Opening weekend had a heap of water drop from the heavens around the Rotorua region that wasn’t ideal for the best fishing conditions.
Those anglers brave enough to get out and expose themselves to the rain had some decent fishing.
The Ohau Channel produced fish up to 9lb with a good mix of solid browns and rainbows that had come through and up the waterway chasing the smelt on the edges.
Rotoiti produced fairly well, and the fish were all in the 4lb up to 6lb bracket. Lake Okataina, protected from most winds except for a southerly, fished very well for those that ventured that little bit further afield. Fish to 9lb were caught, and while numbers weren’t as high as Rotoiti, the fish were all in excellent condition and had a larger average size.
The standout for opening this year was Lake Tarawera, with fish averaging just over 6lb and up to 9lb landed from the boats. This is the largest we have seen on Tarawera for quite some time, and it looks very promising for the season ahead.
The writer with an early season Rotiti rainbow caught jigging.
The great thing about fishing on the lakes early in the season is that a wide range of techniques will work well. Until the lakes warm up and the thermocline becomes more defined, the fish will stay spread out through the water column and won’t be concentrated in specific areas.
This means all methods will catch fish well; harling and trolling in the mornings, with the downriggers and jigging producing in the afternoons if fishing early morning and evening, and fly fishing in the shallows. On calm days, smelting activity will start, so you should find some awesome surface activity on windless days with sunshine when spotting conditions are optimal.
Lots to look forward to in the future. Hopefully, as the weather settles down and the equinox winds