Fishing hots up at Lake Rotorua stream mouths
The fishing at Lake Rotorua stream mouths is firing for anglers as trout congregate at the cool water coming out of the streams.
Anglers from all around the world are fishing shoulder to shoulder at stream mouth such as Hamurana and Awahou, making an almost carnival atmosphere at times, say Fish & Game officers.
Right: Young Isaac Hanlen with a nice rainbow trout from the Awahou Stream.
Fish & Game officer Mark Sherburn says that Lake Rotorua has reached surface temperatures in the mid 20’s and the cool water inflows provide better conditions for the fish.
“Some fast and furious action is had at the right time by anglers prepared to put in the time and effort,” he says.
Mainly rainbow trout are being caught along with some browns, and some trout are in quite good condition.
Mr Sherburn says Fish & Game staff are closely monitoring the fishing with frequent visits, and as well as talking to anglers, giving advice and information.
At the same time, anglers are being checked for fishing licences and compliance with regulations.
“To date, around six people have been found without licences, and these cases are being followed up by Fish & Game and court prosecutions may result.”
Mr Sherburn says that anglers are reminded to make sure they have a current trout fishing licence if they’re heading out to join the fun, but remember the Awahou Stream and mouth and 200 metres into the lake is a fly fishing only area!