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Winter Fishing report

Last chance to fish the rivers. The June Queens Birthday holiday weekend is the last chance that you have to target the early spawning trout in the Thredbo River and for those that do come to fish the river it is a very busy weekend and a lot depends on the rain and weather as to how the trout will behave. Remember this year the rivers and streams close to fishing at midnight on Monday 12th June. If we get some good rain leading up tho the closing weekend then the fishing will be great if we don’t the fishing will be hard on the rivers and my suggestion is to fish the lake instead as the trout fishing on the lakes has been great over recent months. With only a week or so to go before the rivers close the focus will be on the Thredbo River and early spawning trout. Fly fishing on the Thredbo River will be using glowbugs and nymphs, maybe tandem fly rigs. Casting into flowing water and making certain the fly is very close to the bottom for best results. If using lures you may find that the best will be bigger minnow lures as the trout will often be quite aggressive thinking that the lure might be a little fish competing with it for eggs or even a challenge over the female trout. Lure colours that work best for trout are those with a little pink or orange on them. If you can’t fly fish and lure fishing isn’t your interest than the rig below maybe a way of catching a trout or two. Well that’s it for another river fishing season so let’s have a look at winter predictions in more depth.

Back on the lake, boat trolling over winter will be good with plenty of hard fighting rainbow trout in excellent condition giving the lake trollers a lot of fun and I would expect this pattern to continue. In winter the trout are more aggressive and trout are more likely to take a bigger lure, so bigger lures are often better. We quite often troll 9cm and 11cm lures for the bigger fish and early in the day is often best but you can troll lures all day long in winter. Other lures to use are Tasmanian Devils in pink number 55 or orange number 56 colours. These are aggression colours in winter and the trout will strike these hard. Also keep in mind a number Y36 Yellow wing for the sunnier days and Tassie Devil holographic or say a number 48 or Y48 are always worthwhile early and late in the day or off three colours or lead core line, usually out about 3 colours or 30 metres. The other good areas to troll are in the shallow bays like Hatchery Bay and Hayshed Bay, Sid’s Bay at East Jindabyne is also a favourite as it is a weedy bay with lots of food for trout.

Lake Bait Fishing
Over the winter months, I think the bigger trout will be cruising the bays and inlets for a feed and so that is where you should be also fishing. You can fish all day during winter but don’t fish too deep as the fish often feed in close to the shore. Bait fishing with scrub worms or artificial bait works well in winter, so long as you don’t mind sitting back and waiting, and yes this method works any time day or night. Artificial salmon eggs have been very good for catching some bigger trout at the moment. Both the worms and artificial baits are fished off the bottom with a running sinker. Remember to fish light and keep the bail arm open to let the trout run with the bait. Grease the line with muslin to reduce friction if the trout are running and dropping baits. Artificial baits are great in winter and you only need to just use a small ball of artificial bait, just a little bigger than a pea, and a small size 12 hook will catch more fish than big hooks and big bits of bait. Gamakatsu manufacture a fine wire hook called a single egg hook and these are great for power bait. You can use a size 8 or 10 hook for trout in winter. Over the next few months, the areas to catch a trout on bait are Wollondibby Inlet and Creel Bay at Waste Point and Stinky Bay nearer to town. Just remember the lake is weedy but that’s where the fish

Lake Spinning
Unlike summer, you can spin all day in winter, however on sunny still days choose the deeper dropoff where the fish will cruise looking for something to eat. I find that in winter smaller 7 gram Tasmanian devils best for the deeper water on still days and the 13 gram Tassies on the windy days. Another lure that has been worth a throw is the 3 inch Stumpjumper. Pink is a great colour in winter. Orange minnow spins are also great off the bank. You can also spin with small bladed spinners in the shallow weedy bays on the lake and I like gold colours or reds. Soft plastics are also worth a try and the Strike Tigers in Vodkar and Orange and Princess Pink colours are good and the Tasmanian Trout Frogs are also going great. Over all soft plastics for trout would have to work the best in winter. Flicking them out and working them slowly through the snags and above weed beds when the lake is low is the best way to catch trout. Like bream fishing down the coast, metal blades lures are working well on trout both in the rivers and the lakes and so well worth a try. If you want to try something different we have a range of the new Balista Trance lures that ‘flash’. These have been in trial at the moment with excellent results. Why not give them a try?

Winter Lake Fly Fishing Lake
Winter on Lake Jindabyne would have to be the hardest and coldest months for fly fishing. However if you brave the cold you will find that with the higher lake levels and fish hanging about the bays, the better areas are, Creel Bay, Hayshed and Hatchery Bay, Mill Creek Inlet, The Claypits, and The Snowy Arm. Well rug up and enjoy your trip to the Snowys, and if coming down for a snow play trip don’t forget your fishing rod!
Please NOTE. From Monday 12th of June until Saturday 1st July, I will be taking a well-earned break to head to the saltwater for a bit of personal fishing. During that time my shop will be closed reopening at 9am on the 1st July at 8am. Thanks for your support over the past season. After June, if you would like a bit more information on what trout fishing is available on Lake Jindabyne in winter, please call into my shop at Discovery Holiday Parks Jindabyne next to the Shell

Winter roundup – the best of the best!

Best method – Bait fishing with scrubbies teamed up with artificial baits.
Best depth- Bottom fishing.
Best lake lure – Tasmanian Devil in pink 55 or Bigger Minnow lures.
Best lake area – East Jindabyne pumping station and The Claypits.
Best fly method – Black Woolley Buggers on the lake.
Best River – Rivers all closed to fishing until October.

Steve Williamson

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