Autumn is a great time for a trip to the lakes. Water temperatures are falling and the fish are livening up as they feed to get condition before spawning. There are two things I really watch when boat fishing Snowy Lakes. The first is the weather, the second, lake levels. Weather issues are primarily about safety, and second about when and where I’ll fish. I like to see wind strength less than 10 km/hour, ideally around 5 km/hour. Enough to get food moving off the land and across the lake; not enough to mess up nice steady boat drifts. Just enough to keep the boat moving in a nice controlled way. Overcast is pretty much always better than full sunshine. Intermittent drifting cloud cover can be excellent. With cooler weather coming, a steady breeze and cloud cover can push down surface temperatures which can also help fishing a lot. Don’t expect good wind lane fishing on the Snowy Lakes, the winds swirl too much. Good wind lanes need a steady direction. I don’t watch the barometer too much. Some people say a falling barometer puts the fish down. That is clearly not always the case. I am a firm disciple of “west is best” when it comes to wind direction.
So a recent trip to Lake Jindabyne had me watching the weather and lake levels and not particularly liking what I saw. The lake has been at 80 to 81% from August to November last year steadily rising to 84% through December and holding through to March. Now it’s at 81%, falling steadily for the last 3 weeks. The wind was going to be strong and from the east, or north east. James and Jess were driving down from Sydney and meeting me in town for an afternoon and evening session. With the 20 km/hour breeze forecast to ease off into the evening I was optimistic on that front. The falling lake level and full sun sky, well we’d just have to deal with them. My reconnaissance trip showed plenty of hoppers around the bank, and mud eye shucks in the scrub around the bank, but not much surface activity. They stayed overnight in Canberra but had a delayed start with a flat battery and it was well into the afternoon before we finally got going.
Steve (Snowy Lakes boat charters http://nakedtrout.com.au/stuff/charter/)