GOOD NEWS TWO NEW Launching areas - Snowy River Shire Council & Snowy Hydro have upgraded and cleared off the silt from the old Denison st at Old Adaminaby and added gravel to the top turning/parking area as well - along with park owners Paul and Ken upgrading an area at Anglers Reach as well. These ramps can now be used to launch boats with out too much trouble. Larger boats can be a little more difficult, but it is possible to launch small to medium sized vessels. This ramp will now be cleared regularly to keep access for launching boats open on lake Eucumbene.Snowy Hydro are also looking at improving launching area's at Anglers Reach and the Dam wall - so we'll keep you posted. More details on Lake Eucumbene's levels @ http://www.snowyhydro.com.au/LevelThree.asp?pageID=322&grandParentID=3&parentID=52
*Buckenderra have also upgraded their launching area and you can now launch boats up to 4 metres with a four wheel drive at the Eucumbene cover.
With great weather the fishing this week has been nothing short of excellent with some good reports from the lakes and rivers. All methods are working at present and it is a great time to be in the mountains. The fish are very active and feeding up after spawning.
Rivers:- The great river fishing continues in the area with beetles becoming more prevalent. There have been some great evening hatches of Caddis, Mayflies, Stoneflies, and there are numbers of small hoppers starting to appear. It is too early for serious hopper fishing yet but should be good in time.
All of the high country streams and rivers are producing at present and the dry fly fishing has been great. Now is definitely the time to be up here fishing.
Best flies at the moment are the Klinkhammer, Geehi Beetle, Red Tag, Coch-y-Bondhu, Brown Ant, Stimulator and Adams Irresistable.
There has been some very good early morning and evening fishing at Lake Eucumbene. The windlanes have had numbers of fish up on top fishing with a beetle or ant pattern being the fly of choice. There have been some good rises on dark in the Anglers reach arm, although many of these have been small Rainbows. The full moon may see a few mudeyes moving and a Cubits Mudeye or Muddler Minnow should turn up a few fish after dark.
Anglers have also reported seeing some good Browns cruising the shallows, so a spot of early morning polaroiding is another option. Try the Dam Wall, Rushy Plains or Seven Gate.
Best flies have been Yabby patterns, Woolly Buggers, Mountain Shrimp, Bushy's Horror, and Cubits Mudeye.
Lake Jindabyne:- Some excellent fishing in Jindabyne this week. Late evening and into the night has produced some great fishing. With plenty of Rainbows and the odd Brown coming in at night.
One angler reported seeing some very large Browns polaroiding during the day on the Eastern side of the lake. With the comment that it was as good if not better than the Winter polaroiding. The fish were challenging but still catchable.
The lake is dropping fairly rapidly, but with the receding water moving all of the aquatic life out of the weed beds, there are some good fish cruising the shallows on dark. Peter Bright and myself fished the lake on Saturday night in a cold South Easterly for 12 hook ups landing 8 nice fish. Most were Rainbows but we did catch an Atlantic Salmon and 1 Brown as well. We kept a couple and the fish had Daphnea, Beetles and Yabbies in their stomachs
Peter Bright with a Jindabyne Rainbow.
Another nice Jinde Rainbow.
Lake Tantangara :- Had a few reports this week. Some good rises have been occuring in the evening and although there are big numbers of small fish a couple of reasonable Browns have been caught. Elk Hair Caddis, Taihape Tickler, Stick Caddis, Brown and Olive Nymphs have been good fish takers.
Trolling reports have been scarce this week. There is still heaps of water to fish in at Eucumbene with up to 160ft of depth in some places. Leadcore and Downrigging will become one of themore consistent methods as summer continues but for now flat lines are still catching fish.
Eucumbene:- Launching is possible at more areas now though the Old Adaminaby ramp is still the pick if you have only a 2 wheel drive or a BIG boat. Launching is also possible at Buckenderra, The Dam Wall and Anglers Reach at present.
Now is the time to get out some big lures and troll them deep around rocky and tree lined bays for a chance at a really good Brown. Rapala Tail dancers, Jointed Shad Raps and Glass Shad Raps are sure fire fish takers.
Best trolling areas have been around the Dam wall and main basin and the tree lined Western side of the lake.
Jindabyne has been a little quieter than Eucumbene report wise but the average size and condition of the fish from there has been better.
Try Sids Bay, The Islands and Kalkite. Any of the weed lined bays will fish well in the early mornings. Drifting and casting back to the shore with small minnows and soft plastics is a great method that can outfish standard trolling at the moment.
Baitfishing :- WE NOW HAVE BARDIE'S AGAIN
Some really good numbers of nice fish were coming in on bait over the weekend. Powerbait, Grubs, Mudeyes and Scrub Worms all worked over the last week and the weekend. Powerbait in Lime and Lemon twist has been excellent during the day and most anglers opt for one rod with a Mudeye under a bubble and one with a Scrub Worm or Powerbait on the bottom.
*14 year old Robbie Somerville and Father Doug from Goulburn caught 3 nice Rainbows at Old Adaminaby and Seven Gate on worms and grubs. Spinning was quiet but Doug did see a nice Brown cruising in close.
*Wayne, Cameron and Stephen from Canberra with 6 Rainbows from Seven Gates. They landed 22 fish in two days fishing. Baits included Grubs, Scrubbies, Lemon twist and Pink Powerbait. They reported that the mornings were best.
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.