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Plenty of water, good fish
  |  First Published: October 2009



w
e have had some good fishing so far this season and lake levels are still good, thanks to late season rain, a nice blizzard and good snowmelt.

Streams and rivers are running well and fishing has picked up well over recent weeks. The spinning has been good and the dry-fly fishing is improving as the weather warms and the insects hatch.

t
here have been plenty of boats on
l
ake Jindabyne and lots of big smiles as many anglers manage their bag limits. There are lots of rainbow trout from 500g to a kilo but if you want to catch a brown trout you need to be on the water before sunrise.
t
he annual Snowy Mountains Trout Festival is from November 1 to 7. For all the latest news on the competition go to www.troutfestival.com .
w
e should see some great fishing during the festival and I am certain that will also continue right throughout the remaining
s
pring and
s
ummer months.
Trolling
Over
w
inter we saw some of the best fishing for many years and
s
pring has been just as good.
a
s
s
ummer arrives the fish will go deep in the middle of the day and trollers will need to use lead lines and downriggers to get the best fishing.

Yellow wing Tasmanian Devil lures are still the favourites but you need to fish them at different depths, depending on the conditions of the day. The Tassie Y82 is doing very well early in the day and as the sun rises, change to a yellow wing No 36.

The Steve Williamson red nosed yellow wing has been the best sunny-day colour and my lime green yellow wing is starting to catch a lot of fish down deep.
d
ownrigging has started earlier than last year.
e
xpect to see some more big Atlantics salmon caught over the Trout Festival week. There are still plenty of ex-hatchery brood fish waiting to be caught.

Attractors will also help catch these monsters; dodgers and cowbells will help your strike rate. Anglers are having good success trolling worms, soft plastics and even flies behind also these types of attractors.

I prefer to use the smaller
s
chool of
m
innows attractors with soft plastics and flies. The smaller flashers like the
s
chool of
m
innows create less drag and you get better feel when playing out a captured fish. The Eucumbene
r
iver area, East Jindabyne islands, Sids Bay and the Snowy
a
rm have been fishing very well but because the lake is still rising slightly you might find that Hatchery and Hayshed bays will also be worth a look.
Bait Fishing

It has been an interesting time so far this season with some excellent trout caught from the shore, mostly due to this year’s water level.

You still will find the best fishing will be early and late in the day but if you take the time to present a bait in the deeper water, you can still catch some good fish in the middle of the day.

d
uring
t
rout
f
estival week there will be a fight over the better yabby bed areas and you have to have a little local knowledge to know where these are.
w
ith worms off the bottom and a
p
ower
b
ait dropper you will catch plenty of rainbows and with the addition of a little Berkley Gulp Chunky Cheese, maybe you will even catch a brown.

The big secret at the moment is to fish with bail arm open and make sure you grease the line to keep it out of the slime on the bottom of the lake. Local scrubbies, if you can get some, are also catching some of the bigger brown trout.

The Gulp
p
ower
b
ait is going great; just try different ones until you get the flavour of the day. Mudeyes are again hard to get this year and we are paying premium dollar for them because of the drought.
i
f you can get some, the fish will be happy to eat them.

Best areas for bait fishing have been the boat ramp, Wollondibby Inlet (deeper water), Curiosity Rocks bay and Rushes Bay.

Spinning

While there are still a few fish close to the edges, the better fishing is now in deeper water after about sunrise. Tasmanian Devils are now catching more fish, with the yellow and gold colours better.

Spin close around rocky outcrops for best results later in the day and use smaller lures like Celtas or Gillies Spinners around the shallow bays after dark. Don’t stay in one place too long and put in a only couple of casts in each area.

The top end of the lake is still spinning best, with Waste Point not a bad option and the Snowy Arm second best.

Guthega Pondage and Island Bend Pondage are another couple of options that fish well at this time of year.

The Thredbo
r
iver has been good so far this season but as we get towards
s
ummer you will need to be a little sneakier and don’t cast too many times in one area. Floating minnows are best in the pools, where you can work them very slowly.
a
stop-start retrieve may get more strikes.

Brown trout or rainbow trout pattern Rapala 5cm or 7cm minnows are fishing very well. Celtas in gold and red are also worth a throw into the pools – work them slowly on the retrieve.

This is also the best month for spin anglers to hit the alpine streams, while there is enough water flow and the fish are active. There are plenty of creeks worth trying in the mountains but you will need very light tackle and very small lures, like No 1 Celtas or 3cm Rapalas.

Fly Fishing

Lake polaroiding has been a little slow but that doesn’t mean that the fishing is poor –  there are still plenty of trout to catch if you fish the drop-offs where the trout patrol during the day looking for a feed.

i
t is still best to use small green nymphs fished very slowly under an indicator. Fish caught in the shallows have been full of small shrimp.

Use bigger flies like Woolly Buggers at night and Williamson’s Goldfish at Wollondibby and Widows creeks.

On the Thredbo River, most trout are still taken on nymphs but there have been days with a little dry-fly action. There are more grasshoppers about and the beetle season is also about to start.

There’s a little dry-fly action on the streams with even the alpine streams looking good for small fish.

t
he Moonbah River has been a little slower than normal but with more insect activity, that will improve over the next month. Because the fishing is changing so quickly, best call in to my shop for an update on the best flies to use.

In coming months we have courses for beginner fly fishing, trolling, downrigging and some weekend fly fishing trips. For information and bookings call 02 6456 1551 or email me your postal address on --e-mail address hidden-- . There’s more info at www.swtroutfishing.com.au .

Images

1

Amanda Walshaw from Sydney with a couple of well-conditioned rainbow trout caught on a Y82 Tasmanian Devil lure.

2

Jackie Stevens from
m
elbourne with her first trout, caught trolling a yellow and black
t
asmanian
d
evil.

3

Jackie Stevens and Byron LeBlanc with four rainbows caught on the troll. They had a great morning, catching another five fish, which were all released.

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