Fish­ing con­test has a long his­tory

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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