Headlines:Bank lure and bait fishing has continued to be exceptional for anglers this week with both lakes producing some good numbers and great quality fish.
Lake Eucumbene is on the rise. The level is already 7% higher than at this time last year. The potential for the lake to fish as well if not better than last season is very real. Let us hope it keeps on rising up.
The boat ramp near Snowline at Jindabyne will be closed temporarilly from the 15th - 24th of July to allow workers to extend the ramp while water levels are low.
The Yamaha and Freshwater Fishing Australia, Snowy Mountains Trout Festival is on again this year.
Dates are Saturday the 31st of October - Friday 6th of November 2009
This year sees the addition of a new 'soft plastics' category. Once againg there is the chance to win a Quintrex boat, Yamaha Outboard Motor, Minn Kota electric motor and Humminbird sounder all on a trailer ready to go.
See www.troutfestival.com for more competition details
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Lake Eucumbene:- Fly reports have been spasmodic. Where are all you super keen fly fishers? There have been plenty of good fish caught off the bank using other methods so the fly will catch them just as easily. Fish quality has been excellent in the rainbows but some of the browns that have returned from spawning are a little poor.
Best flies will continue to be woolly buggers, mountain shrimp, fuzzy wuzzy, woolly worms and beadhead nymphs
Best areas have been Seven Gates, Cemetary point, Anglers Reach and Buckenderra.
Lake Jindabyne:- Jindabyne has been great in the evenings and there is plenty of good polaroiding opportunities when the weather is good. Searching with a woolly bugger will produce a few nice ones or just wander the bank looking for fish and cast a small wet or nymph at any fish found cruising. There is still a heap of weed in many of the bays that is drawing the fish in to the food that it holds.
Polaroiding reports have been scarce but there are fish poking around so if you get the right day you will see a few.
Try Bushy's horror, gold ribbed hares ear, stick caddis and midge pupa.
Try the Eastern side during the morning and Western side in the early afternoon.
Sids and Rushes bay, Kalkite are all worth a look as is Hatchery bay, Hayshed bay and Kangaroo bay.
Lake Tantangara :- No reports from Tantangara.
Trolling and Spinning
Eucumbene:- Eucumbene reports have been varied with some good fish being taken by those who put in the time.
*Local lure maker Mario has been cleaning up off the bank in some very windy conditions with his Snowy Minnow. Some excellent rainbows and big browns have all come undone on his fantastic little lure this week. Searching the areas with a little discolouration has proved productive.
Cowbells and worms, flat lined Tassies and Vibes, Leadcore, Minnows, Downrigging will all work at the moment.
Try areas like Anglers Reach, Dam Wall and Cobrabald.
Jindabyne:- Jindabyne has produced few reports this week. There are still some good fish to be caught in Jinde but early starts are the key to catching them especially when the weather is super calm. Try pink tassies and yellow wing patterns flat line and on leadcore. Rapalas and RMGs around the edges early can also be deadly. Reports suggest that fish have been chasing the goldfish regulalry so using small minnows is a good way to imitate these baitfish.
*Super keen Sydney angler Ahmad had a great week at Jindabyne. Fishing off the bank in only early mornings and evenings he and his son accounted for some great fish. Ten browns, twenty rainbows and a good Atlantic salmon were caught.
Spinning with Stiffy devilfish was very effective. Dropping the lure into deeper water, letting it sink then a steady retrieve worked best. Ahmad's eleven year old son Aouni had a great time and caught a beautiful 3.1kg salmon on his first ever cast with a tassie devil. He also caught some of the other quality fish pictured below too.
They also caught a good number baitfishing with Rainbow Candy and Chunky Cheese Gulp. East Jindabyne was the area fished.
After a long period of nil supply we now have wood grubs back in stock this week. They make a great winter trout bait in the lakes.
Baitfishing in Eucumbene has been sensational despite some windy conditions over the weekend.
*Antoine from Queanbeyan landed four nice fish to 1.5kg on Powerbait in the Buckenderra area
*Johnny Srcubworm had a challenging session in some strong W/NW winds at Buckenderra on the weekend. He landed two nice browns of 49 and 50 cm. One fish was on a scrubby and the other on a fly under a bubble. Despite only catching two fish John said it was a very productive session with one of the browns coming in with a Jackall TN 60 lure (worth about $25) attached to its gill cover.
It is his new favourite lure.
*Taylah Maurier went fishing with Dad on Saturday afternoon at Buckenderra and landed three nice fish with two weighing in at 1.4 and 1.3 kg. The fish were caught on Powerbait.
Other anglers have reported some great catches at Old Adaminaby in front of Rainbow Pines, Homeleigh Bay, Wangrabelle Bay, Cemetary Point, Buckenderra and Wattledale.
Browns have been eating Powerbait with one angler at Buckenderra catching three quality fish on Powerbait alone.
Wood grubs and scrub worms have been very good and make great combo baits fished in conjunction with Powerbait on a dropper rig. Cocktailing grubs and Powerbait in the one hook is also a dynamite way to catch the fantastic rainbows that are cruising around the edges during the day.
Many of the better catches have come during the early afternoon (1-3pm) but the fishing has still been very good through the night.
Jindabyne has been much better with some good numbers and quality coming in.
After calling in to see you guys on Friday afternoon Blinky, Dave, Paul and Kev
Fished Kalkite banks from Friday 17th till Sat Morning for 13 good fish including 11 rainbows,1 brook trout and 1 salmon. All fish were taken on powerbait (Chunky Cheese and White were the pick). Blinky scored the majority with the salmon ranging about 4 pounds and also the brookie going around 1.5 pounds.
All others were around the 1.5 to 2 pounds.
The night was bloody freezing with temps I estimate around -6 degrees. But the Russian hats kept us warm.
Try Hatchery Bay, Curiosity rocks, Claypits, Stinky Bay, and Kalkite in Jindabyne.
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