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.

Tumut Fly Fishing - Kosciuszko National Park

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 in the 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.

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.

NSW Swimming safety

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. 

Fishing and Nature in The Snowy Mountains

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