A year-round trout fishery, Great Lake is one of Tasmania’s best known waters and a thriving centre for holiday homes. Brown trout were first released here in 1870 and they still dominate the fishery with an average weight of about 1.5 kg. Rainbow trout are fewer and account for less than 25 per cent of the trout catch.
To protect rainbow trout stocks, Tasmanian fisheries increased the minimum size to 40 cm and put a bag limit of three a day.
Great Lake is a popular boating venue and there are boat ramps at Swan Bay, Haddens Bay, Tods Corner and Cramps Bay. A low water ramp has also been constructed at Boundary Bay.
Boats are launched elsewhere around the lake but this can be difficult when the lake level is low.