|lake jindabyne with steve williamson
Dated: 16 November, 2010
In my last report I said we would experience good and bad days over the next week and we are about to go into another week of unpredictable conditions.
By the end of this week we would have experienced 14 days of warm weather, storms and a barometer that goes up and down by the hour confusing the heck out of the trout.
Reports over recent days have had anglers reporting fantastic fishing and horrible fishing depending on when you go fishing and where.
Overall the bait fishing from the shore has been the best, even with the water level dropping.
The level of the lake has been dropping because of a release down the Snowy River but that ended last Friday and with the heavy rain yesterday and more possibly to come, the lake is starting to rise again and will easily go back up to near 80% bringing the trout back on the bite around the edges of the lake.
If we do get afternoon storms this week, the fishing will be one of good and bad again and you just need to look at the best method for the conditions if you want to catch a trout.
Morning fishing may be better than the evenings when the storms are around.
Call into my shop and we will help you out if you’re a little confused.
LAKE LEVEL and TEMPERATURE
The reported level at the moment is about 76% and steady with an expected slow rise. The water temperature has risen to17 degrees C and finally warming up a little and the rainbows are starting to become a little more active .
Have a look at the photos on my web site and you will see just how high the water level is.
Let’s have a look at what the fishing is going to be like over the next few weeks.
The lake level is again rising after the rainfall and so it’d back to trolling the edges of the lake.
Trolling small minnow lures off the lead core lines through the shallows at sunrise and sunset is producing the browns, rainbows and the odd Atlantic Salmon.13 gram Tasmanian Devils are still going with possibly yellowing lures better now, with Y82 very popular. The best for me this week has been my own personalized black one side and orange the other yellowing Tasmanian Devil in the Duel Depth.
Jointed Rapalas, maybe with a touch of orange like the perch pattern, are well worth a try first up and when trolled in close to the shore and over weed beds there is a good chance of a big Brown Trout or Atlantic Salmon. Also give some of the new blades a try, we have a good selection in our shop – most resemble the gold fish we have in our lake and the trout are hitting them hard.
The Y48 or Holographic duel depth is worth a try on dull days or deeper down.
You don’t have to fish these deep at the moment you just have to be in the right place at the right time
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!)
Scrub worms off the bottom and a power bait dropper has been best over recent days and some big fish are being caught. Good reports on Bardi Grubs over the last few days as well and the bigger browns have been caught this way.
Mudeye fishing experts are telling me that they are getting more fish on Powerbait at the moment and Mudeyes still need warmer water temperatures.
The big secret at the moment is to fish with bail arm open and make sure you grease the line to make sure you keep it out of the slime on the bottom of the lake.
Best areas for bait fishing at the moment have been, Rushes Bay, Curiosity Rocks, Waste Point, The Snowy Arm and East Jindabyne pumping station.
Water level is rising again and so the fish are moving back into the edges and shallow bays.
Start the day off by fishing these areas and then move out deeper.
Spin close around rocky outcrops for best results later on in the day in the day and use smaller lures like Celtas or Gillies Spinners or the Vibes around the shallow bays after dark. Don’t stay in one place too long and only put in a couple of casts in each area.
Tasmanian Devils are catching fish in the deeper water by casting and waiting for the lure to sink a little before a slow retrieve. Cast as far out as you can but best results will be when the water is choppy with a little wind. Yellow wing Tassies are again doing best on the sunny days.
Anglers are still having good success using blades that resemble the goldfish we have in the lake.
Some of the better blades are TT Switchblade ‘Golden Boy’, Strike Pro Cyber Vibe 35 BLG and Cyber Vibe 50JU009.
We have experienced storms in the mountains over the weekend and this morning we have light rain. More storms are predicted over the next week so more water may change the way we fish.
Fishing the faster runs has produced the best fish. Yesterday we had to use heavier lures to get the trout off the bottom in faster water.
Sinking minnows like Rapalas have still been best in the pools, where you can toss them in and let them sit a while before retrieving.
If you can get a lure closer to the bottom you will get more strikes.
Fly Fishing Lake
Most fish this past week have been caught using Woolley Buggers or larger flies deep down if just prospect casting but if you do spot a fish it might be better to try a small nymph first. Strip the flies slowly after letting them sink to the bottom.
Craig’s Night time and Williamson’s Goldfish have been two flies well worth using at dawn and dusk.
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.
Fly Fishing Rivers
After the rain over the last two days the rivers and streams are running hard again making it more difficult to fish. I didn’t see a rise yesterday, and suggest you have to fish very deep to get fish. We were hoping the warm weather predicted may pick up the dry fly fishing but with more water in the rivers most fish may still be caught on wet flies. The Mowambah River is also flowing very quickly and may take a while before t starts to fish at its best.
I have been saying it for some time but it may take a couple more weeks yet before it fires up.
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.
Photos of the latest lake levels can be viewed at www.swtroutfishing.com.au
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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