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Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Report. 22 Feb 2011
« on: February 23, 2011, 11:09:12 PM »
Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Report.

For 22nd February 2011
By Steve Williamson. –
Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Adventures.
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NEWS Last week finished off with more heavy rain in the mountains and last weekend the rivers and streams were once again running very hard and making it difficult for fly anglers. Certainly no worry about water this year, we have plenty of it!
Lure anglers had a little more luck, being able to get a little deeper in the fast flowing water and higher up in the mountains the fishing was not too bad with a couple of groups stating they had great fishing using Tasmanian Devil lures and a variety of soft plastics with heavier jig heads to get them down in the fast currents.
A cold change came through early Monday and the temperatures dropped with the low this morning only 2 degrees which sort of tells me that Autumn is not far away and maybe even a little early which after the late start to summer must be a record for the shortest summer! Fly anglers certainly have not had a lot of dry fly fishing this year.
Weather is predicted to warm up again this week and we should have some good fishing as we head into the week and next weekend also looks good.
All in all we should be in for some great fishing at the moment, so get down before you miss out!

The lake water temperature has dropped a little to about 20 degrees C.
The lake level is a little over 82% after coming up after the heavy rain early last weekend.
Let’s have a look at what the fishing is going to be like over the next few weeks.

Trolling.The best fishing has still been deep off lead lines and downriggers but with cooler temperatures overnight we might see some early morning surface fishing in the next few days if not it will be back to lead core lines at about 3 to 4 colours or 30 to 40 metres out.
The best fishing though this past week has been again off downriggers as deep as 35 feet.
The best colours possibly yellowing lures, with the number 50 Frog pattern, the SW Lime Green Yellowwings 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 or later evening. Down deep off downriggers my SW Black one side and Orange the other is going well and so is the Y Freddo.
Rapalas, (Rainbow Trout or Perch) trolled off lead lines is the best lure for catching the brown trout or bigger Atlantic Salmon.
Other lures worth a try are the Thunderbolts in brown colours for early morning and green and golds for later morning. Rebel Crickhoppers are now also starting to catch some fish and the Gillies spinners behind attractors like ford fenders are also great. Try the Mepps Streamers behind attractors also for the big browns.
East Jindabyne islands, (not many left and be careful when trolling this area) Hayshed Bay, Lion and Cub Islands and the South arm have been fishing very well.
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!)
While still not at its best the bait fishing has improved a bit and the best chance over the last week has been using powerbait, worms or bardi grubs off the bottom. Still not much happening with float fishing and mudeyes are inpossible to get after all the rain and floods.
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 Still the spinning on the lake has been slow and in fact most anglers have been fishing the Thredbo River instead.
Tasmanian Devils are catching a couple of fish in the deeper water by casting and waiting for the lure to sink a little before a slow retrieve. Cast as far out as you can but best results will be when the water is choppy with a little wind. Yellow wing Tassies are again doing best on the sunny days.
Anglers are still having good success using blades that resemble the goldfish we have in the lake.
Some of the better blades are TT Switchblade ‘Golden Boy’, Strike Pro Cyber Vibe 35 BLG and Cyber Vibe 50JU009. (note the goldfish usually bread at this time of year and the trout love to eat the little ones)

River SpinningThe Thredbo River fished well even after last weekends heavy rain that fell in the mountains.
Try sinking Rapalas or lures that get a bit deeper until the water levels drop.
Soft plastics have also been worth a try and we are having some luck but you must use heavier jig heads while the water is running so hard. Good fishing above the Ski Tube and around The Diggings.

Fly Fishing LakeSame as last week the fishing has been hard on the lake with no real surface fishing. However heavier flies which are allowed to sink have been the best chance and fish the very early mornings before it gets to hot and bright.
Most fish this past week have been caught using 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 and again let them sink into deeper water as the shallow bays the water is warmer.

Fly Fishing RiversThe rivers were impossible to fish after all the rain but with fine weather predicted this week it wont be long efore we can fish the higher streams once again. Better if you use a dry with a nymph dropper as there are not a lot of fish rising however they are there.
For the dry try a bigger caddis pattern or a stimulator and for the dropper a green or brown nymph will catch a fish for you.

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.
Photos of the latest lake levels can be viewed at

For more information on the latest fishing conditions, please call into –
             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
Shop – (02) 64 561551  Fax – (02) 64 572991


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