Reel Life - April 2016
Winter may be looming but the clear message from our regions is – don't hang your rod up, there's some great fishing to be had, even if you have to wear a few layers.
Spawning is slowly getting underway in number of areas, and water temperatures have also dropped down enough to start sparking up our sports fish.
As we swing into the months of May and June expect the shoreline fishing on the Rotorua lakes to hot up as spawning gets into gear – especially at the well-known spawning streams and the shoreline spots where Fish & Game has released fish.
In Taranaki, recent rains have produced some good freshes in northern ringplain streams and set them up well for trout spawning.
You city slickers can even catch fish on Auckland's North Shore – our staff have just stocked up Lake Pupuke with "catchable-sized” trout.
Down south, our Fish & Game officers proudly call the Mackenzie basin hydro canals "arguably the ultimate winter sports fishing destination in New Zealand.”
The stream mouths around the large lakes like Wanaka, Wakatipu and Hawea will be productive spots as fish congregate before running up to spawn.
The West Coast and Southland regions too have plenty of options for winter fishing with a variety of rivers and lakes remaining open.
P.S. - This month's cover pic shows Fish & Game's Jacob Lucas with a lovely brown from the Motueka River.
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.