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 The Snowy Mountain lakes are renown

around the world for their great fishing

and this old seasalt from Europe heads

out to try his luck.     

Lakes Jindabyne and Eucumbene are tucked into the lower reaches of Australia's Snowy Mountains region and provides an all seasons recreational area. Hundreds of fishermen will travel as far away as Queensland and Western Australia to try their luck at trout fishing in these lakes, whilst summer times also include families with powerboats on Lake Jindabyne water skiing and other boating activities including canoeing and kayaking.


Sadly, water levels have been seriously low over the past 3 - 4 years as the Australian drought means less rainfall (and snowfall). Over the past 2 years Lake Jindabyne has bee kept low as a new wall is being built. This has hapmered tourism in the area but has favoured fishing as trout have less water to explore.  Both lakes are regularly re-stocked with trout by NSW Fisheries which makes it a mecca for trout fishermen.


Jindabyne is the gateway to the snow fields of New South Wales and you will have to travel past Lake Jindabyne to get to Thredbo and Perisher. Accommodation is plentiful in Jindabyne as it attracts visitors all year round.


As you can see by the photos, it is a unique place to visit.






Early morning mist makes the lake look like something out of a poem!

Usually these trees are covered with water but because the water is so low in

Lake Eucumbene they are uncovered. Trees like this provide a habitat for many of the

crustations that trout feed on as well as providing shelter for the trout themselves.




The morning sun casts eerie shadows across the landscape highlighting a lone gum tree




A single fisherman trolls slowly across the lake hoping for a bite




A single fisherman trolls slowly across the lake hoping for a bite




Another fisherman, this time a competitor in one of the many trout fishing competitions

that take place on the lakes, is hoping for a good morning's fishing.




With the red earthen edges of the land and the clear blue of the water and the sky, being on the lake is a

peaceful experience. You can see how low the lake is as the water usually comes right up to the tree line.




A lone gum tree sits atop the ridge as if to signify sentry duties.




Abandoned! This boat has seen better days. Probably sunken for years, it lays uncovered waiting for the

waters to rise and hide it again!




The little boat, the only evidence of human habitation on this lonely shore.




Another shot of the abandoned boat as it shares the shoreline with they huge rocks and the dead tree.




Dead trees litter the edge of the lake uncovered and waiting to return to their watery world.

A small fishing boat sits by the trees and fishermen wait for a bite.




A weathered fisherman sits, waiting for a catch as the midday sun shines overhead!




In the darkness of the night, this fisherman waits patiently!




A small waterhen, one of the many waterbirds to live on the lake, comes by to check me out!




This brown mountain duck swims by, hopeful for a morsel of food!





A cormorant dries his wings and suns himself before his next dive!




Three seagulls fly close to the water as they head for home just before dusk!




Sunsets never cease to amaze me!  This one certainly didn't leave me disapointed.




Another Snowy Mountains sunset stands like a painting against the evening sky!




Another sunset graces the sky over Lake Eucumbene!




Another sunset graces the sky over Lake Eucumbene!




 The moon sits very large in a late winter sky!




The same moon, only this shot was taken at night.






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