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Archive Date: 20/02/2012


                                                         TOM BAXTER
                                        WHERE THE BLOODY HELL ARE YA !!


We are getting a lot of feed back from the Seven Gates area about fires and rubbish left all over the place.
Please be mindful to take your rubbish with you and clean up after yourself.


Please be sure to carry your PFD & fishing licences as NSW Maritime are out at Christmas time. Nsw fisheries inspectors are working the Snowy Mountains area during the peak holiday season. So remember if you do not have a current fishing licence and on your person you will be fined. So for the sake of 5 minutes do yourself a favour.

Maritime services are on the lakes, So make sure you water craft are up to par with current safety standards, if you are not sure contact Ph 13 12 56 or website:

FISHING LICENCES These are available online and you can purchase them directly from the NSW fisheries website with a credit card. Click on this link below.

Note: We do not have hand written licences available through the store with Cash or EFT. We can only do them online with your MasterCard or Visa in the shop.

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Sunday 8am -4:30pm



Rivers:-  Eucumbene 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. 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.Nymphs have been doing well in many streams .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.

has been great as have many of the smaller high altitude streams.  Dry fly fishing has been excellent though nymphs are also a great option to use and have been catching good fish.  Try any small emerger patterns, stimulators, humpy, klinkhamer and nymphs.The Moonbah, Murrumbidgee, Gungarlin, Eucumbene, Thredbo are all great rivers to have a look at over the weekend.

Tantangara fishing the upper bidgee is fishing well with some good Browns and Rainbows on Klinkhamers, nymphs, Adams tip light tippet and a strike indicator.


Lake Jindabyne:-
  Jindabyne has been quiet report wise though there are bound to be a few good browns and nice rainbows to be found.   Eucumbene may well be a better option being that the lake is rising over grass rather than the mostly rock and sand at Jindabyne.
so if you like fishing jindabyne late night fishing should get you better results, black muddler minnows, Fuzzy Wuzzy, and black woolly Buggers, B/H nymphs.

fly fishing Lake Eucumbene:-
reports from Eucumbene continue to be good.  Fish on midges and small wets have been common. 
The lake is looking fantastic at Buckenderra, Seven Gates, and Yens Bay  with lush grassy bays and quite a few fish moving in them early and late. A Midge pupa, Stick caddis, or small Nymph and Fuzzy Wuzzys fished with a slow twitchy retrieve will produce in these areas.  A beetle pattern on wind lanes during the day is another successful method at this time of year.  Woolly Buggers at other times of the day and especially off deeper rocky points can turn up some nice Browns. most Browns have been cought through the day around Rushys and seven gates just remember the hotter it gets the harder the fishing so pick your times for fishing you will get better results.
at night time, black muddlers, criags nightime, wuzzy wuzzys ,tome jones, black B/H Nymphs and foam mudeyes olive and Brown.
Best areas to fish are buckenderra, Rushys, seven gates, remember keep the wind behind you. you will get better results.


Trolling and Spinning
 Eucumbene:-   Eucumbene trolling reports have been reasonable with most anglers being able to turn up a few fish.
Downrigging has been the best method with tassies run down at 22-30ft doing well in the Pasture bay area.  #89 and Y82 tassie has been a great colour off the rigger.spinning off the bank has been doing well in the afternoons with Celtas, snowy minnow, and small Tassies
Other anglers have picked up a few on leadcore and even flat lines.  With the water temps up and bright sunny days there is no doubt that deep trolling is the best method at present.
best areas to troll are around the points or in deep bays where there is a plenty off grass.
Best lures Tassie #89, Y82, 26, 48, Xraps, RMG's and minnows.
Best areas Buckenderra, dam wall, seven gates
Jindabyne and Tantangara no Reports


Baitfishing :-  Mudeyes have been a key bait over the last week though Powerbait is doing exceptionally well in Eucumbene.  The Gulp Chunky Chartreuse been the Best and the new salmon Eggs red and yellow+Orange.

Mudeyes are catching some good Rainbows and Browns, burdie grubs are picking up some good Browns on the bottom.

Best areas around Eucumbene :- Buckenderra, seven gates, anglers Reach, dam wall

Best areas around Jindabyne    :- Poo Bay, snowline, Kalkite, waste point,



 Buckenderra fishing report

We had a great weekend at Buckenderra the weather was perfect the lake is still at 53.4%. We had some nice fish caught of the bank a little small but still in good condition powerbait colours rainbow, sherbert, chunky cheese and orange powerbait. Mudeyes were doing very well later in the day and scrubworms during the day.As the water temperature warmed up trolling was in the deeper water the largest over the week was a nice brown 5lb on a Tassie devil.Fly fisherman are still catching plenty Josh caught a brown on a caddis moth other fly’s are Craigs night time and red black fuzzy wuzzy most were caught at Wainui bay later in the day.

Happy Fishing

From the Team at Buckenderra

Hi all.
Members from the Albury Commercial club Fishing section fished Anglers reach last weekend most fish were around the 20ft mark the early risers doing better  browns and rainbows up to 45cm most were 35cm best colours were lofty 100y ,sting lures in brown /black and red body and with yellow wings ,targeted the narrows up to the portal. Bait fishing produced nice rainbows up to 45cm on mudeyes.
Picture of Megan with her 42cm brown and a 43cm rainbow
Cheers Adrian                                  

Hi Mick,
Been fishing the lake on and off recently. As always, fish are not in every location so you have to go looking for them. Middlingbank, Buckenderra and Rushy's areas fishing well with wooly buggers, nymphs, midge pupae being their undoing. A small dry is also working on the evening midge hatch. A reminder to bait anglers of the wisdom in setting lines and then wondering off or taking a snooze: your traps catch birds who then suffer for hours whilst you sleep.
Caught this strange looking water creature...


Angler's Reach Session
Hi guys, a quick report from Eucumbene. Headed down on Tuesday 24 Jan to Anglers Reach for a downrigging session. Ended up with 7 rainbow between 500 and 700 grams and two nice browns for the day. All fish caught at 30 feet on Canberra Killer tassies and one we call the traffic light tassie. All the rainbows were full of midge pupae and the browns, yabbies - what else? A great day.  Harry and Tony (Canberra)

Hi Patto 
A few photos from Rio San Jose which is about 800k's South of Metan where we live.  Spent the day there with the brother in law as part of a family holiday in Villa Carloz Paz.  Brother in law forgot to take his trout gear (silly boy) so sharing the rod we caught nine for the day.  No size but a bit of fun and first fish for 2012.  Wulff's, buggers and beadhead nymphs did the job.




Lake Levels


Eucumbene 53.5 %  
Jindabyne 80.5%       
Tantangara 26.5 %  

Got any reports from the local lakes ? If so, email them along with pictures to for inclusion in our weekly report.

sorry there will be no fishing report for 2 weeks
Cheers patto

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