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Archive Date: 30/04/2006


I hope you all have broadband,as we've nearly got too many fish reports to fit in this week ! The fishing on both lakes Eucumbene & Jindabyne has been nothing short of fantastic over the last few weeks - with fish coming in on everything. Some anglers commenting it's the best they have seen on Eucumbene ever ! The next  few months generally produces some of the best fishing of the season, with 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 - we may even be able to take a photo of your fish for this report


Rivers:- The recent drop of snow & rain should produce a bit of run off , which may even see the first run of browns go.So keep an eye on the lower Eucumbene and Thredbo rivers from now on - remembering the rules will also change on the 1st of May on these rivers to 1 fish a day OVER 50cm. 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. Best fishing is still with an attractor style dry fly with trailing nymph dropper. Patterns worth having in the box include Royal wulffs, stimulators,klinkhammers,elk hair caddis, red tags, hares ear nymph, pheasant tail nymph ,some bead heads & Glo bugs won't be too far away either.

Lake Eucumbene:- Stax of very nice rainbows averaging .800 grams to 1kg 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 will help you find the better browns.

*The SouthWest Fly fishers from Camperdown in Vic had a club outing based from Crows near Breamar Bay, with 9 members landing 13 browns to 3kgs and 118 rainbows to 1.5kgs over 4 days - with most fish released.The best fishing was through the day on nymphs and of an evening/night with larger streamers like woolly buggers,lumo baby dolls, and Muz Wilson's Emu Buggers. All fish kept where chock-a-block full of yabbies and in top condition.

*Pat Kennedy also did well Loch-style fishing the shallow bays out from Buckenderra , with plenty of good rainbows being encountered over the weekend.

*Charlie,Paul & Dave from Holsworthy fished out from Anglers Reach with Tiahapies and Woolly buggers for 6 good rainbows to 1.5kgs over the weekend.

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 streamer 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 woolly buggers and fuzzy's etc. Area's worth a look include Stinky Bay, Sid's bay, Hatchery Bay, Creel Bay , Snowy arm and Kalkite.

*Rick Sunderland did well polaroiding up in the Waste Point/Snowy arm area for 6 nice browns - and seen a few more


*Jack Ingold (Left) fished out from Old Adaminaby with his father Pete, trolling lead lines and flat lines with our own Alpine Attractors for 4 nice rainbows - and dropped a BIG brown of around 4kgs when the hooks pulled at the boat !

*Ivan & Clint from Sydney trolled out from Buckenderra with flatlines and our own Alpine Cobra's in the Pink Bit's and Alpine Attractor patterns for 15 rainbows and 5 browns to 1.5kgs. The boys recon the fishing was great !

*Ian,Jim,Clayton & Steve from Traralgon Vic did well out from Breamar Bay trolling both lead lines and flatlines for 51 rainbows over 3 days in two boats.The boys did best using Tassies in Y82 and S12 colours.They also picked up another 23 rainbows of an evening fishing with Rainbow Powerbait - commenting on the awsome fishing with most fish averaging 1kg - They released most of the fish and only keeping a few for a feed.

*Here is a few pictures from Lake Jindabyne on the weekend, we ( Ando & Myself ) caught a lot of fish, lost count how many, these are a few of the better ones.. Most trolling, a couple on fly.. Cheers, Brett wood (wagga)

*G'day guys ,this is a picture of a brown trout 7 year old Jason Turk caught.The fish was 61cm - 6lbs caught on a Tassie lure at lake Jindabyne .Cheers Sean turk

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 yabby's with the falling water  levels, while some better browns have also started to show up as they get itchy for spawning. Consistent lures include Tasmanian Devils in Cols 36,89,55, 72,S12, Y82 & Y62. Our own Alpine Cobra's in the Alpine Attractor, Alpine Special,Pink Wings and Pink Bits patterns, Rebel crickhoppers and crawfish,ultra deep Merlins,Stump Jumpers,Rapala minnows, RMG Scorpions & Poltergeist.
*Cathy & Randy from Canberra had a great weekend fishing out from Old Adaminaby, spinning from their boat with Squidgy fish in the rainbow trout pattern for 3 browns to 2.5kgs and 6 rainbows to 1.5kgs ( photo coming )
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 continued our special with 2 nets for $12.00 - so grab a couple and get a great feed - just bring along some livers
*Chris & Chris from Canberra reckon if you couldn't catch them up at Jindabyne over the weekend - you should give it away ! They caught 55 fish to 2kgs over 3 days on both lead lines and flatlines with Tassies in Col Y48 and Rapala minnows in the brown muddler pattern, commenting that the fishing really is great at present ! 
*Vicky & Matt from Canberra trolled with 3 col's of leadline and Tassies in Col Y82 for 6 nice rainbows between .750gms and 1kg.  

Jindabyne:-  There has been some great trolling 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 & Sid's Bay ant East Jindy, up around Waste Point and at the top of the lake around Kalkite. 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 Alpine Attractor & Pink Wings patterns producing the goods.

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*"Expert" anglers Jaime McGrath & Emily Thomas from Canberra camped out at Buckenderra and fished rainbow Powerbait for 3 rainbows up to 1.5kgs - eating the big one on the BBQ Monday night  

*Dominic & Les from Canberra fished scrubbies and Lime Twist Powerbait up at Jindabyne for 10 nice rainbows to 1.5kgs.Commenting it was great fishing !

*Damien & Bevan from the CFC fished lime twist Powerbait out at 7 gates over night Saturday for 4 rainbows to 1kg - commenting it was bl#@!y cold !

*Jimmy Savitsky from Canberra fished orange Powerbait out at 7 gates overnight Saturday as well for 9 rainbows between .750gms - 1kg , commenting it has been great fishing over the last few weeks !

The baitfishing has been unbelievable over the last few weeks with incredible catches coming in from Eucumbene. Just about all the main baits have been taking fish with mudeyes still doing very well and Power Bait accounting for the most captures. 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 is 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 ).

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

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 40 % Falling

Jindabyne 58 % Stable

Tantangarra  6 % Stable



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