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Archive Date: 05/07/2006

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There was mixed weather on the weekend here in the mountains, but we have had some excellent reports from Jindabyne and some good ones from Eucumbene.  

We have seen some of the best fishing I can remember on lake Eucumbene and to a lesser degree lake Jindabyne over the last few months and it should continue right through winter - with the lakes remaining open all year round. Those coming down for the NSW school holiday period should pack a fishing rod  Remember you can always go back through the Fishing Report Archives if you have missed some of the recent action ! 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

Anglers bank fishing at Eucumbene do need to be aware that with the lowering water levels the edges are extremely soft. You CANNOT drive your car or 4wd right to the waters edge as you will end up bogged. With reports of it costing anywhere from $150-$300 to get a tow out!  Seven Gates has been the most trouble, but if you park your vehicle up on hard ground and walk down you will have few problems


Rivers:- NOW CLOSED Until Saturday the 30th of September 2006

Lake Eucumbene:- Still some very nice rainbows averaging .800 grams to 1kg being caught at present. The rainbows seem to come in for that hour on dusk chasing yabbies and at first light. Steeper shale banks around the dam wall and western shores are well worth.The falling lake levels have really got the yabbies moving, so fishing a woolly bugger into the night will help you find the better browns.You can also target that trophy fish right through winter around the mouths of the main river tributaries so long as your not fishing in flowing waters well below the first set of rapids

Lake Tantagara :- No reports this week.  

Lake Jindabyne:-  Mostly evening fishing with large streamers like woolly buggers and fuzzy wuzzys etc. With the browns now on their way it won't be long till we start to get some polaroiding in , with conditions looking set for a great winter period. Area's worth a look include Stinky Bay, Sid's bay, Hatchery Bay, Creel Bay , Snowy arm and Kalkite.You can also target that trophy fish right through winter around the mouth of the Thredbo river at Waste point/Creel Bay, so long as your not fishing in flowing waters well below the first set of rapids


Eucumbene:- The great trolling continues, just stick to the main launching area's with the falling lake levels i.e.: Buckenderra - who have put in a new gravel ramp with road base ! the point at 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 Special,Pink Wings and Pink Bits patterns, Rebel minnows and crawfish,ultra deep Merlins,Stump Jumpers,Rapala minnows, RMG Scorpions & Poltergeist.


Jindabyne:-  We have had some great reports back in from Jindabyne over the last few weeks. The best area's have been in the main basin out around the islands in front of town & Sid's Bay over at 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 , Rapalas & Attacks along with Tassies in just about all the "Yellow Wing",as well as our own Alpine Cobra's in the Alpine Special & Pink Wings patterns producing the goods.

*Damien and Matt trolled Jinde on the weekend for 2 good browns to 1.5k and a nice rainbow of 1kg. Dual Depth Tassies in colours, Y82, 55, and S12 were the best lures. They dropped a couple also. Kalkite was the best.


The baitfishing has been unbelievable over the last few months with incredible catches coming in from Eucumbene. Just about all the main baits have been taking fish with scrubbies & 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. The most popular rig is to run your main bait with a Powerbait dropper ( 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.
*Bryson, Matt, Gary, Trevor and David from Merimbula and Canberra fished the Kalkite area for 20 Rainbows averaging a kilo. All were caught on White and Rainbow Powerbait. They found the trolling quiet.
*Karl and Vince from Canberra had a huge session at Waste Point. They landed 12 Browns, 22 Rainbows, and a 3lb Brookie (released). Fish were in great nick and were biting best in the early afternoon. Bait was an undisclosed home made concoction. The boys might have to contact Berkely to discuss a new product!
Powerbait Dropper Rig 

Best areas on Eucumbene include: Rushy Plains Bay, Seven Gates, Yens bay, Breamar bay ,Providence around the Eucumbene River Mouth down towards Anglers Reach 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 30.5 % Falling 

Jindabyne 58 % Rose Slightly 

Tantangarra  6.6% Rose Slightly

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