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Archive Date: 05/01/2010


Fishing overall has been good with some nice catches in the lakes on bait and fly plus also a few on the troll. 

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Rivers:-  Have continued to fish well with plenty of fish and insects about for them to eat.  Dry fly fishing has been great with plenty of varying sized fish being caught.  The rivers have been a little more consistent than the lakes and can make make a welcome change.

There are a myriad of smaller streams that have been fishing well of late and certainly dries have been very effective.  Light rods, light tippets and small flies are the go for some good fun in these waters.

Caddis and Mayflies have been hatching in many streams so patterns representing these are good options at present.

There have been many productive patterns worth using of late.  Try Wullfs, Humpys, klinkhamers, parachute adams, elk hair caddis, blue wing olive, greenwells glory, black epoxied foam beetles and parachute caddis.

The Moonbah, Murrumbidgee, Gungarlin, Eucumbene, Thredbo are all great rivers to have a look at over the next few weeks.

Lake Eucumbene:-  Fly reports have still been good though the hot weather has meant that the evening rise has been late and short.  Water temps are up a little and this has slowed the fishing around the edges during the day.  Midges are extremely plentiful and is the only reason the fish are coming around the edges of an evening when the sun has dissappeared.  Beadhead nymphs or other weighted patterns would be the best during the day and fishing deep with possibly a sinking line would be a great option. Midge pupa and balls on dark and into the night have worked well overall.

*Had a session last Thursday night with the fish coming on very late at about 8.30pm.  Managed to hook five on midge balls including a nice brown.  Stuart caught two and Dave one.  It was a tough night with only a very brief period when the fish were up and feeding.

*Steve Samuels reported that the daytime fishing was still good in the lake.  Small beadhead nymphs have been working well for him,  letting them sink down deep followed by a slow retrieve.

Late fishing with streamers should still take a few though reports have been scarce of late from anglers who use this method.

It can take several trips to work out where and what the fish are up to, so it pays to keep trying.  If you are lucky and the weather conditions are favourable some great fishing can be had.

Areas to look at are Wangrabelle,  Seven Gates, Buckenderra, Braemar, Springwood, Yens and Cobrabald.

Lake Jindabyne:-  Jindabyne reports have been scarce again this past week but there should be some good early morning fishing and late evenings too. Streamer patterns like the fuzzy wuzzy, craigs nightime, and woolly buggers will do well after dark.  Black Muddler minnows and mudeye patterns should also catch a few.

*Have had a report this morning (22nd) of fish moving on Midge in Jindabyne with quite a few balling up.  The angler reported catching four nice fish and plenty of fish rising.

Sids and Rushes bay, Kalkite are all worth a look as is Hatchery bay, Hayshed bay and Kangaroo bay.

Lake Tantangara :No reports this week.

Trolling and Spinning 

Eucumbene:-  Eucumbene trolling has been quiet report wise and with the hot weather downrigging and leadcore trolling will do best.  Deep diving minnows on light line will get down and be succesful too.  Small stumpjumpers, Ultra deep merlins and mgraths are good options.  Rapala jointed shad raps in small sizes will also take fish.

Tassies, Lofty's and Stings on leadcore or a downrigger will take fish.  Any of the yellow wing patterns are ideal but darker purples and blacks do enjoy success when fished deep.

Boat Launching is available in many areas.  Anglers Reach, Buckenderra, Old Adaminaby, Dam wall.  

Best areas to try would be Anglers Reach, Dam Wall, and Buckenderra.

Jindabyne:- Jindabyne has continued to troll well over the last week with leadcore being the pick of the methods.

*Claire Walsh with a very nice Jindabyne brown.  A great way to christen a new boat.

Trolling in the Kalkite and East Jindabyne area is a good place to start at present. Around the township and deep drop off cliffs on the eastern side are great places to find some good browns. Creel bay and the Waste point area is another area worth working.


The bait fishing in Eucumbene has been good with many anglers catching a couple per session.  Powerbait in your favourite colour has been taking plenty of good fish and mudeyes fished deep or off the bottom is the other best bait at the moment.

There have been numbers of dragon flies on the wing so some mudeyes have certainly hatched.  Mudeye fishing will improve further over the next couple of weeks.  Fishing a mudeye on the bottom has worked well for some using a small cork float stopper to lift the bait out of the weeds.

There are hundreds of likely looking bays, soaks and corners in the lake at present but the ususal haunts of Seven Gates, Buckenderra, Cobrabald, Yens Bay, Cemetary point and Anglers Reach are the pick of the areas overall.

*Berridale local Ken Cain had a good session on Friday evening in the Buckenderra area catching three nice rainbows on sherbert powerbait.  

 Jindabyne has been a little quiet report wise but will produce some excellent bait fishing as over the weekend.  Mudeyes Grubs, and Powerbait will be the pick there.

Try areas like Rushes Bay, Hatchery Bay, The Clay pits, Curiosity rocks and Kalkite.


Lake Levels

Eucumbene   33.7%

Jindabyne    58.5%  

Tantangara     6.8%

Cheers Tom

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