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Archive Date: 27/03/2012


                                                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.

Best streams to look at are the Euc, Thredbo and Murrumbidgee.

Other rivers to fish are the   Moonbah, Snowy, Gungarlin, and a few other smaller high country creeks.


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


sturg testing peters new rod second cast fish on sorry peter sturg replied. later he got a fish on the new rod. well secondhand  



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.

A lot of visitors to the park this week Colin and Ollie caught 30 rainbows and 1 brown all on mud eyes and grasshoppers all from the bank the largest was the brown 2 1/2lbs orange and chunky cheese power bait were doing well also with other fisherman. Trolling is starting to pick up but still in the shallows with yellow wing Tassie devils,  some had success on 4gm lofty’s as well flyfisherman are still using mud eye patterns. Now for our fish of the week a nice brown  caught last night of the bank 7.7lb 69cm with a mud eye...Awesome. (Photo attached)






thanks Neil for the Report

After spending the previous weekend inside because of the excessive rain, we decided to drive to Tantangara Reservoir via Boboyan Road and try our luck fishing from the bank. 
Boboyan Road is quite rough on the ACT side but is good from Shannons Flat all the way to Adaminaby.  We arrived at Tantangara about 2.30pm and found a place to fish on the western bank opposite the boat ramp.  As the weekend was a long weekend in Canberra there were a reasonable number of people camping in area and along the foreshore.The water level has risen from 25% to over 50% in the last week so the freshly covered ground was well grassed – ideal for bait fishing.  After getting the kids organised, rods rigged and baited up, lines were finally in the water about 3.00pm.Within 10 minutes the first bite, and loss occurred.  The worms were working. Next bite, and loss was on Chunky Cheese Powerbait.  This one was a nice size rainbow, leapt out of the water and threw the hook.Lastly, a good sized brown trout (see picture) was landed. Caught on garden worms about 5 metres from the bank just on dusk.  It had been enjoying a diet of worms judging from its stomach contents.There were a lot of trout rising at sun set as the lake was calm and clear.  They were both close in and well out in the lake.




Eucumbene 59.4 %    
Jindabyne 98.9%      
Tantangara 59.4 %  

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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