Seaward Limits and Inland Waters

In Tasmania, different rules apply to marine fisheries and inland fisheries. Inland fisheries are managed separately by the Inland Fisheries Service.

In the lower reaches of rivers and in estuaries it is important to understand which rules apply. Generally, the border between inland and marine rules is where the waters of the river meet the waters of the sea. This is easy to understand for small rivers and creeks, but for larger rivers with extensive tidal areas special arrangements are in place. In these areas:
  • a seaward limit is set; or
  • special arrangements are in place for bream fishing.

Seaward Limits and Inland Waters

Where a seaward limit is set, an inland fisheries licence is required to fish on the upstream side.

Bream Fishing Area

In a bream fishing area, a freshwater angling licence is required for trout and seasons may apply. Bream and marine species can be taken without a freshwater angling licence with up to two rods, all year round. No pots, rings, setlines seine nets, cast nets or gillnets are allowed.

Estuaries and Rivers

The following is a list of the status of some major rivers and estuaries. If in doubt please contact the Inland Fisheries Service.

Ansons River: bream fishing area upstream from the mouth of the river to the St Helens-Eddystone Point Road bridge.
Arthur River: bream fishing area upstream from a line at grid reference 303452 / 5452424 to the downstream side of the bridge connecting the Arthur River road to Temma road.
Bream Creek: bream fishing area from the mouth downstream from a straight line between grid reference 570959 / 5261529 and grid reference 570982 / 5261529 approximately 2.5 kilometres from the river mouth.
Buxton River: bream fishing area from the mouth upstream to the posts marking the tidal limit.
Carlton River: seaward limit at the crossing of the Carlton-Dunalley Road.
Coal River: bream fishing area from the mouth upstream to the weir immediately below Richmond.
D'Entrecasteaux River: bream fishing area from the mouth upstream to the road bridge.
Bream fishing zone in the Derwent RiverDerwent River: bream fishing area upstream from a line across the river from Dowsings Point to Store Point to the Bridgewater Bridge (see map at right).
Don River: seaward limit at the down stream side of the bridge carrying the railway across that river.
Douglas River: bream fishing area from the mouth upstream to the road bridge.
Esperance River: bream fishing area from a line across the river at Chale Bay upstream to the road bridge.
Forth River: seaward limit at the downstream side of the bridge carrying the A1 Road across that river.
Four Mile Creek: bream fishing area upstream from the mouth to the Four Mile Creek Road bridge.
Great Forester River: seaward limit at the continuation of the high-water mark on Waterhouse Beach.
Great Musselroe River: bream fishing area upstream from the mouth to the first rapids marked by a post.
Henty River: seaward limit at the mouth of that river at grid reference 356499/5346132.
Huon River: bream fishing area upstream from a line drawn between a white post on the shore of the southern side of Castle Forbes Bay and another white post on the eastern bank of the river to the downstream side of the bridge at Huonville.
Inglis River: seaward limit at the down stream side of the bridge carrying the C234 road.
Jordan River: bream fishing area from the mouth upstream to the Cove Hill Road bridge.
Leven River: seaward limit at the down stream side of the bridge carrying the A1 road.
Lisdillon River: bream fishing area from the mouth upstream to the road bridge on the Tasman Highway.
Little Swanport River: bream fishing area from the mouth upstream to posts approximately 800 metres above the Tasman Highway bridge.
Lune River: bream fishing area from a line across the river at Echo Island upstream to the first rapids.
Meredith River: bream fishing area upstream from the mouth to the main road bridge.
Mersey River: seaward limit at an imaginary straight line running north-east across that river from the junction of
the B19 Road and Tarleton Road on the western shore of that river to the boat ramp on the eastern shore of that river.
Pieman River: bream fishing area upstream of a line through Pieman Head slong longitude 144.9166 E to the seaward limit at an imaginary straight line running south-east across that river from Ferry Point at grid reference 41.6597 S/144.9305.
Prosser River: bream fishing area downstream from the Prosser River Dam to the seaward limit at the road bridge.
Sandspit River: bream fishing area downstream from the road bridge to where it enters Earlham Lagoon.
Scamander River: bream fishing area from the bridge carrying the A3 upstream to the posts near Mason's windmill.
Swan River: seaward limit at a line drawn between the white posts situated on opposite banks of the Swan River near where it enters King Bay.
kanamaluka / ​Tamar River: seaward limit at the parallel of latitude of Haystack Point.
The Arm: St Helens, bream fishing area from the mouth upstream to the road crossing marked by two posts.
Tomahawk River: bream fishing area from the West Tomahawk road bridge downstream for one kilometre.

East Coast Lagoons

It should be noted that the following lagoons are bream fishing areas:
Big Lagoon, Fortescue Lagoon, Freshwater and Saltwater Lagoons (at Friendly Beaches), Grants Lagoon, Hendersons Lagoon, Old Mines Lagoon, Sloop Rock Lagoon, The Gardens Lagoon, Diana's Basin, Orielton Lagoon and Wrinklers Lagoon.

Contact

Inland Fisheries Service
17 Back River Road
New Norfolk TAS 7140
Phone: 6165 3808
Email: infish@ifs.tas.gov.au

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