Headlines: Some excellent conditions have brought a few more anglers out of the wood work and the fishing has been good.
Lake Eucumbene continues to rise and is now at 25%. 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 be an absolute bonanza as the water warms into summer. Watch this space.
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:- Reopen Saturday the 3rd of October. There has been some great rain over recent weeks and some good snow melt to come so the streams of the mountains will be a great place to be for the opening weekend.
Lake Eucumbene:- Fly reports have picked up with some nice fish being taken off the bank in several areas. Evenings and first light on a morning have been the best though you can polaroid the dam wall area for good results at this time of year.
The lake has plenty of non muddy bank access at present and with the continuing rise of the lake will be this way for most of the season.
Try a Scruffy, Hamils, Simpson, Bugger, Fuzzy Wuzzy in likely looking spots with a bit of a drop off or soak and you should be able to hook up on a couple.
Areas to look at are Wangrabelle, Seven Gates, Wainui, Buckenderra and Cobrabald.
Lake Jindabyne:- Jindabyne has picked up a little with a couple of quality fish caught by polaroiders recently. The lake has risen a fair amount but the fish don't seem to be worried by it at this stage.
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.
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.
Trolling and Spinning
Eucumbene:- Eucumbene reports have been varied with some good fish being taken by those who put in the time. Deep trolling and drifting and casting lures around the river mouth would be the best methods at the moment.
Boat Launching is available in many areas. Anglers Reach, Buckenderra, Old Adaminaby, Dam wall.
Best areas to try would be Anglers Reach, Dam Wall, and Buckenderra.
Jindabyne:- Jindabyne trolling reports have picked up a little with some nice fish taken.
*Brett Smith and Mick Atkinson trolled Jindabyne for eight nice fish. Two were browns and the rest rainbows. The biggest was a brown of 1.65kg.
Yellow wing tassies on 3 colours of leadcore in the Snowline and dam wall area was the best method. # Y48 was the stand out colour. Flatlines were unproductive.
After a long period of nil supply we now have wood grubs back in stock. They make a great winter trout bait in the lakes.
Baitfishing in Eucumbene has been excellent with the dam wall being a very good spot to try. Some middle of the day sessions have been good in this area with Powerbait being the most consistent.
*Johhny Scrubworm fished Seven Gates for four rainbows to 1.7kg last night. The fish were taken on scrub worms. The condition of these fish was fantastic and should go well in the smoker.
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.
Jindabyne has been much better with some good numbers and quality coming.
We fished at Kalkite on Sunday. It was fine and unusually warm but this meant the sun was bright on the water which probably kept the fish in the safety of the deeper water. In the morning the wind had more southerly in it but come around 11.30am the wind turned to be a northerly and the fish went off the bite. We fished with powerbait (Lime twist) and worms and took one Rainbow and dropped another.
Try Hatchery Bay, Curiosity rocks, Claypits, Stinky Bay, and Kalkite in Jindabyne.
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