Are you ready to embark on an angler’s paradise, where stunning landscapes meet thrilling fishing adventures? Look no further than the 2023-2024 Snowy Trout Challenge. This annual event in it’s 4th year, promises to be bigger, better, and more exciting than ever before. If you’re a fishing enthusiast or just looking for an unforgettable outdoor experience, this is your chance to cast your line into the heart of Australia’s Snowy Mountains.
Discover the Snowy Mountains
The Snowy Mountains, with their majestic peaks and pristine lakes, have long been a magnet for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Home to some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes, this region offers much more than just great fishing. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a novice looking to try something new, the Snowy Mountains have something to offer.
The Snowy Trout Challenge Experience
The Snowy Trout Challenge is more than just a fishing challenge; it’s a celebration of nature, community, and the thrill of the catch. Here’s what you can expect:
- Prize-Winning Chances: The heart of the challenge lies in catching tagged rainbow trout, generously released by the Gaden Trout Hatchery in collaboration with the Snowy Trout Challenge Team. These beauties aren’t just any fish; they’re your ticket to exciting prizes.
- Stunning Locations: Picture yourself on the shores of Lake Eucumbene, Lake Jindabyne, or Lake Crackenback, surrounded by towering mountains and clear blue waters. These picturesque locations set the stage for your fishing adventure.
- Community Spirit: The Snowy Trout Challenge brings together anglers and nature lovers from all walks of life. It’s a chance to connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for fishing and the great outdoors.
- Cash Prizes: Besides the thrill of the catch, there are substantial cash prizes up for grabs. It’s not just about the challenge; it’s about the excitement of possibly reeling in a cash prized fish.
- Conservation Efforts: The challenge promotes responsible fishing and environmental stewardship. Participants are encouraged to catch and release, ensuring these stunning trout continue to thrive in their natural habitat.
- Supporting Local Communities: Your participation in the Snowy Trout Challenge contributes to the local economy. Anglers and their families often stay in the region, enjoying local hospitality and activities.
Join the Snowy Trout Challenge
Whether you’re a fishing pro or new to the sport, the Snowy Trout Challenge is your opportunity to connect with nature, challenge your angling skills, and make lasting memories. It’s a chance to explore one of Australia’s most breathtaking regions while indulging in your passion for fishing.
So, book your holiday house and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime. The 2023-2024 Snowy Trout Challenge is upon us until April 2024, waiting to whisk you away into a world of fishing, fun, and natural beauty.
Head to the Snowy Mountains Magazine or https://linktr.ee/snowytroutchallenge/ for updates, registration details, and exciting news about this year’s event. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this incredible fishing experience in the heart of the Snowy Mountains. Get ready to cast off into an adventure you’ll treasure forever.
Spread the word among the fishing fraternity as 500 tagged rainbow trout will soon be released to kickstart the 2022-23 Snowy Trout Challenge.
The large trout will be released into Lake Eucumbene, Lake Jindabyne plus Lake Crackenback and anyone who catches the 2022-23 yellow tagged fish can register their catch to win cash prizes.
The beauty being, you may catch a tagged fish in October or November and still be eligible for the draws all the way until the end of April.
The Snowy Trout Challenge will embark on its third season, and it’s set to be the best yet. Huge thanks must go to the sponsors who have contributed to the sponsorship cash pool, where every two weeks commencing November 13, one lucky fish number will be drawn out.
The challenge is seven months of fishing and runs until end of April 2023.
This season draws are every two weeks instead of monthly, giving anglers more opportunities to win.
Gaden Trout Hatchery have been nurturing the trout all winter long and they will be released in early October. Stay tuned to the Snowy Trout Challenge Facebook page for all updates.
To enter you must catch a tagged rainbow trout with this year’s tag. When you do, photograph yourself with your fish and tag and then proceed to the Facebook page or the linktr-ee website link to record your fish details. You are then entered into the cash draw.
Participants can enter the ‘participation draw’ even if you don’t catch a fish, the cash prize drawn at the end of the challenge season. Good luck and happy fishing.
Fish released in early October and will be posted on Snowy Trout Challenge Facebook when released.
STC 2022-23 tagged fish once released are eligible once they are caught to go into the draw. Just enter via Catch Survey.
When you catch a STC 2022-23 tagged fish, you must photograph the fish and tag and then fill out all details in the Catch Survey, and upload the photos.
All information is on the linktr-ee website link here.
Stay tuned to the Snowy Trout Challenge Facebook for all updates.
First $1000 draw is on November 13, then every fortnight until end of April.
Participants are all encouraged to enter the ‘Participants Draw’ regardless of if you catch a fish or not. There will be a cash prize at the end of the challenge for participants.
All fish have been bred at Gaden Trout Hatchery in Jindabyne. The STC thanks the Gaden Trout Hatchery staff and DPI Fisheries for their contribution to fishing in the Snowy Mountains.
This article was originally published in Snowy Mountains Magazine written by Steve Cuff, editor on 18 Sept 2022.
The 2021-22 Snowy Trout Challenge will start on Friday 1 October after 500 large, tagged rainbow trout were released into 6 impoundments across the Snowy Monaro Region…
Trout have been release into:
- Lake Eucumbene
- Lake Jindabyne
- Lake Crackenback
- Black Lake, Bombala
- Murrumbidgee Pumping Station, Cooma
- Lake Williams, Nimmitabel
Now in its second year, the Snowy Trout Challenge (STC) is open to all anglers and is a region wide event across the Snowy Monaro that encourages visitation to the area and promotes the local waterways for fishing. The Snowy Trout Challenge runs from 1 October 2021 to 31 May 2022.
The rainbow trout were bred at the NSW Department of Primary Industries Gaden Trout Hatchery in Jindabyne…
“The NSW Government is pleased to support the 2021-22 Snowy Trout Challenge,” said an NSW Department of Primary Industries spokesperson. “This is a great initiative which showcases the Snowies region as our premier trout fishing destination and provides fantastic opportunities for families and kids to enjoy quality fishing for spectacular Rainbow Trout bred by the expert team at the DPI Fisheries Gaden Trout Hatchery at Jindabyne.”
The idea of the event is that anyone can catch one of the large rainbow trout, plus then can register their catch and go into the draw for monthly prizes. Additional prizes can be won for just registering for the event.
Each fish has been tagged with its own individual number on a White Tag for this year’s event.
To participate in the 2021-22 Snowy Trout Challenge, please register your details via the link at bottom. In return you will enter the draw to win a ‘Cash Prize’ generously sponsored by the Snowy Mountains Chambers Alliance. This prize will be drawn in June 2022 at the conclusion of the 2021-22 STC.
For every 2021* STC tagged Rainbow Trout you catch from 1 October 2021 to 31 May 2022, you are eligible to enter a monthly cash prize draw**.
To enter, you must register the details of your catch. Details on how to register your catch will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
*2021/22 STC tags are white. Pink 2020 STC tags are not eligible to enter in the monthly cash prize draw.
** Prize draws will commence once NSW is re-opened for regional travel.
The Snowy Trout Challenge is an initiative of local Chambers of Commerce and Snowy Monaro Regional Council and driven by volunteers who are eager to promote fishing in the region.
The participating chambers of commerce are:
- Bombala and District Chamber of Commerce
- Cooma Chamber of Commerce
- Lake Eucumbene Chamber of Commerce
- Jindabyne Chamber of Commerce
https://linktr.ee/snowytroutchallenge to register
To keep up-to-date on all things Snowy Trout Challenge, please follow the Snowy Trout Challenge Facebook page.