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Fishing for rainbow trout at Eucumbene

By theonlyjames 2 August 2006 7

Thought a few people might be interested in a couple of pictures and a quick fishing report for one of our mountain lakes.

Lake Eucumbene

Heading out at the gentlemen’s time of 7:30am last Saturday (29/07/06) a group of us arrived at Lake Eucumbene to find a lovely clear and cold day. Setting up on the banks of one of the bays to the South of Anglers Reach we fished through till around 3pm, catching three nice Rainbow Trout.

Rainbow trout

The trout were all of a decent size, though maybe a bit slim. We imagine it has something to do with the spawning cycle as apparently the Rainbows are spawning or just returning from spawning at the moment.

Low water

The water level in the lake is very low at the moment, currently sitting somewhere around 27% of capacity. With so much land recently exposed the ground is very muddy with clay and mud stretching back a hundred metres or so from the waters-edge in some places. The exposed, dead trees do look pretty cool though.

Dead tree

For those thinking of heading out in the next couple of weeks, from our experience…
*Take gumboots – while low on water Eucumbene is not short on clay-like sticky mud. Even on the steeper banks it can be a problem.
*Fish light – we used size 10 hooks or smaller on 6lb/2.5kg Fluorocarbon leaders with pea-sized sinkers and tiny swivels.
*Take appropriate bait – all trout were taken on lemon/lime twist Berkley Powerbait moulded onto tiny hooks and allowed to float off the bottom.

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KaneO 8:53 pm 03 Aug 06

Some nice pics there. Sorta wondering why anyone bothers with trout this time of year tho – spawn stained fish are notoriously poor to chew on, and trout don’t fight very well at the best of times. Tho many of the fish remaining in the lake will be triploid, and they’re to die for.

Getting a few free lures off the now exposed snags is a bit of a lark tho.

Vic Bitterman 7:45 pm 02 Aug 06

Only James! Great pics!

I love fishing Eucs, it’s my favourite trout lake. I normally troll Frying pan in m 12 foot tinnie, based out of O’Neill’s bay via 7 Gates.

If I don’t catch anything, it doesn’t matter – it’s the “being there” that makes up for it!

theonlyjames 5:11 pm 02 Aug 06

According to the SnowyHydro website the lake is normally lower in the winter months but is filled again by rain and the snow-melt as the region warms.

Drought and other weather patterns have meant that below average inflows have been occurring for a number of years now, meaning that even with minimal annual releases there has been a steady decrease in water since 1997.

Currently the lake is at its lowest July level since 1972 – something that would explain the antique-like beer cans we found in a couple of places! We also found lots of exposed Yabbie burrows in the bands of heavy clay on the exposed banks. Judging by the amount of shellfish remains found in the nooks of trees the big fish most love them.

Thanks fro-lishus, I’m glad you like the pics.

Mr Evil 4:04 pm 02 Aug 06

The lake isn’t normally this low at this time of year, is it?

Does anyone know why they’re still let water out?

Thumper 12:47 pm 02 Aug 06

That would be correct JB….

Sediments build up where the water level remains stable for a certain amount of time.

Cool photos but too cold for me. I’ll wait for summer and hit the coast….

johnboy 12:38 pm 02 Aug 06

that’d be the water level lapping at different times wouldn’t it?

fro-lishus 12:31 pm 02 Aug 06

Cool. Thanks for posting, theonlyjames.

I particularly enjoyed that last photo. I’d love to do some research into why the steps appear in the bank like that…

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