Fine and sunny start to the day here in Turangi today. No wind as of 9:00am. The Tongariro is clear and fishable and flowing at about 22.4 cumecs.
Over the last week or so we have had quite a few reports from anglers fishing the rivers that they have been getting some quite nice silver fish but when opening them they have small undeveloped roe sacks ( and have what we call pin head roe as it is usually as small as a pin head) . The fish are reported in great condition and anglers are quite happy at catching these.
I had quite a few Passion Vine Hoppers flicking all over me last night when I was out in the Garden. They should be increasing in numbers from now until March. They also depend a lot on the weather as well. If it gets wet then we may not see as many as the heavy rain can usually wash them off the vegetation that they like to be on. It is quite good fishing on the windy days when these are around as a good gust of wind usually blows them off the trees and the fish will feed quite hard out until they have drifted past and then they will usually stop feeding until the next gust of wind blows them off the tree or bush again.
A report in on the email this morning thanks to Herb Spannagl who was fishing Lake Taupo over the last few days. Herb writes:
Back home from 5days of kayak fishing area between Kuratau and Whareroa. Mixed results, some days the fish were there only to have moved on the next with nothing showing on the sounder. Quality was just as variable. A few really good fish, lots of small bullets and quite a few skinny ones as well.
This has been fairly consistent with the boating reports we have received through the shop over the last month or so. What does this mean for the river fishing this coming season ? Well in my experience when the fishing hasn’t been that great in the lake it follows through in the rivers BUT there have been years where the fishing has been poor in the lake but some really cracking fish have come through the rivers and I was wondering how the boaties had missed catching these fish that were good quality. The only thing I can think of is that they were not fishing where the good quality and size of fish were in the lake …. where would these fish be ? Where the good quality food will be.