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Title: Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Report. 27 Sept 2010
Post by: Steve Williamson on September 27, 2010, 11:28:24 PM
Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Report.
For 27th SEPTEMBER 2010 – River opening report.
By Steve Williamson. –
Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Adventures.
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The rivers open to fishing on Saturday 2nd October and they are in spectacular condition and the season is going to be the best for many years. With still a lot of snow to melt yet, you will find that there will be plenty of water flowing and this may make it a little difficult at times for some novice anglers.
Most of the fish in the rivers at this time of the year will be on the bottom, and you may not see a lot of surface activity so to catch the fish you need to fish close to the bottom and that may mean deeper diving lures or faster sinking flies.
Overall the fishing on the lakes has been very good and most anglers down last weekend caught enough fish to put smiles on their faces.
There are definitely some big salmon being caught and plenty of well conditioned brown trout which have been caught close to the bottom in shallow water less than 3 metres deep. Sunday, being a warmer sunny day, saw some rainbows at last and these were caught surface trolling lures. This was due to a few more insects falling in the water bringing the rainbows closer to the surface.
The biggest complaint we have at the moment is the number of trout that have been lost when they get tangled in the grass and weeds near the lake edges. Unfortunately with water covering new ground this will be a problem we will have to just put up with – at least we have plenty of water in the lake!

The reported level at the moment is about 72% and rising quite quickly.  The water temperature is about 9 degrees C which is colder than last year by a few degrees.

NSW Maritime has also issued a warning for boaters!
Eucumbene and Jindabyne Caution for Boaters
Boaters have been warned to take extra care on the waters of Lakes Eucumbene and Jindabyne due to rising water levels.
NSW Maritime South Coast Regional Manager Craig Whitmore called for care and caution as water levels continue to rise in alpine catchments.
“The run off from heavy rains and snow melt in the alpine regions is combining to impact on these lakes,” Mr Whitmore said.
“The rising waters – the highest in 10 years - have dislodged safe navigation aids such as buoys and markers.
“It is important people in boats take extreme care as some safety markers have shifted or are missing.
“Some obstructions are now not clearly marked because they are under water.
“NSW Maritime has Boating Safety Officers working hard to check the location and reinstate these navigation aids as soon as possible where necessary.
“Debris such as logs is also floating in the waterways and much of it is submerged, or semi-submerged, creating a potential hazard for boaters.”
Mr Whitmore said skippers should take extra care on these waterways and always keep a proper lookout and to a safe speed for the conditions.
Anyone with information about damage to the navigation marker system should report details to NSW Maritime to allow reinstatement of the markers as soon as possible.

Let’s have a look at what the fishing is going to be like over the next few weeks.

Surface anglers are doing well just trolling small minnow lures in the shallows at sunrise and sunset. Lead core line is an advantage later in the morning.13 gram Tasmanian Devils are still going with possibly yellowing lures better now, with Y82 very popular.
Jointed Rapalas, maybe with a touch of orange like the perch pattern, are well worth a try first up and when trolled in close to the shore and over weed beds there is a good chance of a big brown trout or Atlantic salmon.
Lead core lines at two colours (20 metres) to three colours will also be best after the sun comes up. (20 to 30 metres of line out will get your lure down an extra 2 to 3 metres). There is no doubt that lead core lines were catching most of the fish in the middle of the day, over recent weeks.
The Y48 or Holographic duel depth is worth a try on dull days or deeper down.
You don’t have to fish these deep at the moment you just have to be in the right place at the right time
East Jindabyne islands, 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!)
Berkleys GULP Chunky Cheese Powerbait is still catching good size brown trout, and rainbow paste or lime twist still best for rainbow trout.
Tiger worms or scrub worms under a float have been doing very well for rainbows and Atlantic salmon.
Scrub worms off the bottom and a power bait dropper will be the best middle of the day for the brown trout. 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.
Best areas for bait fishing at the moment have been, The Haven, Curiosity Rocks Waste Point, The Snowy Arm and East Jindabyne pumping station. Baits suspended under a float are a more productive method early and late in the day.

Lake Spinning (Rivers are closed till the October long weekend)
To target rainbow trout and brown trout, floating Rapala’s are well worth a try. It’s time now to go back to smaller sizes with 5 and 7 cm floaters being better. Jointed minnows are still well worth throwing and working the dropoff for best results again use the smaller sizes now. Any trout pattern lure should be worth a try.  It is also well worth trying a few small spinners like Celtas or Gillies spinners in the shallows but make sure you keep out of sight and it is better to spot the fish and cast past it bring the lure about a metre or two in front of the fish.
Anglers are also 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.
Tasmanian Devils are catching 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.
Spin close around rocky outcrops for best results later on in the day in the day and use smaller lures like Celtas or Gillies Spinners or the Vibes around the shallow bays after dark. Don’t stay in one place too long and only put in a couple of casts in each area.

Fly Fishing Lake (Rivers are closed till the October long weekend)
Polaroiding fish was better the last few days with still conditions better for spotting trout. Some fish have been caught using Woolley Buggers or larger flies deep down if just prospect casting but if you do spot a fish it might be better to try a small nymph first. Strip the flies slowly after letting them sink to the bottom.
Craigs Night time and Williamson’s Goldfish have been two flies well worth using at dawn and dusk.
If you sight a fish in the shallows you may be better to cast a smaller fly than a larger fly, something like a green nymph.
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 www.swtroutfishing.com.au

For more information on the latest fishing conditions, please call into –
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