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Archive Date: 24/08/2016




An end of season reflection: Support to save Dennison Flats!

Hi guys. Fantastic to see the Press Release regarding plans to limit access to the Eucumbene around Dennison flats. A much-needed outcome: accolades to all of the stakeholders that met and agreed on what is the only way forward.
myself and angler friends are also concerned about the increasing damage which has been occurring around the river. However, aside from the sheer volume of angler traffic, unfortunately there’s a rogue element which is accelerating the degradation of, what is after all, our National Park:

The last day of the season was relatively quiet. Sunny skies and clear water conditions required a lot of persistence to locate fish, let alone catch one! A mate and I still enjoyed ourselves of course – as there is always a new challenge or unexpected condition to adapt to (or at least try to!). After wrapping up in the early afternoon, we decided to have a quick look around the upper crossing. Unfortunately we avoid that area these days because of the carpark and the crowds. Motorhomes, tent cities, campfires, stubbies, plastic water bottles, nests of tangled 20lb fishing line…we’ve seen it all. Anyway, before we were within eyesight of the crossing, we heard the collective roar of diesel and petrol engines. Was there some kind of major recovery underway?

As we walked over the rise, two vehicles completed their last couple of donuts. Chunks of sod, mud…sub-alpine grassland, were flying everywhere. The area adjacent to the crossing was literally being shredded. The vehicles soon re-grouped with a few others before tearing off over the hill with more unnecessary wheel-spinning. A nearby angler had seen everything. The group had become bored and had been challenging each other to see who could complete the most laps of the area in 2WD without getting bogged. Two vehicles had even been strapped together by the bull-bars to play tug-of-war. Here’s a couple of pics the area after they departed.

Unfortunately the existing access equates to access for every level of mentality. Whilst the vast majority of like-minded angler folk value the beautiful river and the National Park – and the browns! – and rainbows - there an unfortunate minority who do not, and will trash everything without a fleeting thought.

Until now I’ve certainly appreciated being able to access the river area with my own 4WD. Like most like-minded anglers, I’ve done so with due care and respect. I fully acknowledge however, that given the increasing volume of traffic, it would be far better for the river and our wonderful sport, if we were to walk instead. Not only will it preserve the delicate environment, but it will spare our precious fishery from that unfortunate minority who aren’t real anglers at all, because they will drop their clutch and rip up everything in their path if the fishing isn’t easy enough for them! 

Access must be restricted by establishing a car park back toward the campground. Let’s all walk – for the fishery and our sport.

Best wishes,




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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Fly fishing has picked up in the last few weeks with some good results coming from Anglers Reach, Braemer Bay, Buckenderra and Seven gates.
After all the rain we have had things are Improving out wide and in close with rainbows and browns most fishers are using large wet flies out in the deeper waters and in close the nymphs seem to be doing the job on the browns out in the deeper waters big woolly buggers and fuzzy’s and yabbie flies are working well at a really slow retrieve.
If you are walking the edge look for the gully’s use a bead head flie let it drop retrieve slow the fish are there with all the rain there is plenty of food laying around.
Overall the fishing is picking up the lake is rising and the weather is looking good. Remember the better fishing days are the bad days so do not let the weather put you off.

Jindabyne is fishing really well with good results coming from most parts of the lake, this is the time to start walking and looking for the big browns now they have finished spawning.
Best places are poo bay, waste point, hatchery bay, east jindy, kalkite,
Overall jindy is fishing well fish are in close and moving around looking for food unlike eucumbene fish jindy on a nice sunny day sun behind your back and keep moving look for them do not stand around waiting go to them!! 

Hi Mick,
Thanks for selling me those olive green and brown bead head woolly buggers. Finally caught my third trout on fly (and first fly fishing trout in Jindabyne). Hardly a monster but very happy nonetheless.

Trolling has been good with some good browns and rainbows trolling around the deeper waters have been the pick for most boats with some really good browns taking the spotted dog Rapala lures. Tassie Devils have been working well close to the shore line this is where you will find the rainbows. There has not been any best areas on the lake it’s been fishing well all over the place in deep and shallow waters. Fishing early morning has been the best but with all this bad weather the fishing has been good all day and if the wind comes up try trolling into the wind with Tassies results have been good!!

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Trolling is picking up at the lake with good results coming from waste point, Kalkite, East Jindy, Dam will and down passed the bowling club most trolling has been out around 30 meters from the shore line. Much the same as eucumbene trolling with Spotted dogs and tassies have been the pick early mornings and from 2pm till dark if you can handle the cold. From now on you should start seeing better results on the troll now the brown are back down from the spawn run.





Peter at Braemar here with a fishing report for the week.


Stable weather and fine conditions greeted most late week anglers after early week wind and rain, the Lake has risen nicely over the past 3 weeks and it seems it has encourage a few fish to get out and about, some very nice Browns and Rainbows have been cruising the edges in search of a quick feed, anglers casting bank based lures such as Pegron, Toby’s and flashy metal lures have brought some good results, although some reports coming in suggest that the fish are still a bit tentative and will readily chase a lure but not actually attack it, that will all change over the next couple of weeks as their aggression levels increase with a quest for food.


Sergey from Sydney once again had a successful few days landing 5 fish using a combination of power bait and worms, his best fish was  brown a bit over the Kilo mark with some nice Rainbows also encountered, Daryl Suckley had a successful morning landing a Rainbow within 2 minutes of setting up his gear and the Harrington boys caught a lovely 48cm Brown on a Cherry Blood near the Dam wall in roughish conditions.


From mid August to late October the fish will be most active after their spawn duties, generally at Braemar the bank based fishing will be best from now until late September with land based lure fishing also being the best bet until late October, the trolling will improve as the water warms up a bit and some clarity returns, there will be very successful days mixed up amongst some ordinary days for the trolling brigade, my advice is to come prepared for all forms of angling which should bring some results, the fly-fishing will be very hit and miss until there is some consistent warmth in the air, one thing is for sure though, it can be a very exciting time of year for all anglers.


Pictured below is Sergey with his nice Brown caught on power bait and Peter Harrington with his 48cm Brown.




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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