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Arthur River is a wild waterway on Tasmania’s north-west coast, with trophy sea-run and resident brown trout.
The river has no dams and has good seasonal runs of whitebait, with large sea runners from October.
Many trout over 10kg have been caught in the lower section, but the fishing is not easy.
The water is tannin-coloured and the riverbanks have thick vegetation, which severely limits land-based access.
Shore fishing limited to the river mouth near the road bridge.
Boat fishing, usually trolling minnows of 12cm to 15cm in length, tends to produce the trophy trout.
It is necessary to use gear that can land big fish, without scaring the fish with overly heavy leaders.
The Arthur River is navigable to 18km upstream from the mouth.
Trolling in the upper section produces resident trout to 5kg.
From October the whitebait run brings on the sea runners, and the largest resident trout also come out of the woodwork.
The river also contains estuary perch, which are protected.
In the lower section of the river, the other sportfish is Australian salmon, which start running around November and stay until March to May, depending on rain.
A beach on the north side of the river has relatively safe shore-based salmon fishing.
Vehicles can reach the beach by turning just before the bridge. The sand is usually hard enough for easy 4WD negotiation.
There is a boat ramp on the southern side of the river, take a left turn over the bridge.
The inner Arthur estuary is fishable in small boats, but the bar region is dangerous.
Large saltwater salmon can be caught at Arthurs Beach, Browns Hole, Sandy Cape, Sandy Cape Beach, Netley Bay and Sinking Rock.
These surf spots are best fished in light seas, with easterly weather being best.
At Sinking Rock expect to also catch yellowtail kingfish and silver trevally.
The area south of the Arthur River is managed by the Parks and Wildlife. A caravan park is available at the township.
Arthur River township is 292km from Launceston on the Bass Highway, about a two-hour drive from Burnie.
The long distance from populated areas prevents this area from being fished hard.
Consider releasing the larger trout after taking a quick photo, they are a rare sporting resource.
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