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Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Report
« on: April 13, 2011, 12:09:38 AM »
Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Report.For 11th APRIL 2011
By Steve Williamson. –
Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Adventures.
0408 024436                      Shop -02 64561551
Last Week –
Last week was pretty much a week of fine weather with cool mornings and mid day temperatures in the early 20’s which made for perfect river and stream fishing. Given that we are now heading towards winter, we are really in our last weeks to enjoy the dry fly fishing we so much enjoy. The trout were active and taking small dry flies but were spooky with the clear water. The lake fishing was still good with some more fish coming off the surface early in the morning and still a few trout caught off downriggers in the middle of the day.
The beautiful Autumn weather was perfect for fishing and catching a few fish was the bonus for the day.

This Week –The cooler change hit Sunday and reports of a much cooler start to the week with showers still possible until late in the week when temperatures should again start to warm up.
With the start to the school holidays, families should have some good fishing and with an early start and a little luck there is a big chance of a trout or two off the lake foreshore using lures or bait.
Depending on how much rain we get the rivers should also be good with the better fishing on the Thredbo River with lures like Celtas, Mepps and small minnows like brown trout Rapalas.

LAKE LEVEL and TEMPERATUREWith the cooler overnight temperatures, the lake water temperature has dropped to about 14 degrees C.
Lake Jindabyne’s water level may have risen just a little and is still over 80% and things are looking great for Easter however there will be a release of water down the Snowy River below Jindabyne Dam which may affect lake levels a little.
Photos of the latest lake levels can be viewed at
Let’s have a look at what the fishing is going to be like over the next few weeks.

Trolling.Start 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 20 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.
Downrigging is catching the trout in the middle of the day at about 20 to 35 feet in deep water.
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. 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, later evening or when it’s cloudy. It’s still worth a try deep down deep off downriggers in the middle of the day and yesterday we were still at 45 feet deep. The better lures are 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.
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!)
Bait fishing is improving with reports of a few bigger browns being caught late evening and into the night mostly on
worms or bardi grubs off the bottom. Powerbait is still the best bet to catch a rainbow trout or salmon.
Talk to my shop as to the best powerbait colour as its changing day to day. (Chunky Cheese is a good bet)
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 Not too bad with small Celtas and Mepps in the shallows best and possible still its worth a cast using Rapalas as well. This time of year a touch of orange on your Rapala will help the strike rate.
Yellow wing Tassies are again doing best on the sunny days in deep water. Try Y48 or Y82 Tassie Devil.
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 is still fishing OK but the trout are a little spooky with the sunnier conditions. With rain about early this week it might be worth trying for some of the early spawning trout that are now in the river.
Minnow lure 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.
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.

Fly Fishing LakeThe lake fishing has improved a lot and the trout are cruising the edges a little more now. Most strikes were on streamer patterns with the best being 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 RiversOn the Thredbo as mentioned before there are some early spawners but they need some work and any caught were caught on either Woolley Buggers or black nymphs. With the change this week some might even take a glowbug now but more on that next week after we give then a try.
The streams are still clean and the fish were taking black crickets, yellow Humpy or a Knobby Hopper.
The weather this week may not be too good for alpine streams but that may improve as the weather warms as we head into next weekend.
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 –
             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

Photo – Drew Thorpe and Joshua Connell with two nice rainbows caught spinning the Thredbo River using a 7 gram Tasmanian Devil Lure.


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