Fishing in the Snowy Mountains


Enjoy fishing year-round in the pristine waters of the magnificent NSW Snowy Mountains. You’ll find beautiful lakes and deep dams teeming with trout and other fish species. Fishing in most wild rivers and streams is permitted from October to the June long weekend. There are great tours, too.

Snowy Mountains Fishing

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.

Lake Crackenback Resort – Snowy Mountains

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.

Fishing - Lake Jindabyne - Snowy Mountains

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.

Goobarragandra River - Tumut - Snowy Mountains

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.

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.

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, as rocks or trees could be submerged, and never run and dive into the water from a beach, riverbank or other surface.

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. 

  1. Fly Fishing Tumut

    Tumut Fly Fishing offers lessons, instructors and guides for all levels and all ages. Enjoy fly fishing in the Snowy Mountains!Tours are available all year round, with guides of 25 years experience....

  2. Khancoban Pondage

    Khancoban Pondage is a three kilometre long lake that forms part of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Scheme and around its foreshores lays the town of Khancoban, a town built specifically to house the workers of the Snowy...

  3. Lake Eucumbene

    Lake Eucumbene in the beautiful Snowy Mountains is located around 40 kilometres from Cooma at its closest point. It sits at an elevation of 1200 metres above sea level making it a pristine alpine lake. ...

  4. Snowy Mountains Trout Festival

    Saturday 3 November to Friday 9 November 2018, Adaminaby

    This year will be the 43rd year of the Yamaha / Freshwater Fishing Snowy Mountains Trout Festival.All you have to do is enter this years event and attend the prize presentation to be in the draw for the...

    03 Nov -09Nov

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