|lake jindabyne with steve williamson
Dated: 11 March, 2010
Well last weekend’s rainfall was very welcome and it’s great to see the rivers flowing so well again.
The last few mornings have certainly been very Autumn like with very cool starts to our morning fishing.
It is predicted to warm up a little over the rest of this week with average temperatures ranging from 6 degrees to the mid 20s which is very pleasant for walking the rivers and streams.
No rain is predicted for the next week so with great weather and fantastic fishing it’s time to go trout fishing!
Not many anglers around at the moment so you might find you have the rivers and lake just about to yourself (with the exception of me).
Call my shop on 02 64561551 for more details and latest updates.
LAKE LEVEL and TEMPERATURE
Water levels rose a little last week due to the heavy rain in the mountains and the lake now sits at about 57% and is looking great at the moment. The cooler cloudy days and rainfall have sent the temperatures back to about 19 degrees Celsius.
Best methods to catch a trout
Best method – Surface trolling early in the day before sunrise and then lead lines at 3 colours.
Best lake lure – Tasmanian Devil in either Yellowwing Freddo or Y82.
Best lake area – Church Island to the dam wall.
Best fly method lake – Olive green flies like a Hammils Killer.
Best River Fly Fishing– Thredbo River still has some dry fly to enjoy.
Let’s have a look at what the fishing is going to be like over the next few weeks.
Troll early in the shallows with dark Tasmanian Devil lures until half an hour after first light then use lead core lines at 3 colours or lures to 3 metres deep. Best colour is the Holographic or the Brown Bomber number 48 Tasmanian Devil.
As the light changes go to a brighter color lure like number 36 or any other yellowing Tassie Devil.
Downrigging is still the best way to get a trout and even the middle of the day has been productive. The fish were still taking the Freddo yellow wing, Y82, or even gold and black colours.
A couple of Brown Trout about now with more regular catches down deep.
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!)
Worms and powerbait are still best when fishing on the bottom.
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 are 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.
We also have the artificial powerbait worms for those that do not like using real live 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. Yellowwing Tassies are best but number 50 frog is also a favorite.
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.
The extra water from heavy mountain rain was great with good catches when the level was a little higher but now the water has dropped and cleared the spinning is a little harder.
Smaller Rapalas in 5 and 7cm and number 2 Celtas has been best again.
Go for Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout patterns or green and silver lures with minnows like Rapalas the best by far.
Thredbo River is still the best bet for a trout and small lure cast into the running water and shadows is the best way to catch a trout on lure as the trout are very spooky in the pools.
The Mowamba river is still flowing nicely and is very fishable with small Celtas and 5cm Rapalas.
Good results also using very small soft plastics – pop into my shop and we can show you the best ones to try and how to use them.
River Fly Fishing
The dry fly fishing action was slow early in the week due to the rain but with the sun now out the dry fly improved on the lower Thredbo River. Mayfly patterns and Royal Humpy are also a couple of patterns worth while having in your fly box.
The flow of water on the Mowambah River has still been good after recent rainfall. Last week it was best using grasshopper patterns or you could try a Stimulator with a small nymph dropper.
Fly Fishing Lake
Woolley Buggers, Craigs Night time and Williamson’s Goldfish have been the flies well worth using at dawn and dusk. The shallow bays on the lake are worth a try early before the sun rises but after that you had better be fishing deep.
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
Fishing Charters – Bait and Tackle Supplies- Marine Supplies
P.M.B. 5 Jindabyne NSW 2627
Shop – (02) 64 561551
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