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Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Report for 22 October
« on: October 23, 2012, 10:43:26 AM »
Lake Jindabyne
Trout Fishing Report.
For 22nd OCTOBER 2012

By Steve Williamson. –
Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Adventures.
0408 024436                      Shop -02 64561551

Last week we had a few nice warm days and the water on the lake rose a few degrees and the boats started to catch a few fish early and late in the day but the best fishing was still off the shoreline.
Today it’s back to winter again, even ‘sago’ snow falling in Jindabyne this morning and in general the wind from the south has certainly cooled things down again.
Walking the rivers and streams over the weekend, I started to see a few more fish especially in the Thredbo but a couple that were caught looked like late spawning rainbows and with the cold change today that would explain what had happened as these changes always seem to bring a few late spawners into the river.
The Thredbo River is still running quite hard with the snow melting from the warmer days last week and when fishing the Thredbo you need to be reminded that you need lures and flies that can handle the fast water and get down to the trout that are sitting on the bottom.
Walking the river I still see very few flying insects about and the tea trees are still to flower so the warm days did little to stir the insect world into action and just looking this morning the apple trees are only just flowering which is also a sign of a late spring and here we are with summer only just over a month away.
The lake’s water level is now higher than it was before the Snowy River Release last month and with plenty of water still to come off the mountains it will certainly exceed the current level and should still be on the rise for next month’s Trout Festival.

The lake level is at 88% and is rising. The temperature today was still only 9 to 10 degrees C.
Best methods to catch a trout.
Best method – Bait off the shore on calm days, lure early and late or on windy days.
Best lake lure –Trout Quivers and Tasmanian Devil in green and gold (Willys Special).
Best lake area – East Jindabyne is starting to fish better now and all the western bays are holding fish.
Best fly method lake – Yabby Patterns and Williamson’s Goldfish.
Best River Fly Fishing– Nymphs either black or brown.
Best River Lures – With the faster flow the last few days most success has been with metal blades that can get to near the bottom. Sinking Rapalas also worth a try.

Let’s have a look at what the fishing is going to be like over the next few weeks.
With the water still rising now over new ground, once again the trolling will have to be closer to the bank especially early in the day, start the day with a surface line out and at least 50 metres drop back, the more the better on still sunny days. Target rocky points and other snags like the many trees in the water at the moment.
Try lead line at 2 to 3 colours. (20 to 30 metres of line out) later in the day or on still days.
I think the edges of the lake will have to warm up a little more to force the fish out into deeper water before we get any deeper fishing. With very few insects on the surface of the water we are not getting any wind lane fishing yet either.
Best colour Tassies have been green and gold (Willy’s Special) yellowing type Tassies at the moment, maybe Y82, Holographic or Brown Bomber as well. The new Tassie colours have arrived in my shop and we are expecting a few of these to become very popular. Rapalas like the Brook Trout pattern of Perch pattern have still been very successful.
We have a new range of the Salmo lures now also in stock and these are going quite well also.
We are also getting a little positive feedback on the Dorado minnows that are new to our range.
Little bit of downrigging at 20 feet on the bright sunny days. Use longer dropbacks for best results.
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!)
Shore based bait fishing continues to be good with local Scrubbies, bardi grubs and artificial baits the best. The fish are coming in very close and you can catch them at any time of the day if you are patient.
Curiosity rocks, The Claypits, Hatchery Bay, Widows Creek Inlet, Waste Point at Creel Bay are all fishing well.
Lake Spinning
Trout Quivers in various colours were again catching plenty of trout in the windy conditions last week. Blades in gold have been doing well at the moment. Try a Strike Pro Cyber Vibe 50 or a TT Switchblade Sunset Gold. The Tasmanian Devil ‘Willy’s Special’, Holographic, Y82 and Y48 as well as reports of white Tassies catching trout over the last few days.
Minnow lures like floating Rapalas, (especially jointed Rapalas), Stumpjumpers and other minnow style lure in either natural rainbow trout and brown trout patterns or gold colours to represent the Jindabyne goldfish that the trout love to chase and eat.
Don’t stay in one place too long and only put in a couple of casts in each area.
Shallow areas try Gillies Feathertails and Tailwalkers which are new products worth a look.
Some new lures to try in the dark are the new glow Blue Fox Vibrax spinners. Charge them up with a torch or camera flash and watching them spin through the water is incredible, trout are very inquisitive and often hit the lure hard.
Call into my shop and I will show you some of the better soft plastics that we are having great success on over the last week. The ‘Spotted Brew’ Strike Tiger has especially been good over the last week.

River Spinning.
As reported earlier, there was a lot of water flowing down the river and this made fishing difficult but the flow is much more fishable now and the river is looking good. CD Rapalas will be worth a throw but if you need to get down deep then maybe metal blades will help cut the fast flow and they work very well against fast flowing currents. Drift rigging with nymphs in the faster runs will also be effective. Don’t forget the soft plastics and the Strike Tiger range in pink and orange might just work well first up but in fast water a heavier jig head will be needed.

Fly Fishing Lake
Most of the fly fishing on the lake last week has been with bigger wet flies given the cooler, wet and windy conditions. There are fish being caught so it’s definitely worth while wetting a line. Black or olive Woolley Bugger, a Craig’s Night time or a Williamson’s Goldfish will be worth using.
The shallow bays on the lake are worth a try but you have to be very quiet and not too many casts in one spot so as not to spook the trout.

Fly fishing Rivers and Streams
Nymphs, either olive or black will be the best in the faster water. The river levels are often lower in the morning and when the day warms up and the snow melts a bit the afternoons you will find often the river will have risen and of course much faster flowing.
On the streams it will take them longer for the water to clears and so nymph under an indicator will be best.
It might be a few weeks yet before the stream fishing picks up, especially if we continue to get the weekly snow falls on the mountains.

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 


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