Headlines: Some excellent fishing on the weekend in the lakes. Rivers are now closed to fishing but the lakes remain open year round and will continue to fish well right through winter.
Owen Kay with a 4.85kg fish from Jindabyne on the weekend.
Rivers:- ALL CLOSED TILL 28TH SEPTEMBER
Lake Eucumbene:- Reports suggest that there are still some nice Browns around the edges on dark and a few Rainbows also. The river mouth area and the dam wall are both good options to have a look at, making sure that you are not fishing any visible flow at the mouth as this is considered river.
Best flies this weekend will be large wets and yabby patterns and also Lumo patterns on the new moon that wea now have.
Lake Jindabyne:- Some great night fishing has been occuring at Jindabyne. There have been good numbers of Brown and Rainbows in the river mouth area. As in Eucumbene the best time is on dark and throught the night. With fish having been spawning for over 5 weeks now, polaroiding is a worthwhile method when conditions allow. A very large high starting down low in the bight that will travel across and give still, calm and bright conditions is what to look for. Best patterns for this fishing are the stick caddis, midge pupa, and black and peacock. Fishing these inert under a indicator is often the best method. At other times a woolly bugger or Bushy's Horror will work.
All areas are worth a look depending on wind direction.
There is still a good chance of tangling with one of the Hatchery released Atlantic Salmon or Brook Trout over the next few weeks too. Some of the Atlantics may weigh up to 9kg!
Steve and Lou from Wollongong with a massive 2.6kg Rainbow and a 3.1kg Brown Taken on Fly at Jindabyne. They caught six fish in total.
Lake Tantangara :- No reports this week.
Trolling and Spinning
Eucumbene:- Best launching access is available at Buckenderra and Old Adaminaby. Below are photo's of the launching facilities at Buckenderra which have remained unchanged from last week and offer good access to the lake.
Old Adaminaby's ramp is still very good and is suitable for boats up to the 5 and a bit metre mark. A 4WD is a definite advantage with the larger boats as the water is a little shallow so being able to drive out into the water can be necessary.
Fishing in Eucumbene has been good with trolling accounting for some reasonable catches. A vast array of different lures have been working but the old favourites of Yellow Wing Tassies/Cobras going well as are hot pinks, reds and orange colours. Three to four colours of lead core has been useful in some areas.
Rainbow and Brown Trout Pattern Rapalas continue there succesful run and are dynamite in the river mouth area but you do have to be on the water early for best results.
Spinning the river mouth with Jackals, Vibes and Soft Plastics is a great way to fish at the moment too. Berkley 3" Bass Minnows are a good choice or Small Squidgy Fish.
Loud, rattling vibrating lures fished in the slightly dirtier water will account for some good Browns this weekend.
Best areas for trolling are the river mouth, Cobrabald, Coppermine and Dam Wall. Anywhere that might have a little water running into the lake would be worth a spin with a soft plastic too.
Jindabyne:- There have been some real quality fish from Jindabyne this week. Early and late has been the best with all methods, flat line, lead core, and downrigging producing fish.
Scott Finlay and Mark Ramsey caught some very nice fish over the weekend. Report and photo's below.
*Hello Tom and the boys,
Passed through the shop this morning to give a report on the fishing over the weekend. We had mixed success on Sat and Sun picking up a few fish on Tassies, but we got stuck into them on Monday. Monday we fished the Creel Bay area using Lead core line down to between 12 & 20ft. All fish were taken on either the Rapala Brown Trout pattern and the Rebel Crawfish / Yabby pattern. Trolling speeds were between 1.5 kph and 3.0 kph. All fish caught were full of yabbies and shrimp.
Talbingo:- No Reports
Baitfishing :- Bait fishing has been excellent with some good catches of mostly Rainbows in Jindabyne. Powerbait and Scrubworms have been the best baits.
Areas to look at in Jindabyne are Kalkite, Hatchery Bay, Creel Bay, Sids Bay, Clay Pits, Stinky Bay and Hayshed Bay.
In Eucumbene try the Dam Wall or Old Adaminaby.
Tantangara is well worth a fish at present too.
Best colours in Powerbait have been Lime Twist, Orange, Sherbet and Lemon Twist.
Try the two hook rig below for best results.
* Hey guys had an awesome time fishing Jindy on Friday night, caught 8 rainbows
and 2 browns. Biggest fish was a nice brown of 4lb and the rainbows were in great nick. Average fish 2lb+ all caught on power bait lemon twist with bardi grubs
dropper. Kept 5 fish, released the other 5. Went back up on sunday night same
spot around Bob Western's side same bait and caught 6 rainbow up to 3lbs it
was a great weekend Regards Shane Wolhuter.
I fished off the bank at Kalkite using scrub worms, lime twist powerbaits
and a few lures on Sunday from 2.30 - 9.45 pm. The weather was great for
most of the afternoon/evening until the breeze picked up at 9.25 pm. I had
some bites on my line straight away at 2.30 but then when quiet till I
caught a 0.72 kg rainbow trout at 5.30. This was followed by another two
rainbow trout at 6.30 pm and 7.15 pm. All were caught on the powerbait and
I had no luck spinning off the banks.