|lake jindabyne with steve williamson
Dated: 24 November, 2009
After another week of temperatures in the high 30s we finally had a bit of a change through yesterday which resulted in some high winds and a little rain.
The cooler front stirred the fish into action and there were even fish rising at midday today.
The water level of the Thredbo dropped a little last week but there was some mountain rain yesterday which resulted in the river becoming a little dirty but that should only last a day or so and the fishing should improve there as well.
The streams are fishing better now we have some warmer days and there are more insects about now and the extra rain will not hurt them for long.
Bait anglers around the shore of the lake have found that it has been a mixture of good and bad days. When the lake was still and the sky sunny the fish headed into deeper water.
Fly anglers on the lake were not having much luck unless they fish late into the night, but on the rivers the fishing was a little better but the fish were starting to become a little spooky with lower water levels.
Anyhow we have a totally different set of conditions for this coming week so it will be interesting to see how much the weather change has improved the fishing.
Snowy Mountains Fly Fishing Weekend
This coming weekend, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th, I have a Snowy Mountains Fly Fishing Weekend course so if you can cast a fly even just a little and want to learn more about how to fish the rivers and streams of the Snowy Mountains, now is the time to do so.
The cost of the weekend is $380 and that includes lunches.
Accommodation can also be provided at reasonable rates.
E-mail me or call me if you’re interested.
LAKE LEVEL and TEMPERATURE
Levels have dropped over the last week with the warmer temperatures, decreased inflows and environmental outflows and the lake level is now somewhere near 60%. Water surface temperatures are about 21 degrees Celsius and starting to warm even more with the sunny weather and warm days.
Best methods to catch a trout
Best method – Downrigging lures at 35 feet..
Best lake lure – Tasmanian Devil yellowing Freddo or Holographic.
Best lake area – East Jindabyne Islands and South Arm.
Best fly method lake – Fishing shallows late night with Woolley Buggers and Gold Fish Flies is good.
Best River – Thredbo has been better on Royal Wulff and Adams.
Let’s have a look at what the fishing is going to be like over the next few weeks.
The heat did affect the lake trout and fishing wasn’t easy trolling lures around with most fish coming out of 30 feet of water and even then they were only small Rainbow Trout. For the larger Brown Trout you have to downrig lures close to the bottom.
Leadcore lines at two colours (20 metres) to three colours was needed even early in the day last week with only the odd trout being caught on surface lures. (20 to 30 metres of lead core line out will get your lure down an extra 2 to 3 metres). If you don’t have lead core or downriggers then a trolling sinker will do.
The best lure over the last week has been number Y82 yellow wing Tasmanian Devil or 89 and preferably in Duel Depth (20 gram) The Y48 duel depth is worth a try on dull days or deeper down. There has been some fish also caught on a variety of purple colours which is certainly not normal.
East Jindabyne islands, Snowy Arm near Waste Point, Lion and Cub Islands are best but the fish are moving and you need to spend some time some days to locate them.
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!)
The mudeye fishing picked up over recent days but worms and powerbait are still best.
Tiger worms or scrub worms under a float have been doing very well also for rainbows and Atlantic Salmon.
The Berkley’s Powerbait and Gulp Bait is still worth having in the water as some days it can be the only thing that works. Try teaming up the powerbait along with worms.
Best areas for bait fishing at the moment have been, Waste Point area, East Jindabyne and The Snowy Arm.
No change with lure spinning on the lake. Tasmanian Devils are catching fish in the deeper water early and late in the day.
Start the morning early, before sunrise, by spinning the shallow bays with minnow lures like floating Rapalas, Stumpjumpers and other minnow style lure in either natural Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout patterns or gold colours to represent the Jindabyne goldfish that the trout love to chase and eat.
Don’t stay in one place too long and only put in a couple of casts in each area.
We are back to using smaller Rapalas in 5 and 7cm and number 3 Celtas as the river levels have dropped and the fish are a little easier to catch as the water is more fishable as it is not running so hard.
Thredbo river is still the best bet for a trout.
River Fly Fishing
Just starting to see a little dry fly fishing on the lower Thredbo River but most fish are still coming from weighted nymphs. Mayfly patterns and Royal Humpy was the best dry fly the last couple of days
The Mowambah River will start to fish better on dry fly over the next week or so.
Fly Fishing Lake
Woolley Buggers, Craigs Night time and Williamson’s Goldfish have been the 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 –
STEVE WILLIAMSON’S TACKLE SHOP
Shop 1 Snowline Centre, Kosciuszko Road Jindabyne 2627
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P.M.B. 5 Jindabyne NSW 2627
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