Headlines: What a mixture of conditions we have had! Howling gales one day, crystal clear and still the next. The fishing has been quite good for those that have ventured out on the better days.
Trout Festival 2008 - It's on again this November, The 35th Yamaha and Freshwater Fishing Snowy Mountains Trout Festival. Dates for the week long competition are Saturday the 1st of November - Friday 7th of November 2008.
Once again prizes will include a Boat, Motor and Trailer package, Category prizes for Trolling, Spinning, Fly and Bait fishing, daily secret weight cash prizes, plus an overall secret weight cash prize. The fishing is bound to be excellent and it is a great family orientated event. Book your holidays early and don't miss the countries premier Trout Fishing event.
Rivers:- Now all closed till October.
Lake Eucumbene:- Reports have been filtering though over the last week or so with few fish caught in the river mouth area. After dark is the best time to fish this area.
There have been some good conditions over the weekend for polaroiding but no reports as yet. The Western shore and the dam wall are the places to have a search.
Most big dark streamers like a Fuzzy Wuzzy, Woolly Bugger or Black Phantom will work after dark at this time of year. Fishing late into the night can be a cold option but there are some great rewards to be had for those who are keen. Lumo patterns are still worth a go this week.
Lake Jindabyne:- Bit of mixture of reports with some anglers getting some good numbers while others have missed out. Early mornings have produced a few fish. Best flies to try this week are Lumo's, Woolly Buggers, Hammils Killers and Fur Flies. Best areas are Kalkite , Hatchery, Creel Bay and East Jindabyne.
Polaroiding has been quiet despite good conditions with a couple of anglers covering a lot of ground seeing nothing. Fish have been caught during the day searching with small streamers but it seems a little early for finding fish at this stage. This will change over the next few weeks as fish drop back into the lake from the river. Best flies for the polaroiding include Stick Caddis, Jinde Cased Caddis, Black and Peacock Spider, Woolly Bugger, and Bushy's Horror.
*Pat Kennedy from Queanbeyan braved some atrocious conditions last week and was well rewarded with a beautiful 67cm Atlantic Salmon. The fish jumped several times and fought very well. The fly that did the trick was a beadhead Damsel nymph pattern.
Lake Tantangara :- No reports on fly but the lake has risen slightly and would be well worth a fish on a good day.
Trolling and Spinning
Eucumbene:- Trolling has been a little hit and miss with one group cleaning up and the next hardly getting a touch. That's fishing I guess.
*David Cosson, Warren Fenner and his eight year old son Mitchell, all from Orbost, had a very productive few days out from Braemar and the Dam wall area. Lauching at the dam wall they trolled a mixture of flat line Tassie Devils and RMG Scorpion # R11 for 19 fish to 1.25 kg. The fish were mostly Rainbows and despite catching a few smaller ones the majority were kilo-ish fish. They caught a few Browns also. The best area was around the powerlines and in deeper water rather than close to the bank. They fished the river mouth hard but it was quiet. They also commented that there was hardly another boat to be seen.
The fish are there and obviously on the chew. Covering as much country as possible with a good array of different depth lures fished at a good speed should find a few fish.
RMG Scorpions are a fantastic little lure that just keep on catching fish for those that run them. The above report suggests that the Gold colours are working best at present.
5 cm Rapala Taildancers in Rainbow trout are back in stock and are a very good pattern to try this week.
The new'Alex' minnow lures from Serbia have taken some good fish both trolling and spinning in the trees. These lures are made with Balsa wood and are a deep diver that come in very good Trout catching colours. Check them out.
Launching access is available at Old Adaminaby and The Dam Wall (with 4WD)
Jindabyne:- Trolling reports were again few and far between this week.
*One group fished the lake hard on the weekend and caught only one fish on a #55 Tassie.
*Hi Tom, My two young sons and I caught a 2kg Atlantic Salmon at Curiosity Rocks at Jindy last Sunday 10 mins before dark using a spoon lure. A nice fish in reasonable condition.
There are fish to be caught in Jindabyne but based on reports this week it seems as though Eucumbene could be a better option.
If heading to Jindabyne try Kalkite, The Islands and off the steep banks off East Jindabyne. If you can find areas of weed beds in a reasonable depth try casting small shallow running minnows in the early mornings.
Baitfishing :- Bait fishing reports have been quiet also. Scrub worms on the bottom will work at the moment along with Sherbert and Lime Twist Power Bait. There will be some great fishing for Rainbows in the next few weeks in both lakes with some really fat fish in Eucumbene and some nice ones in Jindabyne as well.
It can be very cold at night and early morning but these are still the peak times to try. Gloves and beanies are a must.
Best areas in Eucumbene would be The Dam wall, Old Adaminaby.
In Jindabyne try any of the bays that give you some protection from the wind on the day.