Out on the big lake (Rotorua), the stream mouths have slowed down as the wet weather and slightly colder nights have started to set in, but there have been some supreme browns caught stalking the shallows around the lake. These fish are really big – starting at eight pounds and getting bigger from there.
The streams, like Ngongotaha and Waitite, are filling up with more browns after every dump of rain. With the weather events over the last week, it’ll definitely be worth coming out to experience targeting super-sized fish in small clear water. The quality of these fish will blow your mind!
On Lake Rotoiti, the fishing has been solid and the size of the rainbows has been very good. Fish are averaging around 6lb, and the usual smelt patterns are working well when out jigging. Soft-baiting for them has also produced results and it is a neat variation, plus the fish size tends to be a little larger when using this method.
Moose Lodge, Hauparu, and the area down towards the slides have all fished well over the last few weeks. Pay particular attention to your sounder and target the fish on the screen – in particular at the 20-25m mark where the thermocline is most defined.
We have been hammered by consistent easterlies, but they won’t last forever. The lucky thing with the lakes in the Rotorua region is that you will always be able to find shelter.
Up in the hills, we had no rain for six weeks, so the last couple of downpours will be great for those rain-fed rivers that empty the high country. Fish will be less stressed and the rivers will clear quickly once the rain subsides. The terrestrial fishing will still go well, and you should be able to fish a dry-dropper most of the time.
The fisheries are all in good nick at the moment, so make the most of the next couple of public holidays coming up. If the wind is too strong to hit the ocean up north, then come on down to Rotorua where the fishing is going off.
Rotorua Hunting and Fishing
360 Te Ngae Road
07 349 6303.