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  |  First Published: April 2007



In a recent article in another publication Steve Starling spoke about the sheer vastness of Lake Eucumbene and the fact that he finds its enormous size ‘just a tad daunting’.

Even with the lake level around 15% there is still a huge area of water and one could spend a week fishing it and cover only half its fish-rich areas. Now at its lowest level since the lake was filled, the fishing has been better and more consistent than most local anglers can remember. Boats can still be launched at Old Adaminaby and Anglers Reach without any difficulty.

Our thanks go to the good folk at Snowy Hydro for continuing to provide funding to upgrade the main ramp at Old Adaminaby as water level drops.

The ramp at the Old Town is a single-boat entry facility so we’d like to remind boaties of the importance of having their craft loaded and prepared prior to occupying the business end of the ramp. It’s pretty frustrating when you’re waiting to launch, only to find someone at the bottom of the ramp taking up space for 15 minutes while they load their gear, undo their safety straps, etc before they can put their boat in.

At the recent held ProFish Tournament at the Lake 23 boats were able to be launched in less than 40 minutes. This was achieved by anglers having done the preparatory work prior to reversing down the ramp. It’s really not that difficult, it just requires a bit of thought and common sense.

All the ProFish competitors had a great time and excellent fishing prevailed over the weekend. Many stories and much fishing information were exchanged after each session and it was then up to the individual angler to try to differentiate between fact and fiction!

Local anglers Col Sinclair and Peter Schroeder finished fourth in a red-hot field, just 300g behind the winners. It was the first fishing competition I had fished in since the early days of ANSA back in the 1970s and it proved to be a valuable learning experience.


Due to our rapidly changing conditions we would like to remind anglers about the value of seeking local knowledge.

Lars was approached recently by some of his customers at the Alpine Tourist Park who’d been trolling without success for several days. Upon examination of their equipment and lures, which had been purchased in good faith prior to coming to this area, Lars found them completely unsuitable for current conditions.

After a bit of advice about types of lures, colours, set-ups and locations they spent a few dollars in one of the local tackle shops and went fishing the following day. Over the next few days they had remarkable success and were most jovial every evening when they returned to the park.

We’re not demeaning shops in any other part of the State, we’re sure they would be the first to realise how rapidly conditions change and how important it is to seek local knowledge.

Rainbows have featured heavily in catches over the past few months with anglers having most success trolling lures around the thermocline. Most modern sounders are able to identify the thermocline, which currently is around 10m down, and the best methods of reaching it are using lead-core line or downriggers.

We’ve started to notice brown trout, which have been sulking at the bottom of the lake because of the hot weather, beginning to move towards their spawning areas. This means they will become more active and will feature more prominently in catches during the month.

April is generally the start of the period when trophy browns are caught by thinking anglers.


Trolling has been excellent as usual but now with the water temperature starting to drop, the fish should tend to be higher in the water column and flatlining, in association with lead-core and downrigging, should cover all eventualities.

Most successful colours in the early morning tend to be the hotter colours in Tassie Devils and Lofty’s. Change to some of the mid-range colours during the middle of the day and afternoon and use darker colours into the evening. The use of lead-core lines and downriggers should still prevail with flatlining closer to the shore in the early morning and later in the evening.


Bait anglers continue to be successful using a combination of PowerBait and grubs , worms and PowerBait or mudeyes fished under a float.

Be wary when walking the banks because with dropping water levels there can be some soft patches.


In April fly fishing can be very exciting with large browns moving around the perimeter of the lake. Any unsuspecting anglers using light tackle could be in for a rude awakening.

The best time is late afternoon, into the evening and all through the night. Successful wet flies tend to be the Woolly Bugger, Woolly Worm, Craig’s Nighttime, Mrs Simpson and Red Setter. Successful dry flies are ants if hatches occur, hoppers and after dark and Muddler Minnows.

There have been some huge midge hatches, which can produce amazing fishing or incredibly frustrating fishing and Midge Balls are the flies to use when this happens. With reasonable falls of rain in late February and March, fly fishing the streams should improve, with the Eucumbene and Murrumbidgee once again having reasonable flow.

Successful dry flies still tend to be Hoppers, beetle patterns, Humpies, Royal Coachmen and Parachute Adams. If fishing wet flies, nymphs and Woolly Worms should be effective.


Please take care of our environment and don’t leave rubbish lying around. There’s nothing more annoying than fishing a beautiful area such as ours and finding rubbish carelessly discarded by thoughtless people.


For people who smoke their trout, here’s Lars’ highly prized smoked trout pâté recipe:

1 700g smoked trout ,

250g of Philadelphia Cream Cheese

a few spoonfuls of cream (just enough to make it smoother),

a few drops of Tabasco (just enough to spice it up),

1 dessertspoon of finely chopped fresh dill or a teaspoon of dried dill

finely grated rind of half a lemon.

Place it all in the blender and blend until smooth. Serve with your favourite cracker biscuits, cool drinks and enjoy.

For regular updates about fishing information in this unique area check www.alpinetouristpark.com.au/fishing.html and www.adaminabyangler.com.au/reports.html

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