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Archive Date: 16/09/2008

Headlines:  Both lakes continue to produce some really good fishing with all methods.    All lakes have risen this week with Eucumbene rising over 1% since last week.  With the continued snow melt Eucumbene should continue to rise well into Spring.

There has been some ramp work done at Angler's Reach recently.  One is at Angler's Reach Caravan park.  Though not usable at present, as the lake rises it will provide useful access.  The other is located past the caravan park, on the right, near the end of the main road.  This ramp is usable now and reports suggest it is very good. 

Other launching in Eucumbene is available at Old Adaminaby, The Dam Wall and Buckenderra.

Trout Festival 2008 - It's on again this November, The 35th Yamaha and Freshwater Fishing Snowy Mountains Trout Festival.  Dates for the week long competition are Saturday the 1st of November - Friday 7th of November 2008.

Once again prizes will include a Boat, Motor and Trailer package, Category prizes for Trolling, Spinning, Fly and Bait fishing, daily secret weight cash prizes, plus an overall secret weight cash prize.  The fishing is bound to be excellent and it is a great family orientated event.  Book your holidays early and don't miss the countries premier Trout Fishing event.


Rivers:-  Reopen Saturday the 4th of October

Lake Eucumbene:- Fly reports have been good with some nice fish around Buckenderra and the Dam Wall.  Late afternoon searching with Streamers and small wets.  Nightime fishing will improve with the warmer weather we are experienceing this week.  A few early Midge pupa will be hatching nd the fish will be onto these.

There will be some good post spawn browns starting to cruise the edges looking for food shortly.  Any areas with some structure or bankside growth should have a few poking around with the rising water.

Rainbows can be found schooling in the Dam wall area at this time of year and are suckers for a Wooly Bugger, Matuka, Wooly worm and Epoxy trout fry pattern.

 Best areas to look at are Seven Gates, Dam Wall, Buckenderra and Old Adaminaby.

 Lake Jindabyne:-  Not a lot of change to the reports Jindabyne.  The fishing has continued to be excellent with polaroiding and searching both producing good fish.  There have been both Browns and pre spawn Rainbows in many areas. The Eastern shore early in the day and the Western shore in the early to late afternoon are the best options.  If you have a boat that will give you more shoreline access.  Don't despair if you are only on foot, as with a little persistence, you can still find fish.

Best flies to use on fish that are stationary or moving slow are small #14 and #16 Midge Pupa, Stick Caddis, Cased Caddis, Black and Peacock Spider.  If the fish are cruisers and not laying doggo try a larger # 8 or #10 Woolly Bugger, Jinde Specials, Olive Matukas, or Woolly Worms.  Leading the fish by a considerable amount can be important, especially if it is really calm.

Best areas to look at are Sids Bay, Hatchery Bay, Creel Bay, Kangaroo Bay, and Kalkite.

Lake Tantangara :-  No reports access is difficult due to snow.

Trolling and Spinning 


Eucumbene:-   Trolling reports have been a little hit and miss.  Most anglers are catching some fish but not always in big numbers.  Big Rainbows are the main target at present both getting deep and on flatlines depending on the conditions.  Working deeper open water will find some quality fish.  Browns will start to make an appearance as they look for food after spawning.  Deep diving minnows will get down to fish when trolling in close and this is where you should find the Browns.

Alex Tango lures in some new Yabby colours would be good in theis scenario, Stumpjumers, Bennett Deep and Ultra Deeps, Rapala Taildancers and Glass Shad Raps, Oar-gees, and Cultiva Mira Shads are other good lures to use when targeting browns on the troll.  Tassies and Alpine Cobras will also take the occasional brown near the surface too.  Best to cover you depth spectrum with a few differnent types and stlyes of lures.

Best areas to look at this week are the Dam wall, Main basin, Buckenderra and Grace lea.

Launching access is available at Angler's Reach Buckenderra, Old Adaminaby and The  Dam Wall


Jindabyne:-  Not many  reports have come in from Jindabyne over the last week.  The trolling will continue to be good, with the Eastern shoreline having been the most consistent over the pst two weeks.  Spinning from the shore or boat with plastics and minnows has been deadly on the fish as well.


Tantangara:- No Reports.

Baitfishing :-  Bait fishing has been excellent in Jindabyne with Gulp Power bait and standard Powerbait.   Quality fish are coming in from the Rushes Bay, Waste point Kalkite and Hatchey Bay areas. 

*Angelo Fischett and Joseph Garcia had a great weelend with this absolute cracker of a brown from Buckenderra.  The fish weighed 3kg cleaned and was caught on a scrubworm.  They also landed four rainbows and dropped two as well. Powerbait and Scrubbies were the baits used.

*Jimmy Savitsky from Canberra (below)had a good session on the weekend at Kalkite.  He landed two browns to 1.8kg and seven rainbows to 1.2kg.  All fish were caught on Gulp Powerbait.  Orange Pulp and Sherbert Burst were the two best colours.

*The Sturgeon brothers also had a good night session on the weekend.  After finally deciding on where to fish, involving a round trip that included Old Adaminaby, they finally started fishing at Kalkite.  First cast Matt hooked a good brown on a # 3 green celta but it got off.  He did redeem himself with a nice fish landed a bit later on a Celta and also one on Chunky Cheese Gulp.  Stuart caught two on Lime and Lemon twist Powerbait.

Power Bait is still a great option and will take fish when things are quiet.  Lime Twist and Lemon Twist are very good colours, with the Gulp Pastes also a great bait to try.

There will be some great fishing for Rainbows in the next few weeks in both lakes with some really fat fish in Eucumbene and some nice ones in Jindabyne as well.

There have been a few Browns that have already spawned turning up in Eucumbene so these fish will be very hungry as they try to put on some condition after running the river.  A good time to be soaking a bait in the Anglers Reach/Old Adaminaby area.  The Dam Wall can produce late in the day and early in the morning at this time of year.  Powerbait is the pick here as you can float it above the bottom on light hooks and keep it out of the weed and rocks.  Very effective.

 There are still plenty of Pre Spawn Rainbows about at the moment and these have been incredibly fat and well conditioned fish.  PowerBait is probably the pick of the baits for these fish with Orange, Sherbert and the Lime and Lemon Twists being very popular with these hard fighting fish.

It can still be very cold at night and early morning despite the slightly warmer days recently.  Gloves and beanies are a must. 

Best areas in Eucumbene would be The Dam wall, Old Adaminaby/Cemetary point andCollingwood bay areas.

 In Jindabyne try Rushes Bay, Sids,  Waste Point, Creel Bay and Kalkite
Lake Levels

Eucumbene  14.5%

Jindabyne    45.8%

Tantangara     10.8%

Cheers Tom

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