Eastern Reel Life Apr 2017

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

Declining inflowing stream temperatures have encouraged spawning runs and our fish traps at the Ngongotaha and Te Wairoa have been catching some solid fish as a result.

Right: Lovely brown trout from the Ngongotaha Stream.

In our last Reel Life we reported on damage caused by cyclone Debbie. Since then the country has also been struck by cyclone Cook.

Trout streams and rivers in the Eastern Fish & Game region have received their share of damage but many waterways have already sprung back to normal fishing conditions.

Lakes throughout the region have high water levels which may affect shoreline fishing at some locations.

Regional lakes are in that phase when fish are spread throughout the water column, meaning anglers might need to search and be observant of the conditions in order maximise success.

Trout can be seen smelting on the surface at many locations but are also being caught deep trolling or on downriggers at 10-20 meters.

It’s not unusual for us to see anglers that are experiencing great fishing, while others are having difficulty at this time of year.  

Additionally, it’s worth being aware of stream mouths or release points for hatchery fish as the larger mature trout will begin to congregate here before finally spawning.  

Fishing Tarawera fish trap2Prime spawning fish are caught in the Te Wairoa fish trap - and used for the hatchery's big fish programme.

Safety note!

Anglers are reminded that Saturday May 6 is opening day of the 2017 duck hunting season - so caution around popular shooting locations is suggested.

Eastern news tippets:

  • Brown trout up to 4.8kg have been running the Ngongotaha stream (pictured on right) 
  • Winter shoreline fishing has begun. See here for our access pamphlet
  • Keep an eye on the Ohau Chanel. It’s packed with smelt!
  • Spawning trout often respond to red and orange colours

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