[12 October/ New Zealand Herald]

A 3.7kg rainbow trout caught at Lake Okataina was measured as opening day’s biggest fish. Lake Rotoiti offered the best-conditioned fish. The year’s fishing season began on October 1 at Rotorua’s three lakes. Fish and Game officers, honorary rangers and other volunteers surveyed over 600 fishers and weighed and measured their catches. Fish & Game Officer Matt Osborne said Lake Rotoiti delivered the better catch rate and longer fish however the day’s weather made it difficult to fish at the lake. Lake Tarawera also had difficulties as fish were returned to the water for being too skinny. Fish caught at Lake Tarawera averaged a length of 481mm and 1.2kg, lower than last year’s average by 10mm and 160g.