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Archive Date: 26/11/2006


Got any reports from the local lakes or rivers?

If so, email them along with pictures to  for inclusion in our weekly report.

GOOD NEWS  TWO NEW Launching areas - Snowy River Shire Council & Snowy Hydro have upgraded and cleared off the silt from the old Denison st at Old Adaminaby and added gravel to the top turning/parking area as well - along with park owners Paul and Ken upgrading an area at Anglers Reach as well. These ramps can now be used to launch boats with out too much trouble. Larger boats can be a little more difficult, but it is possible to launch small to medium sized vessels.  This ramp will now be cleared regularly to keep access for launching boats open on lake Eucumbene.Snowy Hydro are also looking at improving launching area's at Anglers Reach and the Dam wall - so we'll keep you posted. More details on Lake Eucumbene's levels @

*Buckenderra have also upgraded their launching area and you can now launch boats up to 4 metres with a four wheel drive at the Eucumbene cover.


The Snowy Mountains Trout Festival has finished for another year and there were plenty of great fish caught.  Largest fish for the competiton was a Brown Trout of 2.547kg caught by Dennis Crawley.  For more result details checkout the Festival website


Rivers:- The great river fishing continues with excellent numbers of Rainbows and a few Browns for good measure.

The weather on the weekend was near perfect but reports were scarce. There have been some reasonable hatches over the last few days and this will have plenty of fish moving in the evenings.  Any of the high country rivers are well worth a look at present and with the rain of last week will fish very well over the next month or so.

One report came in from Andrew Morrow and Alison Cork from Canberra. They fished the Eucumbene River for 3 Rainbows and 2 Browns. Fish all took Royal Wulffs.  They also Three Mile Dam and had a huge but short lived rise with fish "going nuts" on Bogong Moths.

*Andrew with a pretty Euc River Brown


Had a red letter day (for me) on Friday on the Gungarlin, caught 12-15 fish and missed many more, all on dries (Red Tag, Royal Wulff and Deer Hair Caddis), size ranged from 6-11.5 inches (PB on Gungarlin for me), heaps of fun on a short 2wt, and there were a lot of fishing rising when I left about 1400.


Dave Hargan

The dry fly fishing has been great. There are more and more insects becoming active with the warmer weather. Expect Caddis, Mayflies and Midges. Terrestrials such as Beetles and Ants are in abundance.

Lake Eucumbene:- 

Lake fishing was hampered by high winds, snow, hail and rain during the week but there were still some keen anglers out there catching a few.  There are still some very nice rainbows averaging .800 grams to 1kg being caught at present.  

Rushy Plains, Seven Gates, Dam Wall, Old Adaminaby and Buckenderra have all been good areas

Best flies were the Fuzzy Wuzzy, Jinde Bugger, Mrs Simpson, Stick Caddis and Mountain Shrimp.

*Steve Snedden and Mark Sueli caught some nice Rainbows on Mrs Simpsons over the weekend.


Lake Jindabyne:-  Stewart Fagan from Canberra came came through on the most miserable of days with 40 knot winds, rain and snow and still managed to catch a nice 1.5kg Brown in the 30 minutes he fished! There are plenty of fish on the move in Jindabyne at the moment and we have had reports of some good Dun hatches. 

Lake Tantangara :-  Still no reports from Tantangara this week, howver with the reports from the rivers and other dams in that general area would be a great option and a chance to get away from other harder fished areas. 



Not a great deal of reports on the troll this week. Again bad weather hampering anglers during the week.  Flatline, leadcore and downrigging have all been successful methods when anglers have been able to venture out.

*David and Colin from Canberra fished Jindabyne on the weekend for 2 Browns, 2 Rainbows, 2 Salmon (released), and 1 Brook Trout.  Best fish was 1.5kg.

*Colin with four nice fish from Lake Jindabyne on the weekend.

Best lures include Tasmanian Devils in Cols 5, 26, 50, 47, 82, and 28.

Eucumbene:- The great trolling continues and launching is possible at more areas now though the Old Adaminaby ramp is still the pick if you have only a 2 wheel drive or a BIG boat. Launching is also possible at Buckenderra, The Dam Wall and Anglers Reach at present.

*Jeff and Graham form Canberra with part of a catch of 14 fish from the dam wall area of Lake Eucumbene. Pink and Yellow wing Tassies trolled flatline were the best fish takers.  They also reported that there were fish rising all over the lake.

Best trolling areas have been around the Dam wall and main basin and the tree lined Western side of the lake.

Jindabyne:-  We have had some great reports back in from Jindabyne over the last few weeks.  Sid's and Rushes bay have been great and around the islands has been good too.  Best lures have been Dual Depth Tassies and Rapala minnows.


Some really nice fish were coming in on bait over the weekend. Powerbait has been working very well and mudeyes are starting to work well also.

Four anglers from the Ballarat Angling Club fished 4 days for 27 fish mostly on Couta Mudeyes's. They caught a mixture of Rainbows and Browns from 42-51cm in length.  Averaged weight was about 700gms. They caught some on fly gear also. 

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.

 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 22.9 % Rose Slightly

Jindabyne   54.7% Dropped Slightly 

Tantangara  6.3% Steady

Cheers Tom

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