Fishing has been a little tougher over the past 2 weeks though there have been a few good reports from some anglers
Lake Eucumbene continues to rise. We predicted some great fishing before last seasons sensational spring and early summer. The potential for the lake to fish as well if not better than last season is very real. We are predicting that the fishing will, if the lake gets to 27% or greater be a real eye opener. Watch this space.
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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Mon-Thursday 9am - 5:30pm
Friday 9am - 7pm
Saturday 8am - 5.30pm
Sunday 9am - 3:30pm
Rivers:- NOW ALL CLOSED
Lake Eucumbene:- Fly reports have been spasmodic. Fish quality has been excellent in the rainbows but some of the browns that have returned from spawning are a little poor.
Anglers reach locals have reported a few fish though they have been working for them.
The dam wall can fish very well at this time of year on rainbows and would be a good option if there is a strong West/Sou West wind blowing.
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.
Cowbells and worms, flat lined Tassies and Vibes, Leadcore, Minnows, Downrigging will all work at the moment.
Lee Payne had a good session on the lake recently spinning with Jackals. He had nine good browns follow his lure to his feet but only managed to sink the hooks into one. It was a very good fish he landed weighing 3kg.
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.
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.
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 on 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.
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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