Headlines:Some great fishing this week both out of boats and off the bank. The Soft plastic spinning in Eucumbene is really starting to fire again. Eucumbene has produced good numbers and Jindabyne some really good quality fish too.
Rivers:- ALL CLOSED TILL 29TH SEPTEMBER
Lake Eucumbene:- Polaroidng has been quite good around the Dam wall with some very big fish being spotted cruising in close. There are not huge numbers and the steep banks can be a challenge but the chance of hooking a monster is high. Other 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:- The polaroiding has improved since last week. The bottom section of the lake has been better with slightly cleaner water.
Some nice fish have been caught in Jindabyne on the rough overcast days and a few on bright still days. There are big numbers of fish in the Thredbo at present and these will drop back to the lake in the coming weeks and cruise the edges looking for a feed.
It is still worth trying 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 still worth a go. 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.
*Matt Daniel and George Hardiman polaroided the lake on Sunday and saw a dozen or more fish. George was the star of the day hooking and landing two lovely fish on nymphs and successfully out fishing some other noted anglers on the day.
Lake Tantangara :- No reports this week.
Trolling and Spinning
Eucumbene:- 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.
Spinning with soft plastics has been nothing short of awesome again this week. Drifting from a boat or casting from shore are both good methods using small medium sized Bass Minnows, Gulp Baits, Squidgy fish and Squidgy wrigglers on 1.5 -3gm heads. These are best fished with a slow roll type retrieve. See report below.
Just thought i would give you a bit of a report of my weekend fishing at Eucumbene. I took a weekend off from bream fishing down the coast to get some trout on plastics. Fished around the Tollbar, Dam wall area where I had a good weekend fishing and caught plenty of fish, although the bright sunny conditons on Sunday made it a bit harder. All up caught around 40 fish with around 20 Browns and alot of small Rainbows.The biggest Brown of the weekend was a nice heathly 65cm fish which weighed 2.3kg before which was released, and alot of Browns around the 1.4 kg mark. Most fish were caught on gulp minnows and grubs along steep banks and around the trees. I used Berkley gulp in the minnow grub 3 inch, pumpkinseed and watermellon, also used the 3inch craws in camo and the new colours 3 inch minnows.
I was very surprised not to see to many boats around I was the only person to launch at old Adaminaby .
Scott Butler, Canberra.
Trolling has been at its best late and early in the day. Reports have been a little scarce on the troll overall but suggest that the deeper arms of bays and anywhere with clean water has been the most conducive to good fishing.
Best lures at present are Tassie Devils in colours Y48, 55, 86. Lofty's Cobras colours 51, 100 and 17. RMG Scorpions colours H59 and H60.
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.
Talbingo:- No Reports