We are now facing the wonderful time of year where we can practise the art of Winter fishing.
If you are going to fully enjoy this experience, one of the most important rules is to stay warm and dry. I recommend good thermal wool underwear and quality jumpers and jackets which are wind-resistant and waterproof.
Something every angler should consider when thinking about thermal clothing is that if it gets wet, wool always stays warmer when compared with synthetic fabrics. Another good point about wool is that it doesn’t get smelly even if you don’t wash it every day, like you have to do with synthetics.
Also try to stay out of the wind if possible because of the wind-chill factor in Winter makes it a lot colder than the thermometer shows. Always listen to the wind-chill factor warnings from the snowfields and the same applies to the lake and the banks. So with proper clothing and weather awareness you should be comfortable and safe.
The lake water during Winter is around 6° to 8° so it’s extremely dangerous to fall overboard. And after you use your boat, always lower your outboard so you drain all the water out. If you don’t do that, with the normal overnight temperatures of –5° to –10°, the water in your engine is going to freeze and you’re not going to be able to use it the next morning until the ice inside your cooling system melts.
The boat ramp at Old Adaminaby is still the best option but the depth is quite shallow. For larger boats it will be hard to launch if the water continues to drop. As July progresses you are welcome to seek advice from Lars on 02 6454 2438 or --e-mail address hidden-- . The rivers and creeks have closed to fishing until the October long weekend but the lake is open year around and always fishes well during winter.
The best waters to fish are in the main body of the lake and the arm down to the dam wall. In the deep water downriggers and lead-core line come into good use although on sunny, calm days flatlining can score nice fish even in the deepest water.
The Providence Arm is another good Winter spot because the browns, and later the rainbows, travel this way to the Eucumbene River for spawning. We all hope the good rain is going to continue so we get the flow we need in the rivers and creeks for the spawning fish.
Good colours to use on your Lofty’s Cobras or Tassie Devils are orange, pink and yellow or gold. Lofty’s numbers are 40Y, 48Y, 100Y, 36, 14, 24 and 66, while Tassies to try are PP glow, 56, 53, 15, Y62, Y5 and Y89.
During the day try the steeper banks around the dam wall or close to any river or creek which runs into the lake. Polarised glasses make it much easier to spot a cruising fish.
Tantangara is still fishing well for some quality fish from 500g to a kilo. DPI Fisheries is stocking Three Mile Dam with brook trout, which are good eating fish.
The browns, brooks and rainbows are not very big in this dam but it’s a lovely little spot. When fishing at Three Mile Dam and Tantangara you should always be aware that they can be subject to heavy, unexpected snowfalls so be watchful.
The drawback of fishing Three Mile Dam during Winter is that all people who go into the Kosciusko National Park have to pay the entry surcharge of $27 per day per car.
Bait fishing during winter is always good and grubs and orange PowerBait under a running sinker is the winning combination. If you find a bank where you can park your car close to the water you get the shelter you need during the windy, cold days.
The rainbows don’t spawn until September and not all browns go up the rivers and creeks at the same time so there are plenty of fish to catch walking the banks. Some of the biggest Winter fish are caught this way.
During very windy days I use the Snowy Minnow because it is small, heavy, streamlined and cuts through the wind. Under more normal conditions Cobras and Tassies work well.
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Here’s the recipe for the world-famous Swedish Glögg, which will really heat you up after a cold day’s fishing. This recipe makes about 4.5 litres so you’ll have plenty to entertain your fishing friends with.
1.5 litres inexpensive dry red wine
1.5 litres inexpensive Australian port
1 bottle of inexpensive brandy or aquavit
5 cinnamon sticks
1 Tablespoon cardamom seeds (must be seeds)
2 dozen whole cloves
Peel of one orange
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup blanched almonds
2 cups sugar
Garnish with the peel of another orange.
Caution: Use only stainless steel pots, not use aluminium or copper as they interact chemically with the ingredients.
Pour the red wine and port into a covered stainless steel pan. Add the cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, orange peel, raisins, and almonds. Warm gently but don’t boil because boiling will burn off the alcohol.
Put the sugar in a pan and soak it with half the brandy. Warm the sugar and brandy slurry over a low flame. The sugar will melt and bubble until it becomes a clear golden syrup of caramelised sugar. This caramelisation is crucial to developing the Glögg’s complexity.
Add the caramelised sugar to the spiced wine mix. Cover and let it mull for an hour. Just before serving, strain to remove the spices and add brandy to taste (about 300ml). You can serve it immediately, or let it age for a month or two.
Storage: If you are going to age it, make sure the bottle is filled as high as possible and sealed tight.
To serve Glögg, warm it gently over a low flame or in a crockpot and serve it in a mug. Garnish with fresh orange peel twisted over the mug to release the aromatic oils.
Try brown sugar if you wish. The orange peel garnish, however, is essential to the fragrance. Drink while seated and give your car keys to a friend.