Headlines:The Reports have been far better this week with some nicer weather and a few more anglers getting out and having a go. Eucumbene has produced good numbers and Jindabyne some really good quality fish.
Rivers:- ALL CLOSED TILL 29TH SEPTEMBER
Lake Eucumbene:- Polaroidng has been quite good around the Dam wall with some very big fish being spotted cruising in close. There are not huge numbers and the steep banks can be a challenge but the chance of hooking a monster is high. Other areas worth trying are the River Mouth, Dam Wall and Old Adaminaby. 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 nice fish have been caught in Jindabyne on the rough overcast days and a few on bright still days but the polaroiding has not really started yet. There are big numbers of fish in the Thredbo at present and these will drop back to the lake in the coming weeks and cruise the edges looking for a feed.
It is still worth trying any of the boulder covered points and weedy bays are worth a search during the day. Although the overcast conditions are not great for polaroiding you will catch fish searching with a Woolly Bugger or similar pattern as the fish are a little less spooky in these conditions also.
If you can coincide a trip with a large high starting down low in the bight that will travel across and give still, calm and bright conditions then Polaroiding is still worth a go. 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.
*John Fisher from Canberra managed a 55cm Rainbow on a Woolly Bugger in terrible conditions. The fish went like a freight train and fought like a much larger fish.
Fished Hatchery Bay in Jindabyne Wednesday 11/7 from midday onwards. Polaroided from the bank at first but not many fish to cast at even though the conditions (weather wise) were ideal. I decided to make the most of the calm conditions and went out in a float tube boat to try some deeper water. Switched to an intermediate line with a sinking tippet and tried a combination of casting and slow trolling flies over the weed beds and around any submerged rocks or other structure I could see. All was quiet till about 4.00pm when I managed a couple of good rainbows in quick succession and lost another. All were hooked fairly close to shore but you needed to be deep enough and over the weed beds which is where the fish seemed to be holding. Best fly was a black woolly bugger with green sparkle/flash in the tail.
Cheers David B
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.
Trolling and Spinning have produced mixed results with some anglers cleaning up and others struggling. Spinningwith soft plastics has been awesome.
*Shane and Brenton Kelly threw Squidgies around the Grace Lea/Tollbar area and landed 30+ fish in two days fishing. They also missed just as many strikes and had fish taking the lures in full view right next to the boat. A mixture of Browns and Rainbows were caught with the largest in the 50cm range. Best lure was Rainbow Trout Squidgies in 60mm fish, fished with a steady slow retrieve.
Below: Shane Kelly with part of the catch.
*Brad from Khancoban and Luke from Yarrawonga trolled up four good Rainbows and two good Browns near the Dam wall on the weekend. Tassies and Minnows worked very well. They also caught some nice fish at Jindabyne as well.
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.
The River mouth and Island areas have been the best places to troll. Kalkite and Hatchery Bay are also worth exploring with a few lures.
Talbingo:- No Reports
*Went to Sue City Saturday, mainly to try targetting trout on plastics, cast
60mm squidgy fish on 5 gram heads in 4x colours around for 5 hours never got
a bite, threw on a couple of the old faithful yellow wing tassies & had an
hour & a half trolling hooked 4 good rainbows...
Best colours in Powerbait have been Lime Twist, Orange, Sherbet and Lemon Twist.
The new Gulp Trout Bait is a new 55% stonger scent . Chunky Cheese and Rainbow Candy have been the the pick of the colours.
Try the two hook rig below for best results.
Powerbait Dropper Rig
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