’s. Abundant with rainbow and brown trout, this Stillwater Lake is perfect for bait, lure or flyfishing methods. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Warren Steptoe.

Tasmania's Fishing Seasons

Red Tag Trout Tours, Tasmania, AustraliaMost of Tasmania’s inland waterways are open for brown trout season, which spans from the first Saturday of August to the last Sunday of April. A fewer number of inland waterways are open for rainbow trout season which starts on the first Saturday in October and ends on the last Sunday of May. And there are 14 inland waterways that stay open year-round.

Summertime is great for saltwater fishing. Sea bream spawn in early summer while calamari and tuna are abundant in late summer. Trumpeter Perch and Morwong can be caught in the ocean off the east coast year-round.

Essentially, the winter months of May, June and July see inland protections enforced for brown trout spawning season. But man-made lakes and trout fisheries are still open year-round. There’s really no bad time to come to Tasmania on a fishing trip. Image thanks toTourism Tasmania & Warren Steptoe.

Licensing and Laws

Red Tag Trout Tours, Tasmania, AustraliaThe Tasmanian government requires you to have a fishing license to fish in all inland waterways. You can fish without a license if you are under the age of 14, a part of a registered private fishery or are in specified sea bream waters. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Shane Mensforth.

Most inland waterways are open to lure, fly and bait fishing at the beginning of August and close at the end of April. Each inland waterway has a bag limit of 12 fish per day and you’ll have to measure each fish that you catch. If it’s under 220 mm in length, you’ll have to throw it back.

You can purchase a fishing license through a commercial fishing business or directly from the Tasmanian government’s Inland Fisheries Service.

Tours

Fishing in Coles Bay, Tasmania, AustraliaOver 25,000 people fish the inland waterways of Tasmania each year, and many of them join a tour group. A tour group ensures that you’ll be fishing lawfully and that you’ll be fishing in Tasmania’s most abundant waters. And with an islandwide commitment to preservation, you can rest assured that your fishing will also be sustainable.

Tours can take you to the Alpine Highlands in the central part of the island all the way to the deepest blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. You can arrange charter fishing in nearly every large coastal town on Tasmania, but the waters are especially abundant on the east and southeast coasts. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania and Heath Holden.

What to do

Fishing

Introduction to Fly Fishing

Josef Chromy Wines

Introduction to Fly Fishing @
Josef Chromy Wines

Learn the art of fly casting, and gain an introduction to fly fishing with RiverFly Tasmania and Josef Chromy Wines. Situated among the rolling hills of the Winery, find yourself learning the basics of casting on our lake with Tasmania’s leading fly fishing guides. Enjoy a complementary tour of the winery, fly fishing tuition and tasting at our Cellar Door and then retire to the Restaurant for a two course lunch of fine Tasmanian produce matched with wines. Minimum 2 pax. More people available upon request via [email protected]

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AU$250

Introduction to Fly Fishing

AU$250

Introduction to Fly Fishing

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Derwent River Charter

Hobart - Derwent River

3-hour morning, afternoon or twilight cruise on the wonderful Derwent River. The charter involves sailing on one of the largest and most beautiful natural harbours in the world, with spectacular views of Hobart and Mt Wellington.

AU$140

3 Hour Boat Trip

AU$140

3 Hour Boat Trip

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Full Day Charter

Hobart - Derwent River

Depending on the weather, this 8-hour cruise will take you to the end of the Derwent River and out into Storm Bay or the more sheltered waters of D'entrecasteaux Channel and Bruny Island. Gourmet lunch and refreshments provided.

AU$400

Full Day Charter

AU$400

Full Day Charter

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Overnight Charter

Hobart - Derwent River

This yacht charter combines the pleasure of two full days sailing, adventure and exploration with an overnight stay onboard Helsal IV in 3 double and 1 twin bunk cabin. The best of Tasmanian fare is provided for all meals and refreshments

AU$950

2 Day Boat Tour

AU$950

2 Day Boat Tour

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East Coast Charter

Hobart - East Coast

These are usually five-day/four-night yacht charters. After departing from Hobart we usually overnight at the historic convict settlement of Port Arthur before heading up the East Coast to iconic destinations like Freycinet and Maria Island

AU$2950

4 Day East Coast Tour

AU$2950

4 Day East Coast Tour

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Port Davey Charter

Port Davey - West Coast

For the memory of a lifetime book on one of our yacht charters to Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour on Tasmania’s rugged west coast. Seven days walk from the nearest road, this journey will change your life.

AU$4950

7 Day Tour

AU$4950

7 Day Tour

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Freycinet Charters Gift Card

Freycinet Charters Gift Card

Freycinet Charters Gift Card for 1 x Wineglass Bay product and 1 hour of charter, this is a special rate just for you ($50 discount)

AU$600

Gift Card

AU$600

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FREYCINET CHARTERS–Wineglass Bay via Hazards Beach

Hazards Beach - Wineglass Bay

A personal charter by boat to Hazards Beach, walk through to Wineglass Bay via the Isthmus Track & return.

AU$400

Walking Tour

AU$400

Walking Tour

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FREYCINET CHARTERS – Personalised, Small-Group Charters

Freycinet National Park

Book the whole boat for you and your family/friends – $200 hour Personalised charters for smaller Special Interest, Sporting, Social and Family groups. Create your own individual experience - Where, When and for How Long - It's up to you!

AU$250

2 to 10 passenger Boat Tour

AU$250

2 to 10 passenger Boat Tour

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