Rotorua Weekender

Streams open for season


Yesterday marked an important date in the calendar of keen trout fishers around the region as several Eastern Region streams, which have remained closed because of late spawning, opened to fishing.

Fish & Game urges anglers to make the most of the opening, to get among the action and have some fun.

The upper sections of the Ngongotahā, Waiteti and Utuhina Streams at Rotorua, and the Hopuruahin­e and Mokau streams at Waikaremoa­na, all opened to fishing yesterday.

The North Island has been hit hard by rain for an extended period over spring, so Fish & Game suggests anglers check river levels before venturing out. Discoloure­d water can be countered by using different methods for the opening, said Fish & Game’s Mark Sherburn.

“Larger wet flies fished in the margins will produce results in even the dirtiest of water, and larger, brighter Glo bugs will pull fish from areas often considered unfishable.”

Fish & Game wants to remind anglers to Check, Clean and Dry their equipment between waterways to prevent the spread of aquatic pests.

Ranging teams will be out talking with anglers and ask that they carry their licences at all times when fishing.

 ?? Photo / Supplied ?? Angler fishes the Ngongotahā stream.
Photo / Supplied Angler fishes the Ngongotahā stream.

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