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Archive Date: 05/06/2016

*Remember that from the 1st of May the size and bag limit changes in the Eucumbene and Thredbo Rivers.  From May 1 you may only keep ONE fish OVER 50cms per day in these waters.  Fisheries will be very active this season in these waters so make sure you stick to these rules and have your
fishing licence



                         Rivers are fishing well remember we only have three weeks to go.
  Reports are great from Thredbo, Ecumbene, Island Bend, Guthega and Tantangara

Monaro Acclimatisation Society calls a meeting on le access to the Eucumbene River Brown Trout Spawning Run at Denison
On Wednesday 30 March 2016 the Monaro Acclimatisation Society Inc (MAS) hosted a meeting with anglers and representatives from Snowy Hydro, Kosciuszko National Park, NSW Fisheries, NSW Maritime and the Lake Eucumbene Chamber of Commerce to try and resolve the issue of continuing environmental degradation of the Eucumbene River banks at the Denison Campground near Providence Portal, NSW.
Steve Samuels, President of the MAS said his organisation had received many calls from anglers who were concerned that the unlimited vehicle access to the river during the annual brown trout spawning run posed a threat to the river and the spawning fish. He also said that other authorities such as Snowy Hydro and NSW Fisheries had received similar calls.
The brown trout spawning run in the Eucumbene River has gained significant popularity over the last few years. Last year vehicle counts indicated that up to 140 vehicles per day were accessing the river bank at Denison, crossing the river with drivers often cutting new tracks in an effort to reach more secluded water. Kosciuszko national park authorities were also concerned over the continued illegal vehicle access to the Park from the Denison access point.
Mr Samuels said that if something was not done now to limit the damage, he was fearful that authorities would take a hardline approach in the future that might make access to this fabulous fishing event even harder.
The meeting discussed all the issues and it was clear that all present wanted to see angler participation on the river continue, but the uncontrolled vehicle access could no longer be tolerated due to the damage being done.
The obvious thing to do Mr Samuels said was to develop a car park away from the river where anglers could park in safety. This would stop the damage being done, but would also allow anglers to access the river with relative ease. While it may be a bit of a walk, he said, that is better than losing this fishery either through the spawning run being “loved to death” or a harsher measure later on when things were much worse.
The meeting members identified that if vehicles were to be directed to a designated parking area it would have to be built above the high water mark of the lake so that it did not become a navigation hazard during higher lake levels.
Mr Samuels said that the meeting resolved to progress the issue. While it is not possible to do anything for this year’s run, he said, the intention was to have the matter resolved for the 2017 run.
Mr Samuels said that he hoped all anglers would recognize the need to protect the river because without it remaining in pristine condition it places the brown trout spawning run in jeopardy. While there may be a bit of a walk in the future, he said, the benefits to anglers and the fish will outweigh any inconvenience.


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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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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 licences available through the store with Cash or EFT. We can do them online with a MasterCard or Visa only.                                           
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Fishing the Monaro is the way to go!!


Eucumbene River
Things are looking pretty good from top to bottom on the Eucumbene with most fishers doing well on bugs and nymphs best times have been early mornings and late afternoons.
At the moment it doesn’t matter where you go on the river the fishing is great so with only two weekends to go thing will only get better.
Flies Glow Bugs, Nymphs and Split Shot

Tantangara River
Just a few reports coming in but most fishers keep this quiet so from now with only tree weekends to go I am sure the river is fishing well. (Worth a look)

Thredbo River
Reports have been a little slow but after the resent rain the fish are moving best fishing spots are from the bridge down, Ski Tube and Paddy’s Corner

Island Bend
Fishing is good with good browns running up from the dam so if you're thinking about going this way it’s worth the go with less fishers and plenty of fish. (Worth looking at) 


Jack with a nice brown from the Thredbo river

Howdy Michael,

Peter at Braemar here with an updated fishing report for the week ending May 21st 2106.

Finally some stability with the Lake level this past week, it did drop sightly after last weeks increase, lets hope the plug has been put back in for a while now but significant rainfall would certainly help everyone who relies on the water for one reason or another.

The weather has been all over the place recently, with very very high winds and drizzly rain mixed with cold temps, so getting out and about was a bit of challenge indeed, as a result only a few diehards bothered to fish at our end of the Lake.

Geoff Davis was here for a 2 week period and he endured every possible weather condition conceivable, Geoff picked his days and ventured out on 5 occasions over 2 weeks and managed 23 beautiful fish, mostly rainbows up to 45cm in very good condition, some throw backs were encountered, but generally all fish were feisty and hungry, a combination of # 37, # 106 and # 13 Tassie’s proved to be successful.


The bait fishing has been a bit difficult, powerbait and chunky cheese accounted for a few fish with Daryl Suckley doing well on a couple of outings, other anglers had absolutely no luck with anything, so its a mixed bag right now like it has been for most of the season.


There have been many fish sighted cruising close to the banks in the past few days, Bryce Dodsworth  all of 5 years old, managed a very nice Rainbow last Friday spinning from the bank with a Tiger Pegron, with Grandad Michael on hand and put to shame, Michael did advise that several fish were seen making their way up Andy’s Inlet, no doubt following the trenches and Creek in preparation for some sort of spawning activity.


There are unconfirmed reports that a 5.8kg Brown was caught over near the Tolbar mid week, my source is usually reliable but at this stage no photographic evidence has been provided, although given the time of year and the Browns now in full spawning mode it is not unreasonable to think that this report is genuine.


On a side note, to all those fishing people that intend making a trip to Braemar, please be advised that there will be restricted access to the Lake from all points across Braemar and the surrounding access tracks over the next 5 weeks, the track leading through Braemar will be closed to all traffic whilst repairs and re-conditioning of the road are implemented, it is strongly advisable that anyone planning on coming to Braemar that they first check at the office or call ahead on 0264568805 to find out the updated situation on access, access will be limited to walking only, no boat access can be gained to any points at Braemar during this period, again, No Boat Access at Braemar until Further Notice.

Nice 2kg Rainbow on worms




Lake Eucumbene is still dropping but the fishing has been ok most trollers have been doing good up around anglers reach with some good rainbows and browns. Tassie’s have been going well and Rapala’s, Over at Braemer Bay thing are going well with some good browns most rainbows have been caught early in the morning again Tassie’s have been the pick. Buckenderra has been a little quiet but as we know thing can change quickly at this place so still worth trying. At frying pan things are going ok the rainbows are still hanging around so this place is worth a try early mornings are the best.
Best lures , Tassie Devils, Rapalas, 


Trolling at Jindabyne is still ok with good reports coming from Kalkite, Poo Bay, Hayshed Bay,Soak Bay and Sids Bay. Again early morning have been the best and as the day get on start moving out to the deeper waters. Best lures are, Tassie’s, Stings, Rapalas  
 DB with a nice rainbow at eucumbene

Jindabyne has been ok with some good reports coming from Kalkite, wast point, poo bay, Hatchery bay if you are fishing after 10 am go find the deeper water and try the worm under a bubble and power bait with a two meter lead don’t go out there doing the same old thing try something different longer leads and worms with a bubble float that will keep the yabbies away from your bait. Mud eye's are working well all over the lake But we are finding them hard to get. Yes we have mud eye's but running out very quickly sorry we are not taking any orders for mud eye's.
Overall the fishing is ok you just need to find the right time and spot and that would be late afternoons and in the deeper bays.


is fishing a little slower then Jindabyne at the moment as we all know it's dropping at a fast rate so keep out of the bays and go look for some deeper water and if you are going to fish bays look for the gully’s after the rain last night you should find some fish holding up in these areas. Worm are still working ok but like Jindy try the worm under a bubble float and if you going to use power bait you will need about a half of a meter lead mud eye's are going well but at the moment we are finding them hard to get. Best bait Mud eye's. Again the fishing is ok you just need to look for the deeper bays and fish in the gully’s 




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