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Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Report.
« on: October 18, 2010, 10:31:42 PM »
Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Report 18th OCTOBER 2010

By Steve Williamson. –
Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Adventures.
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NEWS What a week! Wind, rain, snow, floods you name it!
The rivers were unfishable on Friday and Saturday with so much water coming down them and the result was Lake Jindabyne rising by over a meter in just one day.
Water everywhere and this has changed the way the lake is fishing.
There is also a lot of weed and stuff floating around and be VERY careful boating as there are all so lots of logs in the water. Watching all the debris coming down the Thredbo on Saturday would mean that will all be floating around the top end of the lake.
As a result of the water the Thredbo will take a couple of days to clear up and so no report this week.
The lake is higher than we would possibly like, it’s just such a different lake to look at and the fish have so much more water to spread out in.
This morning the lake trolling was a little quite and we struggled to get a few fish in the 4 hours we were out.
There is no real pattern at the moment and the lake temperatures also dropped and so I think the fish are a little confused (just like me)!
I am sure with a good week of stable weather predicted we should see an improvement as we move toward next weekend.

The reported level at the moment is about 76% and rising fast.  The water temperature dropped to10 degrees C which is still colder than last year by a few degrees.
Have a look at the photos on my web site and you will see just how high the water level is.
Let’s have a look at what the fishing is going to be like over the next few weeks.

With the lake level rising so much there is plenty of weed and grass in the water so you need to keep an eye on your lures. This wee d will be a problem for as long as the lake continues to rise.
The fish are still about but have more water between them and you just have to trust your fish finder, locate the trout and then work them until you get a strike.
Trolling small minnow lures off the lead core lines through the shallows at sunrise and sunset is producing the browns, rainbows and the odd Atlantic salmon.13 gram Tasmanian Devils are still going with possibly yellowing lures better now, with Y82 very popular. The best for me this week has been my own black one side and orange the other yellowing Tasmanian Devil in the Duel Depth. That lure has caught most of the bigger browns up to 8 lb.
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.
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!)
A few dragonflies about now, a few fish caught on Mudeyes but the water need to warm a little yet to get the fish to really take mudeyes.
Scrub worms off the bottom and a power bait dropper has been best over recent days and some big fish are being caught. 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
 Plenty of snags in the water now with the lake rising and I have found the easier spinning is around the deeper drop offs. Jointed minnows are still well worth throwing and working the drop off 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, be careful of snags, 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.
Some of the better blades are TT Switchblade ‘Golden Boy’, Strike Pro Cyber Vibe 35 BLG and Cyber Vibe 50JU009.
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. Yellow wing Tassies are again doing best on the sunny days.
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 or the Vibes 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.

River Spinning
With so much water in the rivers you will need heavier or deeper diving lures. The water should clear by late week and then it will be back to shallower lures.
More on the rivers next week in the mean time call into my shop for the latest conditions as they are changing daily.

Fly Fishing Lake
The lake has been good and with the water up into the grass the biggest problem once again is the snags when you do hook a fish. Most fish this past week 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.
Craig’s 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.

Fly Fishing Rivers
Fly fishing was tough over the weekend in the Thredbo River but that should clear by mid week.
The alpine streams may need more than a week before they can be fished.
The Mowambah was running a banker and again will take a bit of time for the level to drop so nymphs are the best bet if you want to have a go at catching a trout.
Better news next week after I have time to try out the streams.

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.
Photos of the latest lake levels can be viewed at

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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