Headlines:The conditions in the mountains have been very challenging for the past two weeks. It has been windy and cold but the upside is we have had some good snowfalls and RAIN. Although not enough to raise the catchments yet with continued falls we should see some reasonable flows into the dams over the next month or so.
Rivers:- ALL CLOSED TILL 29TH SEPTEMBER
Lake Eucumbene:- Reports have been scant from Eucumbene. Areas worth trying are the River Mouth, Dam Wall and Old Adaminaby. Try using bead head Woolly Buggers in olive and brown, a Bushy's Horror, or a size 10 bead head black or brown Nymph fished with a very slow figure of eight retrieve.
Lake Jindabyne:- There have been few reports this week but there are plenty of options in the lake at present. Any of the boulder covered points and weedy bays are worth a search during the day. Although the overcast conditions are not great for polaroiding you will catch fish searching with a Woolly Bugger or similar pattern as the fish are a little less spooky in these conditions also. If you can coincide a trip with a large high starting down low in the bight that will travel across and give still, calm and bright conditions then Polaroiding is another option. Best patterns for this fishing are the stick caddis, midge pupa, and black and peacock. Fishing these inert under a indicator is often the best method. At other times a woolly bugger or Bushy's Horror will work.
Lake Tantangara :- No reports this week.
Trolling and Spinning
Eucumbene:- Best launching access is available at Buckenderra and Old Adaminaby. Below are photo's of the launching facilities at Buckenderra which have remained unchanged from last week and offer good access to the lake.
Old Adaminaby's ramp is still very good and is suitable for boats up to the 5 and a bit metre mark. A 4WD is a definite advantage with the larger boats as the water is a little shallow so being able to drive out into the water can be necessary.
Fishing in Eucumbene has been good with trolling accounting for some reasonable catches. A vast array of different lures have been working but the old favourites of Yellow Wing Tassies/Cobras going well as are hot pinks, reds and orange colours.
Best areas for trolling are the river mouth, Cobrabald, Coppermine and Dam Wall. Anywhere that might have a little water running into the lake would be worth a spin with a soft plastic too.
Jindabyne:- There have been some real quality fish from Jindabyne this week. Early and late has been the best with all methods, flat line, lead core, and downrigging producing fish.
The River mouth and Island areas have been the best places to troll. Kalkite and Hatchery Bay are also worth exploring with a few lures.
Not a lot of change in lures this week with Hot pink and Yellow wing Tassie devils still being the best fish takers. 55, Y48 and Y82 in particular.
Talbingo:- No Reports
Baitfishing :- Bait fishing has been excellent with some good catches of mostly Rainbows in Jindabyne, and Eucumbene. Powerbait and Scrubworms have been the best baits.
With the unsettled conditions fishing has been good right through the day.
Areas to look at in Jindabyne are Kalkite, Hatchery Bay, Creel Bay, Sids Bay, Clay Pits, Stinky Bay and Hayshed Bay.
In Eucumbene try the Dam Wall or Old Adaminaby.
Tantangara is well worth a fish at present too.
Best colours in Powerbait have been Lime Twist, Orange, Sherbet and Lemon Twist.
The new Gulp Trout Bait is a new 55% stonger scent . Chunky Cheese and Rainbow Candy have been the the pick of the colours.
Try the two hook rig below for best results.
Powerbait Dropper Rig
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