Fishing in the Snowy Mountains
Fishing in the pristine waters of the spectacular NSW Snowy Mountains is an unforgettable experience. With Australia’s highest peaks creating one of the most beautiful backdrops in the world, the lakes, rivers and water catchments are great fishing spots for recreational anglers.
Cast a line year-round in lakes and dams, stocked with various fish species. Fishing in most rivers and streams is permitted from October to the June long weekend. Melting snow flows each spring into crystal-clear waterways, teeming with trout and native fish such as Murray cod and golden perch.
You’ll find fishing tackle shops in many towns across the region, including Tumut, Tumbarumba, Cooma, Jindabyne and Adaminaby, the home of the Big Trout, one of Australia’s ‘iconic big things’. You can hire rods, boats and other equipment as well for your fishing adventure in the high country.
Fishing tours are available for all levels of experience, including Steve Williamson’s Trout Fishing Adventures in Jindabyne, Snowy Monaro Fly Fishing in Cooma, and Fly Fishing Tumut in Tumut. You can learn the basics of trout fishing in the two-hour Lure Casting School at Lake Crackenback Resort.
A calendar highlight is the Snowy Mountains Trout Festival, a week-long competition held in spring and open to all anglers. Some of the popular fishing lakes are Lake Eucumbene, Lake Jindabyne and Khancoban Pondage. Both Blowering Dam and Talbingo Dam, near Talbingo, are well stocked too.
Thredbo River meanders from Thredbo to Lake Jindabyne and is a fly fishing haven. Near Bullocks Hut, at the junction of Thredbo River and Little Thredbo River, is a lovely fishing destination. Along the Tumut, Goobarragandra, Tuross, Snowy and Bombala rivers are plenty of relaxing fishing spots.
Before you go fishing, you’ll need a NSW recreational fishing licence and carry the receipt with you. They’re available from service stations, tackle shops, or online at Service NSW. You can keep up to date with all bag and sizing limits, and closure zones at the NSW Government’s Recreational Fishing.