You won’t be complaining about the one that got away at Eucumbene Trout Farm. Visitors can first try their luck on the six hectare ‘Stony Lake’ and, if unsuccessful, be pointed in the direction of the ‘sure catch tank’.
Only rods, reels, nets and gear provided by the farm can be used – it’s not only for commercial reasons but to ensure that the trout continue to thrive in pristine and uncontaminated surroundings. Anglers and beginners can wet the line with rod, reel and lure/bait or try their hand at the more tricky fly fishing.
Once fish are caught, they are not released – they have to be taken to the kitchen to be humanely dispatched and cleaned for sale. Visitors are limited to two trout per person for sustainability reasons. There really isn’t any fish tastier and rewarding than trout straight out of the water and if you don’t want to take the catch home, there are BBQs on site for an easy lunch. They also have a simple cooking kit – a teaspoon mix of garlic, butter, chives, parsley and a lemon slice on the fish, wrapped in foil and eight minutes each side (chips, green or potato salad can be purchased as a side).
There are tours of the farm at 10:00am and 2:00pm (they take about 30 minutes and are $10 for adults, $5 children). A family of four Farm Pass costs $50 and that includes rod hire and up to three hours fishing. Tod hire is $15 for three hours including net and bait. Your caught trout will set you back $28 a kilogram – better than supermarket prices for the freshest fish and the fun of having taken it from pond to plate.
The opening hours are from 19:00am to 4:00pm five days a week (Wednesday to Sunday), every day during NSW school holidays, public holidays (excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday), long weekends and ski season (June long weekend to October long weekend).
The Eucumbene Trout Farm is 35 minutes from Jindabyne where Rydges Horizons Snowy Mountains can look after all your accommodation needs.