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Dated: 1 October, 2009
Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Report. 1st OCTOBER 2009
River Season Opening Report – Rivers open this Saturday!
Wild weather over the last week has had the fishing all over the place with some days good and others not so good. We have had rain, snow, gale force winds as well as the dust storms and at times it has been hard to get a line in the water, however the last few days have been calm and the fishing quite good.
Some good Brown Trout have been caught if you’re out of bed early and plenty of rainbows to 1kg caught by all methods. Atlantic Salmon have been caught in the deeper water and these fish are in good condition but not huge. For some reason there has also been quite a few Brook Trout caught over the past week, again not big, about 30cm but again in good condition. Brook Trout are mostly caught in the cooler months so now is the time to try for the big ‘Grand Slam’, that’s catching all 4 species in one fishing session, which I have only managed about 4 times over the past 30 years. Good luck!
LAKE LEVEL and TEMPERATURE
The lake is still coming up quite quickly and is not far off last years high!
It is possible that the lake may go down a little as environmental flows are sent down the Snowy River.
Water temperatures are now about 10 degrees Celsius which is still quite cool.
Best methods to catch a trout.
Best method – Bait fishing and spinning around the lakes edges.
Best lake lure – Tasmanian Devil number Y82 has been good between 2 and 5 metres deep.
Best lake area – East Jindabyne Islands and Sids Bay.
Best fly method lake – Big black flies at night has been great.
Best River – Rivers open October 3rd. Thredbo River will be busy over the opening weekend.
Let’s now have a look at how to catch one in a little more detail.
Season ends this weekend, Thredbo has only a couple of lifts operating and Perisher has front Valley and Mt Perisher for more experienced skiers. Be early for the best snow. There may be some more falls on Friday which may put a topping on the base for the weekend. Plenty available for snow play.
Let’s have a look at what the fishing is going to be like over the next few weeks.
Warning – with the lake rising over new ground there is a little bit of timber floating about which may damage your boat at speed, so be on the look out.
With the lake level rising quickly the fish are feeding around the edges early in the day and so the best trolling has been on the surface and in close until the sun rises. Minnow lures are best at this time. Lead core lines at two colours (20 metres) to three colours are good after the sun rises. (20 to 30 metres of line out will get your lure down an extra 2 to 3 metres).
There is no doubt that lead core lines were catching most of the fish in the middle of the day, over the last week with the sunny weather and we even caught fish off the downrigger at 25 feet.
The best lure over the last week has been number Y82 yellow wing Tasmanian Devil preferably in Duel Depth (20 gram) The Y48 duel depth is worth a try on dull days or deeper down.
East Jindabyne islands, Hayshed Bay, Lion and Cub Islands and the South arm have been fishing very well.
Lake Bait Fishing
(Primarily most rivers and streams in the Snowy Mountains Region are fly and lure only, We recommend that you first check with the Department of Primary Industries (NSW Fishing rules) as to which rivers in the area you can legally bait fish in. IF IN DOUBT DON’T BAITFISH IN RIVERS!)
Tiger worms or scrub worms under a float have been doing very well also for rainbows and Atlantic Salmon.
Scrub worms off the bottom and a power bait dropper will be the best middle of the day for the Brown Trout.
The Berkley’s Powerbait is still worth while trying as some days it can be the only thing that works. The older flavors are all good and then there is the newer Gulp baits which have also been effective with possibly Chunky Cheese and Sherbet Burst just a little better at the moment.
Best areas for bait fishing at the moment have been, Waste Point area, East Jindabyne and The Snowy Arm. Baits suspended under a float are a more productive method early and late in the day.
Start the morning by spinning the shallow bays with minnow lures like floating Rapalas and then as the sun gets higher spin close around rocky outcrops and use smaller lures like Celtas or Gillies Spinners around the shallow bays. After dark go back to the shallows and again use minnow lures.
Tasmanian Devils are catching fish in the deeper water in the middle of the day by casting and waiting for the lure to sink a little before a slow retrieve.
Don’t stay in one place too long and only put in a couple of casts in each area.
With the opening season this coming Saturday, there is sure to be plenty of fish in the river but with the increased flow they will be near the bottom and so you will have to also fish near the bottom to get the best results. CD Rapalas will be the better choice but any diving lure that gets to the bottom will have a chance of catching a trout or two. Drift rigging with glowbugs and nymphs are well worth a try if you know this method of fishing.
Tip for the opening weekend will be to stay away from other anglers for the best results.
River Fly Fishing
Emphasis this opening weekend will be fishing the Thredbo River with glowbugs and nymphs.
Not a lot more to report at this stage other than there are plenty of fish to be seen in the river or should I say when I looked the other day there were, but we do have a weather change about to hit late this week so that will be interesting if it’s raining on Saturday for the opening we might just see some very good fishing on the Thredbo however you may need to also fight for a spot.
When the weather warms again we might just see a little dry fly fishing on the rivers which will be good.
If you want to get away from the crowds, try the upper Snowy River above Island Bend Dam or maybe even the Mowambah River might be worth a try with a black or brown nymph but it will have to be slightly weighted as the stream was flowing quickly when I looked the other day.
Fly Fishing Lake
The water is rising fast and the best fishing has been around the edges.
Craigs Night time and Williamson’s Goldfish have been two flies well worth using at dawn and dusk.
Curiosity Rocks area looks real fishy at the moment and there are a few fish also hanging around Widows Creek at the bottom of the caravan park.
If you sight a fish in the shallows you may be better to cast a smaller fly than a larger fly, something like a green nymph.
For visitors to the Snowy’s we have a full range of fishing tackle for hire at my shop and fishing tours are now available.
For more information on the latest fishing conditions, please call into –
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