The fishing has generally been good with some nice catches on Powerbait continuing in Eucumbene and some good river fishing with fly.
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*Remember that from the 1st of May the size and bag limit changes in the Eucumbene and Thredbo Rivers. From May 1 you may only keep ONE fish OVER 50cms per day in these waters. Fisheries will be very active this season in these waters so make sure you stick to these rules and have your fishing licence with you while fishing.
Rivers:- Have been fishing well with the Eucumbene and Thredbo rivers holding good numbers of fish with plenty of rainbows amongst them. Angler numbers have been high and can make the fishing difficult at time.
Early starts are a key to getting the most out of the rivers at present. If you expect to catch a heap of fish starting after 9am, expect to be dissapointed. Fishing the harder to access areas will improve your chances greatly.
Rain is really need to give a boost to the fish numbers in the Euc and Thredbo so keep an eye on the weather patterns.
Nymphs and bugs are still the pick of the patterns to use. Other smaller streams in the area are still well worth fishing and are ideal if you want to avoid crowds.
Lake Eucumbene:- Fly reports have been good for those giving it ago this week. Daytime fishing has genereally been the best with the evenings and night time fishing a little slow.
Just a quick note on a fantastic morning on Lake Eucumbene last Sunday morning.
About 7.30 in the morning for about 2 hours till the fog lifted, it was not cold just comfortable with absolutely no wind and what appeared to be the best mudeye hatch I have seen this year happening in a small area 25 meters either side of me.
The first twenty minutes or so was frustrating , I threw every mudeye pattern I had at them with only 1 landed and 1 other touch.
After searching my fly box I tried something completely different , a size #14 Bibio , the fish were all over it like white on rice , I lost count of
how many , just keeping 2 nice rainbows at about 2 lb each and 1 brown just on 5 lb, I thought I was on my own till about an hour into it,
when I heard a voice through the fog , that #@@##### got another one , my arm was starting to ache so I retired just before the fog lifted
Back at the van, as the fog lifted, I could see just how many were fishing.
The Angler's Reach and Old Adaminaby areas have been producing a few good browns and some nice rainbows if you can find them.
Best flies are wooly buggers, copper johns, taihape ticklers and fuzzy wuzzys.
Lake Jindabyne:- Jindabyne reports have been quiet on the fly with the Thredbo river being the popular location for that area at present.
Lake Tantangara :- Reports have been quiet from the lake on the fly front.
Trolling and Spinning
Eucumbene:- Eucumbene trolling reports have been better with some good fish to be had in many of the arms.
Rapala trout patterns have been shining in the Cobrabald and Waiunui areas. Fished flatline and in close early in the mornings has accounted for some good rainbows. Not all have been large but enough around the 800gm to 1kg mark to keep anglers happy.
Large minnows fished deep in the Anglers reach arm have produced some better quality browns. Though the numbers will never be great the chance of hooking a really monster of a fish is there. Seven to thirteen centimetre sized minnows are the go here.
Best areas to try would be Collingwood, Coppermine, Buckenderra and Angler's Reach.
Jindabyne:- Has been fishing well with some one angler reporting some nice fish on flatfish down deep and flatline # 28 tassies.
*Alice Blatch sent this report via email.
This is my brother Aaron Blatch, from Yass- we went fishing for the weekend in jindabyne and this was the first fish and the biggest (+8pound) caught on the 16/05 for the weekend.
We were up and fishing by 5am each morning, (trolling both mornings) and managed to get 6 in the boat: including 4 brown, 1 rainbow and an atlantic salmon.
The bait fishing in Eucumbene has been very good with Powerbait taking some good catches. Grubs have come into their own now with the cooler weather.
Rainbows are loving Powerbait in the Buckenderra arm and also Seven Gates with many anglers catching their bags. Chunky Cheese has been the popular favourite.
Best locales to try continue to be Seven Gates, Buckenderra, Cobrabald, Wangrabelle, Homeleigh Bay and the Dam wall.
In Jindabyne reports have been scarce again. Try areas like Rushes Bay, Hatchery Bay, The Clay pits, Curiosity rocks and Kalkite.
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