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Smoking the fish

Jindabyne fishing

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Jindabyne is a year-round holiday resort and has a very cosmopolitan mix of pioneering families and new residents. The original town and its inhabitants were relocated in the 1960s when the Snowy River was dammed as part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme. A handful of houses were moved to the new location and the remains lie submerged under Lake Jindabyne and can be seen when water levels are low.

In winter, Jindabyne is a base for skiers heading for the major resorts in Kosciuszko National Park. The rest of the year it's a great place for bushwalking, mountain biking, white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking and horse riding. The lake provides wonderful opportunities for trout fishing and water sports.

Tourists are becoming increasingly aware of what the area has to offer apart from snow activities with river and lake fishing growing in popularity. As summer is breeding season for insects, their presence take fish to the surface to feed and makes catching them easier.

By law you can keep only five fish a day from the lake and two a day from the river. NSW Fisheries stock Lake Jindabyne quite heavily as it's classed as a tourist fishery. Wild fish are taken from the river in winter, and when their eggs are hatched and fish are large enough, they're released into the lake.

Steve Williamson began Fishing Adventures around 16 years ago. His two passions are snow skiing and fishing, so he has found his nirvana. He's the region's longest serving fully professional fishing guide and Australia's first inland charter boat operator.

Steve offers fly fishing — stream, river and lake, dry wet and lock style. Fishing Adventures specialises in beginner fly lessons. Boat trolling includes downrigging, leadlining and bait trolling. Advanced lessons are available and the boat has all the latest gear. Lake and river lure spinning is available with all tackle and lures provided. Live bait fishing comes with course angling techniques in the best spot in the mountains.

Steve's Trout Fishing Adventures offers trips for the disabled angler and accommodation can be arranged to suit personal needs. Sightseeing trips can be arranged and the non-angler is always looked after. Large groups are accommodated.


The heart of the Snowy Mountains


Steve Williamson's Fishing Adventures start at $330 per person for two days. All tackle and some meals are included.
Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.

More information

Steve Williamson's Fishing Adventures
13 Bogong Street
Jindabyne 2627
Ph: (02) 6456 1551
Fax: (02) 6456 1342

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