Plenty of catch, authority says
Drift dives carried out, whereby staff count fish in the Tarawera Outlet, also pointed to high fish numbers in Tarawera, he said.
Fish & Game’s 2018 Fish for Gold promotion also starts on Monday for two weeks. Thirty rainbow trout, marked with numbered orange tags were released into Tarawera, Rotoiti and Neil Porter will be up before the sun on Monday morning, trolling and jigging on Lake Rotoiti.
Porter estimates he’s been trout fishing for 20 years and this opening day will be no different.
“Depending on the weather, we’re going to go out on Sunday afternoon and spend the night out there so we can start out reasonably early.
“We’ll sleep on the boat and I normally get another two mates and we all anchor up out in a secluded bay out of the wind.”
Porter said trout fishing was a great pastime and something most people could do.
“We’ve got so many lakes. It’s a lovely wilderness out there and Okataina ¯ in the lead-up to opening.
Each of the tags corresponds to a prize, one of which is worth $10,000 and another, a Yamaha 2HP outboard motor, valued at $945. it’s nice to enjoy it,” he said. “It gets you out, you can relax and it gets you away from work.
Fish for Gold is free to enter. Anglers need a 2018-19 Fish & Game sports fishing licence and must register online before opening day.
“I love sea fishing but I get quite seasick. I like the lake when it’s not windy — and flat. It’s all so peaceful and pristine.”
Porter said he thought Lake Rotoiti had reasonable fishing but many people were “sticklers” for Tarawera and O¯ kareka.
As for how to cook a trout, Porter had a few ideas. “I used to smoke them in the past but I smoked so many I don’t do it any more.”
Now he often fillets the fish, cubes it and crumbs the cubes and fries them in a pan. Another option is to cut them in half, garnish with fruit and herbs, wrap in tinfoil and bake.
Neil Porter is a keen angler ready to get back out on the lake.
Willemina Krebs caught this fish on Lake Tarawera on opening day 2017.