Trout numbers boosted at hydro lakes

Fishing on Lake Whakamarino at Tuai. Fresh stocks of rainbow and brown trout have been released into the fishing waters at the hydro town.

TWO small hydro lakes south of Waikaremoana have had a boost to their fish stocks.

Fish and Game Eastern Region officers made their annual trek from Rotorua this week to release 500 rainbow and 50 brown trout into lakes Whakamarino (also known as Tuai) and Kaitawa.

The fish were reared at the Ngongotaha hatchery in Rotorua.

Fish and Game Officer Matt Osborne said most of the 550 trout were released into Tuai.

The two lakes form part of the Waikaremoana hydroelectric power scheme run by Genesis.

The two locations were an extra drawcard for anglers who might be chasing fish at Lake Waikaremoana a short distance away, Mr Osborne said.

“If the weather prevents access at Waikaremoana, Tuai and Kaitawa’s more sheltered location is ideal for fishing.

“There is good access around the Tuai power station, where many of the biggest fish have been caught, and to a number of points around the lake shoreline.

“Tuai is designated fly fishing only and can also be fished from a small unanchored boat.

“Kaitawa is a picturesque spot with easy access to a walkable shoreline for fly and spin anglers alike.”

TWO small hydro lakes south of Waikaremoana have had a boost to their fish stocks.

Fish and Game Eastern Region officers made their annual trek from Rotorua this week to release 500 rainbow and 50 brown trout into lakes Whakamarino (also known as Tuai) and Kaitawa.

The fish were reared at the Ngongotaha hatchery in Rotorua.

Fish and Game Officer Matt Osborne said most of the 550 trout were released into Tuai.

The two lakes form part of the Waikaremoana hydroelectric power scheme run by Genesis.

The two locations were an extra drawcard for anglers who might be chasing fish at Lake Waikaremoana a short distance away, Mr Osborne said.

“If the weather prevents access at Waikaremoana, Tuai and Kaitawa’s more sheltered location is ideal for fishing.

“There is good access around the Tuai power station, where many of the biggest fish have been caught, and to a number of points around the lake shoreline.

“Tuai is designated fly fishing only and can also be fished from a small unanchored boat.

“Kaitawa is a picturesque spot with easy access to a walkable shoreline for fly and spin anglers alike.”

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