Rain­bows, but no gold


Lake Okataina pro­duced the big­gest fish on the first day of the new fish­ing sea­son, a 3.7kg rain­bow trout, but Lake Ro­toiti of­fered the ‘‘best con­di­tioned’’ fish, ac­cord­ing to Fish & Game.

Fish & Game of­fi­cers, helped by hon­orary rangers and other vol­un­teers, stake out boat ramps to quiz anglers and mea­sure their catches as Ro­torua’s three lakes, Tarawera, Ro­toiti and Okataina all re-open on Oc­to­ber 1.

Fish & Game Of­fi­cer Matt Os­borne has re­leased a ‘‘snapshot’’ of anglers’ for­tunes on Open­ing Day, from an ini­tial anal­y­sis of some of the data gath­ered.

More than 600 anglers were sur­veyed at the three lakes with anglers’ catches weighed and mea­sured as they re­turned to boat ramps.

Os­borne said that Lake Okataina pro­vided the best fish­ing but the catch rate was bet­ter in Lake Ro­toiti and the fish were longer.

‘‘Weather on the day made Ro­toiti hard to fish,’’ he said.

Dis­ap­point­ingly, and per­haps a re­flec­tion of the chal­leng­ing weather con­di­tions, no pink tagged Fish for Gold trout were caught on the day, Os­borne said, but there are still some small ‘‘se­cond chances’’ prizes on of­fer (sub­ject to con­di­tions).

Allan Vain from Te Awa­mutu holds up two of the four fish he caught fish­ing on his own in Lake Tarawera.

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