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Archive Date: 17/08/2004


Not many reports back in over the weekend - with pretty rough weather experienced.We have a couple of nice big high pressure systems on this weeks charts, and it's a perfect blue sky day in the mountains as I type this - should be out polaroiding.In general we have seen some fantastic fishing on the lakes this winter, and only expect it to continue as things warm up . For more details on the day, call into the store on your way through and we'll update things on the day over a cuppa in front of the fire 


Rivers:All general trout streams are now closed to all fishing until Saturday the 2nd of October 2004 ( Start of the October long weekend).However our lakes are open all year round with some of most consistent conventional fishing on Lake Eucumbene and Lake Jindabyne occurring over winter.

Eucumbene: There's still some nice rainbows being caught down around Buckenderra, Frying pan and Breamar Bay. The Eucumbene dam wall is also a reliable area through winter, and well worth a look on a bright day. The winter polaroiding along the wall was quite good last winter on the rainbows .For those who are prepared to put in the time and dress accordingly, we'll still see some good fish caught from around the Eucumbene river mouth right through winter as well. You can still fish this area so long as your are outside of any visible flow - which is basically below the last set of rapids in the river all year round. So once the browns have gone, you'll see some BIG rainbows come through in July, August and September.

Jindabyne: We have had a few fly anglers out for a look on the lake over the last few weeks with mixed reports. We should see the bulk of the browns start to drop out of the Thredbo this month, and the polaroiding kick in. With the lake now down to around 50% the level will be good this season - all we need is a BIG high pressure system on the map.We'll keep you posted once we get some feedback.


The trolling really has been fantastic on both lakes this winter.The Vikings fishing club from Canberra braved the weather on the weekend , and managed some reasonable fishing out from Anglers Reach. The club had 32 adults and 3 junior anglers fishing over Saturday and Sunday morning for 64 fish in total.The boys commented the fish where in great condition, with the largest fish being caught by Jeremy Brown with a brown trout of 1.5kgs , and the largest by a junior was a .88kg brown caught by Ben Lauer.The most sucessfull technique was trolling with lead line and Tassies in Cols 89, 63 and S12, there where also a few fish caught on black crickhoppers.Generally the best colours in the Tassie's have been Col 19, 55,64,67,89,FLP and Y82.Our own Alpine Cobras have also developed quite a following with the Alpine Attractor, Pink wings, pink bits, black hole and midnight special all fishing well of late. Minnows are also always worth having in your spread with RMG Scorpions, baby merlins, Attacks and Rapala's all worth a swim. Best colours are rainbow and browns trout patterns, tigers and pink/violets. The rebel crick hoppers also continue to fish well with the black one being the pick along with the Smilin jack version in black/gold. Running 3 colours of leadline can also help pull a few fish through out the day, getting your lures down around the 3 metre mark.

NEW Duel Depth Tassie Colours:-We have just received the new "Yellow Wing" Duel depth Tasmanian devil range - Including the popular S12 sparkler.These are sure to become favorites in a few tackle boxes - Give some a run next trip.

Jindabyne: No reports on the troll over the weekend - however the bait anglers have been doing very well and the fly anglers are now polaroiding a few fish, so the fish are about.Generally the best areas have been around the Islands in front of the main township, Rushes/Sid's bay at East Jindabyne, Creel bay and around Waste point and the Western side up around Kalkite.We should also start to see some of the BIG salmon turning up from now on in as they'll be pretty hungry by now ! 


The baitfishing has been fantastic this winter with some real quality in the fish being caught as well.The best reports have been from anglers fishing with bardie grubs, using a Power bait dropper (pictured below). This rig has really proven itself over the last few seasons; with both options you really have it covered. Power bait naturally floats, so the distance you make your dropper is the distance you can expect your Power bait to be above the bottom. This means that fish will find your bait a lot quicker even if you have cast into weeds. If they don't eat the Power bait they have found your main bait a lot quicker. Scrub worms can also be fished instead of the Bardie grub, being a cheaper alternative. Best colours in the Power bait have been Orange, Sherbet, Lime twist and rainbow. The hook is important when fishing with Power bait and we get a special "single egg" pattern in from Gamakatsu just for the job - which has a short shank and ultra wide gape. Feel free to ask us to go over the rig next time your in if still unsure. 

Powerbait dropper-rig

Best areas' on Eucumbene include: Middling bank, Rushes bay at Frying pan, 7 gates, yens bay, Breamar bay and along the dam wall.

Best area's on Jindabyne include: The clay pits in front of town, Hatchery bay, creel bay and Kalkite.

Jindabyne Dam Wall project Up-dates :- For detailed information regarding the work being carried out on the Lake Jindabyne Dam wall, including road delays etc go to :-

Lake Levels

Eucumbene 49 % and Rose

Jindabyne 49 % and falling

Tantangarra 9.5 % Rose

That's all till next week!

Regards Scotto

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