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Auckland / Waikato Reel Life NOV 2016

Published on Monday, November 21, 2016 - 14:45

Lake Arapuni ‘best fishing’ of soggy spring   

The best reports have been coming from Lake Arapuni where some nice hatchery fish have been caught recently.

 Although the ducks are doing well this spring, the early season has been a write off for most of us due to the persistent rain.

 Right: Steve Farrar with a nice lower Waikato River brown trout  (Photo: Michael Lynch).

 There has been very little pressure on our rivers so there are plenty of uneducated trout out there that would have normally seen a lot of nymphs drift past by this time of year.  

The Waikato River is still quite cool and will likely be below the magic 19°C mark that signals the annual migration of trout out of the main stem of the Waikato and Waipa Rivers into cooler tributaries. 

This cooler water means that there is still a chance to catch big browns in and around Hamilton during the morning and evening until early to mid-December. 

Brook trout for Lake Pupuke

The annual fish release into Lake Pupuke, coinciding with the school holidays in April, will soon have annother species added into the mix.

Brook trout will be added to the tanker-load of catchable-sized fish that are transported from the Ngongotaha Hatchery in Rotorua as soon as the fish are available.

Brook trout are hard to come by in New Zealand because they are normally out-competed by rainbows when they're young. 

But they should be a good fit for Lake Pupuke because they tend to cruise along the shoreline of lakes where they're easily caught. 

In recent years 1000 rainbow trout and 100 browns have been released into the lake, but going forward staff will look to add in as many two year-old brook trout as they can get from the hatchery, and increase the number of brown trout. 

Because all of the fish released into Lake Pupuke are two year-olds, in view of predation by perch in the lake, it may be 2018 before these fish are available but we'll keep you informed.   

 An example of a young brook trout. (Photo: John Dyer)