April 2018 Otago Lakes Fishing Report

April 05, 2018

April 2018 Otago Lakes Fishing Report
Proudly brought to you by Craig Smith from Hatch Fishing

I have been enjoying the fishing recently, much more than the previous month!

Sure, the weather is tough, but the fish are feeding more, and some good ones are moving around into the rivers from the lakes, and also moving into the side streams to think about spawning. The rainbows are by far better in condition than any I have seen previously this season.

All the rivers should be fishing well if the flows permit, and the wind allows you to get a line out! 

There are also good numbers of cruising browns around river mouths and lake flats at present.

Productive flies for April are:

  • Whitebait (smelt) patterns
  • Black and Peacock
  • Monsoms bully
  • Mayfly nymphs and dries - especially in the Southland rivers

The Tekapo / Twizel canals should also be worth looking at as the temperatures decline, which makes the fish a bit more active during daylight hours.

Pictured right a nice brown landed recently by an 80 something year old (she is a very patient angler with a great attitude!), and one of several good chunky rainbows landed moving into the rivers.

Enjoy the magic of April fishing, along with the Autumn colours.


Tight lines,

Craig Smith 

Registered professional guide NZPFGA
FFF certified casting instructor
Ph +6434438446
M 0276469419

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Fishing Report

Duck Hunting 2023
Duck Hunting 2023

May 01, 2023

Continue Reading

December 2022 Fishing Report
December 2022 Fishing Report

December 21, 2022

Continue Reading

November Fishing Report
November Fishing Report

December 01, 2022

Continue Reading