24th May 2016

We have seen a stabilising of water levels at Lake Eucumbene for the last 3 weeks now which has been very well received by all. Currently at 38% and with a surface water temperature of 12.4°C conditions for trout fishing in all areas of the lake are looking and producing well.

Weather has been a mixed bag in the past month with some days offering perfect on water and shore based fishing conditions and other days…well…let’s just say it would be better to stay home. Typical Autumn weather for the Snowy Mountains!

The Fishing:

Trolling, being a favorite past time for many anglers has been doing well in the shallower depths of water with flat lines, Best coloured lures are orange/black and yellow/black such a Lofty Cobra 51 or the Tassie ‘Cigar’. It is best to stay in 5 – 6 metres of water and be out early before the sun is too high.

Bait, good catches of rainbows and browns with scrubworms are being reported mostly around the 1kilo weight and fishing in the mid-afternoon towards evening. Given the cooler water temps fish are generally on the move earlier this time of year which means you don’t need to wait for the sun to be setting. When accessing the shoreline take care to stay on firm ground with your vehicle to avoid becoming bogged.

Fly, the annual Eucumbene River spawning run is well underway and it has been great to hear and see many healthy fish being caught and carefully released to swim another day. Last week while staying at Rainbow Pines Tourist Park Brad had an amazing couple of days on the river with many fish being caught and released. Glow Bugs and Nymphs are your fly of choice here.

Despite lower water levels than the same time last year there is no evidence to suggest that catch rates of healthy trout has slowed down, in fact overall word is that fishing is great! After a great summer season we are likely to see some amazing fishing during the cooler months for anyone keen to have a crack. Plan your trip to Rainbow Pines now!

Happy Fishing...Pete!

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