Eastern Reel Life August 2017

Spring fishing tips

Seasonal changes are upon us and we can finally hope for some warmer and drier weather a little more conducive to trout fishing pursuits!

While anglers wait expectantly for the new season and closed water to become fishable again, there remains many excellent year-round fisheries that can still be successfully targeted in the eastern Fish & Game region.

Why not try lakes Rerewhakaaitu, Rotoehu or Rotoma for example? Each of these lakes offer good boat fishing opportunities and spring’s an ideal time to shallow troll using smelt patterns.

Rotoma is also worth a jig fish and produces some solid rainbows and the chance to catch a tiger trout – the only place you’ll find this hybrid in NZ.

It might surprise some shore-based fishers to know that we are still trapping fresh runs of solid rainbow trout at our Tarawera fish trap.

We work hard at our breeding program to ensure trout mature throughout the winter season, so if you enjoy peaceful fishing for mature rainbows head to one of our release locations and have a go.

Lake Waikaremoana is also well worth a visit over spring. Road access from the west has been closed for many months but is now open again and reports of successful trolling have recently been received.

As a reminder, metal core lines are prohibited at Waikaremoana so successful trolling can be done using LED-type or fast sinking fly lines.

 Above right: Success at Lake Waikaremoana.

 Eastern news tippets

 The new trout fishing season kicks off on October 1st, 2017. Licences are available from agents or online.

  • Our spring liberations of yearling trout will begin in September when almost 40,000 fish will be released from the Ngongotaha hatchery.
  • The Murupara – Waikaremoana road (SH38) is now open to traffic. We suggest you check here for NZTA updates.
  • Our 2017 children’s fishing day are underway. See here for details and booking.

    RL E david Tomlinson L rotorua May 2017 7.5lb 68cm

  • David Tomlinson (left) kindly send this image of a successful day chasing brown trout on Lake Rotorua. If you have images please let us see them. Email msherburn@fishandgame.org.nz  

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