Lake Leake, Tasmania

Lake Leake is arguably the most important trout lake on Tasmania’s east coast, in a region that is warmer and drier than the island’s west coast and highlands.

The dam wall was built in 1883, creating what was at the time Australia’s largest impoundment.

The lake is known for its stands of submerged trees and slightly off-colour water.

There are extensive weed areas in the two southern bays.

The north side is mostly rocky and deep, while the east shore is shallow, with sand.

Water use and low rainfall sees the lake drain significantly in summer.

Early in its history the lake had brook trout.

Rainbow trout were stocked from 1904 and big fish were caught in subsequent decades.

There was also natural recruitment.

Today the lake produces browns and rainbows, mostly in smaller sizes.

Redfin also exist.

Wet fly fishing works well early in the season, perhaps early than most other state lakes.

Spring to summer brings mayfly hatches, with dry fly fishing and nymphing producing fish.

Shoreline and boat fishing are both successful.

Lake Road leads to the dam wall and Kalangadoo Road and the boat ramp, with fishable bank easily accessible from there.

With a warming climate, Lake Leake and other East Coast trout waters may be more affected than other Tasmanian trout fisheries.

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