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Reel Life March 2023

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Cooler mornings have indicated the start of autumn, and while few of us are actually looking forward to the cold of winter, it is a time when trout are in...

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Reel Life February 2023


While we make every effort to focus the content of our monthly Reel Life on positive opportunities around the region, it’s impossible to ignore the difficulties faced currently on the...

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Reel Life January 2023

Solid Tarawera rainbow

The weather has finally started to play ball here in parts of the Eastern Region, and despite another batch of wet stuff after New Year, anglers have been able to...

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Reel Life December 2022

Keep fish in the water all the time if you intend to release them

Arggh – the weather! Rain by the Olympic swimming pool load has been testing everyone’s tolerance, especially those wanting to fish the streams and rivers of the region.

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Reel Life November 2022

Solid two year old Rotoiti fish

Classic spring weather in the Eastern region has dominated the scene for several weeks with waves of heavy rainfall.

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Reel Life October 2022

Happy angler at Lake Rotoiti opening day 2025

Opening day on the Rotorua lakes went off as usual – with a Bang!

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Reel Life September 2022

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With the new season just around the corner, anglers are keenly anticipating Saturday 1st October at 5.00 am!

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Welcome to the first Reel Life issue of the 2022/23 fishing season


Your new season fishing licence will unlock the wonderful New Zealand rivers and lakes to you for a fishing season that is looking awesome.

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Reel Life April 2022

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As I write this, long overdue rain in the Bay of Plenty is fair lashing the roof.

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Reel Life March 2022

Showery rain during the second week of February and cooler overnight temperatures have cooled the surface of local lakes slightly but the stream mouth fishing remains excellent.

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Reel Life February 2022

Picket Fence at the Awahou Stream mouth

Summer heat is improving success rates for anglers fishing Lake Rotorua’s stream mouths.

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Reel Life January 2022

Our popular boat fishing how to talk will be held in January 2022

Last month we reported stable lake surface water temperatures around 15 or 16 degrees Celsius.

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Reel Life December 2021

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Classic spring weather has dominated the last few weeks of fishing in the Eastern Region.

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Reel Life November 2021

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Opening day 2021 was, yet again, a fantastic time on lakes Rotoiti, Tarawera and Okataina, with the weather playing a role in making it one to remember.

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Reel Life October 2021

Joshua Spalding 9 yrs 4.2kg Rotoiti

With the new trout fishing season just around the corner, anglers all around the country are busy preparing for a big day out.

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Reel Life September 2021

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I think we can all agree, the countries excursion back into Covid lockdown tested our patience and sanity!

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Reel Life March 2021

Steve Houghton caught this 3.5lb fish spinning at Lake Okaro

Autumn seasonal change has brought about the need for anglers to adjust tactics to remain successful.

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Reel Life February 2021

Photo by Dion James of Rotorua Sight Fishing Adventures

As I write this welcome rain is falling in the region, refreshing and rejuvenating rivers and streams and reducing the surface temperatures on our lakes a little.

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Reel Life February 2020


Scorching temperatures and almost no rain for two months have seen conditions in the Eastern region again be dominated by the weather.

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Eastern Reel Life January 2020

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Last month I wrote about the weather being decidedly ‘spring-like’ and making assumptions that things would get back to normal soon.

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Eastern Reel Life December 2019

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Although we are technically in summer, we’ve had a full range of ‘spring-like’ weather patterns here in the Eastern Fish & Game region over the last couple of weeks.

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Eastern Reel Life October 2019

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The traditional season opening on the Rotorua lakes didn’t disappoint for hundreds of keen fishers who braved the conditions.

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Eastern Reel Life September 2019

Opening action on the Rotorua lakes is that one tagged

The new season opening is now just days away, anglers are being reminded that a little preparation and planning goes a long way toward the day being enjoyable and hassle free.

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Eastern Reel Life August 2019

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As we await the beginning of spring, and the new trout season commencing at the beginning of October, there are a number of locations still open that can provide excellent fishing.

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Eastern Reel Life April 2019

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Although weather and temperatures remain mild, spawning fish are on the move around Rotorua lakes.

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Eastern Reel Life March 2019

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Cooler temperatures and the start of autumn conditions have finally prevailed in the central North Island, providing relief to the stressful conditions trout have endured.

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Eastern Reel Life December 2018

Anglers taking on some fine summer weather L Tarawera

Changeable conditions over the last month, including some heavy rains and cooler periods, have slowed the lakes’ natural summer warming.

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Eastern Reel Life Apr 2017

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Cooler weather conditions have kicked in very suddenly in the central North Island with overnight temperatures getting down to just three degrees this week.

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Southland Reel Life FEB 2017

In this month’s Reel Life article, field officer Cohen Stewart interviews retired fishing guide and honorary ranger Len Prentice to find out how the average angler can make their fishing...

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West Coast Reel Life FEB 2017

Over the past week and a half, weather conditions have improved significantly on the West Coast, with a period of excellent settled weather.

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Hawke’s Bay Reel Life Feb 2017

With February air temperatures peaking at 33OC at the airport, it was nice to receive some decent rain in the middle of the month to give the rivers a good...

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Auckland / Waikato Reel Life Feb 2017

The weather has been less than ideal recently but the heat has brought out the cicadas – and the trout that feed on them.

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Southland Reel Life JAN 2017

As mentioned in previous Reel Life articles, there have been isolated increases in mouse populations in some parts of Southland.

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North Canterbury Reel Life Jan 2017

As I write this report, the East Coast rivers in Canterbury have peaked in flood, with flows higher than seen for some time.

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Eastern Reel Life Jan 2017

Lake Rotorua’s shoreline fishery has been slow to get underway this summer due to cooler and windier than normal conditions.

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Otago Reel Life JAN 2017

It’s fair to say that the summer holiday period has been severely interrupted by some abysmal weather over the past month and leading up to the New Year.

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