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Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Report.
« on: January 29, 2011, 08:09:23 PM »
Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Report.For 24th January 2010
By Steve Williamson. –
Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Adventures.
0408 024436                      Shop -02 64561551

The weather last week has been the biggest influence on the fishing, north easterly winds has been warm and the fish have moved a little deeper into the water column, only to come out and feed overnight to early in the morning.
The winds have not been good for the fly anglers but there have been places on the rivers where you can still fish.
The week ahead is predicted to be much the same with the possibility of storms and a little rain, slowly improving later in the week and with temperatures in the high 20’s to low 30’s. This morning it was 20 degrees at 6am so very warm with the north easterly winds.
Storms also added some water to the streams and rivers again so when fishing the Moonbah yesterday the water was running well and a little dirty so best for nymphing. The Thredbo was a little clearer and should fish well over the next few days.
All in all we should be in for a great fishing ahead.

LAKE LEVEL and TEMPERATUREThe lake water temperature has risen to 22 degrees C.
The lake level is about 80% and dropping.
Let’s have a look at what the fishing is going to be like over the next few weeks.

Trolling.With the lake level now dropping a little quicker now, the trout seam to be going deeper early in the day and so there has been a significant move to deeper trolling using lead core lines and downriggers.
On the better days you have been able to get trout off lead core lines at about 3 colours or 30 metres out, but other days the better fishing has been off downriggers as deep as 40 feet.
So if you fish a little deeper with 13 gram Tasmanian Devils you should do OK. 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!)
For those that are land based you might find certain shore lines are a little muddy now as the water level drops. The best way of fishing at the moment is float fishing if the wind is steady. The hotter weather has meant that the bottom feeding has picked up with the best baits being worms or bardi grubs.
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)
Scrub worms off the bottom and a power bait dropper is also the best rig for deeper water fishing when the days are bright. Good reports on Bardi Grubs fish off the bottom also in very deep water.
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 Water level is now dropping and so the fish move to deep water as the day gets brighter.
Start the day off by fishing the shallower bays and then move out to deeper water later.
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.
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.
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 SpinningLess water flowing now and so the fishing has improved quite a bit.
The Thredbo River is fishing great guns at the moment!
You can now fish floating Rapalas, Celtas and Mepps in the shallower runs.
Sinking minnows like Rapalas have still been best in the pools, where you can toss them in and let them sit a while before retrieving.
Soft plastics have also been worth a try and we are having some luck in the evenings using ‘poppers’ and we have so great little poppers in stock that are working a treat but stock is limited so you will have to call in to see the best lures. Same goes for the soft plastics, limited sock of the goodies so call in and we will show you what’s working.

Fly Fishing LakeMost fish this past week have been caught using green and black Woolley Buggers and Williamson’s Goldfish and are well worth using these at dawn and dusk. Mrs Simpson and olive nymphs are also worth a try.
Fish the bays for best results. Not a lot of fish rising buy they were taking termite patterns last night and there are also some Christmas beetles on the surface.

Fly Fishing RiversBig improvement on the rivers and streams with plenty of fish rising most evenings when there is no wind about.
Hoppers are about now and so are Snow Flake Caddis and a few nectar beetles.
Still worth fishing a dry fly and a nymph dropper early, or if there are no rises and dry fly during the evenings.
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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