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Title: Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Report. 3 October 2010
Post by: Steve Williamson on October 06, 2010, 01:45:36 AM
Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Report.
For 3rd OCTOBER 2010 – River opening report.
By Steve Williamson. –
Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Adventures.
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HUGE opening of the rivers with the Thredbo River producing late numbers of trout that had been lying undisturbed for the last 4 months.
Anglers took up positions in every available spot from the top end of the Thredbo River to the lake.
Saturday produced many fish however the trout were a little more lure shy by Sunday.
On the lake most anglers trolling caught rainbow trout to 1gk in excellent conditions and bait anglers caught some nice fish as well.
I spent time with clients fly fishing the lake and we also looked at the Mowambah river which was flowing nicely however the water was very clear and the fish a little spooky.
Good signs were that even with the cold water and continuation of cold weather, a couple of fish were even feeding on top and so is positive for the up and coming dry fly season.
Over the next couple of days we expect the weather to be a little milder with the possibility of showers and storms but overall the fishing is great.

The reported level at the moment is about 72% and rising a little slower over recent days.  The water temperature is about 9 degrees C which is colder than last year by a few degrees.
Let’s have a look at what the fishing is going to be like over the next few weeks.
Not a lot of change over the last week. We did have strong winds one day and that stirred the water up a little and the fishing was good for surface trollers. The last couple of days the water has been like glass each morning and so harder to surface fish but we are expecting some cloud cover this week.
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
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.

River Spinning
The ‘driftrigging’ technique of using glowbug and nymph flies was the most productive way of catching trout on the Thredbo River on the opening weekend. Some anglers using Rapalas did OK but with the crystal clear water and late spawning rainbow trout, the glowbugs were best.
Stream anglers found that celtas and small minnow lures were OK especially fishing fast running water.

Fly Fishing Lake
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.

Fly Fishing Rivers
Not so many anglers fly fishing the Thredbo River last weekend being mostly outnumbered by spin anglers.
The water was cold and so fly anglers were best using glowbugs and nymphs as well.
As reported the other streams were almost void of fly anglers and so there is not a lot to report other than the streams are looking great and it wont be long before we get into some dry fly fishing.

I have a beginner’s fly fishing school on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th October.
We still have places available so give me a call on 02 64561551 BH if you would like to book.

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 –
             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

 :camera  Picture attached is Tania Coopers 3.6 kg Atlantic she caught on Saturday.
Caught on a scrub worm near the boat ramp.