Rotorua Fishing Report - 14/12/23

Browns aplenty and in superb condition

The fishing around the Rotorua region at the moment is pretty solid. Lake Rotorua has been producing some awesome browns for the lake edges; the anglers have been stalking them in waist-deep water as they are chasing smelt in the shallows. The wind has kept lake temperatures down so the huge shoals of rainbows are not present yet, but this will improve as the weather settles down and the air temperature increases.

The Ngongotaha and Waiteti have fish in them with rainbows still present, and there have already been some runs of browns entering these streams. They will fish very well after rain, especially if the river levels rise just slightly as rain encourages more fish to enter the system. The browns that enter early will be easier to catch, especially as angling pressure won’t be too high early on.

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Lake Rotoiti has been a solid performer of late. The fish are slightly deeper than they have been and appear to be sitting in 25-30m depth. With the lake level still high, the water temperatures are lower than normal for this time of year. As the temperatures rise, the thermocline will become more defined and the fishing will go crazy, so the next couple of weeks will be very interesting as this is usually our best fishing of the year. The fish are predominantly taking smelt flies now, with Grey Ghost, Slimely Ghost and Jack Sprats fishing very well. The fish in Rotoiti are in superb condition and many of them are now getting close to the 3kg mark.

I got on the lake the other day and our boat landed 21 fish; some staff who were out the same day also landed 21 to the boat, so the lake is fishing very well.

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The fish in Rotoiti are in superb condition and many of them are now getting close to the 3kg mark.

Have a great festive season and get lots of fishing in - hopefully the sun shines and the winds are light. If you are coming down this way, call in to the shop and we will point you in the right direction to maximise your fishing experience.

Mike Davis
Rotorua Hunting and Fishing New Zealand
360 Te Ngae Road, Lynmore Junction, Lynmore, Rotorua 3010
07 349 6303


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