Headlines: Lake Eucumbene has risen slightly this week which is a pleasant change. Hopefully the plug is back in and the lake will continue to rise into the Spring. Fishing reports have been a little light on this week but those who got out are seeing and catching a few.
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:- Browns have been running the river well so there will be some good fishing in the River Mouth area. The Western shoreline has given up some nice fish for a couple of anglers searching the trees with sinking lines and bead head Woolly Bugger.
Polaroiding has been difficult with the weather of late but with good high pressure system this is a great option. Keep and eye on the weather and if a big system moves in there are some good fish to be spotted and cast to. Searching with a streamer on an intermediate sinking line will find fish during the day if visibilty is limited.
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.
Best areas to look at are Old Adaminaby, Dam Wall, Cemetary Point and Wangrabelle Bay.
Lake Jindabyne:- Jindabyne will turn on some good polaroiding very soon. With recent rain and snow falls the Thredbo river will have had higher water levels and the fish will drop out of the river back into the lake. These fish will be looking to feed up and put some condition back on and will provide some good fun fishing when a clear sunny day prevails.
Best flies to use in this situation are small #14 and #16 Midge Pupa, Stick Caddis, Cased Caddis, Black and Peacock Spider and larger # 8 and #10 Woolly Buggers, Jinde Specials, Olive Matukas, and Woolly Worms.
After dark fishing can be very good at this time of year with larger streamers and some really nice Rainbows have been coming in at some of the bays on the Western shore.
Best areas to look at are Sids Bay, Hatchery Bay, Creel Bay, Kangaroo Bay, and Kalkite.
Lake Tantangara :- No reports on fly but the lake has continued to rise this week and will be a good option this week, weather permitting
Trolling and Spinning
Eucumbene:- Trolling reports have been quiet in Eucumbene so far this week but there are plenty of quality 1kg Rainbows to be caught in the Dam wall and power lines areas. 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.
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 any of the Twist Power Baits. Grubs (if you can get them) will also produce. 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 Cemetary point, Collingwood bay areas.
In Jindabyne try any of the bays that give you some protection from the wind on the day.