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Salmon Run begins

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Beginners luck paid off for Rolleston women Vicky Van Der Zwet when she caught her first ever salmon over the weekend.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island - 26-11-2020

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As Rhys reported last week CSI Fish & Game staff were involved with a pilot study on some of the regions hapuas (lagoons) with a focus on smelt populations.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island - 19-11-2020

WFR2021.22 ECan DOC and Fish Game works together to survey hapua lagoon fish communities at the north lagoon of the Rangitata River Credit Richard Cosgrove

We had a report of people poaching trout with nets at the Ashburton Lagoon this week.

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Hugh Creasy Column for December 2020

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There is a chill in the morning air, and the moon hangs above the horizon, soon to disappear as the sun rises.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island -11-11-2020

WFR2021.18 Kai Penei 4.5 y o with his Lake Heron salmon Credit Dean Rattray

It’s Canterbury Anniversary on Friday and our high country waters are back open for “business”.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island 05-11-2020

WFR2021.15Anglers targetting salmon from the South Bank of Lake Heron on opening day of the 2019 high country fishing season credit Rhys Adams

At 0001 hours on Saturday the 7th of November, the high country season kicks-off at so many of our iconic fisheries.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island - 29-10-2020

WFR2021.13 The 44.3 pound brown trout held up by staff of the Razza in Twizel Credit Sean Colenso via the Twizel Community Facebook page

The big news this week is that a world record size brown trout was caught at the canals.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island - 22-10-2020

WFR2021.11 CSI Fish Game spend hundreds of hours behind the scenes submitting that ECan maintains and improves the habitats of sports fish and game birds Credit K De Lange

Hundreds of hours of work over the past 12 years by CSI Fish & Game staff has culminated in the lodging and presentation of a submission earlier this week at...

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Hugh Creasy's column November 2020

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Perhaps it is the arc of the line flashing in the morning light that lifts the angler’s spirit, the sheer elegance of the cast that grips the imagination.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island 15-10-2020

WFR2021.08 A brown trout patrolling the shoreline at Lake Opuha Credit R Adams

Many of our lowland streams remain low and clear and are providing excellent sight fishing opportunities.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island-08-10-2020

WFR2021.05 Harry Murphy left and Levi Julian fishing the Waitaki on Opening Morning credit R Adams 1

This week’s report was written well ahead of time, so I’ll leave this coming weekend’s weather and water level forecasting to you.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island -30-09-20

WFR2021.04 The Opihi River looking good the day before opening

It’s Opening Day tomorrow, Thursday October 1st!

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North Canterbury Fishing Report 30th September 2020

Photo 1. Lake Sumner on a good day

Tomorrow sees the opening of most of the rivers in North Canterbury, along with a number of lakes.

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Hugh Creasy's Column September 2020

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There had been a fresh fall of snow on the tops, and the water was cold.

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Takitakitoa wetland impresses trustees

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“The best bang for your buck” is how Game Bird Habitat Trust Chairperson Andy Tannock described Takitakitoa Wetland on Saturday morning.

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Notice of Extraordinary Vacancy

In accordance with Fish and Game Council Election Regulations 1990 S24(1) Central South Island Fish and Game hereby notifies anglers and hunters that there is an extraordinary vacancy on the...

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Endangered Eels find refuge in hunter-created wetlands

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Southland Fish and Game research has revealed just how important hunter-created wetlands are for our native fish species.

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Precautionary Closure to Upper Tekapo Canal Trout Fishery

Photo 2 Anglers fish a popular stretch of the upper Tekapo Canal known as the Magic Carpet July 2020 Credit Rhys Adams

Angler concern over the sustainability of one of the world’s best “trophy” trout fisheries will lead to a precautionary closure during the 2021 winter fishing season.

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Chef wows game bird hunters with pukeko

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The often-maligned pukeko was the culinary champion at the annual Nelson Marlborough Fish & Game, game bird food night at Club Waimea on Sunday night.

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Licence photo competition winner announced

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A stunning late afternoon photo of a boy and his uncle fishing has won the inaugural Fish & Game NZ Fishing Licence photo competition.

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