Headlines: Fishing this week and on the weekend was very good. The weather on the weekend was fantastic although the frost in the mornings made for a very cold start. Polaroiding conditions in Jindabyne were near perfect. Trolling was very good too for some but an early or late start was required. Good rain is forecast for the week and this should stir some more fish into action.
Rivers:- ALL CLOSED TILL 29TH SEPTEMBER
Lake Eucumbene:- Reports suggest that there are still some nice Browns around the edges on dark and a few Rainbows also.
The dam wall has some great clear water at the moment and with the steeper banks you can polaroid some nice fish.
Rainbows can start to form in loose schools at this time of year and are a bank proposition in the wall area.
Try using bead head Woolly Buggers in olive and brown, a Bushy's Horror, or a size 10 bead head black or brown Nymph fished with a very slow figure of eight retrieve.
Lake Jindabyne:- Some great night fishing has been occuring at Jindabyne. Some have said it was the best night fly fishing they have had in a long time and others have had to leave them biting having bagged out. Fuzzy Wuzzy's, Hamills and Lumo's are the go.
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.
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!
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.
Tassies are still working well Hot pink, and Brown and Rainbow trout patterns have been good. Brown Trout McGraths are taking a few fish also
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.
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.
*Yuri and Ryan from Sydney launched at Old Adaminaby and trolled in the rain and the snow for six fish with the biggest being a nice Brown being held in the photo by Ryan. Best lure was the Rapala F9 in Rainbow trout and an even larger unamed minnow worked also. These were all trolled up using lead core.
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.
The River mouth and Island areas have been the best places to troll. Kalkite and Hatchery Bay are alsoworth exploring with a few lures.
Not a lot of change in lures this week with Hot pink and Yellow wing Tassie devils still being the best fish takers. 55, Y48 and Y82 in particular.
Note, we have 20% off lures this week. * 1800 818 855 to order.
*Excludes Tassie Devils and Cobra Style lures.
Thought you might be interested in some of these. Trolled around Jindy on Sunday morning and arvo just gone and picked up 6 good fish between 2 and 4lbs, 5 rainbows and 1 brown. Best areas were hatchery bay and around the islands. Dropped a few good fish as well. All taken on Tassies, all yellow wings. Caught them in bright sunshine and dead calm weather....weird!
Fished talbingo dam on Friday to Sunday with my mate Scotty, we trolled Friday afternoon with tassies for two nice Rainbows. Saturday was real average, we trolled all morning for one small Rainbow on a rainbow trout spoon on lead line. At lunch time we fished the bank with wood grubs for two 45cm rainbows. Trolling was terrible Saturday afternoon so we did some spinning from the bank and Scotty landed a 5 1/2 pound 58cm brown trout on a small Rapala. Sunday morning we decided to bait fish and landed another two nice rainbows.