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Archive Date: 28/02/2012




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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Rivers:- Not a lot of change in the river fishing other than to say it is very goods with plenty of hoppers to give good daytime searching and good evening rises. Dry fly fishing has been good right through the day with some nice browns to be found in the Eucumbene and Thredbo. Dry flies to use at the moment are small emergers like Klinkhamers, Blue wing olive parachutes, attractors like Wulffs and Stimulators, along with beetles and hoppers. There has been plenty of rain in the last two weeks but the rivers have been running clear.


Lake Eucumbene:- The lake is still fishing well though it has tapered off a little. We have had some very good reports despite the wet weather but if you don't find them you won't catch them. If you stand in the one spot flogging away you might catch a fish, but if you move and cover more ground you will give yourself a better chance of catching more so move around don’t stay in one spot for to long.

Daytime fishing has been harder with the evenings into dark and early mornings being better options.

There are heaps of stick caddis and snail moving out with the dropping water and the fish have been feeding hard on these. Midges are still everywhere as are hoppers.

Mudeyes have been quiet but the next two weeks should see a few more hatching. so muddlers, Fuzzy Wuzzy, brown foam mudeyes

Areas to look at are Seven gates, Buckenderra, Braemar, Cobrabald, Collingwood, Yens,.

Night fishing at Buckenderra has been good, stick caddis, Mrs Simpsons, Woolly Buggers, 


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.

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.




The bait fishing in Eucumbene has been good with many anglers catching a couple 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. Mudeye action has varied from night to night and location to location. There are mudeyes around in big numbers in some areas and the fish have been onto them. In other locales the fish have been eating water flea, daphnea, along with the odd mudeye. There are hundreds of likely looking bays, soaks and corners in the lake at present but the ususal haunts of Seven Gates, Buckenderra,    so overall the Bait fishing is still going well at Buckenderra and seven gates.


Trolling and Spinning -
 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 20-30ft doing well in the Pasture bay area. #Y62 and Y36 tassie has been a great colour off the rigger. spinning off the bank has been doing well in the afternoons with 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 of Grass.

Best lures Tassie #Y48,55,80,19,103,104,Y62,12,Y36, RMG's and minnows.

Best areas Buckenderra, dam wall, seven gates, Anglers Reach, Old Adaminaby


Jindabyne and Tantangara no Reports






From The team at Buckenderra 

 What a wild week of weather we have been having the fish have been a bit fussy but by Saturday night they were back on.

We had a fly fishing club here for the weekend it was hard work but they had some great results, during the day Bill’s Yabbie, Flash back nymph and stick Caddis and of a night Ben’s Yabbie and brown/black foam mudeyes.  Jim caught the largest one on a stick caddis a brown weighing 6 ½ lbs.

Trolling is picking up they are catching them in about 10 metres of water and most are bagging out in the 1st part of the morning Tassie devils are doing very well y48 being the pick of the lot.

On the bank it is mudeyes that have been doing exceptionally well, the new smaller bays that have appeared at Buckenderra with the water rising and at Middlingbank have been awesome. The orange salmon eggs and chunky cheese has been the popular powerbait for the week.

Have a great week



                                        You wouldn’t believe this fish took 100 metres of backing out.
                                                                                       matt sturgeon                               


Hi Mick,

Been a while since I made a contribution toward your reports. Picked this one and a number of others up out of the river on Sunday after getting a number of fish out of the lake Saturday night.




Hi Mick
Fished Eucumbene Friday night till the early hours off Saturday, Grahme
picked up this nice brown on Mudeye We also caught 5 nice Rainbows on power
bait Saturday day lost 2 nice fish (big) had no other luck during the day
until night fall, 3 more rainbows. The weather was good for fishing Friday
Saturday good for Swimming.


Hi Guys, 

Me and my mate Tim had a great couple of days on the Bidgee. Lots of browns all in excellent condition taking dries, mostly big scruffy #12 shaving brushes. Fish were everywhere in the runs pools and rapids. I landed 6 of them over the two days and lost about the same again. Also got the usual smattering of small bows.

Cheers, Mikey




                                                    sturg &  patto. patto won 5 sturg 2

Lake Levels


Eucumbene 53.7 %  
Jindabyne 80.6%       
Tantangara 22.5 %  

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

Cheers patto

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