There numerous lakes that dot the region from ones formed by volcanic eruptions, blocked of valleys and hydro schemes. None are more famous than the lakes of the Rotorua and Taupo regions.Rotorua has 15 lakes all within an hour of the city centre, most have rainbows with some browns and with some having brook and tiger trout.
Lake Taupo is the largest lake in the North Island and is famous for the rivers that flow into and out of it as well as the rainbows and browns.Secluded scenic lakes like Waikaremoana and the hydro lakes add to the diverse fishing opportunities of the region.
All methods of fishing using artificial lures and fly’s are allowed and bait is only allowed in a few locations. Boat fishing methods of trolling and harling with fly rods are preferred but during the summer months a form of jigging has become the most popular in the deeper lakes. Spin fishing is a great way to target fish along the lake edge margins. The region is famous for fish up to and in excess of the magic 10lb mark and give a great fight on the light tackle used.
Most of the lakes are put and take fisheries and provide the best way to taste a wild trout. There is no trout farming in New Zealand so you have to catch one to have a trout served up on your evening meal. Most rivers are wild fisheries and since there is no stocking of fish most guides tend to practice catch and release to preserve the fisheries.
Bryan Colman is a Trout Fishing Guide in the Rotorua Lakes District and has been guiding since 1972.There are eleven fishable lakes in the Rotorua Area. Lake Rotorua is open for fishing 12 months of the year. The other lakes and most of the rivers close for spawning from 1st July and reopen on the 1st October.
Lake Rotorua is the most productive of all the lakes. The others are restocked every year but Lake Rotorua trout are wild, having spawned up the rivers that feed the lake and returning to feed up large and get into good condition where they mature as three year olds and start the breeding cycle all over again.
On Lake Rotorua we find light tackle trolling is the best, where we are fishing between 1 foot and 5 feet below the surface. The average Rainbow trout is 3lb (1.35Kg) Takeable length of all fish has to be over 14inches (35cm). Brown trout average 5lb (2.7Kg) in weight and amount to 1% of the catch.
The lakes and streams in our region have only Rainbow and Brown trout, no other species have been introduced. With no competition for food they grown an inch (2.5cm) a month in their second year.Lake Rotorua has the greatest wild trout population per acre of any lake in the world.We supply all the equipment so there is no need to be bogged down with unnecessary fishing gear.Telephone + 64 7 348 7766Contact Bryan Colman
John and Cruise & Fish Rotorua are based on scenic Lake Tarawera.
15 minutes from downtown Rotorua you could be on our 35ft (10 metre) catamaran and having a chance to catch one of these famous rainbows.
Lake Tarawera is a put and take fishery and since you cannot buy trout in New Zealand it has a unique option of having your trout cooked in the hot sands of Te Rata bay and a soak in the natural hot pools on the lakes edge to add to the experience and a great way to share time with friends and family. This adds to our options for fly fishing the rivers and streams of the region from Rotorua where we practice catch and release. You can reach John via his web site or call him on:+64 21 951 959Contact John Hamill