Reel Life - May 2016
Fish are on the move as the winter fishing season begins in earnest around the country...
Lake shoreline fishing is beginning to fire up in both islands on the Rotorua lakes as wintry weather stirs trout into their spawning runs.
Rotorua staff say that fly fishers at the spots where fish have been released earlier, on lakes Rotoiti, Tarawera and Okataina, are starting to bag some nice fish when the conditions are right. Take a 'poor weather for the best fishing' approach…
In Canterbury, even though we've been forced to close some waterways, there are still plenty of other options for catching a fish or three.
There are still plenty of winter fishing opportunities left with the Rakaia, Waimakariri, Ashley, Hurunui and Waiau rivers still open from State Highway One upstream to the boundary of the western zone.
And of course, in the Central South Island there is picturesque lake, and leisurely canal fishing available all season in the Mackenzie Basin and upper Waitaki catchment.
You'll find quite a range of rivers and lakes open on the West Coast, and in Otago and Southland.
P.S. – This month's cover pic shows Siobhan and Jordyn Hawker winter fishing at Lake Coleridge.
P.P.S - If you think you've got a freshwater fishing image worthy of featuring on our 'cover', email it to Don Rood for consideration.