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Archive Date: 24/04/2006

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We had a mixed bag of weather of the easter break - but generally the fishing was quite good on both lakes Eucumbene & Jindabyne - Just had MORE reports emailed in !! The rivers where a little quite , but it looks like we may get a little bit of rain to freshen them up for this weekend. The next  few months generally produces some of the best fishing of the season, with cool nights, warm days and the fish in peak condition prior to spawning .Remember to call into the store for a cuppa on your way through and let us know how you go on your way home.


Rivers:- This recent drop of snow & rain should produce a bit of run off , which may even see the first run of browns go. Due to the amount of anglers enjoying the fishing this season your best results will be found away from the main access area's. Other area's worth a look include the Mowambah, Gungarlin , Guthega pondage and Island Bend ,Murrumbidgee and 3 mile dam.Still plenty of hoppers about, so try searching with a hopper pattern during the day if nothing is moving. Other patterns with having in the box include Royal wulffs, stimulators,klinkhammers,elk hair caddis, red tags, hares ear nymph, pheasant tail nymph and some bead heads.

Lake Eucumbene:- Some very nice rainbows averaging .800 grams coming in over the last few weeks. You just need to pick a bay with some weed beds and a bit of structure for the best fishing. The rainbows seem to come in for that hour on dusk chasing mudeyes & yabbies. The falling lake levels have really got the yabby's moving, so fishing a woolly bugger into the night may find you a better brown.

*Vic Kowalski from Queanbeyan did well fishing nymphs and yabby patterns out at Yens bay for 11 rainbows to 1.2kgs over night on Monday.

*John Fisher & Stan Stamatis from the Act Flyfishers did well working from the boat over yabby beds , using intermediate lines and woolly buggers for over 40 fish , mostly rainbows averaging 1kg , with 4 browns to 2kgs ! 

Lake Tantagara :- There have been a lot of small fish moving of an evening on caddis & midges with a few also being taken after dark on mudeye patterns.   

Lake Jindabyne:-  Had some good reports back in from Jindy over the last few weeks, which should only get better with the lake holding it's level well and now starting to cool off. Mostly evening fishing with mudeye patterns and streamers like wooly buggers and fuzzy's etc. Area's worth a look include Stinky Bay, Sid's bay, Hatchery Bay, Creel Bay , Snowy arm and Kalkite.


Eucumbene:- The great trolling continues, just stick to the main launching area's with the falling lake levels ie: Buckenderra , Old Adaminaby, Anglers Reach,Breamar Bay and the Dam wall for smaller boats. Both leadlines at 3 colours and flatlines have been producing the goods. The rainbows are in peak condition and averaging around the 1kg mark, feeding heavily on daphnia in the open water, while the better browns have been in close around the clay yabby banks. Consistent lures include Tasmanian Devils in Cols 36,89,55, 72,S12, Y82 & Y62. Our own Alpine Cobra's in the Alpine Attractor, Black hole , Lime spider and Alpine Special patterns, Rebel crickhoppers and crawfish,Storm Hot N Tots , ultra deep Merlins,Stump Jumpers,RMG Scorpions & Poltergeist AND Rapala Jointed Shad Raps & minnows.
*Ashley and Stephen Hawk from Queanbeyan fished out from Buckenderra with their dad, trolling with 3 colours of lead line and our own Alpine Cobra's in the "Alpine Attractor" pattern and a pink "Sting" cobra for 7 good rainbows averaging 1kg.
*Hi there Scotty and the gang,Here are a couple of shots  for you taken at Breamar, over Easter weekend,the weather was a real mixed bag with rain and snow falling on Saturday, but those that did venture out caught fish. We ended up with 11 rainbows to 1.8kg , with Shannon landing the only brown at around 1.5kgs - Cheers David Baker , Canberra.
*Viv from Canberra trolled out from Buckenderra up around Wyanui bay using flatlines and Tassies in Col 36 for 9 good rainbows up to 1.5kgs, with his father Ken also landing a good brown at 3.1kgs.
*Barry & Horst from Geelong in Vic fished out from Buckenderra , spinning from the shore with Rapal minnows in the "muddler" pattern for 8 rainbows to 1.5kgs and 2 browns to 1.8kgs.Commenting it was the best trip they had , had in a while.
*Shannon, Greg & Amy from Queanbeyan fished out from Breamar Bay with flatlines and leadlines using Smilin Jack crickets for 15 rainbows and 1 brown to 1.5kgs.Most fish being caught in the mornings up around Coppermine bay. 
*Keith, Nadine,Elizabether,Ian & John fished out from Anglers Reach Sunday with 2 cols of lead line and jointed rapal minnows for 8 rainbows and 1 brown to 1.5kgs.
*Bruce & Dave from Goulburn fished out from Anglers Reach with trolling sinkers and pink flatfish for 5 good rainbows to 1.5kgs.
*Chris from Penrith did well spinning with Storm Shad soft plastics out at Anglers Reach , landing this beautiful 2.8kg brown.Mate Dave from Cooma also did well landing 2 more nice browns around 1.5kgs. 

Get a Feed of Yabby's ! You are allowed to use up to five - 2 ring yabby, lift nets on the Snowy Lakes, and the yabby's have been thick - with some as big as small lobsters ! We have a special on over the Easter break with 2 nets for $12.00 - so grab a couple and get a great feed - just bring along some livers

Jindabyne:-  There has been some great down-rigging up on Jindy over the last few weeks, with the best area's being out around the islands in the main basin in front of town , up around the Thredbo river mouth at around Waste Point and the eastern shoreline around Sid's Bay . Fishing a mixture of small minnows like RMG Scorpions, Merlins & Attacks along with Tassies in just about all the "Yellow Wing", as well as our own Alpine Cobra's in the Lime Spider and Alpine Attractor colours producing the most fish. These last few cold fronts have dropped the surface temperature , so we should also start to see more fish come in on flatlines as well.

*David Jones fished fly ( Mrs Simpsons ) around Stinky Bay and waste point for 5 nice browns to 50cm , as well as doing a bit of trolling with hot pink Alpine Cobra's - for 7 rainbows to 1.2kgs.

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*Andrew,Adrian & father Michael from Canberra fished 7 gates overnight Monday , using rainbow Powerbait for 30 fish averaging 1kg, releasing most with the new Mustad circle hooks.

The baitfishing has been very consistent with some beautiful rainbows & browns starting to turn up . Just about all the main baits have been taking fish with mudeyes doing very well . Make sure you pick an area with plenty of weed and some structure like rocks and tree's. Scrub worms fished in conjunction with a Powerbait dropper still proving to be a popular rig ( Pictured below ).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. The hook is important when fishing with Power bait and we have a special NEW  "circle hook" pattern from Mustad just for the job - which hooks them for you ! Feel free to ask us to go over the rig next time your in if still unsure. The mudeye fishing has also been pretty good over the last month and should only improve as things warm up.The best way to fish mudeyes is with a running bubble rig (Pictured Below ).

*Hi guys,A photo of one of the rainbows that our friend caught while fishing with us at Seven gates.Father Mick Smith and daughter Paige with a nice 2 pound rainbow. Fish were caught Tuesday Night mostly on rainbow Power bait.We caught 30 odd fish all up between us averaging 2lbs.Thanks for spooling the fly rod and the helpful advice.Cheers mick...

*Hey Scotto,As promised here are the photo's from the weekend.They didn't come out the best (amateurs on the Camera!) but you might be able to use them.We ended up with 7 Rainbows up to 1.4kg all from Wollondibby Inlet.Most were taken on Rapala Vibrax Minnow Spins (pity we cant get these anymore) but a couple were on Juro Pygmy's in Rainbow Trout pattern.  Plenty of follows and fish rising, but I couldn't make out what they were rising to and I didn't get out the Fly Rod.Drew blanks at Middlingbank, Creel Bay (plenty of fish feeding out wide) and the Murrumbidgee.  Not surprising for Middlingbank as we couldn't actually get at the water ! See Ya at Paynesville.Cheers Matt

* Please call into the store and ask us to show you how to rig these baits if your having trouble

*Gary from Canberra fished 7 gates with rainbow Powerbait Friday afternoon for 10 rainbows to 1.5kgs.

*Dean & Peter from Canberra fished Eucumbene with lime twist Powerbait for 13 rainbows and 2 browns to 1.2kgs.

Mudeye Rig


Powerbait Dropper Rig 

Best areas on Eucumbene include: Middling bank, Rushy Plains Bay, Seven Gates, Yens bay, Breamar bay ,Providence around the Eucumbene River Mouth and along the dam wall at Eucumbene Cove.

Best area's on Jindabyne include: The clay pits in front of town, Hatchery bay, Hayshed 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 41 % Falling

Jindabyne 58 % Stable

Tantangarra  6 % Stable



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