Northland Reel Life April 2018

Attainable autumn angling

Winter’s just around the corner although the warm temperatures have still been persisting at the height of the day.

The reduction in water temperatures is bringing more opportunities for freshwater fishing.

It’s a good opportunity to check out reaches such as the Waipapa River (right) near Kerikeri.

Give the ever reliable hare and copper nymph a go and don’t forget to take your camera to this scenic spot.

Hare CopperWinter licences are now available and offer great value for angling in Northland.

Check out your licence options here and when purchase your licence here.

If there are any questions about those options don’t hesitate to contact us at the office.

Kai Iwi Lakes fishing well 

We’ve been getting reports that the fishing in Kai Iwi Lakes is improving as water temperatures start to ease off, with cooler mornings and shorter days leading to consistent catches of 1kilo fish in good numbers.

Successful rigs getting line down to around 12-16m, targeting those littoral zones where trout are feeding with black toby lures.

They have been catching well on overcast days. For more information about what gear to use check out the Kai Iwi Lakes guide here.  

New Kai Iwi Lakes Management Plan released

Northland Regional Council has released a new management plan for the Kai Iwi Lakes. To view the plan, please click here.

There is some valuable environmental information such as bathometry information and invertebrate lists that are helpful for anglers in choosing line depth, flies, spinner and bait types.

It also provides more information about where trout will be in different seasons. Please direct any questions about the plan to the Lakes Biodiversity Advisor at NRC.  

Northland Fish & Game staff have been carrying out regular monitoring on Kai Iwi Lakes and contributing to the working group research priorities outlined in this plan.

Please contact the Fish & Game office for more information if you have trout gut samples that you would like to give us.

Kai Iwi Competition – Watch this space

Lots of keen anglers have been asking when the next competition will be. Northland Fish & Game is  awaiting approvals for this year’s event.

We will publicise the dates once approval is given at the next Kaipara District Council meeting on the 10th May 2018.