The great fishing continues on both lakes Eucumbene & Jindabyne with beautiful weather over the weekend. Hopefully we'll get some rain come through with this next front later this week 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:- We have seen a few fish move into the rivers - BUT we NEED some serious rain to really get the browns to run. There is another front due in later this week - so fingers crossed. 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.
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.
*Dave and Ken from Sydney & Melbourne met up at Jindabyne for the weekend for some flyfishing.The boys fished floating lines and bead head black nymphs for 15 good rainbows averaging 1kg and 5 nice browns to 2.5kgs - commenting on how good the fish was !
Eucumbene:- The great trolling continues, just stick to the main launching area's with the falling lake levels ie: Buckenderra - who have just put 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.
*Cooper & Paul from Canberra trolled out form 7 gates on Eucumbene with cowbells and crickhoppers & Crawdads for 6 rainbows and 1 brown averaging .800 grams.
*Greg,Nathan & Mitchell from Canberra trolled out from Buckenderra with 3 colours of lead line and Tassies in Col 19 for 5 rainbows and one brown to 1.2kgs
*Ivan & Michael from Sydney also trolled out from Buckenderra with both leadlines and flatlines and our own Alpine Cobras in the Attractor and yellow terror patterns for 12 rainbows & 4 browns to 1.5kgs
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
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 , Rapalas & 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.
*Blake Clarke came up with his dad from Canberra to catch his 1st ever trout - caught fishing with "sherbet" Powerbait Saturday night
*Dave & Ben from Canberra hit the jack pot up on Jindy Saturday night with 11 rainbows to 1.5kgs and a thumping 3.6kg ( cleaned weight ) brown - all on orange and line twist Powerbait !!!
*Pierre & Phillip from Canberra did well again up at Jindabyne fishing "sherbet" Powerbait for 7 rainbows averaging 1kg overnight Saturday.
*Henry from Cooma did well up at Jindabyne fishing orange Powerbait for 3 nice rainbows averaging .800 grams.
*Ken & John from Canberra also did well out at 7 Gates fishing Orange Powerbait for 3 nice rainbows to 1.5kgs
*Les Nemes with one of teh nice fish they caught on tehir recent trip - full details below :-
*G'Day Scotto,Dropped through the shop on the way to Buckenderra on Sunday morning but you were not there. Anyway, hit the water at about 10 am, after about an hour and no luck we decided to find a quiet bay to bait fish. Had a good 3 hour session, 3 keepers about 900g, and released 2 more small ones and lost a couple of really good fish. ALL on power bait.
Sunday morning an early start and up to Wianui Bay, hit as soon as we had lures out, 1st fish in boat inside 10 minutes. 2 and a half hours later, 3 keepers about 1kg, lost about 4 more good fish, released 3 smaller ones and LOTS of hits that did not hook up. Had to book out of the park by 10.30 so we found the little bay again and dad bait fished while I booked out of the van. Had the first fish on bait within 1 minute !!!!, next 5 minutes later. Session lasted 3 hours, for a total of 8 fish, an 2 more lost. ALL bar one on power bait (Lime twist and Orange twist), dad went so far as to even not use a scrubbie on the long leader and put one flavour powerbait on one hook and another on the other one..... It works that way as well. Paul Nemes (AKA Boneman - from Sportsfish)
The baitfishing has been unbelievable over the last month with incredible catches coming in from Eucumbene. Just about all the main baits have been taking fish with mudeyes still doing 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.