Reel Life - March 2016
The end of daylight saving is looming (Sunday, April 3) and it's getting darker much earlier…
But there's still enough light to head out for a quick few casts after work.
Down south, mayflies are hatching, and the evening can be a very productive time for fishing the lower reaches of Southland's rivers. And the next four weeks are the perfect time to target stream mouths on the big central Otago lakes.
Salmon in particular, accumulate around the mouths of Timaru Creek, Hunter, Matukituki, Makarora and Dart before heading up to spawn near the end of April.
In North Canterbury the salmon fishing this season has yet to really fire, although we are starting to get reports of a few being caught in the lower Waimakariri River and the odd one in the mid reaches of other salmon rivers. In the central South Island some anglers haven't touched one, while others have reportedly hit catch rates in double figures!
Up North, at the Rotorua lakes, streams like the Awahou feeding into Lake Rotorua excelled this season with some well-conditioned rainbows and browns packing into the cold inflows.
The deeper lakes, Tarawera, Rotoiti and Okataina, continue to fish well for boaties, although as always with trout – some days it's hot, some days it's not!
Autumn fishing in the Taranaki and Hawke's Bay regions is always worthwhile, and in Northland, the gradually easing temperatures signal that the fishing in Kai Iwi lakes will soon be improving.
P.S. - This month's cover pic shows Helen Austin and Phil Gapes with their Rangitata salmon.
P.P.S - If you think you've got a freshwater fishing image worthy of featuring on our 'cover', email it to Don Rood for consideration.