Streams fishing well
  |  First Published: February 2003

While a lot of areas suffered badly from the drought and bushfires, many of the Snowy Mountains rivers and streams are still fishing well.

I guess we have been a little luckier than most and now, with Autumn fast approaching, it looks as if we will get excellent trout fishing conditions to continue for the rest of the season.

February is when the streams are at their lowest level and the fish are often very spooky, but this is when the dry fly fishing is at its best.

On Lake Jindabyne, the water temperatures are at their highest, often up to 24°, and the fish will go deeper in the middle of the day. This is our best month for downrigging from the boat.

It doesn’t matter what the time of year it is, or what the weather is doing, it is always possible to catch a trout if you fish to the conditions. Let’s have a look at what the best methods will be to catch a trout this month.


Tasmanian Devil No 36 (yellow wings) has fished very consistently over the past six months and the only difference this month is that we have to fish the lure a little deeper. Twelve to 15 feet has been the best depth early and late in the day and the middle of the day, down to 30 feet off downriggers.

For those who like to troll mudeyes behind Ford Fenders, this form of fishing has been excellent and will continue for a while yet. It’s also worth a trying this method off your downriggers during the middle of the day.

The best areas are Hatchery Bay, Sid’s Bay, East Jindabyne Islands and Waste Point.

Bait fishing

Mudeyes are the best bait and fishing them two metres under a float over the weed beds gives the best results. The best times have been throughout the night and early morning to 7am. Areas that have fished the best have been Curiosity Rocks area and the dam wall.


Best fishing on the lake is at sunrise and gold or green and gold Tassie Devils have been the best lures. The best areas have been around the river and creek inflows like up at Creel Bay.

On the Thredbo River, rainbow trout can be caught, but you need to be very careful not to spook the fish because the water has been very clear. Fish the running water for best results.


On the Thredbo River, rainbow trout are being caught on black or brown nymphs in the runs or on grasshopper patterns when dry-fly fishing the pools. The Royal Wulff is worth trying on the alpine steams for some of those small trout that fight like there is no end.

The Williamson’s Goldfish fly is catching lots of fish in the little inlets during the late evening and very early mornings before sunrise.

Our new season trolling school has been scheduled for April 26 and 27, so if you want to learn how to correctly fit out a boat and how to troll, give me a call and I will send you information. For the latest up-to-date information or to book a trout fishing lesson or tour, please phone me on 0408 024 436.


Steve levy from Sydney caught this 1.5kg rainbow trolling a Min Min minnow in rainbow trout pattern on Lake Jindabyne.

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