Reel Life - October 2016
It's spring and that marks the re-opening of well, a swag of waterways around the country. And hungry trout are on the hunt.
On the Rotorua lakes, the season started with a bang as around a thousand anglers registered for the opening week fishing competition with the chance to win ten thousand dollars if they could catch a specially tagged trout.
While the golden trout wasn't hooked, some good fish were still landed.
Lake Rotoiti took the honours with solid rainbows tipping the scales at over 3kg with one more than 4kg.
But throughout the country, there is good spring fishing available.
If you're holidaying up north, remember that Northland rivers are open for business and there's more places to fish than just Kai Iwi lakes.
In Taranaki the mayfly and caddis have been hatching and the trout are feeding…
Auckland anglers take note that the Waikato River is fishing well - the annual fishing contest proved it with over 100 trout weighed in.
Down south eager anglers are gearing up to fish high country lakes in North Canterbury and Central South Island (CSI) which re-open on November 5.
In CSI lakes Alexandrina and Mc Gregor are described as 'must fish' destinations.
And "healthy browns” have already been hauled from the lower Clutha and other Otago rivers.
Even further south, there are positive reports of good numbers of trout in the lower reaches of West Coast rivers.
P.S. - Thanks to a proud father who provided this month's cover pic – of daughter Emily Craig and her 21.5lb rainbow hen hauled from one of the South Island canals.
P.P.S - If you think you've got a freshwater fishing image worthy of featuring on our 'cover', email it to Richard Cosgrove for consideration.