Fishing a Snowy Mountain high
  |  First Published: December 2007

In the Eucumbene region, the local rivers and lakes have all been fishing well. This region makes a great desination for the fishing family.


The rivers have been fishing extremely well, especially the Eucumbene and Murrumbidgee. Some of the smaller creeks are running well but it’s a skill and challenge to land a fly in a patch of water no more than 1m wide and then hang on to 1kg trout. It can be a whole lot of fun and quite a hair-raising experience.

This month there should still be reasonable flow in the main rivers but fish will tend to congregate in the deeper water. Best dry flies include hopper patterns, Humpies, Royal Wulff, Royal Coachman, Shaving Brush, Black Ant, Geehi Beetle, Stimulator and Parachute Dun.

With bigger fish holding in deeper water, suspending a nymph 60cm below your dry will often produce results.

Fishing the lakes in the evening and into the night will produce. In Eucumbene, areas like Seven Gates, Cemetery Point, Benefield and Homeleigh Bay are consistently productive. Tantangara always fishes well into January and is definitely worth the trip.


Eucumbene continues to produce good fish from the banks in the early morning, late afternoon and evening. Night fishing during the warmer months can reward anglers with the fish of their dreams: big browns. They are very shy and prefer hunting the shallow weed beds close to the banks in the safety of dark.

Best bait is a mudeye if you can get hold of any; they are very scarce this year, particularly the couta mudeye. Alternatively, use the normal set-up with scrubworm and PowerBait, as this always does well.

Good spots include Seven Gates, Yens Bay, Old Adaminaby and Anglers Reach.


Walking the banks and hunting the fish, instead of waiting for them to come to you, is the best way to spin. You cover a lot of water and get good exercise.

Good spots are Yens Bay, Cemetery Point, Homeleigh Bay, Old Adaminaby and Anglers Reach. Lures include the Snowy Minnow, Lofty’s Cobras and Tassie Devils. For advice about the best colour see the local tackle store.


Lake Eucumbene is enormous with sheltered shallow bays of 2m to 10m and deeper parts of 40m to 60m. To increase your chances of catching fish, particularly during Summer, lead-core line and a downrigger are musts.

Flatlining the bays and getting close to the banks still produces fish in the very early morning and late afternoon but during the rest of the day you have to get down deeper.

Normally it’s best to use between three and six ‘colours’ of lead-core line or set the downrigger between 6m and 15m. Good lures include Lofty’s Cobra in the Eucumbene Special and a lot of other colours specially made for the area. Tassie Devils in numbers S12, 89, Y48, 88 and 50 are also recommended.

Good spots to troll include Frying Pan Arm, White Rocks Inlet, Adaminaby Bay, Coppermine Bay, Power Line, Grace Lea Island and the dam wall area.

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