High in the Snowy Mountains, above Lake Jindabyne lies two little known
dams fed by the upper reaches of the famous Snowy River, they are called
Guthega Pondage and Island Bend Dam.
Guthega, like other stillwaters in the Snowy Mountains, is open to all
methods of trout fishing all year round, however unless you like ice
fishing you had better restrict your fishing time to the warmer summer
You can get to Guthega easily in a 2 wheel drive vehicle by turning off
the Kosciuszko Road on the way to Perisher, just before Sponars Chalet,
and follow the signs to Guthega.
There are mainly small fish found in the dam, mainly rainbows, and
because the water is crystal clear, the fish are also very spooky.
The Snowy River between Guthega and Island Bend
The best area to fish is to reach the Island Bend Pondage at Dinner
Plain. There are a few dirt tracks down to different sections of the
river and if you wish to fish small sections at a time you can do so
Island Bend Pondage
By following the Guthega signs from Kozciuzsko Road you will come to the
Island Bend turnoff on the right. You may try to fish at the end of the
dam, but it's quite a long walk around.
The best area to try is the top end of the pondage and if you really
want to fish the dam wall end, the walk from Dinner Plain is usually
easier and you can always fish your way down and back again.