Fishing contest has a long history
While lakes such as Taupo and Rotorua are world famous for the quality of their trout fishing, Takapuna’s Lake Pupuke was the first to be stocked with rainbow trout back in the 1880s.
Each year a fishing contest organised by Trout Unlimited NZ and North Shore Fly Fishers Inc is held there to assess the quality of fishing.
This year’s contest is on Sunday and winners of various categories will win prizes totalling $500. Entry is free. The lake was recently stocked with more than 1000 trout, a yearly event.
Auckland/Waikato Fish & Game chief executive Ben Wilson says: ‘‘With the annual stocking of this lake we are carrying on a long tradition, as the lake was the first in the country to be stocked with rainbow trout.’’
Its water quality has improved dramatically due to Auckland Regional Council environmental work in the lake’s catchment area.
‘‘We congratulate local authorities on their efforts over the years to improve water quality,’’ Mr Wilson says.
There are many other species of fish in the lake including perch, tench, rudd, catfish, carp and eels.