Rotorua Fishing Report - May 5th, 2022

Rainbows start spawning runs

The last couple of weeks has seen some interesting fishing out of our area.

For the fly fisher, many rainbows have started to enter the spawning tributaries of lake Rotorua. Good numbers are now up and in the clean running Ngongataha  and Waiteti streams. Typically, the rainbows will be in the 3-5lb class and many of these have come straight out of Lake Rotorua. There will be a few fish that have worked their way across from Lake Rotoiti and they will be really big as in 6lb plus size range. The best way to target these will be with a double nymph rig. It won’t matter if you fish with a pair of naturals or with a glow bug as your trailing fly, the one thing to make sure of is that you are working the bottom so you need to fish with enough weight to get down.

The shoreline-based fly fishers have been enjoying some good action around the small streams entering into Rotoiti also. Ruato at night has been producing some lovely fish and these are starting at 7lb and heading up to 10.5lb. Patience is needed and you will go through some slow periods, but the rewards are big and well worth the late nights or early mornings. Doll flies, boobie patterns and egg patterns will all work well.

Out on the lakes at the moment Lake Tarawera is going off, both jigging and soft baiting are producing the goods. The best flies have been Pat Swift’s slimey ghost, standard grey ghost and the jack sprat - all in size 10 - but it won’t hurt to put a larger fly as the bottom fly.
Lake Rotoiti has been a little tougher over the last couple weeks but the fish have been really large with many over 7lb  and up to and over 10lb being landed. Fish appear to be in 20-25m of water, with the eastern and top end of the lake producing more consistent fishing. I suggest concentrating on the areas from Hauparu all the way up to the pipe at the top of the lake.

I have been lucky enough to get some saltwater fishing out of Bowentown where I have been up into the shallows enjoying some great action. Casting 30-gram Oceans Legacy and Shimano Colt Snipers has been producing amazing fishing. This week I was out of Kawhia and had some awesome soft-baiting with big 7” Bait Junkies as well, so make sure you take the opportunities that arise with these settled weather windows and get out and play.


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Mike Smith

Rotorua Hunting and Fishing

07 349 6303. RotoHF


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