Fishing report - April 2017

Mornings are starting to be a little cooler now and the water temperature is dropping on the lake and the trout are happy to spread out now instead of going deep into the lake.
This is what I call ‘transition time’ now! Hard to pick what the trout are up to day to day and this will test some anglers. The school holidays and Easter fishing is approaching quickly and fishing should be good with the cooler water. Plenty of yabbies about in the lake also so the kids should have some fun catching them as well. Just remember NO enclosed traps are to be used in trout waters for catching yabbies. The rivers have been fishing well and if we get some good rainfall we might even see an early start to the trout spawning run in the Thredbo River.

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The Lake level continued to drop and will continue to do so as winter approaches
The Lake temperature today was 16 degrees C (on the surface).

Best methods to catch a trout.
Best method
Boat trolling was the best method over the past week.
Best lake lure
Yellow wing Tasmanian devil lures like number111 ‘Willy’s Special” and Y48 Brown Bomber.
Best lake area
East Jindabyne islands and Creel Bay is picking up now.
Best fly method lake
Williamson’s Goldfish and Hamills Killer.
Best River Fly Fishing
Mostly fishing nymphs now but you may see a little dry fly on warmer days.
Best River Lures
Spinners in gold colours and natural coloured minnow lures

Let’s have a look at what the fishing is going to be like over the next week.

At the start of the month, the trout were close to the surface early and going deeper as the sun rose but still catchable on lead core lines all day long. You need to mix it up a bit and certainly trolling a little deeper is best when the sun is on the water. Tasmanian Devil number 111 “Willy’s Special’ and Brown Bomber, Y48 and holographic are the most consistent lures. Better trolling areas this month will be Sid’s Bay through to Rushes Bay and down to the township. Keep your minnow lures handy as they are going to start to work very soon. Also trolling around the weedy bays with ‘goldfish’ like minnow lures will be good and there are some excellent Bullet Lure patterns for you to check out in my shop.

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 Industry and Investment NSW (NSW Fishing rules) as to which rivers in the area you can legally bait fish in. IF IN DOUBT DON’T BAIT FISH in the RIVERS!) Bait fishing should remain good now with a little rain and cooler weather. Mudeye seson is ending so worms, meal worms and artificial baits will be the best bet. Best bait fishing areas Hatchery Bay, Rushes Bay and mouth of the Thredbo or The Snowy River Arm.

Lake Spinning
Spinning lures around the creek and stream inlets has been good. Brighter lures if sunny and darker lures when it is dull. Gillies feathertails, Celtas or Yellowwing Tasmanian Devil Lures. Bullet lures continue to be a very successful lure for anglers. Remember the goldfish that the trout love to eat so patterns that resemble the goldfish will be best. Soft plastics continue to gain popularity with the Strike Tiger range of plastics selling by far the best these days. Try some of the nymphs you will be surprised how effective they are. Try fishing the Wollondibby Point, Rushes Bay, and Waste Point area and it is always best to fish facing into the wind where the food is blown close to the edges. This is where the trout will be cruising.

River Spinning.
I would expect some big changes on the river as soon as we get decent rain which will stir a few early spawners into action but until then the river fishing may be a little slow. Plenty of small fish about though and at least you should catch something. Try some Gillies Feathertails or Vibrax Glow spinners very early and late in the day or some soft plastics like the Strike Tiger, olive pepper. The 3 and 5 cm Bullet lures are also well worth a throw. .

Fly Fishing Lake
Try any of the streamer patterns such as Mrs Simpson and Williamson’s Snowy Mountains Gold Fish. Olive green nymphs and shrimp patterns. Waste Point and Wollondibby inlet are worth a try.

Fly fishing Rivers and Streams
Again I am expecting that thing will change on the rivers and streams with any decent rain but until then it looks like will be using nymphs and maybe a little dry fly. There are still a few grasshoppers about but look also for black crickets. Looking what’s around will help you with fly selection.

Adrian Flanagan with a 600mm Brown trout.

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Steve Williamson's Trout Fishing Adventures

Past Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Reports.


Last week was a week of mixed weather conditions had the fishing all over the place.

Mid week we had strong winds making it difficult to fish the lake and times the barometric pressure was down to 1006 when the cold change eventually came through and so the fishing was very mixed.

The last couple of mornings were cool but warmed quickly.

The rivers were fishing OK on fly now and some evenings after a warm day the trout were rising everywhere.

The shore based angling on the lake was still quite good with the best fish a 6lb brown caught on local scrub worms at the base of Discovery Holiday Park.

Other anglers reported some nice browns also from 3 to 4lb average.

The rainbows on the lake are taking either mudeye or artificial baits but the bottom fishing with a combination of worms and artificial bait still seems the best and the time of day didn't really matter.

The weather this week looks like it is going to remain fine and sunny with temperatures reaching up to 32 degrees by late week so looks good for fishing.

If you are coming down to Jindabyne over the Christmas / New Year break, please book early for tours and if you want mudeyes for bait it may be best to pre order as the cooler weather this year has put mudeyes in limited supplies.

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The Lake level went down a little last week and the amount of water flowing down the Thredbo is now low.

The lake level is at 78%. The Lake temperature today was 17 degrees C (on the surface).

Best methods to catch a trout.

Best method - Scrub worms, artificial bait are still good and mudeyes.

Best lake lure - Tasmanian Devil number 111 and Stumpjumpers and Warlock minnows in natural colours.

Best lake area - Still look at the sheltered bays for best fishing.

Best fly method - lake Black and olive Woolley buggers and Williamson's Goldfish.

Best River Fly Fishing - Brown Beetle, White moth and Caddis patterns.

Best River Lures - Gillies feathertails, Warlock  and Bullet Lures in natural colours.

Lets have a look at what the fishing is going to be like over the next few weeks.


The boat trolling was as mixed as the weather last week, but we are still catching trout on the surface as the water temperature is not as warm as in previous years; however we have been using downriggers on the really hot and bright days. Downrigger depth however has not been as deep as in previous years either with 25 to 35 feet about perfect.

I would expect that we should see this formula to continue over the next month or so. Start off early in the day with surface lines and the trick is to have at least 60 metres and even up to 100 metres of line out to get best results when trolling the edges of the shoreline, and after about an hour add a lead core line into the equation. With lead lines you should start with two colours (20 metres) early and three colours (30 metres) later in the morning.

The Tasmanian Devil number 111 Willy's Special is still about the best Tasmanian Devil colour at the moment followed by the yellowing brown bomber. My black/gold Tasmanian Devil or the Holographic has been the best for darker conditions and also have been good for downrigging.

I have also been doing well with 9cm Rapalas down off the downrigger and lead lines. Best colours are rainbow trout and brown trout. With water levels still high, some of the better trolling areas this month will be Hatchery Bay and Hayshed Bay and Sid's Bay through to Rushes Bay however watch the rocks as the East Jindabyne Islands start to reappear as the water levels drop.

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 Industry and Investment NSW (NSW Fishing rules) as to which rivers in the area you can legally bait fish in. IF IN DOUBT DON'T BAIT FISH in the RIVERS!)

Bait fishing on lake Jindabyne, has been good over recent months with the higher water levels. Mudeyes have been good used under a float or even meal worms under a float and either let the waves move the float about or if no wind try and wind it in very slowly with a pause every turn of the handle. Best bait fishing areas are Creel Bay, Hatchery Bay and Curiosity Rocks. Another great area is the bottom of Discovery Holiday Park near Widows Creek Inlet.

Lake Spinning

Best lure spinning has been on the lake has been in the shallow bays early and late in the day and you can start by spinning the edges with Celtas or flicking Warlock and Bullet Minnows.

Best spinning late in the day is where there are steep drop offs with plenty of rocks will be the best areas. Bays like Creel, Hatchery and the Snowy Arm all fish well. On windy days, change to a Tassie and cast further out over drop offs, letting the lure sink before you slowly retrieve.

Best areas have been down at the South Arm, Hatchery Bay or near Banjo Patterson Park.

River Spinning.

Fish are still being caught in the Thredbo River also on small Warlock and Bullet lures with the best colours being rainbow trout and perch. You can also try some Gillies spinners very early and late in the day or some soft plastics like the Strike Tigers and we have a great range of colours to try out.

On the smaller streams like the Moonbah or upper Snowy, a variety of lures will work, but the best will be small bladed spinners, like the Gillies Feathertails or Celtas in numbers one or two sizes.

For deeper water the Small Bullet Minnow or Gillies Tailbender.

Fly Fishing Lake

Some of the best lake fly fishing is during the coming months and this year with the steady lake level we should see some big fish caught.  Try any of the streamer patterns such as Mrs Simpson and Williamson's Snowy Mountains Gold Fish. Olive green nymphs and shrimp patterns are also worth a try.

You may get an evening rise after a sunny day but to date they have been few and far between on the lake.

The South Arm, Creel Bay and Kangaroo Bay (if you have a boat) are all great for fishing at the moment.

Fly fishing Rivers and Streams

On the rivers, the Thredbo River the fishing has been spectacular as the season has been late this year and we should continue to see some fantastic dry fly fishing again this month.

The Alpine streams are still at their best and plenty of small fish are being caught on dry fly.

Fly selection is not too critical in these streams but placement is critical or else you just scare all the fish.

Flies you must have are brown beetle patterns, White Moth, Snowy Hopper, Stimulator, Royal Wulff and Parachute hoppers. Maybe a brown and a black nymph if the fish are not rising.

And maybe you had better throw a midge pattern, brown mayfly and an Adams in as well to make certain you have most circumstances covered.

Steve Williamson