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fish’n’tip 0231 talbingo with rob paxevanos
Rob Paxevanos
Dated: 20 August, 2004
The golden perch is just one of the fishy delights that can be found near Talbingo
Talbingo is possibly the prettiest little lake side town in the Tumut Valley. Nestled right next to Jounama pondage it is a little seen side of the snowy mountains that any freshwater angler would adore.

Jounama Pondage is a water storage lake that is part the Snowy Hydro Scheme. It’s water level fluctuates up and down regularly leaving a lush green vegetation covered bank that not only looks superb, it harbours lots of food for the trout the live there.

And the trout grow big in Jounama. Browns and rainbows average 3 to 4 pounds, a 7 pound brown is not big news. There are some much bigger fish in the system-my mate Phil Brumby has lived in the area for 20 odd years and last year landed 3 browns each over 12 pounds!

While the big trout are plentiful, they are not easy-skilled fly anglers can be occupied for days polaroiding or fishing to rising fish. Spring summer and Autumn are the best times for fly, while lure and bait anglers also fare well late winter when the browns are hungry after the rigours of spawning.

Jounama pondage is closed to boats and canoes which makes it a very fair place for shore based anglers to target big trout.

Once a year in October the lake is open to boats for the Jounama Classic. For more details on this awesome event call Tony Smith at the Talbingo Tourist Park on 02 6949 5239.

Just above Jounama is the mighty Talbingo Dam, the deepest dam in the Southern Hemisphere. Here the trout get even bigger. Browns over 15 pounds are recorded each year, but again they are hard to hook and even harder to land around the snaggy terrain.

Anglers typically troll for in the open expanses of water targeting Rainbow Trout that average between 2 and 4 pound. Brown Trout can be caught the same way and are also found around the timer and rocks. Both species
breed in the streams and rivers that run into the lake, but numbers are
supplemented by fish stocked by the Talbingo Angling Club.

Downstream from Jounama is the massive Blowering Dam. Blowering water levels fluctuates lots due to irrigation demands, but there is always some fish to be had. In fact when the water is low the fishing is as
good as anytime!

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Golden Perch, redfin and Murray Cod form the main species targeted in this mixed fishery. The redfin are typically 2 to 4 pound, goldens average around 5 pound, and the cod have been
stocked heavily and average 7 to 14 pounds.

Monster sized cod over 40 pounds are landed every month but should be put back even when the season is open as they are big breeding fish. Killing a big cod will win you no friends when everyone else is trying to preserve them. Take a quick pic if you need to brag, and then put
them back in the water.

Blowering is often nice and calm, in fact it is the site for many an attempt at skiing and speed boat race records. Many of the times I have been there it has glassed off either early or late in the day, and when it does it is a joy to fish, even in the middle of winter.

There you have it, the Talbingo Township is surrounded by some great freshwater fishing, a week or so at this place is the minimum-there is just so many fishing spots to check out.

Special thanks to Snowy Hydro, the Talbingo Country Club, and Talbingo lodge for their assistance with this article.

Until next week, see you on the water.

Rob Paxevanos
Rob Paxevanos Fishnet Pro Angler

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