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Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Report 30 May 2011
« on: May 29, 2011, 08:38:15 PM »
Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Report.
30th MAY 2011 REPORT
By Steve Williamson. –
Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Adventures.
0408 024436                      Shop -02 64561551

NEWS PLEASE NOTE
The rules on the Thredbo and Eucumbene Rivers changed on May 1st to ONLY 1 fish over 50cm may be kept per angler per day. River fishing season closes midnight Monday 13th June. Lakes open all year to fishing!
NO BAIT FISHING in the THREDBO RIVER!

Last Week –Winter officially arrives this week, although it has felt like winter for the past month and even the trout started their spawning run early thinking it was winter. The last couple of days have been very cold and foggy on Lake Jindabyne up until about 9am and then when the sun breaks through the days have been beautiful even with the chill in the air. Last weekend we saw lots of boats on the lake with Sydney Game Fishing Club down for their annual trout fishing weekend. Most of the boys and girls had their boats (probably only their dinghies off their big boats) with them so they mainly trolled and were surprised just how many big fish they caught. The fish may have looked like big browns but they were actually big Atlantic salmon, ex brood stock from Gaden Trout Hatchery that had been recently release into Lake Jindabyne. You can tell these fish by the fact they have one or two fins clipped as so can make for easy identification. So guys the mobsters up to 10 lb are now out there swimming around the lake. On the Thredbo River, the water level was dropping after recent rain and the water was also clear making a little harder to catch the trout but there were some good fish caught by those that were brave enough to fish early and late in the day.

This Week –Most of this week the weather should be stable and temperatures ranging from 0 degrees to 15 max. No real rain is forecast which will mean that the river fishing will be hard with once again low and crystal clear water. Fishing the faster water give the best results. Maybe a little stream fishing yet on the Moonbah river for fly anglers fishing nymphs. On the lake the anglers that do best will be the ones that put in the hours and now that the ex brood Atlantic salmon have been released there is always the chance of a big fish. These fish are caught using the same methods as the trout and most are caught Trolling Tasmanian Devil Lures.
Since the Atlantics are released at the boat ramp it takes a while for them to spread out around the lake so I know if I was going to target one where I will be fishing!

LAKE LEVEL and TEMPERATURE
The lake water temperature is still about 9 degrees C.
Lake Jindabyne’s water level has risen a touch again in is possible about 81%.
Photos of the latest lake levels can be viewed at www.swtroutfishing.com.au
Let’s have a look at what the fishing is going to be like over the next weeks.

Trolling.
While we are having the better weather, the best way to catch fish at this time of the years is to put out lots of line and go as slow as you can trolling a jointed Rapala or Tasmanian Devil or one of each. Start off the day off trolling surface lines through no more than 15 feet of water, but keep the length of line from the boat at least 70 metres to 100 metres away for best results. Lead core line at about 30 metres out and with a Tasmanian Devil lure will get you down to about 10 feet deep and trolled along with a surface line will get you the bigger browns feeding on the bottom. (Bigger minnow lure are better for bigger browns)
Reports are that there are still some good browns being caught on bigger Rapalas (9 to 13 cm) up near Waste Point and I would expect a few more brown trout will be there with the cooler changes coming through now.
Lure colours are also changing now depending on the light conditions. Over all there have been days when pink or orange and black lures are working best and I have been using the duel depth Tasmanian Devils with better results now. The number 50 Frog pattern is still worth keeping out of the tackle box and Y Freddo very popular for the brighter days. Y48 and Holographic (mostly brown lures) Tasmanian Devils in the Duel Depth best in the very early morning for brown trout.
Best areas to try are East Jindabyne Islands, Hayshed Bay, Lion and Cub Islands and the South arm have been fishing very well. It might be worth trying Sid’s Bay early in the morning.
Lake Bait Fishing  (Primarily most rivers and streams in the Snowy Mountains Region are fly and lure only, We recommend that you first check with the Department of Primary Industries (NSW Fishing rules) as to which rivers in the area you can legally bait fish in. IF IN DOUBT DON’T BAITFISH IN RIVERS!)
Reports of more fish taking powerbait now, mainly rainbows. A few bigger browns being caught late evening and into the night mostly on worms or bardi grubs off the bottom.
Talk to my shop as to the best powerbait colour as its changing day to day. (Sherbet, orange nuggets and Chunky Cheese have been good)
When bait fishing, the big secret at the moment is to fish with bail arm open and make sure you grease the line to make sure you keep it out of the slime on the bottom of the lake. (Try silicone Muslin on your line so as not to damage it)
Best areas for bait fishing at the moment have been, Rushes Bay, Curiosity Rocks, Waste Point, The Snowy Arm and East Jindabyne pumping station.
 
Lake Spinning
Early this week should be great for casting lures around the lake margins.
Tasmanian Devil lures in Y48, Holographic, orange and bright ping number 55 Tasmanian Devils are well worth a try. Rapalas, Celtas and Mepps are all worth a try in the shallows when fishing early and late in the day. Still keep soft plastics and blades in mind as well.

River Spinning
The Thredbo River is running slower and you may need to fish early and late to get best results
Minnow lures like Rapalas, Stumpjumpers etc have been best with possibly the best Rapalas being Rainbow and Brown Trout Patterns or Perch and throw in the brook trout as well for good measure.
Sinking Rapalas for faster and deeper water and don’t worry about size as bigger is sometimes better.
One lure worth a try is the Mepps Streamer it’s been working well because of the small ‘stinger’ treble for the trout that short bite!

Fly Fishing Lake
Best to fish streamer patterns like green and black Woolley Buggers (Bead head) and Williamson’s Goldfish (maybe with added weight or sinking leader). Mrs Simpson and olive nymphs are also worth a try.

Fly Fishing Rivers
On the Thredbo, the water is now low and clear and so glowbugs and black or brown nymphs are what you will need to catch fish. Getting cold now on the alpine streams and you may fish a little bit of fishing when it’s a warmer day. Temperatures up high now are unlikely to reach over 8 degrees C even on a sunny day.

For visitors to the Snowy’s we have a full range of fishing tackle for hire at my shop and fishing tours are now available.

For more information on the latest fishing conditions, please call into –
STEVE WILLIAMSON’S TACKLE SHOP
             Shop 1 Snowline Centre, Kosciuszko Road Jindabyne 2627
Fishing Charters – Bait  and Tackle Supplies- Marine Supplies
P.M.B. 5 Jindabyne NSW 2627             E-mail  swtrout@airlan.com.au     www.swtroutfishing.com.au
Shop – (02) 64 561551  Fax – (02) 64 572991



Picture - Nathan Berkery with a good 4.5lb Brown caught just on dark in the Thredbo River on a Brown Trout CD Rapala



 

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