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The Christmas holidays are behind us, but we can still make good use of the weekends and Waitangi Day.
The holiday season is here, and fishing in the CSI Region has got to rate highly on your to-do list.
There have been some outstanding catches reported over October and November.
The new season starts on Saturday the 1st of October!
Your new season fishing licence will unlock the wonderful New Zealand rivers and lakes to you for a fishing season that is looking awesome.
February is the month for summer fishing!
Holiday Season means fishing time!
The first Saturday in December (4th) marks the final "Opening Day" in the CSI Region, with the upper Ahuriri River and lagoons opening.
The fishing has been great this October with some “highlight” catches reported from the Opihi Catchment and the upper Ōhau River backcountry fishery.
The new season starts on Friday the 1st of October!
With our winter fishing seasons finishing up in August, local fishing options are somewhat limited around our main population centres in the CSI Region this September.
With the end of the summer season finishing up on Friday the 30th of April, it’s time to dig out your 2020-2021 regulation guide and familiarise yourself again with the...
Many of our waters close for spawning at the end of April, so don’t delay get out on the water and make hay.
Weather-wise March can be a brilliant month with mild and settled weather.
It was a wet and wild holiday period and many of our rivers and streams got a flood or a flush and that has set them up well for some...
The holiday season is here and fishing in the CSI Region has got to rate highly on your to-do list.
The fishing season has been awesome so far with so many anglers getting out and enjoying the countries most popular and secret waterways.
The new 2020-21 season has got off to a great start but things are set to get even better.
The new season starts on Thursday the 1st of October!
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.
Weather-wise March can be a brilliant month with mild and settled weather.
The best time of year for action-packed dry fly fishing is upon us.
The fishing has been up and down like the river flows this December.
The fishing has been excellent this November with some great catches being reported.
It has been a relatively dry winter in the region and river flows should be good for opening day, unless we get a decent rainfall event in the days prior...
In September many of our waters are closed, but acres of fishing opportunities exist at the Mackenzie basin canals and seven Waitaki Catchment hydro lakes.
The 2018-2019 summer fishing season was a good one.
Make the most of April as the last month of the summer season and get on the water.
March can be a brilliant month weather-wise, with mild and settled weather.
It is the month for dry fly and salmon fishing in this part of the world.
The last month and a half have been wet as spring came late.
October was very dry, and November was very wet, what a change in the feel of the fishing season!
It’s been a excellent start to the new season, low country river flows have been kind for those who like to spot and stalk brown trout in our small to...
It has been a relatively dry winter in the region and river flows should be relatively low for Opening Day, unless we get a decent rainfall event in the days...
September is the last month that your current 2017-2018 licence is valid, so we encouraged you to jump in the car and head out for one final fling of the line.
We’ve got a simple message as May rolls into June and the start of winter…there is still some terrific fishing out there!
The 2017-2018 summer fishing season has been a good one: generally, mild conditions and regular rainfall gave us some of the best summer river flows in years.
April is the last month of the ‘summer’ fishing season. Some waters are now closed for salmon fishing so make sure to review your regulation guide for details.
Weather-wise, March can be brilliant with mild and settled weather (fingers firmly crossed).
Our waterways and their fishy inhabitants are in summer mode - for dry fly enthusiasts this is your time of year.
The fishing in November and December has been epic!
Summer has struck and with the high country waters open, anglers have been making the most of ideal fishing conditions.
It’s been a wet start to the fishing season in the low country but the fishing has been great when flows have allowed.
It's an exciting time for many anglers as the new sports fishing season opens.
September is the last month to use your current 2016-2017 licence, so we encourage anglers to get out for one final fling of the line.
Thursday the first of June heralds the opening of several handy winter fishing season options in the CSI Region.
The 2016-2017 summer fishing season has been a cracker.
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...
Weather-wise March can be brilliant with mild and settled weather.
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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