Fishing over the long weekend was generally good. With the streams and rivers now closed the lakes are still a very fishable option with fly, spin, bait and troll all being fish catching methods at this time of year. Bugger the snow, just keep on fishing!
You may recall in the report a couple of weeks back, that a huge brown of seven plus kilos had been caught spinning in lake Eucumbene. We have managed to get a photo of Gino Meznarsic and his cracker of a brown taken on the ever succesful Snowy Minnow. The fish was caught off the bank and later released after Gino and his father Mario spent some time reviving the fish.
What a fish!!!
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Rivers:- Now all closed. Re open October 2nd 2010.
Though the rivers are now closed here are some reports from the long weekend.
I got this 6 pound 60cm male in the Eucumbene river on Saturday. He came up right after I hooked him on a rabbit fur bead head I tied and (lacking a net) I jumped in and grabbed him bear grills style. So only a twenty second fight but he was a slippery bugger and I was lucky to land him. Its my best trout so far and definatley the best way to end the season.
Lake Eucumbene:- Fly reports have been a little quiet in the lake over the weekend but the daytime fishing can still be good for rainbows in the Seven Gates and Buckenderra area. The Angler's Reach and Old Adaminaby areas will be worth a search for some browns returning from spawning, though they can be a little poor condition wise.
Suggest nymphs fished slow on the rainbows and if polaroiding a brown or two small nymphs or small streamers in sz 10.
Lake Jindabyne:- Jindabyne reports have been quiet also but polaroiding can be had at anytime now when the conditions are good. Bright, still sunny days with a large high pressure system are ideal.
Best flies to try are either yabby style streamers or small tan coloured nymphs, or midge pupa.
Lake Tantangara :- Reports have been quiet from the lake on the fly front.
Trolling and Spinning
Eucumbene:- Eucumbene trolling reports have been better with some good fish to be had in many of the arms.
Rainbows have been on the daphnea and deep trolling in open water has accounted for some great rainbows. Tassies in S12, 36, Y94 are excellent colours to use on these fish at present.
The Angler's Reach arm would be a great place to try spinning with plastics and vibes down deep and you can account for browns and rainbows in this area. Look for the river bed on the sounder and work your lures through it.
Jindabyne:- Has been productive with some nice fish flatlining tassies and also on tassies on lead core. Once again this week closer to the township seems better than the river mouth and arm areas.
Bait fishing has been fairly good with some nice reports of rainbows being taken on powerbait and grubs. While not all anglers are taking their bags, the rainbow quality has made up for it.
Best locales to try in Eucumbene continue to be Seven Gates, Buckenderra, Cobrabald, Wangrabelle, Homeleigh Bay and the Dam wall.
Jindabyne has produced a few fish too over the weekend with grubs being the dominating bait. Winter is a great time for chasing rainbows on grubs and though it is cold, these fish will give many anglers a heap of fun and food over the next couple of months.
Try areas like Rushes Bay, Hatchery Bay, The Clay pits, Curiosity rocks and Kalkite.
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