Central South Island Reel Life September 2018
Low country opening outlook
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 before opening.
Most rivers are looking good and still showing the signs of a healthy clean out from the floods of 2017 and early 2018.
Above Right: The upper Ohau River.
The stable winter flows have allowed brown trout spawning to go ahead successfully, and at the time of writing some rainbow spawning runs are finishing up while others are still in full swing.
Early season is the best time to fish the lowland brown trout waters of the Central South Island Region, especially for bait and spin methods, so make the most of it before summer fishing conditions set in.
Many CSI waters remain closed until the first Saturday in November so before heading out on Monday 1, it will pay to do two things:
1.check your 2018-2019 regulation guide by clicking here to ensure you’re heading to open water.
2.check the Environment Canterbury river flows website here to see if any rain has put the rivers up.
Only one regulation change has been made for the new 2018-2019 season.
For the upper Ohau River, that flows between Lake Ohau and Lake Ruataniwha, the season opens on October 1, 2018.
The purpose of the earlier “spring” opening is to allow anglers to target “canal size” rainbow trout in a river environment.
To make this opportunity possible we have initiated a spawning habitat enhancement project in collaboration with Meridian, that aims to significantly increase the spawning area available and greatly improve the production of juvenile trout in the river.
Intensive spawning surveys over the past three years show that only a relatively small number of large trout remain in the river in October.
Next spring, the river will open on September 1, 2019 and will allow the tail end of the rainbow spawning run to be targeted.
Thanks for your contribution!
We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to several honorary rangers who have stepped back from their role with the CSI ranging team in recent times.
They have made a huge contribution to sports fish and game bird management, some for over 20 years!
Rangers ensure angler and hunters are playing by the rules set to sustainably manage our fish and game populations for future generations.
They also ensure every angler and hunter is licenced and contributes fairly to funding the management of our resources, a critical role within Fish & Game.
We wish them well in their hunting and fishing endeavours and hope that less time ranging means more time recreating!
So, thank you very much to: Don Tilson, Alex Woods, Gary Rooney, Dan Isbister, Nigel Marcon, Matthew Waelen, Ricki Nelson, Mike Davis, Russell Halkett, Ian Porter, Bruce Parkin, Charlie Boulton and Graham White.
Waitaki River trout tagging
Fish & Game have tagged hundreds of brown and rainbow trout in the lower Waitaki River fishery with yellow, numbered tags.
Tags are found near the dorsal fin.
The tagging project used the Waitaki voluntary salmon hatchery’s fish trap on the Hakataramea.
Trout running from the Waitaki River up the Hakataramea River on their annual spawning run were captured, tagged and released.
Hatchery volunteers helped to maintain the trap and check on fish numbers.
Many of these tagged trout will have dropped back into the Waitaki River by October 1 and you may catch them.
Please report any capture of tagged trout in the Waitaki River this season, and the Hakataramea and Maerewhenua rivers once they open on the first Saturday in November.
Information to report:
Tag number, catch date and location, kept or released, length and weight.
Please report to: Central South Island Fish & Game. Phone: 03-615 8400, Email: email@example.com
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Good luck for the start of the new season
Rhys Adams, Fish & Game Officer
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