I am pleased to report that the bank stabilisation works at Providence Portal have now been completed. A small amount of water has flowed down the system ( too small for fish to move up) and this small flow has remained clean. The Monaro Acclimatisation Society has been in negotiation with Snowy Hydro over the commissioning date for the project and we have asked Snowy Hydro to delay any significant flow until after the close of the trout season (June long weekend), to avoid unnecessary impact on angling.
However, I have received a number of complaints about many anglers driving across the river and this is causing the water downstream of random river crossings becoming turbid, disturbing spawning trout and potentially destroying already laid eggs. Anglers should note that Snowy Hydro has delayed commissioning of the works and have made a commitment that on commissioning the flow will be regulated to avoid turbidity in the water – but on the other hand anglers see fit to drive across the river, potentially damaging spawning redds, laid eggs and causing unnecessary turbidity in the river.
The MAS will be speaking with Snowy Hydro and NSW Fisheries in the near future to decide how to approach and deal with this issue, but the MAS is committed to ensuring that our trout are protected as are their eggs. Anglers can assist by not driving across the river, the walk downstream will do you good.
Monaro Acclimatisation Society Inc
On Tuesday 27th April 2021 a band of some 16 boat skippers and crew descended on Buckenderra Holiday Village to assist with the first mass stocking of 10,000 Gaden Hatchery raised yearling rainbow trout into Lake Eucumbene.
Responding to a call for assistance by the Monaro Acclimatisation Society and the Alpine Angler Store, the volunteers arrived in the heavy fog to assist the Gaden Hatchery staff unload and bag the trout. Once bagged the trout were ferried to all reaches of the lake by boat and were safely delivered into deeper waters where they have a very good chance of avoiding predation from the numerous pelicans and cormorants that call the lake home.
Most boats made two trips and the stocking of the 10,000 yearlings took about two hours.
Feedback from the Gaden Hatchery staff and DPI personnel was that the stocking was fatality free and went on with military precision.
On behalf of the Monaro Acclimatisation Society and the general public who will ultimately benefit from this event I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the volunteers who freely donated their time, effort and resources to accomplish the stocking.
A similar stocking event was held today (Wednesday) on Lake Jindabyne which was coordinated by the MAS Sub Branch, the Jindabyne Fishing Club.
I would also like to thank the staff at Gaden who have worked hard over this season to on-grow these yearlings, and their work indicates that when the MAS initiative of the Trout Grow Out Facility at Gaden is completed we will be able to look forward to similar events on a larger scale.
GETTING READY FOR THE RUN
LAKE LEVELS 03/05/2021
EUCUMBENE..... 29% FALLING
JINDABYNE...… 76% STEADY
TANTANGARA.. 12% STEADY
Thredbo is still fishing at it’s best from top to bottom the river is still running well and the fishing is great
Not long now the browns will start spawning and a few have already gone though in good numbers.
Best wets at the moment are Nymphs double rig, Brown, Flashback Brown, Pheasant tail Nymphs If the river is running hard get some split shot on.
Most rivers are fishing well and the Nymphs are the go to fly
Remember from the first May 1 fish over 50cm
Again like the Thredbo the Eucumbene is fishing at it’s best with the river running well and cold the Browns are getting ready to run not long now
Best places at the moment are Sawyers, Kiandra, And Denison is starting to pick up
Again Nymphs are the go Black, Brown, Pheasant tail Nymphs
Remember from the first May 1 fish over 50cm
Overall most rivers in the mountain are fishing well with some really good fish Browns and Rainbows
With the weather getting cold now most insects have gone so the Nymphs fishing is doing the best
EUCUMBENE LAKE FLY FISHING
Still getting good reports at Buckenderra, Rushes, Seven Gates best on a cloudy day and late in the afternoons
Best flies are Woolly Buggers, Mrs Simpsons, Fuzzy Wuzzy’s, Bead Head Nymphs
We have had some good reports of rainbow over the 5lb mark and Browns tipping the 8lb mark
Pretty sure the fishing on the lake will just get better over the winter let’s just hope they don’t drop the lake too much!!
JINDABYNE LAKE FLY FISHING
Not doing to bad with some good reports from Poo Bay, Waste Point, Kalkite, Hay Shed Bay
Best wet Flies are, Woolly Buggers, Mrs Simpsons, Bushy’s Horror, Nymphs
At the moment the lake is still Rising and looking good
EUCUMBENE LAKE TROLLING
Still this lake is outstanding with Tassie Devils, Blades, Bullet Lures, Rapala’s and strike pro minnows
The lake is dropping but still fishing well
Best areas are Buckenderra, Rushes, Seven Gates
Up around Old Adaminaby things are picking up with some good reports on Tassie Devils and Minnows, Worth a Troll
JINDABYNE LAKE TROLLING
When this lake turns on it’s one of the best lake to troll and that’s what it’s doing now with some good rainbows and browns coming out
Most Tassie Devils are going well and bullet Lures and other Minnows are fishing great
Best time have been early morning but lately it’s been fishing well all day.