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Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Report. 18th MARCH 2013
« on: March 19, 2013, 09:10:29 AM »
Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Report. 18th MARCH 2013

By Steve Williamson. –
Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Adventures.
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NEWS
All I can say is that for some reason the lake trout decided to move into summer mode over the last few days and the boat downrigging picked up significantly with some excellent catches, as have been and will be posted on our Facebook page as proof. After a week of warm temperatures, Saturday was quite cool and foggy, Sunday after a cold change was freezing on the water and Monday was fine and sunny but morning temperatures were down to only 2 degrees before sunrise. However water temperature at the surface was still about 19 degrees and so the trout decided to stay down to about 35 feet and they were actually quite active with reports of catches between 5 to 10 trout in only 3 hours of early morning trolling. In fact those trollers that did not have downriggers struggled to get a fish and the best one could do was troll lures off lead core lines for a couple of trout early in the day. Bait anglers from the shore had a reasonable morning on Saturday but Sunday when the wind was from the south and the fishing should have been OK most anglers struggled to catch anything (unless you were downrigging from a boat) and then this morning the trout were back on the bite again for bait anglers and also on the surface for the trollers. The Thredbo River is quite low and water crystal clear and the trout are hanging about under overhanging bushes and undercut banks and making it very difficult for lure anglers and you need to be a better fly angler to work them out at the moment. Might make mention we received no rain at all to speak of last week.
Autumn is the time for change in the way trout behave, shortly the water temperature will cool and the trout will think about spawning as soon as we get some rain. It is often very difficult to predict day to day what the trout will be doing, a bit like the weather in the mountains.

LAKE LEVEL and TEMPERATURE
The lake level is at 81% and just going down a little after the rise we had a week ago so we are still quite high. I cannot see any major water releases planned this year and expect the water level to stay quite high over winter. The water surface temperature today was 19 degrees.
Best methods to catch a trout.
Best method – Boat trolling deeper water now 35 to 40 feet.
Best lake lure –Steve Williamson black/orange Tasmanian Devil or Canberra Killer
Best lake area – Lion and Cub Island, East Jindy Islands and the South Arm.
Best fly method lake – Black Woolly Bugger and Williamson’s Goldfish.
Best River Fly Fishing– Hopper and caddis patterns with a small nymph dropper
Best River Lures – Thredbo River. Anything that does not get too deep and snag up like a number 1 Celta.

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

Trolling.
Start the day and surface troll in the shallows early using lead core lines at 2 colours (till 7.30 am) with minnow lures like Rapalas with some orange on them and then later in the morning change to 13 or 20 gram Tasmanian Devils. Best colour is Y82, Holographic, and the Steve Williamson black/ cold special Tassie Devil.
Downrigging certainly has once again improved, with trout down from 35 to 45 feet. Plenty of rainbows with even some good browns to a kilo plus. Just use longer drop backs of up to 20 feet when the fishing is quite, otherwise the lure can be as close as 2 metres behind the bomb.

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 on most days, so long as you are on the water at sunrise or sunset and the best baits are  scrubworms teamed up with artificial bait as an attractant is the best way in the brighter parts of the day.
Best areas for bait fishing at the moment have been, Waste Point area, The Claypits, Hatchery Bay, Curiosity Rocks and the East Jindabyne Islands if you have a boat to get out to them. Fish from the bank of the islands and spread lines out.

Lake Spinning
Lure spinning on the lake has still been OK and there are trout about and the best fishing is in the shallows early and deep water later in the middle of the day. The Tasmanian Devil 111, Y82 and Holographic have all been good.
Minnow lures like floating 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.
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.

River Spinning
The Thredbo has been fishing a little slower this week, the higher up the mountain the better the fishing at the moment. Number 1 Celtas and 3cm Rapalas and Feathertails will be good but other lures working well are Vibrax Blue Fox and don’t forget the soft plastics as they can be rigged so that they are snagless (almost) when you want to fish deep where the fish often lie.
   
Fly Fishing Lake
Lake fishing the small bays and inlets should get some results very early and late in the day if you’re careful not to spook the trout. Woolley Buggers, Craig’s Night time and Williamson’s Goldfish have been the flies well worth using at dawn and dusk. The shallow bays on the lake are worth a try early before the sun rises but after that you had better be fishing deep.

Fly fishing Rivers and Streams
Dry fly is still happening especially in the top Alpine streams and higher up on the Thredbo river. Hoppers are still about, but caddis patterns, beetle patterns and mayfly patterns are all still worth a try. Maybe a brown or black nymph dropper would also be advisable.
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.



 

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