The great fishing continues on both lakes Eucumbene & Jindabyne even with the rough weather on Sunday. Hopefully we'll get enough rain come through with this front to get the browns to run. Remember you can always go back through the last few weeks Fishing Report "Archives" if you have missed some of the recent action ! The next few months generally produces some of the best fishing of the season, with the fish in peak condition prior to spawning .Remember to call into the store for a cuppa on your way through and let us know how you go on your way home - we may even be able to take a photo of your fish for this report
Rivers:- The recent drop of snow & rain will hopefully produce enough run-off to see a few browns sneak up the main rivers in the lead up to spawning. So keep an eye on the lower Eucumbene and Thredbo rivers from now on - remembering the rules have also change (1st of May) on these rivers to 1 fish a day OVER 50cm.Due to the amount of anglers enjoying the fishing this season your best results will be found away from the main access area's.Other area's worth a look include the Mowambah,Gungarlin,Guthega pondage and Island Bend,Murrumbidgee and 3 mile dam. Best fishing is still with an attractor style dry fly with trailing nymph dropper.Patterns worth having in the box include Royal wulffs,stimulators,klinkhammers,elk hair caddis,red tags,hares ear nymph, pheasant tail nymph,some bead heads & Glo bugs won't be too far away either.
Lake Eucumbene:- Stax of very nice rainbows averaging .800 grams to 1kg coming in over the last month. You just need to pick a bay with some weed beds and a bit of structure for the best fishing. The rainbows seem to come in for that hour on dusk chasing yabbies. The falling lake levels have really got the yabby's moving, so fishing a woolly bugger into the night will help you find the better browns.
*Jason,Shane,Darrell & Rena from Batemans Bay & Ballerat flyfishers had an awsome trip on Eucumbene , landing 140 fish over 7 days ! Mostly all rainbows averaging .800 grams , with 6 browns to 2kgs.Best flies where Lumo's, Mrs Simpsons & woolly buggers .Area's which fished best included along the dam wall, Collingwood bay, Waiunui bay and Cobrabold bay.
Lake Tantagara :- There have been a lot of small fish moving of an evening on caddis & midges with a few also being taken after dark on streamer patterns.
Lake Jindabyne:- Had some good reports back in from Jindy over the last few weeks, which should only get better with the lake holding it's level well and now starting to cool off. Mostly evening fishing with mudeye patterns and streamers like woolly buggers and fuzzy's etc. Area's worth a look include Stinky Bay, Sid's bay, Hatchery Bay, Creel Bay , Snowy arm and Kalkite.
*Les Bond from Yass did well trolling out from Buckenderra with both leadlines and flatlines and Tassies in Col 55 and Y82 for 23 rainbows and 1 nice of 2.5kgs
*Jack Ingold fished with his father Pete out from Old Adaminaby, trolling flatlines and our own Alpine Cobra's in the Pink Bits pattern for just one nice rainbow around a kilo.Jack said it was too rough Sunday morning to get out of the swag !
Eucumbene:- The great trolling continues, just stick to the main launching area's with the falling lake levels ie: Buckenderra - who have just pit in a new gravel ramp with road base ! Old Adaminaby, Anglers Reach,Breamar Bay and the Dam wall for smaller boats. Both leadlines at 3 colours and flatlines have been producing the goods. The rainbows are in peak condition and averaging around the 1kg mark, feeding heavily on yabby's with the falling water levels, while some better browns have also started to show up as they get itchy for spawning. Consistent lures include Tasmanian Devils in Cols 36,89,55, 72,S12, Y82 & Y62. Our own Alpine Cobra's in the Alpine Attractor, Alpine Special,Pink Wings and Pink Bits patterns, Rebel minnows and crawfish,ultra deep Merlins,Stump Jumpers,Rapala minnows, RMG Scorpions & Poltergeist.
Get a Feed of Yabby's ! You are allowed to use up to five - 2 ring yabby, lift nets on the Snowy Lakes, and the yabby's have been thick - with some as big as small lobsters ! We have continued our special with 2 nets for $12.00 - so grab a couple and get a great feed - just bring along some livers
*Damien,Matty,Deano & Blake from Camden fished Jindy , trolling flatlines and Tassies in Col Y82,S12,26 & 37 for 35 fish - 29 rainbows and 6 browns to 1.5kgs .
Jindabyne:- There has been some great trolling up on Jindy over the last few weeks, with the best area's being out around the islands in the main basin in front of town & Sid's Bay ant East Jindy, up around Waste Point and at the top of the lake around Kalkite. Fishing a mixture of small minnows like RMG Scorpions, Merlins & Attacks along with Tassies in just about all the "Yellow Wing",as well as our own Alpine Cobra's in the Alpine Attractor & Pink Wings patterns producing the goods.
*Dave Baker & Col from Canberra trolled Jindy with both flatlines & leadlines with Tassies in Col 4 and Merlin deep diving minnows for 6 rainbows averaging 1kg, one 2kg brown , 2 salmon around .500 grams and a nice little brook trout of .800 grams to complete the "Grand Slam"
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*Kirstie Green from Merimbula baitfished Jindabyne with her father Bryson , landing 7 lovely rainbows to 1.2 kgs on rainbow Powerbait & scrubworms.
*Tony McGurgan from Queanbeyan fished Old Adaminaby with chartruese Powerbait for 6 nice rainbows averaging .800grams - dropping a good fish when it got to a tree !
*Phillip Blundell from Canberra fished with his dad Pierre up on Jindabyne over night Saturday for 6 good rainbows averaging 1kg using Sherbet Powerbait !
The baitfishing has been unbelievable over the last few weeks with incredible catches coming in from Eucumbene. Just about all the main baits have been taking fish with mudeyes still doing very well and Power Bait accounting for the most captures. Make sure you pick an area with plenty of weed and some structure like rocks and tree's. Scrub worms fished in conjunction with a Powerbait dropper is still proving to be a popular rig ( Pictured below ).Power bait naturally floats, so the distance you make your dropper is the distance you can expect your Power bait to be above the bottom. This means that fish will find your bait a lot quicker even if you have cast into weeds. If they don't eat the Power bait they have found your main bait a lot quicker. The hook is important when fishing with Power bait and we have a special NEW "circle hook" pattern from Mustad just for the job - which hooks them for you ! Feel free to ask us to go over the rig next time your in if still unsure. The mudeye fishing has also been pretty good over the last month and should only improve as things warm up.The best way to fish mudeyes is with a running bubble rig (Pictured Below ).
*Norm Hall's Trout Tour group fished Anglers Reach , with most members of the group getting their bag on Powerbait in the rainbow nuggets.All rainbows averaging .700 grams - The boys are still fish'in - full report to follow !
*Andrew, Trav, Rick, Steve & Noel bait fished out from Anglers Reach for the week for 70 + rainbows averaging .800grams , with the best going 1.6kgs .Best coloured Powerbait was Orange & Rainbow !
* Please call into the store and ask us to show you how to rig these baits if your having trouble