Displaying the catch on Dunalley Wharf
Displaying the catch on Dunalley Wharf, Tasmania.
©Tourism Tasmania and John de la Roche

Fishing in Tasmania

On average, Tasmanians own more boats than other Australians do and land more fish per hour of angling. Go to sea in search of tuna or other game fish, work the estuaries and beaches for flathead, couta and Australian salmon, or catch wild brown and rainbow trout in the lakes and rivers.

  1. Game fishing in Tasmania

    Tasmanian game-fishing waters stretch from Flinders Island in the north all the way down the east coast to the Tasman Peninsula and hold more than 20 national gamefish records, including world records for southern bluefin tuna with fish of up to 120kg.

    From late December to June the currents flowing down the coast of the mainland raise the Tasmanian east coast water temperature to as high as 23 degrees celsius. With the currents come marlin, tuna and shark.

    During the season the challenges on offer include striped marlin, broadbill swordfish, yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, albacore tuna and mako sharks.

  2. Trout fishing in Tasmania

    Tasmania’s many rivers, streams, lakes and tarns are part of a beautiful, unspoilt environment that attracts fishermen from around the world.

    Tasmania offers the freedom to fish just about anywhere at any time with solitude guaranteed by countless remote waters. The pure air, clean skies and unique fauna and flora are all part of the experience.

    The season in Tasmania runs from August to April. December to April are the best months. Fly rods in the five to seven weight range and/or light two to three kilogram spin rods are all that is needed.

Useful links:

  • Inland Fisheries Service

    The Inland Fisheries Service is responsible for managing Tasmania’s freshwater resources in a sustainable manner. You will find invaluable information here on trout and salmon fishing in Tasmania.

  • Flylife Online – Guides and Lodges Tasmania

    Recommendations for fly fishing guides and lodges in Tasmania, as well as general fishing information.

  • Discover Tasmania

    This Tourism Tasmania website has useful information and links for both trout fishing and game fishing.

  • Coastview.com.au

    Live web-cams to various coastal areas in Tasmania. All aspects of coastal recreational activities, including sailing, swimming, surfing, paddling, fishing, diving, boating and exploring the Tasmanian coast, lakes and wilderness.

  • Hot Fishing Spots in Tasmania

    The Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries and Water has posted information taken from “Fishing Around Tasmania, Mike Stevens’ Guide to Fresh and Salt Water”.


Tasmania has a coastline of 5,400 kilometres, which is greater than New South Wales and Victoria’s coastlines combined.

Coastal fishing
Beach fishing in Tasmania. ©Tourism Tasmania and Glenn Gibson

Fishing licences in Tasmania

A licence is required to fish in Tasmania’s inland waters and there are bag, season and size limits on most fish. Licences are available from sports stores, Service Tasmania outlets, post offices and visitors centres throughout Tasmania.

Rod fishing in saltwater is allowed year-round without a permit but size restrictions and bag limits apply. If you are diving for abalone, rock lobsters or scallops, or fishing with a net, recreational sea fishing licences are required. They are available from post offices in Tasmania and from Service Tasmania outlets.