Recommended Boating Use for Penstock and Little Pine Lagoons

Last week, IFS and AAT staff ,with buoys kindly supplied by MAST, set up the recommended outboard motor corridor for Penstock Lagoon and the recommended outboard motor free zone at Little Pine Lagoon.  Boat users are asked to familiarize themselves with these arrangements to help protect the fragile weed beds which characterize these shallow lagoons.  Details of the arrangements are contained in the 2017/18 Angling Code, on signposting at Penstock Boat Ramp and soon at the ramp at Little Pine.  The Penstock Anglers Access Brochure includes details of the outboard motor corridor and the Little Pine Access Brochure will be amended in due course.  Additionally, Anglers Alliance has produced a detailed flyer which will be distributed at the boat ramps by IFS Fisheries Officers.





Recommended Boating Use for Penstock and Little Pine Lagoons 2017-08-08T13:41:08+00:00

South Esk River Anglers Access Project

The South Esk River Anglers Access project has been successfully completed by the IFS with a $60,000 grant to the AAT from the Tasmanian Community Fund; it was launched by Minister Rockliff on Sat 5th August 2017 on the river at Hadspen . The brochure is can be downloaded from the AAT and IFS websites.

Download the access map here.

South Esk River Anglers Access Project 2017-08-07T20:47:23+00:00

Great Lake Tie-In

Saturday14th Oct 2017 9am to 4pm
Great Lake Community Hall

Join Fly Tyers from around the State demonstrating the Art of Fly Tying.
See displays of:

Kids tying table ( come and see 10 year old Kobie Lambert, a wiz kid of Fly Tying )

Rod Building
Material Dying Demonstration
Photography exhibit
Belt buckle art
Trade tables
IFS – MAST –  2019 World Fly Fishing Champion to be held Tasmania

Entry by Gold Coin –  Food and Drink will be available
please contact Graham Blight for any more information
[email protected]

Great Lake Tie-In 2017-07-19T19:48:37+00:00

Masters Games News & Information

Download information about the Master Games here.


The Masters Games needs a note –  Volunteer Controllers are needed for this event , if you are interested please contact:

Adrian Hope 0417 136 959
Wayne Bellette 0418 138 672
or Malcolm Crosse 0429 870 550

Masters Games News & Information 2017-07-19T19:49:28+00:00

Fishers 4 Fish Habitat

Better Habitat = Better Fishing

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from local, state and interstate experts about the importance of fish habitat, and how you can get involved in hands-on, local projects to improve fish habitat.

WHEN: Saturday August 19th, 2017, 9:30am – 4:00pm.
WHERE: The Grange, 4 Commonwealth Lane, Campbell Town.
RSVP: Contact NRM North Administration (03 6333 7777); [email protected]). *Places are limited and registration (including any dietary requirements) is essential by Friday August 11th.
COST: FREE. Morning tea, lunch and transport to visit a field site are included.
*Please bring suitable clothing and footwear.

Download Flyer Here

Fishers 4 Fish Habitat 2017-07-19T19:27:58+00:00

AAT Minutes General Meeting May 2017

10am Sunday 28 May 2017

Man O’Ross Hotel, Ross 



Gary France Chair, Terry Byard Vice Chair, Malcolm Crosse Exec Committee John Broomby Exec Committee , Charles Thompson NWFA, Bruce Heathcote NWFA, Kerry Hays Penguin Anglers Club, Howard Jones BOD Sports Anglers, Alan Gordon BOD Sports Anglers, Bruce Gilham Corralin FF and Casting Assoc, John Francis  STLAA, Keith Symons Indep South, Roger Butler TGALT, Denis Edwards Exec Officer, Chris Colley Parks and Wildlife, Tim Farrell IFS



Adrian Hope, Michael Caminada, Wayne Ballette


Minutes of  previous meeting and matters arising

Motion : “to accept the minutes of the previous meeting held on 26 Feb 2017 at the Great Lake Community Centre”

Moved : Terry Byard    Seconded : John Broomby


Matters arising :

J Broomby in enquired on the progress of the bumper stickers

J Broomby reported that Hydro have still to make a decision on the possible use of Paloona

M Crosse objected to the need for a Parks Pass to fish in National Parks

C Thompson reported that proposed new roads at Lake Lea to access private land will not offer access to a possible boat ramp



The bank balances for all AAT accounts were tabled showing the balances at 26 May were :


GRANT A/C             037-001 477934                                                  $8,471.84


HOF A/C                037-010 259330                                                     $   736.61


TRADING A/C        037-009 171550                                                   $6,527.41


WEBCAM A/C       037-010 259322                                                    $2,804.39


With the $60,000 South Esk Anglers Access project almost complete the grant account will be fully expended and replaced by the $52,800 grant for toilets at Penstock and Bronte.


Motion :  “That the financial statement be accepted”

Moved :    R Butler     Seconded : M Crosse



Chris Colley, Regional Manager North, Parks and Wildlife Service gave an informative review of the TWWHA Management Plan.

Aircraft are excluded from the Nineteen Lagoons which is a Recreation Zone and also the Wilderness Zone; however there is provision for landing in the Visitor Service Zones , Recreation Zones and up to five landing sites in the Self-Reliant Recreation Zone – all subject to certain conditions. See zoning map attached.

All EOI proposals go through the Co-ordinator General’s office and face rigorous environmental impact studies prior to approval. Parks know of no proposals to date.

A suggested Code of Practice for aircraft movement by John Broomby was tabled and led to discussion of desirable outcomes.

Chris Colley suggested that AAT make representation to the General Manager of Parks to seek input into the review process for any EOI’s .


Inland Fisheries Service Report

Tim Farrell presented a comprehensive report which is available on the AAT website

The report included the following :

Trout Weekend report

Spawning run

Successful Community Infrastructure Fund projects

Carp management program and Carp Workshop report

South Esk Anglers Access will be open for 2017-18 season

RBF applications

River Leven willow removal

Four Springs maintenance and angling platform

Continued flood damage repair to anglers access

Navigation lights repairs

Native fish conservation

Pest fish

Compliance report

Hatchery and Stocking


Tasmanian Inland Recreation Fisheries Management Plan 2018- 28

Tim Farrell tabled an Issues Paper and explained the rationale behind it was to simplify regulation and to consult more widely. Comments from clubs or individuals need to in by

16 June for consideration in the Draft 2018-28 Plan due out in August 2017.

email  [email protected]

The following proposals were discussed :

The three management classes for the fishery

Proposed changes to bag limits on rivers and lakes

Stocking policy

Possible additional ‘all year” waters

Regulatory changes during the 2008-18 Plan to be included


Masters Games

Malcolm Crosse discussed the possible venues and logistics and requested that the Games be advertised on the AAT website with the need for controllers especially from NW Clubs


Bronte water levels

Hydro and IFS are working on an agreement for an MOU.

AAT to raise members concerns at their meeting with Hydro on 31 May


World Fly Fishing Championships

Malcolm Crosse gave a rundown on organisational matters including transport, possible venues, number of participants, accommodation, budget, sponsors, and the opportunity to push the Tasmanian fishery.

Volunteers are needed as controllers at the five venues with possibly one club adopting one  venue – ie five clubs needed.

A new webpage on the AAT site to be developed with a link to the World Fly Fishing Championships website- Fuji Xerox have offered to do the artwork.

A fund raising raffle will run for 3years and this could also be advertised on the AAT website


AAT Strategic Plan 2018-25

Terry Byard reported that the Exec Committee weekend workshop on the 6-7 May at Malcolm Crosses Penstock shack was successful and that the draft plan will be presented at the next GM


Fisheries Habitat

Gary France flagged a future forum on fisheries habitat and performance to be held on Sat 19 Aug 2017 at Campbell Town – details available shortly.


Bronte webcam sponsorship

Email from Devonport Fly Fishing Club wanting to co-sponsor the Bronte webcam with Kingborough Anglers Association – Kingborough to advise AAT


St Clair Lagoon

T Byard and D Edwards to meet on site with Hydro and IFS on Wed 31 to discuss water level regime in the lagoon


General Business

Howard Jones extended an invitation to all freshwater clubs to take part in the Break O’Day Sports Anglers Challenge at St Helens Sat/Sun 17-18 June. ph 0409 969 895 for details.

John Francis inquired how the proposed toilets would be serviced and maintained and it was suggested by Roger Butler that relevant government entities could contribute to a  corporate fund for toilet maintenance.

Howard Jones contention that an un-sustainable amount of water is being used for irrigation

led to a discussion on river degradation caused by the need for large quantities of fertilisers on irrigated low fertility soils, herbicide/pesticide runoff, dairy effluent etc , the need for water management plans on rivers and a means of AAT involvement with the EPA.

Terry Byard suggested that with the difficulty of getting an independent representative from the NW it may be necessary not to tie the three indep. reps to a particular geographic area.ry France suggested to try the NW on Facebook before any changes are made.

Bruce Heathcote discussed the cost of and alternate ways to service lifejackets.

Malcolm Crosse suggested that the Great Lake Fly Tie- In at the Great Lake Community Centre on Sat 14 Oct be advertised on the AAT website, and that the AAT had been invited to have a stall at the event.





AAT Executive      Strategy Plan 2018-25

Include catch and release in Code of Practise

Toilet maintenance funding


DE                        Letter to Parks seeking TWWHA EIO evaluation representation

Email IFS Management Plan to clubs

Set up web page for World FF Championships

Boating Proposals brochure for Penstock and Little Pine, contact MAST

about laying bouys

VHF details on website



NEXT MEETING     10 am Sunday 13 Aug 2017




AAT Minutes General Meeting May 2017 2017-07-19T19:31:38+00:00

Grant for Penstock and Bronte Toilets

AAT has been successful with a $48,000 grant from the Community Infrastructure Fund for the construction of toilets at Penstock and Bronte Lagoons. This project should be completed during the 2017/18 fishing season.
Grant for Penstock and Bronte Toilets 2017-05-04T22:44:56+00:00

Willow Removal on the River Leven

AAT has received $11,750 funding from the Cradle Coast NRM willow removal on the River Leven and this project is almost completed.

Before Removal

Before Removal


After Removal

After Removal

Willow Removal on the River Leven 2017-05-04T22:24:15+00:00