Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Report.

Week starting 20th October 2014

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NEWS

After the cold snap early last week and the snow in the mountains the weather was back to winter with the rest of the week experiencing minus degree mornings and cool days but at last a return to some water weather over the weekend which certainly made being on the water more pleasant.

On the rivers it has been a mixed bag with some difficulty seeing trout at times and with the warmer weather the fishing should improve.

Today it is cool again but by mid week we are expecting temperatures up to high 20’s and this might encourage some insect hatches and get a start to the dry fly fishing season.

Trolling on the lake is producing fish all day with the cooler water but you do have to find the trout first and work them, the rewards are there if you are patient but as I have been stating the best will come when the water warms up a couple of degrees.

Yes there are a lot of small undersize trout being caught – but aren’t these fish the future of the fishery and isn’t it a sign of great things to come?

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

LAKE LEVEL and TEMPERATURE

As predicted the environmental release of water out of Jindabyne Dam down the Snowy River last week had very little effect on the lake level as fast as the water went out over the dam in came the water from the heavy rain and snow melt we received and so we are only about an inch down on last week’s water level and the lakes back on the rise again as the as the 25cm of snow that we received last Tuesday melts off the mountains.

Water temperatures on the lake fell once again with the freezing conditions and today and sits at about 10 degrees C.

Best methods to catch a trout.

Best method – Fish can be picked up trolling and bait fishing on the lake

Best lake lure –Tasmanian Devil holographic or orange and black have both been good.

Best lake area – Creel Bay, Rushes Bay and Lion and Cub Islands.

Best fly method lake – Hamills Killer, Black Woolly Bugger and Williamson’s Goldfish.

Best River Fly Fishing– Black or brown weighted nymphs and caddis dry flies.

Best River Lures – Rapala type minnows get them down and fish them slow.

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

Trolling.

It has been a bit mixed with trolling last week with the trout still on the move and with the better weather this week it should see an improvement in the fishing.

Trout are being caught from the surface to 35 feet and there is no real pattern at the moment.

If trolling, start the day (before the sun hits the water) with a surface line out and at least 50 metres drop back, the more the better on still sunny days. Stay close to the shore and target rocky points and other snags like the many trees in the water at the moment for the bigger brown trout.

Later in the morning, try lead line at 2 to 3 colours. (20 to 30 metres of line out) later in the day or on still days and even downriggers to 30 feet.

Best colour Tassies have been holographic, Brown Bomber, green and gold yellowing type. Rapalas that look similar to our goldfish and spotted dog pattern have still been very successful.

Little bit of downrigging at 20 to 30 feet on the bright sunny days. Use longer dropbacks for best results.

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!)

Shore based bait fishing continues to be good with local Scrubbies, and artificial baits the best. The mudeye fishing should start shortly with a bit of warmer weather.

The Claypits, Hatchery Bay, Town Centre near front of Banjo Patterson Park and The Snowy Arm are better spots.

Lake Spinning

No change in the lure spinning. Same lures are still working but like the trolling most lures will work ok if you’re in the right place for an aggressive trout. Blades in gold have been doing well at the moment. Try a sall

The Tasmanian Devil Holographic, Pink, orange, Y82 and Y48 have all been good and so is the Holographic.

Minnow lures like floating Rapalas, (especially jointed 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. Warlock lure in greenish colours and work it slowly through the shallows.

Don’t stay in one place too long and only put in a couple of casts in each area.

Shallow areas try Gillies Feathertails and Tailwalkers which are new products worth a look.

Some new lures to try in the dark are the new glow Blue Fox Vibrax spinners. Charge them up with a torch or camera flash and watching them spin through the water is incredible, trout are very inquisitive and often hit the lure hard.

Call into my shop and I will show you some of the better soft plastics that we are having great success on over the last week. The ‘Spotted Brew’ Strike Tiger has especially been good over the last week.

River Spinning

The Thredbo was a little bit up and down with the levels and the fishing this week with the cold deeper water and making it a little hard to see fish at times. You had to work the snags and the lures needed to get down and were best worked very slow in the very cold and quite often faster water. I would expect after the rain and snow the river will become a little stained and the spinning should be great.

Looking like a great season ahead.

Fly fishing Rivers and Streams

With the cooler weather we had trouble at times finding fish but if we get a few insects about and maybe a hatch or two we might see some dry fly fishing especially by about Wednesday or Thursday.

The best of the river fishing is yet to come.

Fly Fishing Lake

Woolley Bugger, a Craig’s Night time or a Williamson’s Goldfish will be the best over the next few days while the wet and cold weather is with us. Back to better weather by the weekend and even may see a little late evening dry fly on the lake. Caddis and Mayfly hatches have occurred on the lake over the last weekend.

The shallow bays on the lake are worth a try but you have to be very quiet and not too many casts in one spot so as not to spook the trout.

 

ROD HIRE

Yes we have a full range of fishing rods and reels for hire so you don’t have to worry about carting all you’re fishing gear down to the snow with you.

Spin and bait rods - $15 A Day ($25 for 24 hours)

Fly rods - $25 (includes flies) ($30 for 24 hours)

Lure and bait boxes $5

We also have all other tackle for hire including nets, waders, fly vests etc.

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 the very latest fishing reports and photos check out our Facebook page at -www.facebook.com/LJTFA

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I can use the information to add into my own reports and your photo might not only end up in my report but might also go into a draw for the best fish of the month which will win you a $50 Tassie Devil Tackle Pack.

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Have you any photos that you can e-mail me?

I can use the information to add into my own reports and your photo might not only end up in my report but might also go into a draw for the best fish of the month which will win you a $50 Tassie Devil Tackle Pack.

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.

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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.

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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             E-mail  swtrout@airlan.com.au     www.swtroutfishing.com.au

Shop – (02) 64 561551  Fax – (02) 64 572991

Have you got a report from your latest fishing trip?

Have you any photos that you can e-mail me?

I can use the information to add into my own reports and your photo might not only end up in my report but might also go into a draw for the best fish of the month which will win you a $50 Tassie Devil Tackle Pack.

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.

LAKE SIGHT SEEING TOURS

On selected days, sight seeing tours of Lake Jindabyne will be available. These tours are conducted in the mid afternoon on most days. The boat has just been fitted with the very latest in HD sonar and we never know what we will see.

Whilst on a tour the other day we actually found the foundations of Sunnybrea Cottage and the old Jindabyne bridge which is now 130 feet under water. You have to see this to believe it.

Enquiries are by calling 64561551.

 Information 

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.

Pop into my shop where we have a full range of fishing tackle hire as low as $15 a day per rod.

Advice is available on the best setups to suit the current conditions.

You will find my shop located next to the Shell Service Station at the Discovery Holiday Park, Kosciuszko Road Jindabyne.

If  you want to know more about the latest in fishing conditions just give me a call on 02 64 561551 during business hours or check out my web site at www.swtroutfishing.com.au

For more information on the local fishing conditions call into my shop at Snowline Centre, Kosciuszko Road next to the Shell Service Station..

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             E-mail  swtrout@airlan.com.au     www.swtroutfishing.com.au

Shop – (02) 64 561551  Fax – (02) 64 562991

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