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Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Report
« on: September 18, 2010, 11:41:00 PM »
Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Report.
For 14th SEPTEMBER 2010
By Steve Williamson. –
Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Adventures.
0408 024436                      Shop -02 64561551
Back from holidays to find the lake had come up significantly after the rain at the start of the month which on top of the snow melt must have brought the level up nearly 1 metre.
One Queensland report while I was away stated that Jindabyne was flooded, but I think they meant the rivers were in flood, at least most rivers and streams burst their banks. This is the 4th time this winter that rivers have had a good flush out so it will be interesting to see what changes have been made to the holes and undercuts, a little silt should also have been cleaned out one would think.
On the lake islands are slowly disappearing around the lake while the water rises rapidly over grassy areas covering them for the first time in at least 8 years which is bringing the fish close in to the banks.
Anglers are doing well fishing the lake edges at the moment and as soon as we get a little warm weather we will see some excellent polaroiding for fly anglers.
Two anglers trolling over the last few days managed 40 trout and salmon flat lining various minnow lures in 6 metres of water.
Casting lures around little bays has also see some excellent fish caught.
The rainbows are in excellent condition and the browns are also fat and healthy.
Let’s have a look at the current conditions in more detail.

The reported level at the moment is about 70%.  The water temperature is about 8 degrees C which is colder tan last year by a few degrees..
Let’s have a look at what the fishing is going to be like over the next few weeks.
The temperatures were a lot cooler this week but the fishing improved again after the cold change and rain and as stated earlier there were some good fish caught. Surface anglers are doing well just trolling small minnow lures on the surface or lead core line.13 gram Tasmanian Devils are still going well later in the morning with possibly pink 55 and number 82 being the best two colours overall.
Jointed Rapalas, maybe with a touch of orange like the perch pattern, are well worth a try first up and when trolled in close to the shore and over weed beds there is a good chance of a big brown trout or Atlantic salmon.
Lead core lines at two colours (20 metres) to three colours will also be best after the sun comes up. (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 recent weeks.
The best lure over recent weeks have been number 82 yellow wing Tasmanian Devil preferably in Duel Depth (20 gram) The Y48 or Holographic duel depth is worth a try on dull days or deeper down.
You don’t have to fish these deep at the moment you just have to be in the right place at the right time
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 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!)
 Berkleys GULP Chunky Cheese Powerbait is still catching good size brown trout, and rainbow paste or lime twist still best for rainbow trout.
Tiger worms or scrub worms under a float have been doing very well for rainbows and Atlantic salmon.
Scrub worms off the bottom and a power bait dropper will be the best middle of the day for the brown trout. 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.
Best areas for bait fishing at the moment have been, The Haven, Curiosity Rocks Waste Point, The Snowy Arm and East Jindabyne pumping station. Baits suspended under a float are a more productive method early and late in the day.
Lake Spinning (Rivers are closed till the October long weekend)
To target rainbow trout and brown trout, floating Rapala’s are well worth a try. It’s time now to go back to smaller sizes with 5 and 7 cm floaters being better. Jointed minnows are still well worth throwing and working the dropoff for best results again use the smaller sizes now. Any trout pattern lure should be worth a try.  It is also well worth trying a few small spinners like Celtas or Gillies spinners in the shallows but make sure you keep out of sight and it is better to spot the fish and cast past it bring the lure about a metre or two in front of the fish.
Anglers are also having good success using blades that resemble the goldfish we have in the lake.
Tasmanian Devils are catching fish in the deeper water by casting and waiting for the lure to sink a little before a slow retrieve. Cast as far out as you can but best results will be when the water is choppy with a little wind.
Spin close around rocky outcrops for best results later on in the day in the day and use smaller lures like Celtas or Gillies Spinners around the shallow bays after dark. Don’t stay in one place too long and only put in a couple of casts in each area.
Fly Fishing Lake (Rivers are closed till the October long weekend)
The cooler slightly windy weather made it a little harder to Polaroid fish this last week and fishing in general was a little tougher but that should change by the weekend. Some fish have been caught using Woolley Buggers or larger flies deep down if just prospect casting but if you do spot a fish it might be better to try a small nymph first. Strip the flies slowly after letting them sink to the bottom.
Craigs Night time and Williamson’s Goldfish have been two flies well worth using at dawn and dusk.
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

Couple of the completed work at the Jindabyne Boat ramp.
Not much of the new work can be seen now the lake is coming up so fast.


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