Pondage is awesome
  |  First Published: February 2010

Khancoban is going off, with hardly an angler to be seen!

Recent weeks have been fantastic for both redfin and trout. There are also plenty of cod being taken in the Upper Murray.

As Eucumbene and Jindabyne drop, Khancoban remains on its usual cycle of filling Monday to Saturday and dropping Sunday and Monday. Due to the constant flows the lower Swampy has generally been running fairly high. For those interested in the river levels the Snowy Hydro have an automated service, which informs river users of the release rate from Khancoban Pondage on (02) 64532098.

The Snowy Hydro have lived up to their promise and have kept the cold hydro water flowing through to the Murray, keeping the pondage temperatures nice and low. The cooler temperatures have had the trout active, with some spectacular evening rises on the lake.

Mudeye have been the bait of choice, for both redfin and trout, although a juicy worm will do just about as well. Tassie Devil Yellow Wings have been doing damage on the lake: Yellow Fever Y62. Also legend M5 and Juro redfin soft plastics have been doing well, in fact you could probably catch them on almost anything.

This past week we have had two anglers of note enjoying the hassle-free fishing.

Larry Paul, a famed big-trout specialist from Tasmania, specifically wanted a nice redfin.

Khancoban obliged with a nice 2kg specimen. Larry was fishing with John Rupic who with his partner Michelle caught a 2.1kg and a 2.05kg redfin respectively.

John has been averaging a dozen trout a day over 1.5kg– just fishing the evenings. The fishing has been truly awesome!

If you haven’t been to Khancoban for a while, from now until June promises to be the best fishing in years. Remember NSW waters are still regularly stocked with brown and rainbow trout, along with Atlantic salmon (which are just getting to decent size!).

We are just starting to see the hoppers appearing, on this side.

The next few months should be the best for years.

Try to beat the rush and book early, for cabins, or camp lakeside at the caravan park. See you in Khancoban!

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