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Archive Date: 21/08/2012

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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 ,worms,Grubs and the fly fishing has been outstanding.  Jindabyne has also fired over the weekend with some great trolling


Some excellent fishing on the weekend in the lakes. Rivers are now closed to fishing but the lakes remain open year round and will continue to fish well right through winter.
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Lake much the same over the last few weeks with great results down the bottom end of the lake good numbers of browns around the the weedy areas and rainbows down a little deeper.

The lake has been a little better in the buckenderra, Rushy's, Middlingbank, seven gates.With a few good rainbows and browns being taken in the evening. There have been some good browns and rainbows being caught. Most are around the 2lb to 3lb. Fish quality has been excellent. There are still enough of those fat browns around to keep most anglers happy. Fishing is still going well with the lake dropping a little. So start looking for some good drop-offs and weedy areas and count down your fly to see where the fish are sitting this is working very well. Now the winter has come and the river are closed the lake will fish very well this winter with the rainbows feeding well and getting fat.Remember get the wind behind your back you will get better Results.The rainbows are still feeding on midges close to the Banks but remember you must go looking for them you will get better results. 

Best flies have been woolly buggers, fuzzy wuzzy, woolly worms and beadhead nymphs Best areas have been Seven Gates, Cemetary point, Anglers Reach and Buckenderra,Rushys
Hi Guys,
I headed up to lake during the week and had a really great session from one to three o'clock. It was overcast and a bit windy but I set up on the shore the wind was coming off at seven gates and there were fish rising and nymphing steadily all around me, within a rod length of the bank. I got a few chases on buggers but no solid takes so I switched to a shaving brush with a #16 pheasant tail hanging underneath on 6 inches of line and had a great session. Plenty of takes casting half a meter in front of rises and three fish banked. Two lovely one and half pound bows and one fantastic four pound (maybe 4 1/2) brown all on the trailing nymph. All fought, jumped like mad and were in great condition. I headed home early satisfied (and late for work!) but I'm sure you could fish all evening for these guys.
Cheers Mikey 

Fly Fishing
Lake getting better every week this is the time for great  polaroiding around the lake. 
Jindabyne has been great in the evenings and there is plenty of good polaroiding opportunities when the weather is good. Searching with a woolly bugger will produce a few nice ones or just wander the bank looking for fish and cast a small wet or nymph at any fish found cruising. There is still a heap of weed in many of the bays that is drawing the fish in to the food that it holds.With good reports off Brookies and rainbows being caught around Kalkite with Brookies up to 3lb plus.Best areas are the snowy arm, kalkite,poo bay, Best fly_s woolly bugger black, B/H nymphs, remember pick your days and the fishing should be good start walking and you will see some good brown in close.So this is the best time to fish jindy now as it has been very slow for a few month now the reports have been coming in thick and fast it's a good time to see if you can catch one off these Brooke trout before they Disappear.

Polaroided Jindy cruiser brought undone by purple fuzzy wuzzy. Set free to enjoy the rest of winter. Luke Despoja.


Luke Despoja. Nice well condition bow from the J lake. Released to eat more real midges.


Trolling and Spinning
Jindabyne-: Jindy is getting better very day
Jindabyne has produced few reports this week. There are still some good fish to be caught in Jindabyne but early starts are the key to catching them.  
Especially when the weather is super calm. Some nice fish taken trolling around the outside of the weed beds in many of the bays. best areas to fish around the dam wall, poo bay down below the jindabyne club, snowline caravan Park. things have been a little slow so your lure selection is important. Blade lures and stiffy lures would do well on the big browns as will the rainbow squidies lures Rapala X-Raps and Jointed minnows are working as well. Still good reports of good fish have been court around the snowy arm and Kalkite. Reports that east Jindabyne is fishing very well
Tassie Devils 43,76,26,99,59,7,50,strike pro blades, Rainbow Squidgies x-raps,

Reports from the lake have been good.Launching access is available at Old Adaminaby, Anglers Reach, Dam Wall, Buckenderra. 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. Remember when Launching your boat or Driving around the lake you can get bogged with the edges been very soft so take care. Not much has changed over the past week but the fishing is still going well.

Tassie Devils Y36,26,Y90,BR,89,450,Y94,52,31,28,99, strike pro Blades , x-raps
sting lures 8,7,2,3,25,11
Nice brown,2072 clead weight.
five nice browns this morning all in good nick.
"looks like she out fished her husband again"


Jindabyne bait fishing:- 'bardies and worms'
Bait fishing has been excellent with some good catches of mostly Rainbows and Brook trout up to 3lb plus so this is the time to be out there if you want some good fish in Jindabyne. Power bait and Scrub worms have been the best baits. Areas to look at in Jindabyne are Kalkite, Hatchery Bay, Creel Bay, Sids Bay, Clay Pits, Stinky Bay and Hayshed Bay. Jindabyne has been fishing well so if youe have any photos you can send them to thanks
Best power bait. Pink Nuggets, Fl Orange, Lime Twist, Rainbow Candy. Worms
"it is good to see Jindy picking up some good fish"

Eucumbene bait fishing:- 'STILL GOING GREAT' worms under a bubble,bardies on the bottom has been great 
The bait fishing in Eucumbene has been very good with Powerbait taking some good catches. Worms under a bubble float have come into their own now with the cooler weather Rainbows are loving Power bait and Scrubbies in the Buckenderra arm and also Seven Gates with many anglers catching their bags. Lime twist, Fl.Orange, chunky chartreuse, Rainbow candy has been the popular favourite this week gruds have been getting some good browns and rainbows. Best areas are Seven Gates, Buckenderra, Cobrabald, Wangrabelle, Homeleigh Bay and the Dam wall.
Buckenderra has been fishing really well with worm and power bait and Grubs.
 Best tip worms under a bubble float and power bait 1 meter long lead


                                                                well done Tyler        


We bought some bait from you over the school holidays, and you said if our son caught a fish to email you the pictures, he was very excited when we said it might go up on your website.
Please let us know where it will be so we can show him.
He caught 2 fish on 2 separate occasions, photos attached.
Tyler Oliver – 5 years old - Wollongong Nsw
Thank you
Kobe Oliver

What a weekend the wind gusts were up to 45 - 50 kph with plenty of white caps on the lake.
The fisherman from the bank done really well with scrub worms as well as chunky cheese and salmon eggs power bait the largest caught was a brown  1.1kg clean with many rainbows in amongst the catch.
Trolling,  those brave enough to head out in their boats were surprisingly coming back with their bag limits and throwing back a lot more, Peter and Bob told us  rapala’s, stuckeys and stump jumpers done very well 14 brown’s and 2 rainbows the largest was a  2.5kg brown and were being caught 12-15ft deep  they were full of yabbies, others tried the Tassie devil bomber and caught a 1.3kg and 1.6kg brown. There seem to be a lot of browns caught over the week.
That’s it from the team at Buckenderra.
Have a great week


Hi guys, have been to your shop in the past, now that I reside in Cooma I will be calling in more often, tried to

upload a pic to your whats been caught album but couldn't find the link to be able to, so thought I would touch

base with this message, Cheers.." Trout caught at seven gates in the past at 3pm using chunky cheese



My Dad (Pekka), a mate (Nick) and myself spent a week down in Buckenderra in early July. We came to the shop and got some of the rapala rainbow trout lures and some Tassies. Just sending you through some photos of the bigger fish we caught. Most of the fish in the photos were caught just on night fall about 20 metres from the shore. Throughout the week we found that trolled rainbow rapala floaters did most of the damage on the browns, and trolled brown trout rapalas caught the rainbow trout. 
The big rainbow was caught again near shore but on a pink and purple Tassie Devil. See you next year most likely. Thanks for all your help getting us on to the big trout.

Matt Paavola


Eucumbene 55.1 %    
Jindabyne 86.3%      
Tantangara 22.7 % 




Hi everyone some Photo  of us Mud Crabbing  And Barra Fishing out Mud Crabbing Darwin Harbour.
Cheers Chris And Gordon


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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