The last couple of weeks have seen our region receive some heavy bouts of rain, but there has been some reasonable fishing when the small, fine windows have allowed. It looks like we are in for another week of unsettled weather, and then it comes right for a long period of time.
Some lovely browns have been caught in the shallows of Lake Rotorua. The northern side of the lake has seen these browns smelting up in the shallow edges, providing some amazing action for those who are prepared to stalk the shallows.
The Waiteti mouth has started to fish more consistently during the day and into the night, and the stream mouths of Awahou and Hamurana are still 2-3 weeks away from performing. Once the lake temperatures increase, these two stream mouths will become the real hot spots.
The Ngongotaha stream opened in the upper reaches on December 1, giving the stream angler more options. Some browns have already entered the stream, and as the main lake increases in water temperature, more of them will continue to run.
Pat Swift with just one of the 51 fish he and a mate jigged up on Rotoiti last week.
Lake Tarawera is still producing well for all forms of fishing. Some anglers have had great success fly fishing up in the shallows to smelting fish with grey ghost patterns and jack sprats. The soft-baiting on the lake is still going well, as is the jigging. The holidaymakers haven’t yet descended on the lake, so it’s not busy yet and there’s still plenty of space for all.
Lake Rotoiti is just starting to fire. Pat Swift and Simmo got out yesterday (Wednesday), and they slayed it – landing 51 fish for the day. The fish were all between 2 and 2.5kg and predominately in 15-20m of water which is reasonably shallow for this time of year. The best flies were grey ghost, jack sprat, and slimey ghost.
The soft-baiting is starting to improve, which is great for those who like to fish in various ways. Traditionally, December is the best month of the year for jigging on Rotoiti, so make sure you get there in the next few weeks and experience this phenomenal fishery.
All the best,