Eastern Region

 

The Rotorua Lakes provide fishing choices galore – 13 lakes offer a wide range of fishing opportunities – whether you’re a seasoned fly fisher or a complete novice.

Many of the lakes have a world-class reputation and most are easily accessed, under an hour’s drive from downtown Rotorua.  The so-called trophy lakes – Tarawera, Okataina and Rotoiti – can all produce fish of prize-winning size.  

The biggest, Lake Rotorua, has one of the best catch rates in the district due to high natural spawning and it’s open year round. But some of the smaller lakes with their own, more secluded charm include Rotoma, Rotomahana and Rerewhakaaitu.

Rainbow trout are most common in Rotorua’s lakes, but there are also brown trout, tiger trout (lake Rotoma only), and brook trout.

The Eastern region - which runs out to and includes East Cape - has lots to offer the keen game bird hunter as well, with an abundance of lakes, estuaries, rivers, and wetlands - providing habitat for mallard, Paradise shelduck and other species. The season for upland game birds including pheasants and quail, runs right through until almost the end of August.

To learn more about what our great region has to offer anglers and hunters, continue to scroll through the links to the right and you’ll find plenty of information to help you. See the menu to the right for navigation options.

Eastern Region Fish & Game invites readers to call for tips and information on 07- 357 5501. We are always keen to help those who are interested in creating new wetlands or enhance existing ones. We can offer advice on consent processes, planting, fencing and funding.
 

 

 
 

 


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Fsh & Game message – one game bird season closes, others still open

While the end of the hunting season for mallard and grey ducks is looming in the Eastern Fish & Game Region (Queen's Birthday Monday, June 1, 2015) - there are weeks remaining to target other game birds.

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Eastern Reel Life May 2015

May and June are ideal months to fish the winter shoreline areas of the Rotorua lakes – as large mature adult trout return to their hatchery release points in an attempt to reproduce.

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Exciting times for anglers in Rotorua, as trout launch their spawning runs

Good news for anglers – recent rains have boosted the number of trout making their spawning runs up Rotorua rivers.

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Weed Spraying Notice - Rotorua Lakes

Boffa Miskell have recently advised that boat-based weed spraying will occur from May 18-29th in lakes Rotorua at Kawaha Point, Rotoehu at Otautu and Kennedy’s Bays, and Okataina at the main beach, the Log pool, Paremata Bay, South-West Corner, Otangimoana Bay and Kaikakahi Bay.

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