November is fun in the Lake Eucumbene region and offers something for everyone.
The opening weekend on the streams is over and thankfully the mayhem has passed. The river fishing over the first couple of weeks was quite good with plenty of trout caught.
Water levels in Eucumbene and Tantangara are up markedly. Many bays that haven’t seen water for months are now filling and the fish will follow.
The lake is rising so the fish are much closer to the banks looking for worms, insects, yabbies and other creepy crawly things so bait is a very successful way of catching a few.
If you can get hold of mudeyes, fish them under a running float with greased line. Use the right small hooks and you are almost guaranteed a fish.
Other good baits are PowerBait, scrubworms and bardi grubs, which are good baits year round in different combinations under a running sinker.
Early mornings and afternoons are best but the water is still cold so you can get a fish at any time.
The fish are hungry, there’s plenty of food, the lake is rising and the fish are in shallow water mornings and afternoons. So flatline the weed beds and the shallower banks very early morning and start fishing with two to four colours of lead-core line or use a downrigger as the day progress.
If you have a big boat with a big engine, you must have means to slow the speed to a level suitable for the lures.
We mainly use winged lures like Tassie Devils and Loftys Cobras with a trolling speed of 2.5-4kmh. In calm weather, a Rebel Crickhopper on very slow speed can be very good and don’t forget the minnows from Rapalas.
Two great ways to spin are to walk the banks and search through polarised sunglasses for cruising fish, or just pick a good spot, cast blind and let the fish come to you are.
The entrance to a weedy bay is a sure spot for fish to pass very frequently and for that kind of fishing, late afternoon is best.
We also have two rivers and many good creeks in the neighbourhood so you can keep busy for a long time.
There’s a new boat ramp at Anglers Reach, which offers an alternative to Old Adaminaby. It has a compacted gravel surface and is another point of access to the northern part of Eucumbene.
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