Fishing in the Snowy Mountains


Snowy Mountains Trout Festival

While you can fish year-round, one of the most exciting times to cast a line in the Snowys is during the annual Snowy Mountains Trout Festival. Typically held in November, it's a chance to get alongside other avid anglers and weigh-in your catch for prizes across numerous categories based on fishing type, species and age.

Snowy Mountains Fishing

Fishing in the Snowy Mountains

The Snowy Mountains' lakes, rivers and water catchments are prime fishing spots for all classes of anglers, whether you're accustomed to bait, spinning, fly or trolling. With cold and calm waters, the Snowy Mountains offers fantastic conditions for fly fishing in particular. Brook, brown, rainbow trout and atlantic salmon are the main catches.

If you're a beginner, plenty of operators offer fishing lessons and basic tutorials, particularly out of Jindabyne and Thredbo. Fishing rod rental, guides and boat hire are also available should you want to embark on a self-guided fishing venture.

Major lakes such as Lake Jindabyne and Lake Eucumbene are ideal spots for all forms of fishing. With shallow bays, wide waters and a mountainous backdrop to cast your line against, enjoy calm conditions perfect for catching a flanked rainbow or a big brown trout.

The Thredbo River, which runs from Thredbo to Lake Jindabyne, is a trout fly fishing haven with its hugely accessible waters and large schools of trout which inhabit it. Nearby Bullocks Hut, at the junction of Thredbo River and Little Thredbo River, is also a great base for fishing.

To learn about fish breeding and rearing in the Snowy Mountains, The Gaden Trout Hatchery in Jindabyne is home to brook, brown and rainbow trout, and atlantic salmon. Find out about the region's premier sport fish before you head out to catch your own.

Before you head down to the water, ensure you acquire a NSW recreational fishing licence and carry this with you. It's also important to ensure you're up to date with all bag and sizing limits, and fishing closing zones set out by the NSW Fisheries Office.

Tourism Snowy Mountains - Fishing & Water Sports

The fresh water fishing in the Snowy Mountains is as good as it gets. Plus, our pristine lakes, streams and waterways come to life in the warmer months with sailing, water-skiing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, swimming, you name it.

  • Bushwalking in the Snowy Mountains

    Bushwalking & Hiking

    Enjoy the Snowy Mountains' breathtaking natural scenery on foot and explore the terrain at your own pace. Home to Australia's five highest peaks, and adorned with wildlife and lush flora, enjoy the region's sweeping views.

  • Horseriding in the Snowy Mountains


    Experience the spectacular outback scenery of the Snowy Mountains on horseback. The Snowy Mountains' rugged terrain and gentle rolling hills offer ideal conditions for a horseriding adventure with guided rides from one hour up to a full day or multi-day treks.

  • Mountain Biking in the Snowy Mountains

    Mountain Biking

    Once the snow has melted, the Snowy Mountains becomes a network of superb dirt tracks and sealed roads ideal for mountain biking. Choose from a range of options for beginners and experienced riders on BMX, mountain or road bikes.

Swimming safety information

Swimming safety information

NSW has a wide range of wonderful swimming options including beaches, ocean pools, harbourside pools, lakes, rivers, and swimming holes at the bottom of waterfalls. However to ensure maximum safety and enjoyment, swimmers should follow this general advice:

Look for patrolled beaches (this is where lifesavers are on duty; you will see red and yellow flags that indicate this). You should always swim between the red and yellow flags as they mark the safest place to swim.

Never swim alone at night, or under the influence of alcohol, or directly after a meal.

Always check water depth before diving in, as rocks or trees could be submerged, and never run and dive into the water from the beach.

Check for signs regarding advice on water conditions at your chosen swimming spot and at any natural swimming hole. Always proceed with caution as surfaces could be slippery and water conditions may not be immediately apparent; particularly if the area has recently experienced heavy rain or flooding.

Pay attention to the advice of the lifesavers and safety signs. Visit SharkSmart to understand any potential risks in the area you are swimming. 

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