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Auckland/Waikato Reel Life November 2018

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Fish are on the move and it’s time to start fishing the Waipa tributaries.

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Auckland / Waikato Reel Life October 2018

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The new season is here, and we have had some great reports from those who went out on Opening Day.

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Auckland/Waikato Reel Life September 2018

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The very popular Kilwell Lower Waikato River Trout Contest will be held from October 6 to the 13th.

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Auckland/Waikato Reel Life August 2018

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Don’t ignore any emails from fish & Game – as one may contain a free fishing licence!

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Reel Life May 2018

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We’ve got a simple message as May rolls into June and the start of winter…there is still some terrific fishing out there!

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Auckland/Waikato Reel Life April 2018

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University of Waikato staff recently electro-fished Hamilton Lake (Rotoroa) and found an “infestation of tench.”

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Auckland/Waikato Reel Life March 2018

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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.

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Auckland/Waikato Reel Life February 2018

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Summer has turned into some hit or miss fishing in terms of the weather.

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Auckland/Waikato Reel Life January 2018

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Staff have just returned from sampling 17 tributaries of the upper Whanganui River and found plenty of large fish lurking.

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Auckland/Waikato Reel Life December 2017

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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.

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Auckland/Waikato Reel Life November 2017

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Despite some challenging weather, the Tokoroa Sports Fishing Club put on a great kids event this month with plenty of happy anglers.

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Auckland Waikato Reel Life October 2017

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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.

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Auckland/Waikato Reel Life September 2017

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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.

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Auckland/Waikato Reel Life August 2017

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Although many anglers have been taking a break, there are still fishing opportunities available when the sun comes out.

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Auckland / Waikato Reel Life May 2017

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The use of actively fished scented soft baits and opening fishing in Hydro lake tributaries will be discussed at the June 17th Council meeting.

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Auckland/Waikato Reel Life April 2017

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Last season the browns were moving into small tributary streams and by late April they will be migrating upstream in preparation for spawning.

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Wellington Reel Life Mar 2017

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Okay, the weather has been crazy, and at least in some rivers that normally fire the fish have been fickle...

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Auckland / Waikato Reel Life Mar 2017

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An ambitious tagging program has been started on the Whanganui River by Fish & Game councillor Nigel Juby.

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Hawke's Bay Reel Life Mar 2017

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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.

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Taranaki Reel Life Mar 2017

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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...

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Nelson Marlborough Reel Life Mar 2017

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Trout flying bright green streamers were released into the Riuwaka River during a day long operation in mid-March. 

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Otago Reel Life Mar 2017

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Calm conditions and clear water through March was welcomed by anglers.

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West Coast Reel Life Mar 2017

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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.

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North Canterbury Reel Life Mar 2017

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Late March and early April often brings settled weather to the Canterbury region.

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Southland Reel Life Mar 2017

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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.

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Central South Island Reel Life Mar 2017

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April is the last month of the ‘summer’ fishing season.

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Northland Reel Life Mar 2017

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Autumn has arrived – with the mornings noticeably cooler and some heavy dews happening.

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Eastern Reel Life Mar 2017

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Autumn has rolled around quickly and seasonal changes are evident in the Eastern Fish & Game region.

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Southland Reel Life FEB 2017

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...

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West Coast Reel Life FEB 2017

Over the past week and a half, weather conditions have improved significantly on the West Coast, with a period of excellent settled weather.

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North Canterbury Reel Life FEB 2017

High hopes for March fishing

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Nelson / Marlborough Reel Life FEB 2017

'exhilarating' cicada season in full swing

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Northland Reel Life Feb 2017

With warm temperatures and a “medium adverse event” declared in Northland, water levels have been getting very low.

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Taranaki Reel Life Feb 2017

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!

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Hawke’s Bay Reel Life Feb 2017

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...

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Eastern Reel Life Feb 2017

Lake Rotoiti has been one of the top performers so far this summer, serving up some “solid” catches.

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Auckland / Waikato Reel Life Feb 2017

The weather has been less than ideal recently but the heat has brought out the cicadas – and the trout that feed on them.

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Southland Reel Life JAN 2017

As mentioned in previous Reel Life articles, there have been isolated increases in mouse populations in some parts of Southland.

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North Canterbury Reel Life Jan 2017

As I write this report, the East Coast rivers in Canterbury have peaked in flood, with flows higher than seen for some time.

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Northland Reel Life Jan 2017

We hope everyone has had a good summer break...or are still enjoying your holidays.

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Eastern Reel Life Jan 2017

Lake Rotorua’s shoreline fishery has been slow to get underway this summer due to cooler and windier than normal conditions.

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Otago Reel Life JAN 2017

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.

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Central South Island Reel Life JAN 2017

It has been a fickle summer weather-wise, with welcome small but regular rainfall events occurring across the region.

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West Coast Reel Life Jan 2017

Large numbers of hunters turned out in the West Coast Region for Opening Weekend this year, both local hunters and many from other regions.

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Nelson/Marlborough Reel Life JAN 2017

The Taylor River fishery is in good shape after a 50 medium to large brown trout were released before Christmas.

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Wellington Reel Life Jan 2017

Spring and now 'summer' continue to be a real mixed bag when it comes to weather and fishing prospects.

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Taranaki Reel Life Jan 2017

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.

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Hawke’s Bay Reel Life Jan 2017

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.

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Auckland / Waikato Reel Life Jan 2017

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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