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Archive Date: 12/07/2004
Bonus release of 'monster salmon' into Lake Jindabyne
They'll be getting hungry now !
The odds grew even better for Snowy anglers this winter, with the first of 200 extra monster Atlantic salmon released into Lake Jindabyne last month.
Director-General of NSW Fisheries, Steve Dunn, released the Atlantic salmon, which are already legal size and weigh up to 7kg each.
These salmon have previously been used in the hugely successful fish stocking program at the Gaden Trout Hatchery, just outside Jindabyne, Mr Dunn said.
Now they will help boost the popular angling season in the Snowy region over winter, which sees anglers flock to Lakes Jindabyne and Eucumbene and Talbingo Dam.
Full details at http://www.fisheries.nsw.gov.au/gen/news/fb_04jun11_bonus.htm
Rivers:All general trout streams are now closed to all fishing until Saturday the 2nd of October 2004 ( Start of the October longweekend).However our lakes are open all year round with some of most consistant coventional fishing on Lake Eucumbene and Lake Jindabyne occuring over winter.
Eucumbene: There's still some nice rainbows being caught down around Buckenderra, Frying pan and Breamar Bay. The Eucumbene dam wall is also a reliable area through winter, and well worth a look on a bright day. The winter polaroiding along the wall was quite good last winter on the rainbows .For those who are prepared to put in the time and dress accordingly, we'll still see some good fish caught from around the Eucumbene river mouth right through winter as well. You can still fish this area so long as your are outside of any visible flow - which is basically below the last set of rapids in the river all year round. So once the browns have gone, you'll see some BIG rainbows come through in July, August and September.
Jindabyne: We have had a few fly anglers out for a look on the lake over the last two weeks with mixed reports. We should see the bulk of the browns start to drop out of the Thredbo this month, and the polaroiding kick in. With the lake now down to around 50% the level will be good this season - all we need is a BIG high pressure system on the map.We'll keep you posted once we get some feedback.David Jones from Sydney fished Waste point with B/H Wooly buggers for a 1.5kg rainbow and a 2.5kg salmon !
The trolling remains very good on both lakes with some great reports over the last week.Most fish have been coming in on flat lines with cobra's.The best colours in the Tassie's have been Col 19, 55,64,67,89,FLP and Y82.Our own Alpine Cobras have also developed quite a following with the Alpine Attractor, Pink wings, pink bits, black hole and midnight special all fishing well of late. Minnows are also always worth having in your spread with RMG Scorpions, baby merlins, Attacks and Rapala's all worth a swim. Best colours are rainbow and browns trout patterns, tigers and pink/violets. The rebel crick hoppers also continue to fish well with the black one being the pick along with the Smilin jack version in black/gold. Running 3 colours of leadline can also help pull a few fish through out the day, getting your lures down around the 3 metre mark.Chris & Warren Hart,David Do and Ben from Canberra trolled around teh Tolbar area across from Breamar Bay for 21 rainbows and 1 brown averaging 1kgs over 4 days.The boys ran both lead and flatlines with Tassies in Col Y48 and S12 as well as our own Alpine bomber, Sting "glo-grub" and perch scale flatfish.Alan Hocking fished out from Buckenderra with our own "Black Hole" cobra and Squidgy fish for 3 rainbows to 1.2kgs.Local boys Graig and David also trolled the Middlingbank arm Sunday with yellow wing Tassies for a 1.5kg brown and 2 1kg rainbows.
Jindabyne: Again we have had quite good reports from those out trolling when the weather has been suitable. Best areas have been around the Islands in front of the main township, Rushes/Sid's bay at East Jindabyne, Creel bay and around Waste point and the Western side up around Kalkite.We should also start to see some of the BIG salmon turning up from now on in as they'll be pretty hungry by now !
Plastics & trout: We are now getting consistent reports back in from those anglers experimenting with soft plastics on the trout. The best combinations so far have been with No4 Squidgy fish fished of 1/4 oz heads, No 2 Squidgy fish fished on TT Rev heads, Atomic 2" fat grubs fished on 1/8 heads and Berkeley 3" drop shot minnows fished on 1/11 oz heads and Storm pre-rigged Wild eye Ripp'in-shads. These can all be fished either casting or trolling - with even more action being added with the use of the fantastic Wiggle fin Action Discs. We're happy to show you how to rig these up - so just ask next time your in and after a change of technique.
Jesse Hajdu from Bawral NSW with his 1st ever rainbow trout - 1.25kgs caught with a bardie grub at Anglers Reach.
We have seen some great fish caught over the last few weeks, and only expect to see it continue .The best reports have been from anglers fishing with bardie grubs, using a Power bait dropper (pictured below). This rig has really proven itself over the last few seasons; with both options you really have it covered. Power bait naturally floats, so the distance you make your dropper is the distance you can expect your Power bait to be above the bottom. This means that fish will find your bait a lot quicker even if you have cast into weeds. If they don't eat the Power bait they have found your main bait a lot quicker. Scrub worms can also be fished instead of the Bardie grub, being a cheaper alternative. Best colours in the Power bait have been Orange, Sherbet, Lime twist and rainbow. The hook is important when fishing with Power bait and we get a special "single egg" pattern in from Gamakatsu just for the job - which has a short shank and ultra wide gape. Feel free to ask us to go over the rig next time your in if still unsure. Glen Hadju and his 7 year old son Jesse fished out form Anglers Reach over the weekend with bardie grubs and Powerbait for 6 rainbows and 2 browns, with Jessie landing his 1st ever rainbow trout of 1.25kgs pictured above.Greg,Shane and Nathan from Canberra fished Jindabyne Sunday night for 10 rainbows, 2 browns and 5 salmon to 1.5kgs.All fish where caught on chartruese Powerbait in close between 4pm and 10pm.Phil Lawrence also did well Sunday night using bardies with a Powerbait dropper , landing 2 browns and 2 rainbows to 2.5kgs - very happy !
Best areas' on Eucumbene include: Middling bank, Rushes bay at Frying pan, 7 gates, yens bay, Breamar bay and along the dam wall.
Best area's on Jindabyne include: The clay pits in front of town, Hatchery bay, creel bay and Kalkite.
Eucumbene 47% and stable
Jindabyne 53 % and falling
Tantangarra 7% Rose
That's all till next week!