Headlines: Lake Jindabyne has turned on some good polaroiding and Lake Eucumbene has been excellent on the troll. Boat launching in Eucumbene is available at Old Adaminaby, The Dam Wall and Buckenderra.
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Rivers:- Now all closed till October.
Lake Eucumbene:- Fly reports have been quiet from the dam but polaroiding is a good technique on the right day. Searching with a streamer on an intermediate sinking line, will find you fish during the day if visibilty is limited. Best area to do this is the dam wall and some of the steeper shores adjacent to this. Try using Olive Matukas, Beadhead Woolly Buggers, and nymphs.
Best areas to look at are Dam Wall, Collingwood, Coppermine and Old Adaminaby.
Lake Jindabyne:- Jindabyne has turned on some good polaroiding for some. The big high we had over us late last week gave ideal conditions for finding fish. The fish don't appear to be widespread and with some of the reports we received, anglers failed to see any, while others saw good numbers. Best to cover as much ground as possible till you find them. The Eastern shore early in the day and the Western shore in the early to late afternoon.
Here is the pic from Thursday, lots of ground covered, about a dozen fish seen, 2 fish landed out 6 or so shots. The usual winter polaroiding scenario, fish spook at the fly, spook at the fly landing anywhere within 6 metres, ignore it completely, look at it but won't eat it or attack it like they haven't eaten for weeks. I suppose this is why we keep going back.
With recent rain and snow falls the Thredbo river will have had higher water levels and the fish will drop out of the river back into the lake. These fish will be looking to feed up and put some condition back on and will provide some good fun fishing when a clear sunny day prevails.
Best flies to use in this situation are small #14 and #16 Midge Pupa, Stick Caddis, Cased Caddis, Black and Peacock Spider and larger # 8 and #10 Woolly Buggers, Jinde Specials, Olive Matukas, and Woolly Worms
Best areas to look at are Sids Bay, Hatchery Bay, Creel Bay, Kangaroo Bay, and Kalkite.
Lake Tantangara :- No reports on fly but the lake has continued to rise this week and will be a good option this week, weather permitting. Be aware that access in a 2wd vehicle (and for that matter even a 4wd if it snows) can be difficult after snow and rain on the road.
Trolling and Spinning
Eucumbene:- Trolling reports have excellent this week in Eucumbene with some good numbers and fantastic quality Rainbows being caught.
*Pat Brennan and Dave from Canberra spent three days on the lake and managed thirteen fish in this time. The fish were widely spread and covering ground was the name of the game. The main basin proved the best overall area, and fishing in deeper section of the lake proved to be more successful than the edges. The Majority of the fish caught were Rainbows from 1-1.5kg and were very fat. A few Browns were caught on the Downrigger at 30ft, these were under a kilo. Best lures were Tassie Devils in # 36 and Rapala minnows in the MN colour. Flat lined # 36 and four to five colours of lead core proved effective as was the Downrigger.
The other boat from the group with Peter and Kerry aboard did well also with twelve fish on a huge mixture of lures.
Pat's other comment was don't forget the Winter woolies as it was very cold.
*Anglers aboard another boat, were also reported to having taken eight fish in a session. Unfortunately, no other details are available at this time.
Covering as much country as possible with a good array of different depth lures, fished at a good speed, should find a few fish. The Rainbows have been on Daphnia, so greenish and yellow wing lures are good options. Fish have been sounded at 30ft as a regular occurance this week, so fishing deep is a must.
Soft Plastic spinning is another method worth using in the Lake at present. Spinning the trees on the Western shore or the Dam wall should turn up a few nice fish. Squidgie fish are the best lures overall.
*Pat Seymore from Canberra and myself spent Saturday at the dam wall again catching a couple of nice browns in the sticks had a few nice fish follow right to the edge and a few takes but dropped. Squidgies again did the job.
5 cm Rapala Taildancers in Rainbow trout are back in stock and are a very good pattern to try
Ultra deep Merlins are another good diving lure that get down to a considerable depth and are great fish takers. Browns love them.
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.
Launching access is available at Buckenderra, Old Adaminaby and The Dam Wall
Jindabyne:- No reports but the Kalkite and East Jindabyne, Sids Bay and East Jindabyne areas are well worth trying early in the day. Try deeper with leadcore or a down rigger during the midday period.
Tantangara:- No Reports.
Baitfishing :- Bait fishing has been improving. Scrub worms on the bottom will work at the moment along with any of the Twist Power Baits. Grubs (if you can get them) will also produce. 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.
*Local angler John 'Scrubworm' Pene managed a nice Brown in the Old Adaminaby area last week. The fish took Power bait on the dropper rig.
There have been a few Browns that have already spawned turning up in Eucumbene so these fish will be very hungry as they try to pu on some condition after running the river. A good time to be soaking a bait in the Anglers Reach/Old Adaminaby area.
There are still plenty of Pre Spawn Rainbows about at the moment and these have been incredibly fat and well conditioned fish. PowerBait is probably the pick of the baits for these fish with Orange, Sherbert and the Lime and Lemon Twists being very popular with these hard fighting fish.
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 would be The Dam wall, Old Adaminaby Cemetary point, Collingwood bay areas.
In Jindabyne try Creel Bay Waste Point and Stinky Bay.