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Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Report. For the week starting February 17th 2014
By Steve Williamson. – Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Adventures. Shop -02 64561551

NEWS –
Welcome to another Lake Jindabyne Fishing Report and great news about the trout fishing. Despite the heat waves of the last month the trout fishing has still been good if you just think about what you’re doing.
At our Khancoban Weekend Fly Fishing trip last weekend, we looked for three things 1) The stream with the coolest water we could find. 2) Worked on the most oxygenated water and 3) Made sure the fly was down to the bottom of the run! Success!
On Lake Jindabyne last week, the fishing was just fantastic for boats with downriggers. Bait guys did Ok very early around sunrise. Fly and Lure on the lake was more difficult but we have since had a little rain and much cooler weather over the last couple of days and next week it looks like it will be Ok with morning temperatures getting down to only 2 to 4 degrees C by late next week Brrrrrrrrrr!
After all the rumors about how all the yabbies’ and frogs and just about every other thing in the lake are all dead – (I just can’t believe peoples stupidity sometimes) – Yes, after a disastrous spawning run last year and the fact that apparently all the rainbow trout had apparently died in the lake? – we are catching rainbow trout up to 1.5 to 2kg that are in fantastic condition and the browns are patrolling the areas where the yabbies’ (apparently all dead) are found along with the goldfish in the lake.
FACT- This morning I played for 10 minutes to see how many yabbies’ I could catch. After 10 minutes and 25 yabbies and at least 10 goldfish I gave up as it is just too easy at the moment! (Yabby entrée, yum!)
(I know where all the big brown trout are!) (Let’s start a rumor – “Too many yabbies’ in the lake so the trout aren’t biting”! ) Ha ha we can have the lake to ourselves!

NOTE – I have one position left for my Explore the Snowy Mountains Fly Fishing Weekend next weekend.
Check out http://swtroutfishing.com.au/newsletter/Exploring%20the%20Snowy%20Mountains%20Fishing%20Weekend%2019012014.pdf

LAKE LEVEL and TEMPERATURE
The lake level has been dropping a little due to the heat of last week now at 80%.
The Lake temperature today was 20 degrees C on the surface.
Best methods to catch a trout.
Best method – Trolling by boat using downriggers at 45 feet.
Best lake lure – For spinning Rapala CD and let it sink before retrieving.
Best lake area – Sheltered bays with deep dropoffs.
Best fly method lake – Williamson’s Goldfish.
Best River Fly Fishing– On the day there is still some dry fly fishing but bigger fish are taking nymphs.
Best River Lures – Small spinners into the faster runs or a 5cm CD Rapala used the same way.
Let’s have a look at what the fishing is going to be like over the next week.

Trolling.
As the weather cools this week we will start the morning off with a surface line and one line with 3 colours of lead core line. After the first hour of light your best with leadlines and downriggers. In the middle of the day we have been using downriggers and still catching trout down at about 50 feet. 35 feet is about perfect if you just want to downrigg early.
The Tasmanian Devil number 111 “Willy’s Special’ or my Black/ Orange (especially early) is still about the best Tasmanian Devil colour at the moment followed by the yellowing brown bomber. Best Rapala colours are rainbow trout and brown trout at the moment. With water levels still high, some of the better trolling areas this month will be Hatchery Bay and Hayshed Bay and Sid’s Bay through to Rushes Bay however watch the rocks as the East Jindabyne Islands start to reappear as the water levels drop.
Yes we do hire leadlines and downriggers!

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!)
We are coming to the end of the mudeye season but is you can get some they rainbow in particular are still taking them especially early in the day. If you can get real mudeyes then try artificial mudeyes or maggots are also worth a try under a float. Best bait fishing areas are Creel Bay, Hatchery Bay and Curiosity Rocks. Another great area is the bottom of Discovery Holiday Park near Widows Creek Inlet.

Lake Spinning
Been hard work but spinning the edges of the lake very early in the morning is your best bet, using with Celtas or flicking floating Spotted Dog Rapalas and Bullet lures.
Best areas have been down at the South Arm, Hatchery Bay or near Banjo Patterson Park.

River Spinning.
Small Rapalas in the floating variety with the best colours being rainbow trout and perch. Small bladed spinners, like the Gillies Feathertails or Celtas in numbers one or two sizes will be also worth a try. For deeper water the Rapala CD5 Spotted Dog or Gillies Tailbender. Best fishing are coming from the fatser runs if you can get a lure deep enough.

Fly Fishing Lake
Try any of the streamer patterns such as Mrs Simpson and Williamson’s Snowy Mountains Gold Fish. Olive green nymphs and shrimp patterns are also worth a try.
You may get an evening rise after a sunny day but to date they have been few and far between on the lake.
The South Arm, Creel Bay and Kangaroo Bay (if you have a boat) are all great for fishing at the moment.

Fly fishing Rivers and Streams
The Alpine streams are still at their best and plenty of small fish are being caught on dry fly.
Fly selection is not too critical in these streams but placement is critical or else you just scare all the fish.
Flies you must have are brown beetle patterns, Snowy Hopper, Stimulator, Royal Wulff and Parachute hoppers. Maybe a brown and a black nymph if the fish are not rising and a white moth or white Wulff
And maybe you had better throw a midge pattern, brown mayfly and an Adams in as well to make certain you have most circumstances covered.

Yes 2014 is the 25th anniversary of my business and we are going to celebrate!
Everyone will be a winner in 2014 with some great celebratory give always to everyone that books a lesson or tour with me! Lots of FREEBEES including FREE accommodation deals. Subscribe to my newsletter for more details.
For more information on the latest fishing conditions, please call into –
STEVE WILLIAMSON’S TACKLE SHOP
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 swtrout@airlan.com.au  Shop – (02) 64 561551



 

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