Coal River, Tasmania

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Coal River is a slow meadow-style stream, part of which forms Craigbourne Dam.

The best fishing is below the dam where the flow is cool and more reliable, however good fish are caught in the pools above the impoundment when conditions have not been too harsh.

The river is mostly deep reed-lined pools, with reasonable room for fishing between overgrown areas.

Occasional rainbow trout are taken as the dam is stocked with these.

Expect mostly brown trout to 1.5kg and plenty of small redfin.

The best fishing is between Richmond and the dam.

Sea trout are caught below the weir near Richmond Bridge in spring, look for whitebait bust-ups.

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