Steve Williamson's Trout Fishing Adventures

Past Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Reports.


Last week was a week of mixed weather conditions had the fishing all over the place.

Mid week we had strong winds making it difficult to fish the lake and times the barometric pressure was down to 1006 when the cold change eventually came through and so the fishing was very mixed.

The last couple of mornings were cool but warmed quickly.

The rivers were fishing OK on fly now and some evenings after a warm day the trout were rising everywhere.

The shore based angling on the lake was still quite good with the best fish a 6lb brown caught on local scrub worms at the base of Discovery Holiday Park.

Other anglers reported some nice browns also from 3 to 4lb average.

The rainbows on the lake are taking either mudeye or artificial baits but the bottom fishing with a combination of worms and artificial bait still seems the best and the time of day didn't really matter.

The weather this week looks like it is going to remain fine and sunny with temperatures reaching up to 32 degrees by late week so looks good for fishing.

If you are coming down to Jindabyne over the Christmas / New Year break, please book early for tours and if you want mudeyes for bait it may be best to pre order as the cooler weather this year has put mudeyes in limited supplies.

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The Lake level went down a little last week and the amount of water flowing down the Thredbo is now low.

The lake level is at 78%. The Lake temperature today was 17 degrees C (on the surface).

Best methods to catch a trout.

Best method - Scrub worms, artificial bait are still good and mudeyes.

Best lake lure - Tasmanian Devil number 111 and Stumpjumpers and Warlock minnows in natural colours.

Best lake area - Still look at the sheltered bays for best fishing.

Best fly method - lake Black and olive Woolley buggers and Williamson's Goldfish.

Best River Fly Fishing - Brown Beetle, White moth and Caddis patterns.

Best River Lures - Gillies feathertails, Warlock  and Bullet Lures in natural colours.

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


The boat trolling was as mixed as the weather last week, but we are still catching trout on the surface as the water temperature is not as warm as in previous years; however we have been using downriggers on the really hot and bright days. Downrigger depth however has not been as deep as in previous years either with 25 to 35 feet about perfect.

I would expect that we should see this formula to continue over the next month or so. Start off early in the day with surface lines and the trick is to have at least 60 metres and even up to 100 metres of line out to get best results when trolling the edges of the shoreline, and after about an hour add a lead core line into the equation. With lead lines you should start with two colours (20 metres) early and three colours (30 metres) later in the morning.

The Tasmanian Devil number 111 Willy's Special is still about the best Tasmanian Devil colour at the moment followed by the yellowing brown bomber. My black/gold Tasmanian Devil or the Holographic has been the best for darker conditions and also have been good for downrigging.

I have also been doing well with 9cm Rapalas down off the downrigger and lead lines. Best colours are rainbow trout and brown trout. 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.

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!)

Bait fishing on lake Jindabyne, has been good over recent months with the higher water levels. Mudeyes have been good used under a float or even meal worms under a float and either let the waves move the float about or if no wind try and wind it in very slowly with a pause every turn of the handle. 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

Best lure spinning has been on the lake has been in the shallow bays early and late in the day and you can start by spinning the edges with Celtas or flicking Warlock and Bullet Minnows.

Best spinning late in the day is where there are steep drop offs with plenty of rocks will be the best areas. Bays like Creel, Hatchery and the Snowy Arm all fish well. On windy days, change to a Tassie and cast further out over drop offs, letting the lure sink before you slowly retrieve.

Best areas have been down at the South Arm, Hatchery Bay or near Banjo Patterson Park.

River Spinning.

Fish are still being caught in the Thredbo River also on small Warlock and Bullet lures with the best colours being rainbow trout and perch. You can also try some Gillies spinners very early and late in the day or some soft plastics like the Strike Tigers and we have a great range of colours to try out.

On the smaller streams like the Moonbah or upper Snowy, a variety of lures will work, but the best will be small bladed spinners, like the Gillies Feathertails or Celtas in numbers one or two sizes.

For deeper water the Small Bullet Minnow or Gillies Tailbender.

Fly Fishing Lake

Some of the best lake fly fishing is during the coming months and this year with the steady lake level we should see some big fish caught.  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

On the rivers, the Thredbo River the fishing has been spectacular as the season has been late this year and we should continue to see some fantastic dry fly fishing again this month.

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, White Moth, Snowy Hopper, Stimulator, Royal Wulff and Parachute hoppers. Maybe a brown and a black nymph if the fish are not rising.

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.

Steve Williamson