Lake Burbury 

West Coast Tasmania

"  This Lake is now open all year round. "

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Lake Burbury is a new Hydro -Electric Commission storage on the King River about 10kms east of Queenstown. It is 235 kms from Hobart and 265kms from Launceston .

The Lake is 235 meters above sea level and the surface area is 47 square klms.The max. depth is around 75meters at the Crotty Dam. The average depth is 30 meters.

 I have been to this lake a couple of times and found it to be an exhilerating experience. The scenery is something else. Huge hills and mountains rising up from the lake.


The tea coloured water and the fishing is getting better every year. Take along a good camera in the fishing bag .

 Both browns and rainbow have been released. Fish from 1 to 4 kgs are now being taken. Trolling the deep water and drift spinning in the scrubby shallows account for most fish. Flyfishing is popular along the flodded shallow shores with browns seen cruising in the early morning as well as rising to midges and other surface and subsurface food during the day. Fish like hatching mudeyes, moths and caddis in the evenings.

Care should be taken when boating in this lake because it can become very rough in a short time, leaving you on the other side of the lake unable to get back. Always keep your eye on the weather as you would do on any of the highland lakes.

Spin fishers and trollers fare extremely well, although when the water gets very warm in mid-summer the cation can slowdown.

Bait fisheres do very well fishing a live mudeye under a bubble float, around the emerging sticks and trees.

Peak fishing occours on calm mornings when the midges hatch in their millions and where windlanes form, the fish will be in there greatest numbers.

Queenstown offers a full range of accommodation, from caravans to motels which are only a few klms from the lake. You can camp at the old Crotty constrution site near the Darwin dam at the southern end of the lake. There is no power at that site. You can also camp at the picnic ground on the eastern shore near the bridge. Public toilets and day shelters are available.

Daily bag limit is now 20 fish, the minium size is 220 mm.

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