Located on the Central Plateau of the North Island, Rotorua is surrounded by plentiful waterways. Central to my guiding operation is Lake Rotorua and its five major tributaries, famous for both summer and winter fishing. Summer fishing comes alive throughout the district with great action in the back country and also at the local streams and lakes.
The summer season is the time to get some great dry fly action. The large numbers of cicadas hatching in the back country become a favorite food for the trout. This is the ultimate time to be fishing in the Rotorua region. 4wd or Helicopter are used for to access the fisheries that I guide on.
Locally the summer heat drives large numbers of trout in and around the local spring creek tributaries of Lake Rotorua. Large migrations of large brown and quality rainbow trout migrate up the local spring creeks to spend most of the summer through to spawning season. The river mouths some years have hundreds of trout seeking the sanctuary of the cool and oxygen rich stream water. This is some of the most productive and exciting fishing that you can experience if conditions permit.
Wet weather during the autumn and winter months drives world class spawning runs of both brown and rainbow trout. Winter fishing for spawning trout is a highlight of the local fisherman’s season. Rivers, streams and lakes full of prime conditioned spawning trout with a healthy combination of numbers and size of trout. When conditions align it can be something special. Trophy trout are targeted in the waterways of the Rotorua region with fish over the magical 10lb – 4.5kg not uncommon. From late April to the end of June there is a great chance to catch both rainbow and brown trout trophies in the same day.
The warmer months are a fantastic time of year to head back country into the wilderness by helicopter access. Heli-fishing is the ultimate New Zealand fly fishing experience opening up options to fish some true wilderness rivers and streams we have in our region. The fish are always on the lookout for their next meal on the surface in typically gin clear water. The cicada and terrestrial season is worthy of its reputation on these remote fisheries with fish that feed freely and aggressively off the surface. Trophy trout have been caught in recent seasons in some of our back country rivers.
To secure your a Rotorua fishing guide please contact Rotorua Trout Guide.