Con­di­tions look good for trout fish­ing

North Taranaki Midweek - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - STAFF REPORTER

Lo­cal trout streams to be in good con­di­tion when the new fish­ing sea­son opens on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 1.

Taranaki Fish & Game field of­fi­cer Allen Stan­cliff said that a se­ries of mod­er­ate win­ter and spring freshes had flushed out much of the build-up of river bed al­gae (that can cre­ate slip­pery wad­ing con­di­tions) and en­sured streams would be in good or­der for early sea­son fish­ing.

‘‘Wa­ter tem­per­a­tures are ris­ing steadily as spring pro­gresses and trout will be ac­tively feed­ing and very catch­able af­ter hav­ing a break from an­gling ac­tiv­ity over the win­ter,’’ he said.

Rivers such as the Wain­gongoro in South Taranaki hold good num­bers of brown and rain­bow trout and should fish well with spin gear. The Patea River in the reach be­tween Strat­ford and Toko will also pro­duce some nice brown trout and the oc­ca­sional rain­bow. If river con­di­tions are un­suit­able on open­ing week­end owing to rain, then fish­ing in lakes Rat­apiko, Opunake, Ro­tomanu and Lake Mangama­hoe (fly fish­ing only) will be well worth­while.

The Taranaki Anglers No­tice for the new sea­son has been sim­pli­fied to pro­vide a con­sis­tent set of reg­u­la­tions, so that un­less a

‘‘The wa­ter tem­per­a­tures are ris­ing steadily.’’ Allen Stan­cliff

river is specif­i­cally listed, an an­gler can be con­fi­dent it will be open be­tween Oc­to­ber 1 and April 30, the daily bag limit will be two trout and all le­gal an­gling meth­ods are per­mit­ted. Key ex­cep­tions in­clude wa­ters that re­main open all year, such as the usual win­ter fish­ing wa­ters in lakes and the lower reaches of some rivers.

While there are few changes for Taranaki ring plain fish­eries, care­fully read the reg­u­la­tion book­let that comes free with the new fish­ing li­cence to check what it means for your favourite wa­ter.

Be­fore you head off on a day’s fish­ing trip it’s al­ways worth check­ing the con­di­tions on­line. Go to www.fis­handgame.org.nz – for the lat­est in­for­ma­tion from Fish & Game, copies of brochures, reg­u­la­tions and for buy­ing a li­cence on­line.

Please check, clean and dry any cloth­ing, equip­ment, fish­ing gear, etc, be­fore mov­ing be­tween wa­ter­ways to help pre­vent the spread of didymo and other fresh­wa­ter pests. While didymo hasn’t been found in the Taranaki Fish & Game re­gion to date, not all catch­ments are tested and the only safe op­tion is to act as if the wa­ter you are fish­ing in has didymo, but the next one you’ll visit, does not. For more in­for­ma­tion go to:

http://www.biose­cu­rity.govt.nz/pests/didymo/clean­ing

M. BAKKER

Strat­ford an­gler Peter Grant with a well­con­di­tioned Wain­gongoro River rain­bow from last sea­son.

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