Taranaki Reel Life September 2017

Good early season trout fishing expected

Taranaki Fish & Game is tipping local trout streams to be in good condition when the new fishing season opens on Sunday October 1, 2017.

Field officer Allen Stancliff says that while it has been a wet 12 months, most rivers have come through pretty well unscathed and the frequent freshes have kept stream-bed algal growth to a minimum and ensured streams will be in good order for early season fishing.

Early season brown falls prey to a well-presented nymph (Photo Kyle Adams).

With all the rain we’ve had, river and stream base-flows are higher than usual, but this will provide good conditions for spin fishing with toby, rapala and bladed spinners.  Bait fishing with creeper, worm or soft baits will also be productive in waters where bait is permitted.

Mr. Stancliff says that water temperatures are now starting to rise as spring progresses and trout will be actively feeding and very catchable after having a break from angling activity over the winter.

Rivers such as the Waingongoro in south Taranaki hold good numbers of brown and rainbow trout and the Patea River in the reach between Stratford and Toko will also produce some nice fish.

If river conditions are unsuitable on opening day, then fishing in lakes Ratapiko, Opunake, Rotomanu and Lake Mangamahoe (fly fishing only) will be well worthwhile, as these lakes have all had a recent top-up with good-sized rainbow trout.

Take your kids for a fish out

This year’s take a kid trout fishing events will be held on Saturday October 28 at Lake Rotomanu in New Plymouth and at Opunake Lake. 

The Lake Rotomanu event is being run with help from the Inglewood Rod, Gun & Recreation Club and children will be able to fish for 250 good-sized rainbow trout corralled in a holding net. 

To reduce waiting times, anglers are asked to book a 15 minute time-slot by visiting or phoning the Taranaki Hunting & Fishing store in Ocean View Parade, Moturoa (06 757 2255). 

The Opunake event is being run by the Opunake Surfcasting and Angling Club and a booking sheet will be in Collins Sports shortly. There will also be a kids’ trout fishing day on the Scout Den pool in Stratford’s King Edward Park on Saturday December 9.

Angler diary scheme

This season, Taranaki Fish & Game is running an angler diary scheme to collect information on the more important river and lake fisheries in the region.  Anglers who are keen to participate can contact Fish & Game at Taranaki@fishandgame.org.nz

T1RL Sept18. Tarn Mack McEwen with a nice rainbow trout from last season.Tarn Mack-McEwan with a nice rainbow from last season.

‘Check, Clean & Dry’

Please check, clean and dry any clothing, equipment, fishing gear, etc, before moving between waterways to help prevent the spread of didymo and other freshwater pests. While didymo hasn’t been found in the Taranaki Fish & Game Region to date, not all catchments are tested and the only safe option is to act as if the water you are fishing in has didymo, but the next one you’ll visit, does not. For more information click here.

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