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Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Report. 24 October
« on: October 25, 2011, 09:34:56 AM »
Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Report.For 24th October 2011
Snowy Mountains Trout Festival 29th October – 4th November
Please note -
Alpine Angler Cooma and Snowy Valley Service Centre East Jindabyne have decided not to be apart of the Trout Festival, therefore they are no longer a Weigh In Centre.
For weigh in centers please go to
Steve Williamson’s Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Adventures.
Shop -02 64561551

NEWS Yes the 38th Snowy Mountains Trout Festival starts this week on Friday 29th October.
Please Note – I am NOT a member of the Trout Festival Committee and have not had any involvement in the Festival for many years now.
Along with Alpine Angler and Snowy Valley Service Centre, Discovery Holiday Park (formerly Snowline Caravan Park) have all dropped out from the competition and are no longer weigh in centres.
For those of you that may be complaining about the lack of advertising and available information again this year, may I direct your concerns to Fiona at Anglers Reach Lakeside Village  (02) 6454 2276 OR Col Sinclair at Adaminaby Angler (02) 6454 2260 OR Bruce Burton at Snowy Mountains Sports (02)6456 2530 111 Information can be found at

Lake Weeks FishingWhat a busy week, so much time guiding on the rivers and streams and after lots of time trolling on the lake I can certainly give you a blow by blow report on what has happened over the last week.
Overall even with the warmer days this past week there is still not much in the way of bugs flying about the upper Thredbo River and so it’s hard to see a trout rise. So far the cold spring has put the season back a few weeks.
Best fishing has been lower down towards Jindabyne. The big release of water from Lake Jindabyne down the Snowy River is over now and anglers have reported that there was no change in the way the lake has continued to fish. The bait fishing was sill very good and anglers had good and bad days boat trolling the lake which is normal at this time of the year. The water is slowly warming but temperatures may drop again with this week’s cold change about to come through.
All in all, the fishing will not be at its best until the water temperature reaches 12 to 14 degrees C, but the better fishermen will still catch trout.
If you need expert advice, you know where to come.

LAKE LEVEL and TEMPERATUREWith the water release the lake has dropped about 3 vertical metres since the start of the release however the radial gates are now closed and the water level is almost stable and should rise again with the snow melt over the next few weeks or so. Water temperatures have risen to about 11 degrees Celsius after a few warmer days
Best methods to catch a trout.
Best method – Bait fishing and spinning around the lakes edges.
Best lake lure – Steve Williamson black/orange Tasmanian Devil number or Y82 has been good between 2 and 5 metres deep. Try also a Y50 on brighter days. See extended report for other lures.
Best Thredbo River Lure – Celtas in reds and glow orange Vibrax
Best lake area – East Jindabyne Islands and Hatchery Bay.
Best fly method lake – Mrs Simpson has been good last week.
Best River – The Thredbo River for late spawning rainbows.
Best River Fly – Bead head nymphs and maybe a mayfly pattern or ant pattern some evenings

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

Trolling.No real change even with the lower water level. Water is still cool and the fish still think its winter.
Lead core lines at two colours (20 metres) to three colours are good. (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 the last week with a few trout caught off the downrigger at 25 feet when it gets too bright to fish in the shallows. Flashing attractors might help on the quite days.
The best lure over the last week has been a black and orange Tasmanian Devil like the Y82 preferably in Duel Depth (20 gram) to get a little deeper. The Y48 duel depth is also worth a try on dull days or deeper down.
New Tassies that are going well are the numbers 107 and 102.
The new Rapala colour Orange Tiger is still going well in the CD5 and 7.
Other lures worth a mention are the 3 inch Stumpjumpers in RT and BT colours and the Vibrax Bluefox size 2 Rainbow Trout is also very good at the moment. For minnows also try the Trollcraft Fingerling in 1063 Traffic Lights colour.
If you want to try something different then the new Gillies Bendbacks are still going extreamly well with TB06 Gold and TB01 great eapecially for bigger Atlantic salmon.
A little Stimulate slow release gell on the lures will add a little attractant when the fishing is slow or the trout are hitting lures and not mouthing them.
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 Industry and Investment NSW (NSW Fishing rules) as to which rivers in the area you can legally bait fish in. IF IN DOUBT DON’T BAIT FISH in the RIVERS!)
The best artificial baits at the moment are Rainbow Paste, Chunky Cheese, Lime twist, Sherbet and the old favorite lemon twist. Scrub worms off the bottom and a power bait dropper will be the best middle of the day for the brown trout. Bardi Grubs for big brown is also the best. Browns are again taking Chunky Cheese Powerbait.
Tiger worms or scrub worms under a float have been doing very well also for rainbows and Atlantic salmon.
Best areas for bait fishing at the moment have been, Hatchery Bay area, East Jindabyne and The Claypits through to the Jindabyne Holiday Park.

Lake Spinning Early morning and late evening are still the best times.
Spin close around rocky outcrops for best results later on in the day in the day.
Use smaller lures like Celtas or Gillies Spinners around the shallow bays after dark.
Check out the new glow in the dark Vibrax spinners you will be surprised how well they work in fringe light to dark when used around the edges of the rising lake in the shallows. Try the new Rapala UV torch to charge up your glow in the dark lures. When working the lake edges, don’t stay in one place too long and only put in a couple of casts in each area. Keep moving! Also change lures to suit the water depth.

River SpinningCeltas are now better there is less water flow. Red and gold the best colours. Also the new Gillies Feathertail spinners are also worth a try with the best colours being  FT01 and FT06. In the Gillies Crossblades you might try the CB02 for early in the morning and the CB07 for later.
In Rapalas the F5 BTR brook trout is well worth trying as well, as it has had some good days when it’s been cloudy or before the sun is over the water.

Fly Fishing RiverAs stated a little dry fly now starting to happen.
On the Thredbo River it’s mostly been ant patterns and Caddis. The tea trees still haven’t started to flower yet so some of our normal fly patterns, like beetles and white moths are still a way off yet.
The Mowambah is fishing OK lower down towards the weir, and yes some caddis and ant patterns the best

Fly Fishing LakeThe fishing last week was just fantastic with Woolley Buggers or larger flies still the best.
Craigs Night time and Williamson’s Goldfish have been two flies well worth using at dawn and dusk.
The weed beds are now up to the waters edge and 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.

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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