Lake Rotomanu Family Trout Fishing Day
- Richie Cosgrove
Following the success of last year's event, the 2nd annual Lake Rotomanu family trout fishing day is on Saturday, October 30, from 8 am – 1 pm.
Lake Rotomanu is near the mouth of the Waiwhakaiho River in Fitzroy, New Plymouth. Taranaki Fish & Game is funding the release of 500 rainbow trout into the lake for the event, run in conjunction with the Inglewood Rod, Gun & Recreation Club and Taranaki Hunting & Fishing.
Families are asked to register before the day, either by visiting or phoning the Taranaki Hunting & Fishing store in Oceanview Parade, Moturoa (06 7572255) from early October, or emailing their details to email@example.com
Above Right: Inglewood Rod, Gun & Recreation Club President Pogal Moratti with grandson Gianluca Wheatley.
On the day, families are asked to bring what fishing gear they have to the Rod & Gun Club's marquee tent set up on the grass by the boat ramp, and volunteers will assist with gear set-up, lures, bait etc.
Families will then be able to distribute themselves at suitable fishing sites around the lake. Volunteers will also circulate to provide advice and assistance where needed.
The day's objective is to create an angling opportunity for families by providing them with the knowledge, skills and support to fish Lake Rotomanu successfully.
The intention is to give parents and caregivers the skills to bring their children or grandchildren back fishing in the future, and Fish & Game will issue families with a permit allowing them to fish Lake Rotomanu for the rest of the season.
In addition to rainbow trout, Lake Rotomanu also supports a good population of perch, a white-fleshed good-eating species.