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Archive Date: 22/03/2012


                                                Excellent Fishing


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 great deal of change in the river fishing which has still been excellent.  Levels have had a top up with recent rain and this augers well for the spawning season.    The Thredbo and Eucumbene have both been fishing well.  We should see some good day time hatches with the cooler evenings.  Nymphs will start to be a good choice of fly at this time, but be prepared to change to a dry if fish start taking off the top.

On the Eucumbene the fishing has been similar to that in the Thredbo.  Searching or casting at a sighted fish with a dry has been working well in the glides and slow pools.  A dry indicator with a weighted nymph has been the best option in the faster runs at the head of pools.

Nymphs will really come into their own over the next few weeks in the lower reaches of the Thredbo and Eucumbene.  Pheasant tails, Hare & Copper, Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear, Black and Brown Nymphs are the pick of the flies.  With the Spawn run not too far away any rain in these areas will see fish starting to build in the river mouth areas too.

Smaller high country streams have still been producing over the last week, with a nice still warmish day making the ideal scenario in these cooler streams.  Small dries or nymphs are the go here.

remember all streams are running well and high so watch your step and be safe.




Lake Eucumbene:-  Mudeye hatches have picked up . Location is all important.  Bays with lots of grass weed are ideal and rocky points adjacent to these bays being very good too.  The bottom end of the lake has been excellent including Braemar, Coppermine, Collingwood, Waiunui Buckenderra, Rushy Plains, Sevengates, are the best options.

Look for areas with some depth as the really shallow areas seem to be holding less fish.

The Rainbows have really put on some great condition over the last few weeks as have the majority of Browns.   

there has been a few Reports off people driving to close to the lake and getting bogged so it pays to get out off the car and have a good look around. it can be a long walk home if you don't look.

best fly's are Fuzzy Wuzzys, Criag Nightime, Mrs Simpsons, Woolly Buggers Black, Brown, Olive



Hi Guys,


I have attached some photos and a report as you requested. I fished mostly around Buckenderra.

Saturday evening was quite good with all the fly fisherman onto fish with the trout showing no real preference to flies. The secret seemed to be to get them down a bit and fish slow. I stayed out and did the midnight shift hooking an absolute monster right on midnight on a cordulid, which I lost near the bank on  snag. Sunday was slow with tonnes of boat traffic and lots of fisherman staking out spots on the bank. Got a few hits while fishing really deep during the day but didn’t land anything. The southerly blew up in the arvo and the fishing died with it. Monday morning I was back into fish again but the snags were wreaking havoc again I did manage to land this good brown around 7 am on a bead head tom jones (not sure what it weighed). The fish seem to be in all the likely places, I did find it pretty important to fish on the windward shores though and to muscle the fish as with the lake rising so fast, if they got down they would bury you in a combo of thistles, briar and timber. Thanks again for your help. Having not ever fished the lake outside of winter I found your advice invaluable.


 Ben Elliott


Trolling and Spinning 

Eucumbene:-  Eucumbene trolling reports have been better with some nice fish in the Buckenderra arm. Flat lined tassies in yellow or Green have been working well.

Best Lurers are Tassie #Y48,55,Y36,19,103,104,Y62,27,Y36,strike pro Blades rainbow Rapalas, X-raps

Cowbells and fordfenders with mudeyes have turned up a few fish too.

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

Best areas to try would be Collingwood,  Coppermine, Buckenderra and Angler's Reach.


Lake Jindabyne:-  Reports from Jindabyne have suggested that fishing down deep is the best bet at present.  With cooler nights the edges should fish well early in the day.   Small wets and searching with Woolly Buggers will find a few fish.  A Mudeye pattern after dark in the evenings should turn up a few good fish also.

Best areas to look at in Jindabyne are Kalkite, Curiosity Rocks, Hayshed and Hatchery Bay.

Tantangara no Reports

Baitfishing :- Mudeyes,  and dare I say it again, Mudeyes.  These are without doubt the best bait in Eucumbene at present

While worms, grubs and Powerbait can and have produced, the better catches have been with the bubble float and the Mudeye.

There have been some good hatches this week and the fish are well and truly on them.  The last hour or two of daylight have been the best but you will get fish right through the day.  A mudeye under a bubble is the best way and greasing your line to float is a definite advantage.  You do need to keep an eye on your float at all times as the fish can sometimes be very subtle in their takes.Light leaders and small hooks are very important also, if you are fishing during the brighter part of the day.  And running the Mudeye a little deeper at these times is also a good idea.

best areas are Buckenderra, seven gates, Dam wall, Remember if your not getting fish after an hour or so move.

Buckenderra Holiday Village

What a  perfect way to finish a great week the weather was awesome and the fishing FANTASTIC.

We had lots of visitors and a lot of fish were caught the majority from the bank.

Early morning and in the evening they were biting, sherbet power bait was the popular choice  for the weekend and with mudeyes you could not go wrong.

Trolling was closer to the bank no reports of any fish caught deep and Tassie devils with pink in them were lucky.

Fly-fishing mud eye patterns were used and the largest trout caught was a brown 54cm and 5lb clean. Majority  of the fish  over the weekend were rainbow between 30-35cm long and very healthy they have so much feed with the lake rising a lot of reports were the fish were full of worms.

The lake is at 57.9% and still rising.

Happy Fishing everyone and hope to see you soon.

From the Team at Buckenderra



Buckenderra Holiday Village

Telephone: 02 6453 7242

Freecall:  1800 339 461



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                            8am – 4pm Sat and Sun

thanks Terri for your support

Hi, mick

My name is Paul McLeod.  I am the guy from Canberra who dropped in about 9.00am on Saturday morning to pick up an annual license, some mud-eyes, floats and hooks.  Thought I'd let you know how it went - all grist for the mill in your fishing report.

I really enjoyed my first fishing trip to Eucumbene.  I went to Angler's Reach about half a mile south from the boat ramp.  Started fishing around 10.00am.  After the first cast with a mud-eye about a metre under the float you sold me, I set up the rod, and went back to the car to pick up a few things.  Came back 3 minutes later and there was a very, very nice fish jumping around at the end of my line.  As long as my fore-arm and quite fat too.  Unfortunately, he had swum behind a floating log and my line had snagged .  Spent the next 15 minutes trying to pull the log in - on a 6lb line.  I was making progress, all the time with the fish jumping about on the other side of the log.  I nearly had the log close enough to jump it and unsnag the line, and I lost him.

Next cast, same rig, hooked up again, but he threw the hook after about 10 seconds.

Then things went quiet for an hour, so I decided to move somewhere facing south because the wind was from the north.  Went to the little bay near the Old Cemetery near Old Adaminaby.  Mudeye under a float - nothing.  Tried a few lures - nothing. 

Then I went to Old Adaminaby about 500 metres west of the boat ramp.  Same rig, mudeye under a float.  Hooked another nice fish about 40 yards off the beach - around 2.30pm, and landed this one - 2.4 lb thank you very much.  Tonight's dinner.  After that, it was pretty quiet.  One hook up an hour later but the threw me pretty quickly.

So, that was it.  Lessons for next time?  Get fishing earlier, have everything ready to go from the first cast, and think about the wind if you're fishing light tackle off the beach.

Thanks again for your help yesterday.  See you next time.


thanks for the Report Paul

Eucumbene 58.2 %    
Jindabyne 100.0%      
Tantangara 52.8 %  

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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