Headlines: The lake fishing has been great over the weekend. Not many anglers in the area but those that have been out have generally done well.
The weather was perfect on the weekend unlike the howling gales we have had on previous weekends. It is a great time to hit the lakes after a bit of a blow as it will get the fish on the chew as the weather improves.
Trout Festival 2008 - It's on again this November, The 35th Yamaha and Freshwater Fishing Snowy Mountains Trout Festival. Dates for the week long competition are Saturday the 1st of November - Friday 7th of November 2008.
Once again prizes will include a Boat, Motor and Trailer package, Category prizes for Trolling, Spinning, Fly and Bait fishing, daily secret weight cash prizes, plus an overall secret weight cash prize. The fishing is bound to be excellent and it is a great family orientated event. Book your holidays early and don't miss the countries premier Trout Fishing event.
Rivers:- Now all closed till October.
Lake Eucumbene:- Not many reports but the ones we have had have been good. The Eucumbene river mouth are after dark has been a great spot for both Rainbows and Browns. The main lake at the dam wall is a good spot to try either polaroiding or fishing sinking lines after dark. Old Adaminaby is a good spot to try in the evenings also along with Wangrabelle Bay on the Anglers Reach side.
Most big dark streamers will work after dark at this time of year. Fishing late into the night can be a cold option but there are some great rewards to be had for those who are keen. Lumo patterns are also worth a go at this part of the moon phase.
Lake Jindabyne:- The lake has produced some nice fat Rainbow in the evenings over the last week. Best flies to try this week are Lumo's, Woolly Buggers, Hammils Killers and Fur Flies. Best areas are Kangaroo Bay, Hatchery, Curiosity Rocks and Sids Bay.
Conditions have varied and made polaroiding a challenge but the night time fishing has still been great.
Best flies for the polaroiding include Stick Caddis, Jinde Cased Caddis, Black and Peacock Spider, Woolly Bugger, and Bushy's Horror.
Lake Tantangara :- No reports on fly
Trolling and Spinning
Eucumbene:- Reports have few and far between but fish have certainly been caught. Rainbows are still the main fish being caught. Flatline Tassies and Minnows appear to be as good as anything at present. Early and late has been the best times, as usual but some are still being caught during the day. The river mouth is an area that too few anglers concentrate on with soft plastics and bibless minnows. This is a definite hot spot to try these methods at present. Just be sure you are not fishing where there is any visible flow as this is classed as river.
The new'Alex' minnow lures from Serbia have taken some good fish both trolling and spinning in the trees. These lures are made with Balsa wood and are a deep diver that come in very good Trout catching colours. Check them out.
Best areas to look at are the main basin down to Seven Gates, Waiunui, Coppermine, Brookwood and Cemetary point area. The Trees around Tollbar are worth a troll or spin at present though reports have been quiet fromthese areas.
Launching access is available at Old Adaminaby and Buckenderra.
Jindabyne:- Trolling reports have been scarce again this week but there is bound do be some great fishing over the next few days. Fishing deep will be the key if it is bright.
Drifting and casting soft plastics and River to Sea Tungsten Vibes is a great way to connect with some good Browns in the Thredbo, Snowy and Eucumbene arms. It is important to get the lure on or very near the bottom before starting a retrieve and keep it down for as much of the retrieve as possible. Using a sounder is a good way to find the actual river bed and also fish. Rainbow Trout Squidgy fish are another great lure to use in this area either with a standard jig head or a TT Rev head which is a lead jig head with flashing blade built in. This technique is very successful and with a little time and effort can be extremely rewarding. Give it a go.
Baitfishing :- Bait fishing has been good for those that have been out. Scrub worms on the bottom or under a bubble have been workingwell. Orange, Sherbert and Lime Twist Power Bait have been good also. There will be some great fishing for Rainbows in the next few weeks in both lakes with some really fat fish in Eucumbene and some nice ones in Jindabyne as well.
Tantangara turned it on for one angler on the weekend. He managed 12 fish on Powerbait and Scrubbies up to 1kg in weight. Great fishing that.
It can be very cold at night and early morning but these are still the peak times to try. Gloves and beanies are a must.
Best areas in Eucumbene have been at Buckenderra, The Dam wall, Seven Gates, Yens, Old Adaminaby, Coppermine, Collingwood, Wainui, Spring wood.
In Jindabyne try Waste Point, Kalkite, Hatchery, Hayshed bay and Curiosity Rocks.