Freshwater Hawkes Bay - August 2012

Wet weather restricts fishing

Last updated 15:17 08/08/2012

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Hawkes Bay, like most of the North Island, has been hit with torrential rain.

Rivers in the Bay are high and discoloured. Lakes are full, even though power stations at Lake Waikaremoana are working at full pitch.

At Lake Waikaremoana, river mouths are still producing some good-conditioned rainbows for anglers who anchor their boats at least 6-8m back from the lip, and let the river's flow carry their lures over the lip and swing around, with a slow retrieve afterwards. Anchor too close to the lip and all you do is spook the fish.

Hopuruahine has fished reasonably well. The best lures have been dark patterns such as Pukeko, Hairy Dog or Black Rabbit. A few rainbows have been taken off the Aniwaniwa River mouth; once again, keep well away from the lip if you want to have any success.

Trollers have been mainly catching rainbows by fishing slow and deep using a Zebra Toby. Mokau fished well from the limit sign to the island. The best method there is to use a medium-sinking line, as there is a lot of bottom debris. Unless you tie your own flies, it can get a bit expensive.

Lake Tutira is full, but persistent anglers have been successful. The best fishing spots have been the Tutira Stream mouth, the Floating Island and the hard off the picnic area. The most effective lures have been a Mrs Simpson or Hamills Killer.

If the rivers do clear, why not give the upper reaches of the Wairoa River a go? This would have to be the most underestimated fishery in the Bay. I have taken many fish below the Te Reinga Falls downstream to the rapids. One local angler even caught a salmon in the Ohuka River, a tributary of the Wairoa River, some years ago. Also, Roy Bilton and I landed a large spawned-out jack salmon in the Waiau River, another tributary of the Wairoa.

Even in the lower sections of this large river, whitebaiters have caught or seen trout feeding on whitebait and smelt.


Freshwater Hawkes Bay by Norrie Day
Ph 06 898 3228

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