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Instead of whipping past the lakes of the Snowy Mountains towards the ski slopes this month, it might be worth stopping quickly and making a cheeky cast. Lake Jindabyne in particular fishes well for brown trout, rainbow trout, and Atlantic salmon – and the bite seems to be pretty good throughout the day. Sporadic captures of huge former brook trout also continue, particularly around the western shore. Trout despise light conditions, so if there is a bit of cloud cover or breeze to ruffle the water, you might be in business. Shore anglers have to walk the shore and throw Tassie Devils, spoons, plastics, deep divers or vibes, focusing on bays and coves. Trolling also brings in trout. You also don’t have to go too far, with a flat line that marks reasonable bags of fish. Eucumbene is a completely different kettle (pardon the pun). Water is draining from the lake at an alarming rate, leaving most of the shore muddy and swampy. If you can get close enough for a throw, there are plenty of pocket rocket-sized rainbows around the margins. These can be caught by both lure and fly. Salmon and tailor dominated fishing on the south coast during the holidays. Schools of salmon are popping up in many coastal estuaries, which is fun for anglers with light bream gear. Tailors have been less common, but those captured are of good average height. If you want to mingle with either species, take a tour of the lower parts of your favorite system at the top of the tide. The bite is particularly good at the end of the day. Try casting small metal lures, soft plastics, or surface poppers.


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