Arthurs Lake Brochure - Arthurs Lake Anglers Access

					Getting There                                                                         some people attain their bag limit. Artificial lures, bait       Angling Regulations
                                                                                      fishing and fly fishing are permitted and each is equally
Arthurs Lake can be reached via the B51, from either                                  popular and practiced.                                           To	fish	in	any	open	public	inland	water	in	Tasmania	
Poatina in the North or the A5 from the South.                                                                                                         you	must	hold	a	current	Inland	Angling	Licence	unless	
                                                                                      Whilst having a boat can be an advantage and opens up            you	are	under	14	years	of	age.	A	summary	of	the	
Background                                                                            more opportunities there are a number of good fishing            regulations	are	contained	within	the	Tasmanian	Inland	
                                                                                      spots accessible from the shore with roads (some 4wd)            Recreational	Fishing	Code.
This is Tasmania’s most popular trout fishery, receiving                                                                                               Anglers	are	reminded	that	it	is	an	offence	to:
                                                                                      providing access to the majority of the lake’s western
more anglers and more angler effort than any other
                                                                                      and southern shoreline.                                          •	 Take	fish	in	any	water	flowing	into	Arthurs	Lake	
water in the State. Damming the upper Lake River and
flooding the area that originally contained two lakes,                                                                                                     and	within	a	radius	of	50	metres	where	they	flow	
                                                                                      Set rod bait fishing is popular and productive with                  into	Arthurs	Lake
Blue Lake and Sand Lake, and the Morass Marsh made
                                                                                      worms and wattle grubs being the recommended baits.              •	 Disturb	Spawning	Fish
the modern day Arthurs Lake. The water in Arthurs
                                                                                      Bait fishing using mudeyes has become popular in recent          Penalties	up	to	$1000	apply
Lake is used for hydro electricity generation with the
                                                                                      years and is best practiced near sunken timber and dead
water being pumped into Great Lake to feed the power
                                                                                      trees. Lure casting and trolling are especially worthwhile
station at Poatina. Brown trout are the only species of                                                                                                  Species              Minimum	size       Daily	Bag	limit
                                                                                      around the Morass where sunken timber and dead trees
trout recorded at Arthurs Lake and this has been the                                                                                                     Brown	trout               220	mm                12
                                                                                      provide cover for fish to wait in ambush for passing prey.
case since the 1960’s. Arthurs Lake is known for its good
                                                                                      Early in the season it can be worthwhile trolling deeper
catch rate of wild brown trout. There are three road                                                                                                     Method                     Season
                                                                                      lures, using leadcore line or down rigging methods. Trout
accesses into Arthurs Lake and numerous shacks, with
                                                                                      are often caught using soft-plastics worked close to
two formal camping areas. Boat ramps are available and                                                                                                          Fly	fishing         From	the	first	Saturday	
                                                                                      shore.
the lake is popular for boat based fishers.                                                                                                                     Artificial	lures    in	August	to	the	Sunday	
                                                                                      Fly-fishing at Arthurs covers the full spectrum of the                    Bait	fishing        nearest	the	30th	April.
Recreational Fisher y Management                                                      sport from polaroiding cruisers to dun feeders, galaxiid
                                                                                      feeders and loch style fishing from a boat. Cowpaddock
Arthurs Lake is managed by the Inland Fisheries Service
                                                                                      Bay is amongst the most popular and productive spots
as a Premium Wild Trout Fishery. The brown trout
                                                                                      for shore based fly fishers especially during the mayfly         Native Fish Management
population is maintained through natural recruitment.
                                                                                      season (November to February).
Spawning runs are monitored on an annual basis with                                                                                                    Two species of indigenous fish are endemic to Arthurs
the average size of trout generally between 800g and                                                                                                   Lake and the nearby Woods Lake, the saddled galaxias
                                                                                      Boat based fishers often move according to where the
1kg. The Angler Postal Survey that has been conducted                                                                                                  (Galaxias tanycephalus) and Arthurs paragalaxias
                                                                                      fish are and that will be dictated by what is on the menu
each year for the last 20 years indicates the fishery is                                                                                               (Paragalaxias mesotes). Both species are threatened and
                                                                                      for the trout at the time. Boating anglers should be
quite stable in terms of catch rate that averages 2 fish                                                                                               listed as vulnerable and endangered under the Tasmanian
                                                                                      aware that the lake is exposed to all wind directions and
per angler per day.                                                                                                                                    Threatened Species Protection Act 1995, and are therefore
                                                                                      can get very rough. Hazardous conditions can occur at
                                                                                                                                                       wholly protected. These species commonly grow up to
                                                                                      any time of the year with little warning.
Angling Notes                                                                                                                                          120 mm and 70 mm in length respectively.
Arthurs Lake’s brown trout population is totally self-                                Code of Conduct
sustaining with ample recruitment coming from the
                                                                                      •	   Be	aware	of	and	comply	with	fishing	regulations.
creeks that flow into the northern and western shores.
                                                                                      •	   Respect	the	rights	of	other	anglers	and	users.
The condition of the fish caught by anglers throughout
                                                                                      •	   Protect	the	environment.
the season is high. Each year fish in excess 4.5 kilos                                                                                                                                               saddled galaxias
                                                                                      •	   Carefully	return	undersized,	protected	or	unwanted	
are taken and fish of up to 7 kilos have been caught.
                                                                                           catch	back	to	the	water.
Experienced anglers catch significantly more than the
                                                                                      •	   Fish	species	and	other	organisms	must	not	be	
average 2 fish per day and during hatches in summer
                                                                                           relocated	or	transferred	into	other	water	bodies.
                                                                                                                                                   Arthurs paragalaxias
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                                                  Fisher ies
                                                  Inland
                                                                                                                                                                   Do	not	fell	trees.                              •	
                                                                                           www.ifs.tas.gov.au                                                      Fires	in	formal	fireplaces	or	firepots	only.	   •	
                                                                                           Ph: 1300 INFISH                                                         Shooting	is	prohibited.                         •	




                                                               Neil Grose
                                                                                           New Norfolk, 7140                                                       Respect	Hydro	land.                             •	
                                                                                           17 Back River Road,                                                     Do	not	litter.                                  •	
                                                                                           CONTACT DETAILS                                                         Keep	to	formed	tracks.                          •	
                                                                                                                                                                                               Access Rules
                                                                                                                                                         apply.
                                                                                                                                                         areas are located at Pumphouse Bay and Jonah Bay, fees
                                                                                                                                                         western end of Morass Bay at Yangeena. Public camping
                                                                                                                                                         Jonah Bay, Pumphouse Bay, Arthurs Dam and the
                                                                                                                                                         There are four boat launching areas at Arthurs Lake:
                                                                                                                                                                                        Recreational Use
                                                                                                                                                         transfer fish between waters.
                                                                                                                                                         It is an offence to use fish or fish products for bait or to
                                                                                                                                                                               Pest Fish Management
                                                                                                                                                            strike.
                                                                                                                                                            support as it has the ability to propagate from a
                                                                                                                                                        • Do not use willow (which is a plant pest) as a rod
                                                                                                                                                            before moving between waters.
                                                                                                                                                            weed and other pests that should not be transferred
                                                                                                                                                        • Check your boat, trailer, waders and fishing gear for
                                                                                                                                                            invertebrates or plants between inland waters.
                                                                                                                                                        • Do not transfer any freshwater fish, frogs, tadpoles,
                                                                                                                                                            entering Tasmania.
                                                                                                                                                            clean	and	dry your fishing equipment before
                                                                                                                                                            damp, wet or contain water into Tasmania. Check,	
                                                                                                                                                            freshwater recreational equipment that may be
                                                                                                                                                        • Do not bring any used fishing gear or any other
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                                                                                                                                                            or aquatic plants into Tasmania.
                                                                                                                                                        • Do not bring live or dead fish, fish products, animals
                                                                                                                                                        and future generations.
     Anglers
                                                                                                                                                        fisheries resources for the benefit of the environment
Arthurs Lake                                                                                                                                            Recreational anglers have a responsibility to look after
                                                                                                                                                                                     Protect our Water s
Responsible Boating                                                                                                         Other Information
Arthurs Lake is exposed to extreme changes in weather                                                                       Arthurs	Lake	WeatherNow	instant	weather.
and can become very rough. Hazardous conditions can
                                                                                                                            Send an SMS containing wn to 0428 446 539 for
occur at any time of the year with little warning.
                                                                                                                            weather data that is 10 seconds old.
During periods of low water Arthurs Lake may be
extremely shallow with many submerged navigation
hazards.                                                                                                                    Arthurs	Lake	Webcam
                                                                                                                            View a current image of Arthurs Lake at Pumphouse Bay
Observe the 5-knot speed limit north of the Jonah Bay                                                                       by logging on to: www.coastview.com.au
boatramp and the no boating zones within 30 metres of
the Arthurs Lake Dam and the Pump House.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A project funded by the Australian Government

                                                                                                                            •	 Report	any	unusual	fish	captures	or	algal	sightings	                                                                                                                                 Recreational Fishing Community Grants Programme


Practice minimal impact boating by accelerating gently                                                                         immediately	to	the	Inland	Fisheries	Service
in shallow water to avoid the underwater wash from
the propeller jet stirring up silt and mud. This sediment                                                                   •	 Report	illegal	activities	to;	Bushwatch	1800	333	000
clouds the water, disturbs sensitive weed beds, smothers
aquatic plants and degrades fish habitat.




Remember
•	 Check	your	wash-	if	its	white	it’s	all	right	-	if	it’s	
   brown	slow	down.




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Information on current lake levels for Arthurs Lake
including Metres from full and trend (Rising, falling,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               e
steady) is available from www.ifs.tas.gov.au /Going
Fishing/Things to check/Lake Levels.
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