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Archive Date: 03/05/2012



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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 Maritimes are out. 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:

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Hi guys,
Could you post this on the report site to see if anyone can help?
About a month and a half ago (early -mid March), I lost a pair of glasses at the end of Middlingbank. They were black framed Oakley wrap around glasses with a clear lens. I've only just realised that I've lost them. If anyone has picked them up, I'd really appreciate it if they could contact me on 0401 963 876. I'll pay for postage if the finder is willing to part with their find.




Headlines:  Fishing reports have been good again this week.  The lakes have provided the most reports and  Eucumbene has produced yet again with some excellent baitfishing with Mudeyes,worms,Grubs and the fly fishing has been outstanding.  Jindabyne has also fired over the weekend with some great trolling





 Rivers:-   most spawning rivers are fishing well with good numbers of Browns running up the Eucumbene and Thredbo with many reports of fisherman catching fish up to 8lb plus.

we had a good reports of fisherman useing two Nymphs and picking up some good fish. Nymphs will really come into their own over the next few weeks in the lower and higher reaches of the Thredbo and Eucumbene. Black and Brown Nymphs are the pick of the flies. now the spawn run has started there will be plenty of people about so give everyone plenty off room on the river and Enjoy your day out. Remember from the first of may you are only allowed One fish over 50cm in the main spawning Streams. so if any one does get a good Brown send us a photo to 

Best areas to fish are all over the Eucumbene River and the Thredbo up past the hatchery and around paddys corner best Rig is a Glow Bug with a Nymph Below if you find the fish are a little spooky two Nymphs will work well.

Remember the weather can change quick so take warm clothing and let someone now where your going best been safe then sorry.

The high country rivers have really fished well this season with most fish taking . adams parachute,  yellow stimulators , royal humpies , royal wulfs , elk hair caddis , red tags , adams , klinkhammers.

most of the smaller steams will start getting harder to fish in the next few weeks with the colder weather moving in so get out there why you can and enjoy them why you can.

Hi Mick
You asked and here you go. A nice brown of around 2kgs from the lake yesterday morning. Missed a few others and dropped a few as well. The river was just a little too busy for my liking. In fact I haven’t seen a crowd like it before, even on opening or closing weekend. I suppose that’s what happens when the lake is up higher than has been for the 8 or 9 years and there is less river to fish.
Kieran O'Shannassy  pic Below


Lake Eucumbene:- Some very nice rainbows coming in over the last few weeks.Many people are fishing around midday and getting good results Many of these fish are taking Mrs Simpsons, Hammills Killers,B/H Nymphs black, brown, Green. The rainbows seem to come in and feeding in close all day.The rising lake levels have really got the fish feeding so if your going fishing on the Lake this is the time to be there around 10am till dark.the Rainbows are getting fat and feeding on any thing they can get Grasshoppers, Mudeyes, snails, Midge,most reports are coming in fisherman are catching them around 10am to 7pm. if you have a Boat get out there into the windlanes you will be suprised how many fish you will pick up. good news is the browns have been moving around aswell with good repors around Yens, seven Gates, Rushys most been court on woolly buggers black, brown, olive

Best flys are woolly worms, woolly buggers, B/H black Nymphs black, brown, Green, Mrs Simpsons.

Best areas to fish are Rushys, seven gates, Yens,

Lake Jindabyne:- not many reports from jindy so if anyone has any reports send them to


Tantangara:- good reports are starting to come out of the great Lake the fly fisherman are picking up some good rainbows and browns best fly’s are Woolly Worm black, Mrs Simpsons, Woolly Buggers black, Olive, brown.

Baitfishing :- Mudeyes,worms, Grubs and power bait . These are without doubt the best bait in Eucumbene at present

The bait reports have been out of control!

 the better catches have been with the bubble float and the Mudeye but remember mudeyes are hard to get now so if you can get them they will pick up most of the fish.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.we have been getting good reports off browns taking Grubs and worms the Rainbows are still going on power Bait best colours are Rainbow, chunky cheece, sherbert, fl orange

last few reports have been good worms, Grubs and power bait Have been picking up some good fish try a worm under a bubble float you will be suprised how well it works.

best place to fish is seven gates, yens, Anglers Reach, Middlinbank,

· Trolling and Spinning 

Eucumbene:-   Reports from the lake have been ok.Launching access is available at Old Adaminaby, Anglers Reach, Dam Wall . With cooler conditions there should be a few more fish taking shallow running minnows and Tassie Devils, strike pro blades and XRap Rapalas, RMG Scorpions this week.  

Mostly flatline tassies and small minnows. There are fish in close and on top early in the day but as the sun gets up going wider and deeper is the best bet.


Tassies in, Y05, Y48, Y90, 26, Y36, 103, 48,  and most of the new Tassie are getting some good fish. and any of the yellow wing patterns have been excellent S12 is working well.  Dual Depth versions are a good option for getting down a fraction Stinger Lures are 10, 8, 1, 21, 3, 17, 15, 11, best in the Lofty’s Cobra Lures are 48, 37, 25, 69, 71, 10, 100, good time to start useing rainbow Squidgys with a 2gram jig head

RMG Scorpions in any colour have really caught some fish of late. 

Best areas have been Anglers Reach, Seven Gates, Waiunui, Collingwood, Coppermine and Main basin.


spinning in the Rivers have been picking up some good fish up Eucumbene useing Rapalas, X-Raps, and Rainbow Squidgys. up the Thredbo much the same.

JINDABYNE:-As in Eucumbene fishing both surface lures and lures on lead core or a down rigger is the best bet for catching a few fish.  Reports do suggest deeper rather than shallower is a little more consistent. 

The quality of some of the fish has been good.Best spots to troll have been Sids Bay, Creel Bay, the bank between  Sid's and Kalkite and the East Jindabyne, west shore Bays, Hayshed Bay.

Remember if your up at jindy fishing we would like some Reports Just send them to some photos thanks.

best Lures are Rapalas, X-Raps, Blades, Rainbow Squidgys


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Hi Mick
Just a quick fishing report from Talbingo dam on the weekend, fished sue city end Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning for four nice brown trout ranging from 45cm to 65cm ,The largest trout went 7lb and was caught by my wife on her favourite Tassie devil. She out fished me again. The other trout were caught on red and black duel depth and luminous blue great time had.
Talbingo doesn’t get much of a mention, but is it the most scenic and challenging trout water to fish.
Ryan Payne.pic Below


Many thanks Michael,

I would prefer to pay for them than trying to dig them in the National Park as highlighted in my email. They have served me well over the years as a bait and don't intend to change. Was hard enough converting to synthetic baits. Never done any good with Yabbies, Grubs, and Mudeye keep hatching on me over Scrubbies are a bait of choice, sometimes hard to get a reliable supply.

Will see you in the next couple of weeks.........

Alan, pics Below


 Hi mick

Cobrabald Bay (various locations)  - Lake Eucumbene,

42 trout landed between 7 of us, 5 lost not including the 3 rainbows my wife Narelle put back all in succession on Friday as she didn't' like her coffee breaks being interrupted by rainbows on her rod. All 2 pound Rainbows I might add. She is a trout fisherman's daughter and has caught more trout than she can count, and likes her pre prepared plunger coffee from the thermos, lol.

Mostly very healthy Rainbows between 1 & 1/2 pound to 3 Pound. 2 nice Brown's 1 & 1/2 pound and a 2 pounder, half male half female. Tuesday was good all day, Wednesday Thursday and Friday were good all day.


Imagine being at the waters-edge at Cobrabald Bay an hour before dusk, you've been there for 3 hours already just watching the trout feed. The afternoon has been a mix of scudding little drizzly showers punctuated late in the afternoon by the bursts of the last of the sun's golden rays as it sinks behind Mt Cobrabald. The Lake is like now a mirror.

@5PM there is every colour in the clouds from black, all the gray's, deep dark dark blues, oranges', pinks' and mauves' and white wispy edges where the holes are through to still bright blue sky appear.( The cereal crop cockies to the West have been darning of the summer trash weed growth for the last 3weeks and the atmospheric colours at dawn and dusk are more intense). The mottled drab and wet greens of the gums and scrub and the light browns and oranges and reds and blacks of the rocks and earth on the far bank are all still visible. Like a Ernest Buckmaster or Charles Condor painting of a very moist Autumn High Country evening but in real 3D 'pinch yourself life'.

There is a rainbow from a drizzly sun shower in the middle of the lake cast from a big black cloud above and to the left and the rainbow reflection travels on the mirror like lake surface all the way to our feet.(No camera in hand as it was drizzling from 2 PM and I thought it would get wet).

The Brindabella Ranges to out left 100 Kms away are in full sunlight.

The air is full of tiny emerald green and black Caronamid  trying to hang in our warmer air thats directly above each person, as well as rolling waves of white emergers that drift down (on the puffs of westerly that is still faintly noticeable) rolling lower and lower until on the water. Trout are rising too within 10 feet of the bank and there are now 4 trout per 10 square metres rising, fining, slurping, gulping, smashing, jumping and your 2 oldest children, Bethany (13) and Jacob (11) - rods in hand are standing transfixed, speechless, spellbound, motionless by the increasable majesty of the awe thats taking place in front of them.

That was my pleasure on Friday night followed by 2 reel screams. Beth hooked up and landed a 2 & 1/2 pound Rainbow and I got a 3 pounder. My beautiful Jacob was ecstatic clapping his hands above his head and patting Bethany on her back. Beth' was jumping up and down with joy "My second rainbow my second rainbow".

After being very sick for 10 years I never ever thought I would ever be well enough to go back to Eucumbene again.

Every year over the last 10,  I grieved through Spring Summer and Autumn knowing and hearing and imagining the hatches, because I thought I would never be able to teach my boys and girls how to Fly fish, bait fish or troll baits and lures successfully from a boat let alone boat-craft skills or bank fishing. Even 3 days before this trip I was too sick to travel and thought it wouldn't happen.

All my hopes and dreams to teach my kids how to fish seems to be possibly on the horizon now.


Just to even stand at the water's edge for one evening with my two biggies and witness them see with their own eyes a magnificent hatch was joy immeasurable, and that was Fridays hatch.

Mondays hatch of that same week covered the entire Lake surface and on Tuesday and Wednesday morning the shoreline was centimetres deep and up to a foot wide in places of where dead Chironomid half the size of a baby mosquito have washed ashore.

This was my immense pleasure on Friday night.

Something I don't think I will ever forget, laser etched into my RNA of my memory. I'm going to try and paint it.
The long range forecast for May sais wet wet wet.

God is Good.

Life is joy.




Alistair Mills


thanks for all the fishing Reports well done  

Eucumbene 61.3 %    
Jindabyne 91.0%      
Tantangara 33.0 %  


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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