'Reel Life' Newsletter
Our rivers are in great shape and opening day is just around the corner, so it is time to start planning.
It took only 17 minutes for the first licence to be sold last Thursday when the new season’s licences went on sale at midnight.
Twenty-one-year-old Ollie Bassett won the National Fly Fishing River Championships held on the Whanganui River on April 15th and 16th.
Although large floods don’t often kill fish, catastrophic 100-year events can wipe out lowland fisheries.
Our rivers have taken a hammering, but the bad weather came late enough in the year that most fish will survive and our rivers are clearing up fast.
The summer has finally arrived, and due to poor conditions this spring and early summer, fish are hungry and aggressively feeding.
Auckland/Waikato Fish & Game would like to thank all of you who took the time to fill in our media survey.
Every brown trout in the Waikato River will be migrating in the next month
This is the time of year to go low; many of our large brown trout have migrated to the lower reaches of local rivers to feed while.
Hopefully, you have had time to plan out your opening weekend.
Your new season fishing licence will unlock the wonderful New Zealand rivers and lakes to you for a fishing season that is looking awesome.
The land downstream of Toa Bridge on the Waipa River is primarily private until you reach the council metal pit (three kilometres below the bridge).
The warm hot weather has pushed fish to higher elevations where they can find cool, oxygenated water.
Freedom Day has come at last and as a special treat, we have made a list of the top picks for fishing if you are driving south for the summer holidays.
About 80% of anglers that fish our King Country streams have been in lockdown for months, so it is an excellent time for Waikato anglers to take a road trip south.
We would like to start this Reel Life with a huge thank you to Auckland anglers for doing their part to keep our country safe.
The excitement of hooking a fish on opening morning never gets old; that rewarding feeling of taking the hook out to watch them swim away can change your entire mindset.
Winter fishing on the Waikato is in full swing and there have been good reports of browns being caught from Mercer to Karapiro Dam.
The season is not over yet, trout are back in Hamilton!
The annual Lake Arapuni Fishing Competition was a huge success for participants and Fish & Game.
The 27th annual Lake Arapuni Fishing Competition will be held at Bulmer’s landing starting at 6 am Saturday the 20th of March with the prize draw at 2:30 pm on...
The Tokoroa Sports Fishing Assn puts on one of New Zealand’s largest kids fishing events at Lake Moana-nui in Tokoroa.
Do not be discouraged if you have not seen a lot of fish in the early season.
Although nymphing with an indicator is still very effective, nearly all competition fly fishers have given up their strike indicators and transitioned to Czech Nymphing.
If you have not done so already it is time to get your new licence and start planning your summer fishing trips.
The new fishing season is only five weekends away and your new season fishing licence will unlock the full fishing potential of New Zealand for you to explore.
Fish & Game staff have just completed a drift dive survey of the lower Whakapapa River near Owhango and found a record number of large rainbows in the river.
Although there were low numbers of juvenile fish detected in some streams last year the reduced pressure has allowed for an increase in the size and number of larger fish...
The early December rain has kept river temperatures cool and most rivers are going to be in great shape for the summer holidays so don’t forget your rod.
New Zealand Walking Access Commission has been working diligently on the Whakapapa Intake Road access but have not made any progress to date.
The Whakapapa intake road has been closed after the Crown and the Whanganui Land Settlement Negotiation Trust signed an Agreement in Principle that included the Landcorp farm on the Whakapapa...
The Auckland Regional Council has received a large amount of funding to remove pest fish and has proposed a perch removal plan from a handful of Auckland Lakes including Lake...
The initial consultation about safety improvements to the Awakino Gorge Highway with the NZ Transport Agency did not go well.
Fish & Game Staff have been investigating the impact of the Lake Otamangakau discharge into the upper Wanganui River.
The Lake Arapuni Fishing Contest is still going strong after 25 years.
Hamiton Anglers Club will be holding a kids' fishing day on March 31st, at Lake Te Koutu (Cambridge Lake) from 9am.
Staff completed a Whakapapa River drift dive in January with some great results.
This question normally provokes an “it depends” response from experienced anglers.
Fish are on the move and it’s time to start fishing the Waipa tributaries.
The new season is here, and we have had some great reports from those who went out on Opening Day.
The very popular Kilwell Lower Waikato River Trout Contest will be held from October 6 to the 13th.
Don’t ignore any emails from fish & Game – as one may contain a free fishing licence!
We’ve got a simple message as May rolls into June and the start of winter…there is still some terrific fishing out there!
University of Waikato staff recently electro-fished Hamilton Lake (Rotoroa) and found an “infestation of tench.”
Staff have been in the field water sampling on the upper Whanganui River and have seen some huge fish and only a handful of anglers.
Summer has turned into some hit or miss fishing in terms of the weather.
Staff have just returned from sampling 17 tributaries of the upper Whanganui River and found plenty of large fish lurking.
Staff members David Klee and Adam Daniel recently took a trip to a local stream to find relatively warm water and lots of hungry trout.
Despite some challenging weather, the Tokoroa Sports Fishing Club put on a great kids event this month with plenty of happy anglers.
It was a wet opening as per usual but the sun has come out several times this month to reward anglers with some great fishing.
It’s time to start making plans for Opening Weekend! Fish & Game staff are preparing for a big opener with school holidays overlapping with the weekend for most of the region.
Although many anglers have been taking a break, there are still fishing opportunities available when the sun comes out.
The use of actively fished scented soft baits and opening fishing in Hydro lake tributaries will be discussed at the June 17th Council meeting.
Last season the browns were moving into small tributary streams and by late April they will be migrating upstream in preparation for spawning.
Okay, the weather has been crazy, and at least in some rivers that normally fire the fish have been fickle...
An ambitious tagging program has been started on the Whanganui River by Fish & Game councillor Nigel Juby.
After another hot dry summer, it was refreshing to get some decent rain in early March to give the rivers a flush out and add some volume to their flows.
With only one significant fresh in the last month, Taranaki ringplain streams and rivers have been very fishable – and there’s even been a nice period of settled weather to...
Trout flying bright green streamers were released into the Riuwaka River during a day long operation in mid-March.
Calm conditions and clear water through March was welcomed by anglers.
Conditions have certainly come right recently, with great fishing available.
Both opportunities for salmon and trout fishing have been excellent this month, as the weather has settled down and the river flows have stabilised.
Late March and early April often brings settled weather to the Canterbury region.
Finally, in a clear patch of weather Southland staff were able to get out and undertake drift diving surveys as part of their annual trout monitoring program.
April is the last month of the ‘summer’ fishing season.
Autumn has arrived – with the mornings noticeably cooler and some heavy dews happening.
Autumn has rolled around quickly and seasonal changes are evident in the Eastern Fish & Game region.
In this month’s Reel Life article, field officer Cohen Stewart interviews retired fishing guide and honorary ranger Len Prentice to find out how the average angler can make their fishing...
Over the past week and a half, weather conditions have improved significantly on the West Coast, with a period of excellent settled weather.
High hopes for March fishing
'exhilarating' cicada season in full swing
With warm temperatures and a “medium adverse event” declared in Northland, water levels have been getting very low.
At last...after a long period of westerly conditions bringing cool winds and lots of rain, we've finally enjoyed some settled summer weather in Taranaki, not a moment too soon!
With February air temperatures peaking at 33OC at the airport, it was nice to receive some decent rain in the middle of the month to give the rivers a good...
Lake Rotoiti has been one of the top performers so far this summer, serving up some “solid” catches.
The weather has been less than ideal recently but the heat has brought out the cicadas – and the trout that feed on them.
As mentioned in previous Reel Life articles, there have been isolated increases in mouse populations in some parts of Southland.
As I write this report, the East Coast rivers in Canterbury have peaked in flood, with flows higher than seen for some time.
We hope everyone has had a good summer break...or are still enjoying your holidays.
Lake Rotorua’s shoreline fishery has been slow to get underway this summer due to cooler and windier than normal conditions.
It’s fair to say that the summer holiday period has been severely interrupted by some abysmal weather over the past month and leading up to the New Year.
It has been a fickle summer weather-wise, with welcome small but regular rainfall events occurring across the region.
Large numbers of hunters turned out in the West Coast Region for Opening Weekend this year, both local hunters and many from other regions.
The Taylor River fishery is in good shape after a 50 medium to large brown trout were released before Christmas.
Spring and now 'summer' continue to be a real mixed bag when it comes to weather and fishing prospects.
Regular freshes, persistent westerly winds and even an early dump of snow have conspired to provide great conditions for the trout, but not so flash for the anglers.
December and early January have seen many of the rivers running low and clear as we progress through the hot summer months here in the Hawke’s Bay.
Fish & Game staff were recently on the Whakapapa and Whanganui Rivers monitoring water quality and witnessed some amazing hatches in the late evening, and heard cicada sounding off all day.
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