|lake jindabyne with steve williamson
Dated: 23 May, 2005
NEWS – Last Week in Jindabyne
Last week saw a little rain in the mountains and much cooler conditions which did improve the lake fishing and managed to bring a few more trout into the rivers on their annual spawning run.
I fished over at Anglers Reach last Tuesday on Lake Eucumbene and managed 7 trout in 5 hours of fishing, trolling the lake with mainly pink Tasmanian Devils in numbers S5 and 55.
I believe that in one annual fishing competition last weekend, at Buckenderra Holiday Village, anglers caught a record number of fish for the two days of competition.
Lake Jindabyne also fished very well, mainly Rainbow Trout to 1kg, but plenty caught over the week. Fly on the lake has been slow but fly fishing was much better on the Thredbo River.
LAKE WATER LEVEL and TEMPERATURE
The water level of the lake continued to drop, but has slowed a little this week. Currently the level is RL 900 metres or about 56%. How much lower the lake level will go this year I do not know, but I have been told last week by Snowy Hydro that it is not expected to go very much lower, unless there is a need for power. The water temperature today was 13 degrees and dropping slowly.
There were a few light showers last week but the rivers are still low and the fish are still a little spooky.
THE WEEK TO COME
A very cold change in the weather was earlier predicted for this week but it now looks like once again this low pressure system will be pushed low of Australia and we will continue with sunny conditions and above average temperatures for the next week. No rain in sight unfortunately.
The full moon occurs this week and that might just send a few more spawning fish into the rivers. Overall it looks like we will have to work hard for a feed this week and it will be a case of choosing the right method of fishing on the day, before you will catch trout. Some days it will be bait fishing and some days boat trolling, and with a little luck there might just be some good river fishing ahead this next week.
Remember when fishing the Eucumbene and Thredbo Rivers, there is currently a limit of ONLY one fish per day OVER 50cm that can be kept, however you can catch and release as many as you wish.
Read on for the latest fishing predictions and I will see you on the water soon.
Don’t forget to carry your current ‘NSW Fishing Licence’ with you at all times, the NSW Fisheries inspectors as well as the ‘Waterways’ officers are always out and about over holiday periods.
Pink lures have been predominately the best colours over the last week. Tasmanian Devils in number 55 and ‘S5 sparkler pink’ are very good early in the day especially when used off two or three colours of lead core line. A variety of ‘Yellow wing’ style colours have been better in the middle of the day with the sun up high and this is sure to be the same this coming week. Number 36, 89 and S12 have all been good. Pink ‘Stumpjumpers’, ‘Legends’ and ‘Nilsmaster’ lures have been very good also.
Downrigging is starting to slow a little but is still worth a try during the middle of the day using mainly brown or Rainbow Trout pattern minnow lures (Rapala’s) and again pink Tasmanian devils have been worthy of a try.
‘Dodgers’ in pink will help with your strike rate and it is not a bad idea if lures are not working to try trolling a worm about 25cm behind a dodger.
Lead lines are always best used with an added ‘dodger’ in the winter months to help wake up the fish. ‘E chip’ ‘Trout Killer’ lure have been catching a few fish off 3 colours of lead core line. Scents added to lures will also help with your strike rate at the moment.
Trolling attractors like ‘Cowbells’ or ‘Ford Fenders’ have been good when teamed up with a small ‘Atomic Yabby’ or ‘Powerbait Nymph’. Both these are soft plastic type lures.
The top end of the lake around ‘Creel Bay’ and ‘The Snowy Arm’ are starting to fish well. ‘Sid’s Bay’, ‘Rushes Bay’, and even ‘Rainbow Beach’ are still well worth a try. ‘’Lion and Cub’ islands are also popular fishing spots at the moment.
Lake Bait Fishing (NO BAITFISHING IN RIVERS)
Worms and ‘Powerbait’ are working at the moment. ‘Lemon or Orange Twist Powerbait is the best. Worms off the bottom and an artificial bait dropper, like ‘Lime’ or ‘Lemon twist Powerbait’ has continued to catch some excellent Brown Trout and this method is the favored one if fishing the middle of the day.
‘Hatchery and Hayshed’ are well worth a try but the ‘Claypits’ is also fishing well at the moment. ‘Creel Bay and Waste Point’ will start to fish better as the Brown Trout move up that way ready for their annual spawning run.
Minnow lures are still the best on the Thredbo river. Rainbow and Brown Trout patterns are always favorite colours in the following lure brands but these other colours are also worth trying.
Sinking Rapalas in the brown or Rainbow Trout pattern. Legends in Brown Trout or gold patterns. Stump jumpers in colours 42 and 43. Rebel Crickhopper in orange or yellow colours.
Spinning on the lake has still been quiet, with most luck by anglers being in the very early hours of the morning before 8am. Spin close around rocky outcrops for best results during in the day. ‘Spinners’ are still working well but minnow lures are taking the bigger more aggressive fish especially when fished after dark.
Try using some larger minnows like the ‘Legends’ or the larger ‘Rapalas’
The best ‘Tasmanian Devil’ lures have been those numbers 36, 89, Y48 and 55 pink. Some of the better areas have been ‘Hatchery bay’, ‘Creel Bay’, ‘Curiosity Point’, East Jindabyne (at the water pumping station) and ‘The Haven’ (Stinky bay).
On the ‘Thredbo River’, some anglers are having good luck with black nymphs in the faster water and some anglers are reporting that ‘glowbugs’ are now starting to catch both Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. The ‘Mowambah’ has fished much better last week, again with a few fish taken on dry fly.
The higher alpine streams are just about finished now until spring. Reports on the Gungalin River last week have been poor.
The lake fishing has been slow and there have not been too many fly anglers fishing the lake but the rivers are still well worth a try. The best flies on the lake however have been (besides the Williamson’s ‘Goldfish’) green/olive nymphs or stick caddis patterns but you can’t go past a black or purple Woolley Bugger fished at night. Team up the fly with a little ‘luminous’ bead that has been ‘charged’ with a torch and you will be surprised at the ferocity that the trout will ‘hit’ the fly.
Cheers until the next report and for the latest in fishing conditions, please phone the shop on (02) 64561551 or call in and pick up a copy of the latest report.
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