Top tips for fishing the Snowy Mountains
THE NSW high country is a personal favourite of mine and I've spent years of my life fishing here. If you enjoy freshwater trout fishing then this is one of the premier places in the country to travel to.
Lakes Tantangara, Eucumbene and Jindabyne are regularly stocked with rainbow and brown trout and Atlantic salmon; they also support a self-sustaining population of brown trout.
The rivers that run into these lakes are all well known for fabulous fishing within season.
These rivers are closed to fishing during the spawn run of June to October, but the lakes are open year-round.
There is a lot of accommodation up here in the way of hotels, motels and caravan parks.
Mid-winter sees the area overrun with ski enthusiasts and expenses rise, so best times of year to travel here include September to May. I often stay in places like Jindabyne, Kalkite, Old Adaminaby, Providence Portal and the like. My favourite place to stay is Rydges Horizons in Jindabyne which has a beautiful view over the lake.
The easiest ways to catch a trout in the lakes is to bait fish - scrub worms, mudeyes, yabbies, powerbait - off the banks or troll a lure behind a boat.
Two to 4kg rods with six to 10lb breaking strain lines will cover most bases.
There are many lures which will catch fish in the lakes: winged Tasmanian Devils, bibbed hardbodies that imitate trout and dive between one and three metres will work well.
Getting lures deeper beneath downriggers is also popular.
Trolling attractors with baits behind them is deadly when the weather is really good. Sight fishing the dams with a fly rod or casting streamer flies early, late in the day or at night during summer are proven ways to catch trout on a fly rod.
The rivers are simply stunning and walking them with a fishing rod is a treat. Check regulations but most rivers are lure and fly only and closed at times. Casting and retrieving lures across likely looking trout lies will always produce a few fish in these parts. Small bibbed lures and spinners that run shallow are perfect to take on a day exploring the rivers.
Next month I will take you on a Darwin and Norther Terrtitory fishing trip.
Nige Webster works for AFN Fishing & Outdoors and presents and produces The Fishing Show on Channel 7Mate.