Home' Fish and Game : September 2016 Contents AWESOME ANGLING
THE CARDS IN 2016-17
COME ALONG TO OUR FREE BOAT FISHING ‘HOW TO’ TALK AND
demonstration at Lake Tarawera in January 2017 to learn how to
improve your success rate. We’ll tell you how to locate trout, explain the
techniques you can use to catch them, and even show you how to bone
and smoke them!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or see our web site for
details (bookings not required).
HE 2016-17 TROUT FISHING SEASON IS
almost upon us and we are anticipating
it will bring some terrific opportunities for
anglers. Summer temperatures in 2015-16 seemed
to go on forever and well into May. Lake water
temperatures several degrees higher than average
are likely to have boosted trout growth.
The Ohau Channel kicked back into life during
2015-16 which has been a relief. Some great
fishing was experienced in autumn following
large migrations of smelt into the channel, and as
we go to print, the last few weeks of the season
there look promising. After a long period of
stable conditions, the backcountry rivers throughout
the region are also in great shape. We have had
many reports of backcountry anglers enjoying the
dry fly and nymph fishing opportunities brought on
by the long summer experienced this year.
Staff have continued to undertake the
investigations we commenced in 2015 of angling
pressure and success, and timing of spawning
runs at Waikaremoana. Our surveys have shown
this superb wild fishery remains popular with
anglers and continues to be only lightly utilised.
Concerns raised prior to implementing the
monitoring programme that early running fish
were no longer present and that this was having
a negative impact on the fishery have not to date
proven to be the case.
Two winters of study suggest that spawning
timing is similar to what we see in the Rotorua
lakes, and that angling pressure and fish harvest
is actually very low. An additional 500 tagged
rainbows were released into the lake in April 2016
as a monitoring tool, and the growth and survival
rates of these tagged fish will provide further
insight into the lake fishery.
A decline in the growth and size of rainbows
has been highlighted over the past few seasons
at Lake Tarawera, and anglers have been quick to
bring their concerns to our attention. In an effort
to raise the size of fish, we have adjusted our
current liberation strategy and altered the timing
and size of some of our spring releases.
Fish will no longer be liberated in November
or December, and as a result of a drop in angler
use over the past few years at Tarawera, annual
numbers of trout released will be reduced from
15,000 to 12,500. Monitoring will continue to
focus on size and growth of fish, spawning runs,
and angler satisfaction to assess changes.
In addition to this, staff are investigating
methods for monitoring and gaining a better
understanding of what smelt populations are
doing in the lake and food webs more generally.
There are indications that matters have improved
a little over the autumn and early winter this
year, with reports of strong smelting activity and
observations of improved trout condition in the Te
Wairoa winter trap run.
Over the past year, new angler access tracks have
been created alongside the upper Waikaretaheke
River flowing out of Lake Waikaremoana. This will
provide fly fishing and spinning options when
windy conditions make the big lake unfishable.
With an aim of better informing anglers about
what is available within close proximity to the
Gisborne and Wairoa areas, we are in the process
also of producing a new East Coast brochure. The
brochure will be centred on the Wairoa River
catchment which includes the Waiau River and
the Putere lakes.
If you are stuck for ideas on where to go once
the season gets underway, check out our extensive
range of brochures on-line, grab some from your
local sporting retailer, or simply pick up the phone
and give us a call.
We wish you all the best for this season,
and hope you can take advantage of the many
opportunities available within the Eastern region.
We welcome any feedback you might have, and
look forward to meeting some of you on a river
bank or out on the water.
BY ANDY GARRICK, REGIONAL MANAGER
‘HOW TO’ - BOAT FISHING TALK –
LAKE TARAWERA SUNDAY JANUARY 8TH, 2017
REMAINING DATES FOR OUR CHILDREN’S FISHING
events are September 11, October 9 and November
6. Pre booking is essential as the events have limited spaces
and once filled we are unable to take extras. The long time
event is run by members of the Rotorua Anglers Associa-
tion and kindly sponsored by Rotorua companies Rainbow
Springs and Kilwell. See the Fish & Game Eastern web for
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