Reports have improved this week and those that have been out have said there are very few fisherman about but plenty of fish!
The Snowy Mountains Trout Festival is on again this year Sat 30th October to Fri 5th November are the dates. www.troutfestival.com for more details.
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Rivers:- Now all closed. Re open October 2nd 2010.
Lake Eucumbene:- Fly reports have been a little quiet in the lake over the weekend but the daytime fishing can still be good for rainbows in the Seven Gates and Buckenderra area. The Angler's Reach and Old Adaminaby areas will be worth a search for some browns returning from spawning, though they can be a little poor condition wise.
Suggest nymphs fished slow on the rainbows and if polaroiding a brown or two small nymphs or small streamers in sz 10.
Lake Jindabyne:- Jindabyne reports have been a little better with some polaroiding. From reports to hand there are not big numbers yet, though there can be some good fishing if you cover enough ground and find them.
Bright, still and sunny days with a large high pressure system are ideal.
Best flies to try are either yabby style streamers or small tan coloured nymphs, or midge pupa.
Lake Tantangara :- Reports have been quiet from the lake on the fly front.
Trolling and Spinning
Eucumbene:- Eucumbene trolling reports have been good this week. Past reports suggested deep fishing was the optimum but reports this week have been good with Tassies and Cobras on flat lines.
*Chris Mould from Cooma spent a few cold hours around lunch time on Sunday for five nice rainbows. He and a mate persisted despite the cold blustery wind and the best fish was a mid 40's cm rainbow. Hot pink and yellow Cobras were the pick of the colours. Chris said he only saw one other boat on the water.
The Coppermine and Collingwood bay areas are good places to troll currently along with the Braemar and Dam Wall area of the lake.
Jindabyne:- No reports.
Bait fishing has been fairly good with some nice reports of rainbows being taken on powerbait and grubs. While not all anglers are taking their bags, the rainbow quality has made up for it.
Fished seven gates from the bank last night (10th of July) for 3 rainbows and 1 brown on power bait and scrubbies. All were caught between 8pm through till 10.30pm which included dropping one and also a double hook up. The biggest was a rainbow of 43cm and the smallest also a rainbow at 38cm. To my daughters delight daddy caught some fish and cannot wait until she is old enough for overnight fishing trips.
Just had to include a photo of two bogged cars I came across the next morning on my way out. Those of you who know Seven Gates will pick where it is straight away.
Obviously common sense went out the drivers side window of the Camry. But to get the triton bogged as well??? Anyway as no one was there I couldn't offer any assistance so continued on my way through the mud (in 2wd) as I did on my way in. With lake levels dropping err on the side of caution and if in doubt, don't, as I'm sure surrounding property owners get jack of pulling people like this out of the mud.
*Hi the trout fishing has been really good this year with strong numbers of trout being taken from Eucumbene , Ive been at Seven Gates or the Dam Wall every week and have not come home empty handed yet .
I was at Eucumbene Dam Wall Friday lunch and left Sat lunch with a full bag , conditions on Friday were perfect so I had to take the day off to be there for the afternoon fish which proved to be a worth it. The fish were hitting the lines hard all afternoon on power bait , chartruese , lime twist and orange pulp are my main choice .
Ninety percent of my trout fishing is done over night and usually provides big consistant numbers of fish, the average size this year is around 40 to 45cm and larger ones are not uncommen now.
Here are some photos from Friday and Sat morning.