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Safety alert: COVID-19 Update
From 25/6/2020, last reviewed 3/7/2020

​​​Most Parks and Wildlife Service facilities have reopened to the public following the closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Visitors must continue to adhere to physical distancing standards and Public Health regulations​.

Please check the alerts page before planning your visit to ensure that you are aware of any access or restrictions that may still be in place. ​


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Fishing (photograph: Samuel Shelley)

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Safety alert: COVID-19 Update
From 25/6/2020, last reviewed 3/7/2020

​​​Most Parks and Wildlife Service facilities have reopened to the public following the closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Visitors must continue to adhere to physical distancing standards and Public Health regulations​.

Please check the alerts page before planning your visit to ensure that you are aware of any access or restrictions that may still be in place. ​


About

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 to do it

With 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. If inland fishing is more to your liking, the Inland Fisheries Service offers a series of Anglers Access Program brochures that include many lakes and rivers in parks and reserves.

Marine reserves

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.

Licencing

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.