Fishing rod and reel
Fishing (photograph: Samuel Shelley)

Fishing

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​​​A fishing trip in Tasmania can take you to some of the most beautiful wilderness areas on Earth. The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA)​ and its many lakes, tarns, rivers and streams offer anglers one of the world’s greatest trout fishing venues. Much of Tasmania has an equally wild and pristine coast, and the eastern waters offer some breath-taking game fishing, particularly the prized southern bluefin tuna.

Where t​​o d​​​o it

Wi​th a wealth of coastal and inland fishing locations, recreational fishers are spoilt for choice when considering where to cast a line.  Sea Fishing and Aquaculture has produced a series of 11 guides to some of Tasmania’s fishing hot spots, so take a look and get fishing. Make sure you check the allowed angling methods for the particular water.​

Mari​ne r​​eserves​

Tasmania has a number of marine reserves that have been declared in State waters.  These areas are designed to protect the biological diversity and resources of the area.  Seven of these reserves are Marine Nature Reserves, and fishing in these areas is off-limits.  For more information on which sites allow low-impact fishing, please see our Marine Conservation Areas page​.

​Lice​ncing

Depending on the type of fishing you are planning on doing, you may be required to purchase a licence before you set out. Check on the Inland Fisheries Service (IFS) or Sea Fishing and Aquaculture​ sites for more information.