The Kilwell Lower Waikato River Trout Fishing Contest has concluded for another year, and what a competition it was! Though the river conditions were the worst that competitors have experienced in the history of this contest, competitors and trout were only slightly down in numbers from last year.
The number of junior anglers were down from last year, however, the number of adult competitors entered increased. By the end of the 9 days, 114 trout had been weighed in, which is 11 shy of last year’s trout numbers. Softbait was once again the number one method used by anglers this year.
To celebrate another successful contest, competitors gathered at the Taupiri Tavern for the prize giving. Waikato RiverCare Inc.’s contribution of hats and native plants were again well received by prize giving attendees with all plants finding a new home at the end of the event.
For more photos of the competition, check out the 2016 Lower Waikato River Trout Fishing Contest Facebook page HERE.
Congratulations to the winners and all of the participants this year. We hope to see you back again next year!