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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Eastern Reel Life Feb 2015

Jigging & downriggers come into their own

It’s been one hell of a summer – but we could do with some rain.

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Lake Aniwhenua - forest logging hazard notice

Timberlands advise that:

On Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th February 2015 a Timberlands Limited Harvesting Contractor will be felling the remaining Radiata Pine and Douglas Fir trees standing along the western edge of Lake Aniwhenua, Galatea.

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'Encouraging' numbers in fish spotting mission

Eastern Fish & Game Officers have completed a fish-spotting mission in the Eastern Bay of Plenty – and sighted some “encouraging” numbers of trout.

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Heat wave fires up summer fishing

The hot weather is producing some top notch fishing at Lake Rotorua’s stream mouths.

Lake Rotorua’s surface temperatures have at times reached the mid-twenties, resulting in large numbers of fish heading into the tributary streams in search of cooler water.

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