Taranaki Reel Life April 2018

Fishery remains in good heart

A return to westerly weather patterns after one of the warmest summers on record has seen regular freshes and much cooler temperatures in local rivers and streams – particularly following the first autumn snowfall in early April.

Top right: Curly McEwen admires a well-conditioned wild rainbow from the Waingongoro River (Photo Tarn Mack-McEwen)

Base flows have now improved markedly and all waterways are in good condition going into the trout spawning season.

While some trout deaths did occur during a period of high water temperatures in late January, for the most part the fishery remains in good shape,  and anglers reported seeing and catching good numbers of well-conditioned fish during March and April.

Winter fishing on offer

Although many Taranaki region fisheries close to angling at the end of April, a good selection of waters remain open during the “winter season”.

These include Lake Mangamahoe, a picturesque lake near New Plymouth that’s fishing well, with brown and rainbow trout up to 2kg cruising the lake margins.

While the brown trout are wild, the lake is stocked annually with 200 adipose fin-clipped hatchery rainbows, which show very good survival and growth.  

Please note that Lake Mangamahoe is restricted to fly fishing only, which means with fly rod and reel, fly line and artificial fly.

TRL2April18. Peter Humblestone with a late season 1.5kg hatchery rainbow from Lake Mangamahoe photo Alan Flynn.

Peter Humblestone with a late season 1.5kg hatchery rainbow from Lake Mangamahoe (photo Alan Flynn).

The lower reaches of a number of ringplain streams and rivers also remain open to angling, including the Waiwhakaiho River.

There is a good stretch of fishable water accessible from a walking track at the right-hand end of Rimu Street extension, upstream to the white-yellow and black marker pole.

The lower reaches of Kaupokonui Stream below State Highway 45 is another popular stretch of water, with easy access from the Kaupokonui beach camp off Lower Glenn Road.

In the Ruapehu district, the Manganuioteao River mainstem (excluding tributaries) remains open until June 30. 

The river between Ruatiti Domain and the Orautoha Stream confluence will be well worth a visit on a nice sunny day, as fish congregate in this area prior to spawning.

Fishing away on the Awakino 

Many Taranaki anglers also visit the Awakino River in the Auckland/Waikato Region at this time of year, particularly the fly fishing only section upstream of the Mahoenui SH3 Bridge, although the entire river remains open until June 30. 

Likewise, the Rotorua lakes also attract their fair share of Taranaki anglers in May. 

For anglers who didn’t buy a 2017/2018 Whole Season Licence, the option of a reduced price winter season licence is now available.

It allows anglers to fish waters that remain open through to September 30, including the Rotorua lakes – click here

 

TARANAKI REGION WINTER SEASON ANGLING WATERS

Rivers and Lakes

Open From

Brown Trout

Rainbow    Trout

Perch

Area Open

Taranaki Ringplain

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Mangamahoe

1 Oct-30 Sept

*

*

 

Excluding inlet & Mangamahoe Stream.  Fly fishing only with fly rod, fly reel and fly line

Lake Rotomanu

1 Oct-30 Sept

*

*

*

 

Lake Ngangana

1 Oct-30 Sept

 

*

*

 

Opunake Lake

1 Oct-30 Sept

*

*

 

 

Waitara River

1 Oct-30 Sept

*

 

 

Below Manganui River confluence

Waiwhakaiho River

1 Oct-30 Sept

*

*

 

Sea to end of gravel track at the right-hand end of Rimu St. extn.

Huatoki Stream

1 Oct-30 Sept

*

 

 

Below Brois St. Bridge

Manganui River

1 Oct-30 Sept

*

 

 

Below Bristol Road Bridge

Mangaoraka Stream

1 Oct-30 Sept

*

 

 

Below Devon Road SH3 Bridge

Waiongana Stream

1 Oct-30 Sept

*

 

 

Below Devon Road SH3 Bridge

Patea River

1 Oct-30 Sept

*

*

*

Below Patea Dam

Waingongoro River

1 Oct-30 Sept

*

*

 

Below SH45 Bridge

Waiaua River

1 Oct-30 Sept

*

*

 

Below SH45 Bridge

Kapuni Stream

1 Oct-30 Sept

*

*

 

Below SH45 Bridge

Kaupokonui Stream

1 Oct-30 Sept

*

*

 

Below SH45 Bridge

Stony River

1 Oct-30 Sept

*

*

 

Entire river

Warea River

1 Oct-30 Sept

*

 

 

Below SH45 Bridge

Lake Ratapiko

1 Jun-30 Sept

*

*

*

Except inlet race

Lake Rotorangi

1 Jun-30 Sept

*

*

*

Dam face to Mangamingi Bridge

Whanganui

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Namunamu

1 Oct-30 Sept

 

*

 

 

Lake Wiritoa

1 Oct-30 Sept

 

*

*

Partial closure 2nd May – 1 July

Lake Pauri

10 Jul-30 Sept

 

 

*

 

Whanganui River

1 Oct-30 Sept

*

*

 

Below Ohura River confluence, excluding tributaries

Waimarino

 

 

 

 

 

Manganuioteao River

1 Oct-30 June

*

*

 

Below Makatote River confluence. Excluding tributaries

Manganuioteao River

1 Oct-30 Sept

*

*

 

Downstream of Ruatiti Road Bridge. Excluding tributaries

Mangawhero River

1 Oct-30 Sept

*

 

 

Downstream of the Ohakune - Raetihi Road “golf course” Bridge

Tokiahuhu Stream

1 Oct-30 Sept

*

*

 

Downstream of SH49 Bridge

Waitaiki Stream

1 Oct-30 Sept

*

*

 

Downstream of SH49 Bridge

Retaruke River

1 Oct-30 Sept

*

*

 

Downstream of Oio Road Bridge

Sattlers Dam

1 Oct-30 Sept

 

*

 

 

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