Eastern Reel Life February 2018

Waiteti ‘best’ of the stream mouths  

Rotorua stream mouth fishing has produced some promising periods with excellent catch rates at times, but anglers have needed to move between locations to make the most of sometimes fickle conditions.

The Waiteti Stream mouth (right) has been a consistent producer including some impressive brown trout, while both Awahou and Hamurana mouths have been less consistent, the latter fishing well at the change of light and after dark.

Expect the streams to continue to fish well through February and into March if the lakes surface temperatures remain over 20 degrees.

East coast rivers continue to be affected by rain and resulting periods of high and colored  flow.

It’s likely that the fishing between these events will be good though, so with current weather patterns trip timing and good planning will be critical.

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s live monitoring site is useful to check river flows and lake temperatures.

Fishing rules – have your say!

The fishing regulations for the upcoming 2018-19 angling season are currently under review.

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Fishing the Ohau Channel.

The ‘angling rules’ are examined every second season by the Eastern Region Fish and Game Council. 

The Council is considering a list of proposals designed to increase angling participation while reducing the complexity of angling rules. 

Under this process, licenceholders are invited to comment on these suggested changes prior to them potentially being brought into ‘law’ for the upcoming season.

A final decision on the regulations is made at the June Council meeting.

Send in your comments on the proposed changes below, along with your contact details to:

Eastern Region Fish & Game, Private Bag 3010, Rotorua 3046.

Or email: mosborne@fishandgame.org.nz

All submissions must be received by 20 March 2018.

Councillors have selected the following proposals for further discussion:

  • Remove the ‘Fly Fishing Only’ restrictions from Rotorua lakes shoreline areas.
  • Remove ‘Fly Fishing Only’ restrictions from part or all of the Ohau Channel.
  • Prohibit angling from an unanchored boat within 200m of a landmark pole.
  • Delete Regulation 7.2 (c) that prohibits angling from an unanchored boat within 200m of the Kariri Pt. to Stoney Pt. shoreline area on Lake Tarawera.
  • Remove the maximum size limit for wild trout on Lake Tarawera.
  • Add extra protection under Closed Waters status for any waters where trout are held in captivity for display or management purposes.
  • Prohibit the use of multi-point hooks (doubles/trebles, etc) within Eastern Fish & Game Region.

 See the Eastern Fish & Game website for a detailed explanation of these points.

Fishing tips for March

March and April signal the start of harling time on many of our lakes.

This popular shallow trolling method can be extremely effective at dawn over sandy shallows or near the edge of weed beds where hungry trout are in search of smelt.

A sure-fire way to induce a strike is to increase the boat speed, or speed of retrieve for a few seconds.

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Trolling success on Lake Tarawera - Fish & Game's former CEO Bryce Johnson.

Predatory fish that sense their food is ‘getting away’ are much more likely to strike.

Another method is to give the rod tip a sharp pull (below) occasionally to make the lure ‘jump’ forward away from a patrolling trout.E 2 A sharp pull on the rod tip can do the trick when trolling

You’ll be surprised how many times this results in a strike!    

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