TROUT in Brumbys Creek and the linked lower Macquarie River were energised on New Year’s Day by increased Hydro flows from the Poatina power station.
With trout in other rivers lying low in thin, warm water, such flows should offer anglers alternative venues if they continue.
Up top, recent rewards for many trolling Great Lake have been scanty and anglers have often needed persistence.
Conversely, flyfishers spotting trout cruising up wind lanes in mid lake found floaters productive.
Just westward, several others wading Lake Augusta were pleased with the first morning of the new year.
Using dry flies in a sheltered bay, they netted six nice browns.
Arthurs Lake remains high but mayflies have been scarce.
More trout than expected are said to lack condition, and while some are reddish inside, others are unusually pale.
The new year’s first outing for Launceston Angling Club members will be at Arthurs Lake, from Friday, January 13, to weigh in at noon on January 15 at the Jonah Bay car park.
Some members were lucky at their Christmas party – here’s hoping all anglers are this Friday 13.
Northern disabled anglers will be anticipating this new year.
With Four Springs Lake so popular and handy for many, some have already made good use of the jetty built for them on its south-western shore.
Unfortunately, this resource is not freely accessible – unlike the original jetty beside the boat ramp opposite.
As previously mentioned, this is the one to be adapted to also cater for disabled anglers.
Modifications will be done by Westbury Fishing Club members, aided by a community grant from the Meander Valley Council and Inland Fisheries advice.
While widespread at Bridport like sore heads, flathead are localised in Anderson Bay, often down 20 metres.
Although not large, many are takeable and most boaters putting in the time have been getting a feed.
Others based to the east at Tomahawk speak of flathead considerably bigger.
Also reported farther east off St Helens are good catches of albacore tuna over the 100-metre mark.
Patchy in Georges Bay too, one place for sizeable flathead was off Parnella while lure anglers boated nice cocky salmon, along with the trevally and bream also coming from Grants Lagoon near Binalong Bay.
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