THE WESTERN LAKES

( West Of The Great Lake)

LOCALITY :
The Western Lakes is the extensive region of remote natural lakes on the elevated plateau between the Great Lake, Lake St Clair and the Mersey Vally. "Ninteen Lagoons" is the traditional name given to the Western Lakes in the vicinity of Lake Ada and Lake Augusta.

The Nineteen Lagoons district is characterized by flat, open moorland. Heath is dominant on elevated ground whilst snow grass is characteristic of flood-plains and wet areas.. Some stands of the stunted eucalyptus exist on nearby rocky out crops. The Lakes are exposed to harsh alpine winds and blizzard conditions can accur at any time of the year. Elevation is about 1150 meters above sea level. Snow settles and ice forms in winter, though mild days are quite common in summer.

CAMPING:

Informal camping is permitted within the region though most anglers make day trips to the area, sheltered camping spots are very limited.

REGULATIONS:
The Carter's Lake and Howell Lagoon Bay are reserved for fly fishing only: Ada Lagoon, Lake Ada, Lake Botsford, Lake Kay, Lake Flora, O'Dells Lake and Rocky Lagoon are reserved for the use of artificial lures; other waters are unrestricted.

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AUSPREY
,Tasmanian Trout Fishing Adventures

TROUT STOCKS:
The lakes receive adequate natural recruitment and hold brown trout 0.7-1.5 kg, with a good blend of bigger fish to 2.5 kgms. Other waters such as Lake Chipman, Lake Dudly, East Rocky Lagoon, First Lagoon and Tin Hut have very limited access and have been traditionally been recognized as trophy brown trout waters.


My Experience
I have fish this area many times and found it to be a great experience . Just being out in this wilderness area will be some thing you will talk about for a long time. Walking around the small pools of water seeing trout cruising with Polaroid's or seeing tailing fish in the shallows is something you'll never forget. These fish are not easy to catch and you will have to use all the skills you have to trick these browns. Because the water is so gin clear you will have to, crawl on hands and knees , hide behind Bushes and blend in with the area to out smart these fish. I like to just sit quite behind a bush and wait for them to cruise by then set a trap with my dry fly. I have stalked fish and set the trap only to see the fish come up and nudge the fly with its nose and then swim off with out taking it, boy that's really bad on the nerves.....

WHEN TO GO:
From November through to March is the best time to head out that way and because this area is very remote it is essential that you take, warm cloths and hat, food, compass, map of the area and if possible tell some one where you plan to go off the track. Weather conditions can change in a matter of hours and leave you in a "I WONDER WERE I AM " situation. There are a few huts to stay in and offer good cover if the weather comes in bad.
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