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.