December is a lovely month in the Snowy Mountains, with plenty of sunny warm days ideal for a family fishing picnic.
The best baits in the warmer months are the couta mudeye or the smaller spider mudeye, but you have to rig them propely.
Use only the small light hooks especially made for this kind of bait. Put the hook carefully through the wing case behind the mudeye’s neck to keep it alive and swimming. That attracts more fish than a dead bait.
It’s also important to grease the line so that it floats high in the water and to use a running plastic float half-filled with water so it is heavy enough to cast and will drift with the wind or current. Don’t use too heavy a line, 6lb is plenty.
Then we have the normal set-up we use all year around, a running sinker with a 1m leader. Halfway down you attach a 30cm dropper with a small hook for PowerBait and at the end of the leader a bigger hook for a scrubworms or grub.
Late evening and after dark are good times to use this rig during the warmer months, when the biggest fish swim close to the banks and into the weed beds in shallow bays.
Good fishing spots include Adaminaby Bay, Homeleigh Bay, Old Adaminaby, Anglers Reach and Seven Gates.
During summer with the water temperature rising, you have to use lead-core line or a downrigger to get down to where the fish are early in the morning and late afternoon. At 1-8m it’s not that deep so a combination of flatlining on one rod and three colours of lead line on the other rod should cover different depths.
Tassie Devils or Loftys Cobras have a good trolling action and there are plenty of colours to choose from.
The best times to spin from the banks are early morning and late afternoon but after dark can be very successful too.Try the spots I recommended for shore-based bait fishing. If you have a boat the whole lake has countless clusters of rocks and trees that provide good hiding and ambush spots for big browns.
Since the opening of the season river fishing has been a little inconsistent, but recently things have improved. There is a good flow in the Murrumbidgee and Eucumbene rivers, thanks to some reasonably good rain in the catchment.
Rainbows and browns to 2.5kg have been caught and quality fish between 700g and 1kg are not uncommon.
Some grasshoppers have made an early appearance and the dry flyfishing has improved immeasurably over the past three weeks.
We have seen some huge hatches of caddis so ant and beetle patterns should also prove successful.Reads: 861