Early spawning a good sign
  |  First Published: August 2012

We’ve certainly had a good start to the snow season this year and the snow keeps on coming, which is excellent for the rivers and streams when it melts in spring.

The trout also started spawning a little earlier this year given the rain and snow and they are now back in the lake and very hungry.

So far this winter the lake fishing has been excellent with great shore based angling, and for now it can only stay that way. With the water still in at a high 86%, the trout have been happy to cruise the edges, poking about prospecting for something to eat.

Bait fishing has been very good with the best baits being either scrub worms or bardi grubs if you want to catch a good brown trout, or for rainbow trout artificial baits in orange or pink have been great.

If you like to throw lures, spin the edges of the lake’s sheltered bays with floating lures in rainbow trout and brown trout patterns. The jointed Rapalas worked very slowly is the best way to catch a lazy trout when the water is cold and the fish are a little sluggish.

If the water is dirty then orange or pink lures may work better, as these are aggression colours for trout in winter spawning time.

For deeper water on really sunny and still days when the trout may be spooky in shallow water, you can use lures such as the Tasmanian Devil and again colours like the pink number 55 or the brown number 48 are sure to catch a fish or two.

The better times are early and late in the day but you can still catch fish near the rocky points and deep drop-offs during the middle of the day. Some of the better winter areas are Hatchery Bay, the South Arm and you might like to try Curiosity Point.

Traditionally August is a great time to try polaroiding – spotting trout with the aid of polaroid sunnies – although this also started early this year.

If all goes to plan the fly fishing should improve towards the end of this month as we head towards spring and the edges of the water warms a little. Green Nymphs fished near the rocky outcrops should catch a fish for you. If on the day the water is a little choppy, then move to a olive streamer pattern like a Woolley Bugger or similar.

If polaroiding the lake, fish quietly and approach the water only after trying to spot a fish. The western shoreline from Curiosity Rocks to Hatchery Bay is excellent to spot fish during August. Another area for big fish is Creel Bay at Waste Point, but remember this is in the Kosciuszko National Park and you are expected to have a pass. You will need to purchase the pass at either Cooma or Jindabyne visitors centre.

Troll them up

Trolling is our most popular fishing tour during winter and we almost always catch a fish.

Some of the big Atlantic salmon released by Gaden Trout Hatchery last June have now been caught but there is still more out there and they are a lot of fun to catch. There is no special lure to attract the salmon, you just have to be in the right place at the right time. That being said they don’t mind a little bit of silver on the lure and the Tasmanian devil number 77 autumn brown has been very good. Other good lures to use at the moment are Tassie Devils in numbers 55 pink and 72, and 50 frog pattern or 36 yellow wings on the sunnier days.

For the bigger brown trout I like to troll larger 9-11cm jointed Rapalas and the brown trout pattern is a favourite.

Lion and Cub islands as well as East Jindabyne islands are excellent trolling spots at the moment, and you need to troll close to the edges for best results.

With winter trolling it is always important to remember the fish move a lot slower in cold water, so it’s important to troll slower than in summer. It may be that an electric motor or some sort of trolling baffle may be needed to get the boat down to about 3km/h at the most.

If down in the Snowy’s over the next month call into my shop at Discovery Holiday Park, say hi and pick up a copy of the latest fishing report. If you would like to join me on one of my charters, just give me a call on (02) 64561 551 or 0408 024436.

You can also visit my web site at www.swtroutfishing.com.au for all the latest fishing reports and find out more about our winter tours.

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