Rains bring rivers up to minor flood levels – great news

Winter in the Western Lakes, Tasmania

Winter in the Western Lakes, Tasmania

The last two days has seen heavy falls of rain in Tasmania – from 15-20mm in the ‘arid’ midlands, right through to 70mm plus to the east of Great Lake. Some of the best falls however were in the headwater ranges of the South Esk River catchment that received up to 150mm in its headwaters. As the floodwaters make their 4 day journey down Tasmania’s longest river to Launceston, the  river-bed will be cleansed, fished that missed their spawning opportunities around Anzac day will spawn, and post-spawners will fatten back up on flooded worms, beetles and other assorted mini-beasts. The scenario will be the same among the Western Lakes region, were tarns will be full to the brim again, and post-spawning trout will once again start the journey back to full fitness.

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