Eastern Reel Life December 2017

Heat wave sends trout into stream & river mouths  

It’s amazing how much difference a month can make to conditions, and the effects on the trout fishing here at the Rotorua lakes.

The country’s early summer heat wave has seen water temperatures rise rapidly, and this has changed the current approach for lake and stream fishers alike.

Lake Rotorua’s surface temperatures rocketed to around 23C early in December which created opportunities at the streams and stream mouths much earlier than normal.

Anglers were fortunate that this fishing came on so early in summer as the action doesn’t often occur until well after the New Year.

It’s possible that temperatures with rise and fall over summer if we get significant rain and windy conditions, and this in turn will affect the fishing so keep an eye on the Regional Council’s monitoring buoy page to check water temps.

 The stream mouth fishing improves considerably when temperatures exceed 20 degrees.  

 Although we’re aware that some Eastern Region streams have taken a beating over the stormy winter, we’ve also recently received promising reports of fishing at various stream and river locations including good catch rates and condition, but smaller overall size.

Fishing Ngoingy RLRight: Chasing a big brown on the Ngongotaha Stream.

The fish shown above right was one of 16 hooked on a nymph and anglers have reported some dry fly activity on the increase.    

Free boat fishing talk - learn how!

Tarawera trolling2Improve your boat fishing for trout with our free tuition talk at Lake Tarawera’s Stoney Point reserve on Sunday January 7th 2018 at 10am.

Boat fishing on Lake Tarawera.

This is a no-nonsense, non-technical talk and demo to help boating anglers better understand some of the keys to trout fishing success.

The event is free, takes about two-plus hours, and you don’t need to book. We’ll even show you how to bone and hot smoke your catch!

Click here for details, or contact Mark Sherburn msherburn@fishandgame.org.nz , or Tel 021-244 1774

Eastern news tippets:

  •  We’re pleased to advise that issues with access to some of the tracks to the Waioeka River, blocked with rock piles, have now been resolved.
  •  We’ve been carrying out annual angler access track maintenance at the Waikaretaheke River, Ngongotaha Stream, Waiteti Stream, Kaituna River at Okere Falls, the Waioeka River. The walking track to the Pueto Stream mouth at the Waikato River has been cleared by scrub bar. Maintenance is also underway on the Rangitaiki system in Kaingaroa Forest with tracks being sprayed and cleared. Remember the Ngahuinga public access easement to the Rangitikei River is still open for use, no permit required.

Eastern RL two2Maintenance work on a track.

  •  Boffa Miskell’s weed spraying program for the Rotorua Lakes is shown here. Please note they recommend no fishing, swimming or taking of water from these spray sites for a 24 hour period after application. The LINZ link shows the latest dates provided by the.

 Safety tips

Mercury Energy have kindly provided the following suggestions for safe river fishing and in particular around the Waikato hydro structures:

This summer is forecast to be a long hot one. Enjoy yourself on the river and keep safety top of mind whether fishing, boating or cooling off in the water.

  • Don’t take anything for granted. Rivers are changeable and unpredictable.  The bank, riverbed and water flow you were familiar with might be different  from how you remember, or change quickly, and there could be hidden dangers such as submerged objects.
  • Keep away from dams and other structures. A hydro scheme with eight dams operates down the Waikato River. The river near the dams has additional hazards including strong currents and suction effects, and deep water. Water levels and flows can change significantly throughout the day and massive flows may be released at any time.
  • Don’t fish in the “no fishing” signed areas. There are agreed fishing locations around the hydro structures on the Waikato River. It is illegal to operate boats or swim within 200m of any hydro structure.

New Zealand’s rivers are powerful. There are more drownings in rivers than any other environment in New Zealand.

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