One of Tasmania's many attractions is that it is a great spot for a fishing vacation. With rivers, streams and oceans providing fertile ground for your fishing expedition, you are bound to make a great catch or two.
Not only is the fishing great, but you'll be casting your rod in the most naturally magnificent areas. Lush forest, picture-perfect waterways and awe-inspiring mountains are the backdrop for this state's fishing expeditions.
It's no surprise that locals love to get in on the action, with more than one in four Tasmanians partaking in saltwater fishing each year.
Popular and commonly found species include Australian salmon, flathead, tuna, rock lobster, bream and scallops.
Of course, if you come to Tasmania to fish, you'll need to be aware of basic fishing rules and regulations and make sure you follow them, otherwise you risk receiving penalties. For example, size, bag and possession limits apply to everyone in order to prevent overfishing.
The general 'Tasmanian way' of fishing requires that you only take what you need, use good and humane fish handling techniques, and remain considerate of the environment and others.
Now that's all out of the way – let's get down to business! Here are some of the best fishing areas in Tasmania.
Tasmania's top fishing spots – trout, saltwater and game
If you're fond of trout, then you'll be happy to know that Tas has over 3,000 rivers and lakes fantastic for finding this fish. Crystal clear waters mean that sighting them can be very easy – look out for the big brown and rainbow trout swimming right by you!
Specific popular locations include the lakes of the Central Highlands, also abundant with remote streams and shallow waters that are great for wading and sighting leaping trout. The Great Lake is also a winner for fishing, and Arthurs Lake on the Central Plateau is known as a thriving trout hotspot.
Don't forget Brumbys Creek. Here, the water is particularly clear and pure, so you're bound to make a catch and enjoy the gorgeous surroundings.
If you're a beginner, you can head out on a tour or with a knowledgeable guide to help you find your footing. Not to mention, they will be able to provide you with all the equipment you need.
Game fishing is another of Tasmania's strengths, considering the island state has over 20 national game fish records! Head anywhere from Flinders island down the east coast to the Tasman Peninsula and find broadbill swordfish, yellow and Bluefin tuna, striped marlin, albacore tuna and mako sharks. Some lucky fishers have made catches of over 200kg!
If you'd rather avoid the mako sharks and enjoy some pleasure fishing, then estuaries and coastal lagoons will satisfy all your needs. Catch some bream, sea-trout and salmon – and there are some big ones! Bream are most found around natural or man-made structures that have some surrounding current so keep an eye out for these areas.
If you need any fishing advice once you're in Tasmania, have a chat at the local tackle shop or head out on a charter boat tour so you get the weather, tides and conditions right!
Tasmanian weather can be unpredictable, so if you are new to fishing or to these kinds of conditions, you're better off safe than sorry. Local experts can be the ones to help make sure that your fishing experience is enjoyable and memorable. Make the most of the expertise that's available to help you.