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Archive Date: 25/07/2006

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Bit of a damp weekend in the mountains , but we're not going to complain about a bit of rain ! Not many reports back in again this week - BUT I did get out for a fish myself with Mark Berg from the Ultimate Fishing DVD series and had some great fishing - check full report below

We have seen some of the best fishing I can remember on lake Eucumbene and to a lesser degree lake Jindabyne over the last few months and it should continue right through winter - with the lakes remaining open all year round. Those coming down for the last week of the NSW school holiday period should pack a fishing rod. Remember you can always go back through the Fishing Report Archives if you have missed some of the recent action ! Call into the store for a cuppa on your way through and let us know how you go on your way home - we may even be able to take a photo of your fish for this report

GOOD NEWS  :- Snowy River Shire Council & Snowy Hydro have had a grader crew out at Old Adaminaby and Anglers Reach today and have cleared off two old roads which can now be used to launch larger boats. They have cleared old Denison st at Old Adaminaby and the old highway at Anglers Reach. These roads will now be cleared regularly to keep access for launching boats open on lake Eucumbene.

Special Report :- Eucumbene's Native Browns

Mark Berg from the Ultimate Fishing & Okuma/Rapala/VMC DVD series asked if I would be interested in taking them out for a trout session for their next DVD . As I am currently boatless - a quick call to Andy at Skeeter - and the boys arranged for me to use Neil's Sportfish SX190.

I spent the first day up on lake Jindabyne waiting for a big front to pass - fishing in the Snow - for not much reward other than frost bite

I really wanted to fish some creek arms on Eucumbene - so Thursday under clear frosty skies we headed for Old Adaminaby. Lake Eucumbene is the lowest I have seen it in 15 years of living in the area at 29% - which has made launching larger boats a little challenging.

Luckily Snowy River Hydro & Snowy River Shire Council arranged to have the Old Denison rd out at Old Adaminaby graded Monday - so we could get in

I have written about the amazing trout fishing which can be had casting lures in the dense tree stands along lake Eucumbene's west shores before - BUT not many anglers get out and do it

It's basically like spinning for natives or bream etc - with both hard bodies and soft plastics. Just get right in thought the trees up in the main creek arms around Tolbar towards the dam wall and work your lures back in from the shore and you'll see most of the BIG browns roll out from under logs and eat your lures in gin clear water. You also don't need to be on the water early - with our best fishing being through the middle of the day in winter

We had a great session - with some Thumping browns to 3kgs on the Storm Wild eye rippin shads in the brown trout pattern , rigged on the VMC mini shad heads.We basically just cast at the shore , allowed the lure to swim down to the bottom and worked them back with a slow roll , mixed with a few faster burn & kills.The browns really nailed them - mostly on the pause

Mark was blown away with the quality of the fish - landing his 1st ever brown - with camera man Nat getting it all on film

Mark did mention something about "Normally" catching the biggest fish

Trout like the Storm Wild Eye Rippin Shads

Mark even managed some rainbows for variety. We finished the day with 4 good browns over 2 kgs and 4 rainbows around 1kg - dropping as many good fish and had plenty of lookers

Camera man Nat was stocked with stax of great footage in the can - which will appear on the next Promo DVD to be released FREE with the summer long ,December issue of Fishing World Magazine

If you would like to give this great fishing a go - feel free to give me a call in the store or drop in to the shop for a cuppa and I'd be happy to point you in the right direction.It should actually get better over rthe next two months - and we will also get some polaroiding in Jindy as well


Rivers:- NOW CLOSED Until Saturday the 30th of September 2006

Lake Eucumbene:- Still some very nice rainbows averaging .800 grams to 1kg being caught at present. The rainbows seem to come in for that hour on dusk chasing yabbies and at first light. Steeper shale banks around the dam wall and western shores are well worth.The falling lake levels have really got the yabbies moving, so fishing a woolly bugger into the night will help you find the better browns.You can also target that trophy fish right through winter around the mouths of the main river tributaries so long as your not fishing in flowing waters well below the first set of rapids

Lake Tantagara :- No reports this week.  

Lake Jindabyne:-  Mostly evening fishing with large streamers like woolly buggers and fuzzy wuzzys etc. With the browns now on their way it won't be long till we start to get some polaroiding in , with conditions looking set for a great winter period. Area's worth a look include Stinky Bay, Sid's bay, Hatchery Bay, Creel Bay , Snowy arm and Kalkite.You can also target that trophy fish right through winter around the mouth of the Thredbo river at Waste point/Creel Bay, so long as your not fishing in flowing waters well below the first set of rapids


Eucumbene:- The great trolling continues, just stick to the main launching area's with the falling lake levels I.e.: Buckenderra , Old Adaminaby, Anglers Reach & Breamar Bay. Both flatlines and leadlines at 3 colours have been producing the goods. The rainbows are in peak condition and averaging around the 1kg mark, feeding heavily on yabby's with the falling water  levels, while some better browns have also started to show up as they get itchy for spawning. Consistent lures include Tasmanian Devils in Cols 36,89,55, 72,S12, Y82 & Y62. Our own Alpine Cobra's in the Alpine special,Pink Wings and Pink Bits patterns, Rebel minnows and crawfish,ultra deep Merlins,Stump Jumpers,Rapala minnows and jointed shad raps , RMG Scorpions & Poltergeist. 

LURE SALE: We have just received a new indent order of Rapala lures including the fantastic new "Glass" shad raps, jointed shad raps & long tail minnows. These are sure to be great trolling lures on the trout - and I will be giving them a swim myself later this week. As a special winter offer - buy ANY 5 Rapala lures and we'll throw in a 6th Rapala of your choice FREE !!!!

Jindabyne:-  We have had some great reports back in from Jindabyne over the last few weeks. The best area's have been in the main basin out around the islands in front of town & Sid's Bay over at East Jindy, up around Waste Point and at the top of the lake around Kalkite. Fishing a mixture of small minnows like RMG Scorpions, Merlins , Rapalas & Attacks along with Tassies in just about all the "Yellow Wing",as well as our own Alpine Cobra's in the Alpine Special & Pink Wings patterns producing the goods.


*Stephen Foden , Danny Maher and Nathan Stephens from Queanbeyan fished with Powerbait in both Sherbet & Rainbow colours for 11 rainbows and 1 brown overnight Friday.

*Andrew,Pere & Tony from Canberra fished out at Old Adaminaby with Powerbait in Chartreuse for 13 rainbows on Saturday, with most fish being caught through the middle of the day.

The baitfishing has been unbelievable over the last few months with incredible catches coming in from Eucumbene. Just about all the main baits have been taking fish with scrubbies & Power Bait accounting for the most captures. Make sure you pick an area with plenty of weed and some structure like rocks and tree's. The most popular rig is to run your main bait with a Powerbait dropper ( Pictured below ).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. The hook is important when fishing with Power bait and we have a special NEW  "circle hook" pattern from Mustad just for the job - which hooks them for you ! Feel free to ask us to go over the rig next time your in if still unsure.

*Atlantic Salmon caught by Mick Couvee Lake Jindabyne on Powerbait

Powerbait Dropper Rig 

Best areas on Eucumbene include: Rushy Plains Bay, Seven Gates, Yens bay, Breamar bay ,Providence around the Eucumbene River Mouth down towards Anglers Reach and along the dam wall at Eucumbene Cove.

Best area's on Jindabyne include: The clay pits in front of town, Hatchery bay, Hayshed bay , creel bay and Kalkite.

Jindabyne Dam Wall project Up-dates :- For detailed information regarding the work being carried out on the Lake Jindabyne Dam wall, including road delays etc go to :-

Lake Levels

Eucumbene 28.5 % Falling 

Jindabyne 58 % Steady 

Tantangarra  6.8% Steady


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