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Archive Date: 02/08/2016





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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Fishing around the lake is ok at the moment with some good rainbows still coming in close now with less yabbies the rainbows are looking for whatever they can get this is why i love winter fishing so do not think that winter is here the fishing is slow to me its the best no need to go out early start around 10am till about 3pm the flies i use are bead head nymphs, fuzzy wuzzy’s, Mrs Simpsons and woolly Buggers with a really slow retrieve.

Fishing is much the same as eucumbene fish slow use the same flies you should do well. But jindabyne is at its best this time of year the water is clear and the fish are close this is where I’ll be heading sight fishing is at it’s best the fish are not as spooky, fish about the same time 10am till 3pm on a nice sunny day,
My best spots are east jindy and around at poo bay or around any little creeks that are running in that is where you will find the rainbows.

Hi guys,

Thanks for the fishing reports. I headed down to Lake Eucumbene on Friday for a day of fishing. I ended up landing two browns and a rainbow, spinning from the shore. The best fish was 55cm.



Howdy Michael,


Peter at Braemar with a fishing report for the week

Well it was another typical winter week at Braemar weather wise with stiff breezes and snow and then fine sunny days.

Not a lot of activity around the Park this past week, Ben Wright was here for a few sessions but failed to report in so I would say he didn’t get amongst the fish, however Bob and Barry from Gippsland boated in on a couple of days and reported that they had encountered quite a few fish flat lining in the sunny early afternoon conditions, they reportedly dropped about 30 fish and managed 6 fine rainbows ranging between 600gms and 1.5kg that were all returned, they had best results on #28 (which is now discontinued) # 51 and # 121.

It seems on the 2 days they visited Braemar the fish were up on the surface as they had not one touch lead lining, best action happened around midday to 2pm.

As reported a couple of weeks ago, alarge Brown had been seen cruising the margins near the Park, I observed him again at the weekend foraging around the edges, I’m guessing he is over the 2kg mark and it looks like he is keen to hang around this particular area, a well directed lure cast would probably stoke his interest, winter can provide some great sight fishing, lures generally do better than fly but you just never know, and often, the worse the weather the better the results.

The Lake is continuing to rise slowly which is good news, its unlikely to rise much now over the next few weeks as demand for power increases but we can confidently predict that we wont be seeing any record lows thankfully.

The uptake for special rates on cabin accommodation has been good, there are still some spots avaiable in late July and through August, its 30% off if you stay 3 days or more.

My mate Steve and I spent a week at Buckenderra recently for our annual Winter fish trolling Lake Eucumbene. Whilst the mornings were frosty and the air had a chill to it, we didn't see a drop of rain for the week. Every session produced fish of varying sizes and number. The rainbows were scarce, but we managed to catch some cracking browns. The best weighed in at 2.8kg. Attached is a few pictures. As usual, this was yet another most enjoyable and very productive trip to Buckenderra and the sensational Lake Eucumbene. We can't wait for our next visit. Stuart G, Somerville Vic. 


Buckenderra , 55, 36, Y48, 112,

Braemer Bay, 44, 51, 56

Anglers Reach, 96, 119, 93, 75

Seven Gates, S10, 125, 5

Tantangara, 125, 75, 96, 5

Reports are coming in that the rainbows are on the chew around Seven gates and frying pan, up around anglers reach both rainbows and browns are still active.

With the lake starting to rise thing should only get better the fish are in good condition and fighting well.

My hot spot would be around Braemer Bay and Anglers Reach.

Tantangara is still rising at a fast rate and the fishing is good with good reports on rainbows and browns but remember before going look at the weather conditions, Worth a look






Most places around eucumbene are fishing well with worms and chunky cheese power bait we are starting to get more reports on rainbows and in great condition.


Best areas are Seven gates, frying pan, Rushes, Anglers Reach and some really good reports from Braemer Bay.









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