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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island 17-01-19

WFR1819.37 Hamish Stevens caught this 4lb searun brown from Ashburton River mouth

After providing reports on salmon fishing at the Opihi and Rangitata rivers last week I thought I better do the same for the Waitaki this week.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island- 10-01-19

WFR1819.34 Shelton Tipper and his Opihi Salmon from the surf 08 01 2019 credit Paul McLaughlan

It is with pleasure I can share some photos of successful sea-run salmon anglers and their salmon this week.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island - 03-01-19

WFR1819.31Jake Hall and his 3.5lb Lake Benmore rainbow trout

We have finally had some great weather and some fishing to match it, waterway conditions are becoming more like what we would expect in late November than early January, that’s...

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island Region – 27/12/18

WFR1819.30 Callum Wood and his catch from the 22nd and 23rd of December

I hope you’re all enjoying the holiday period and have had a cast already.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island Region – 20/12/18

WFR1819.27 the area of interest at the Ashburton River mouth for the ECan survey

I’ll summarise the weather forecast and current river conditions for you in this report.

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Catfish confirmed in Lake Rotorua

P5a photo Catfish must be credited DOC Glen MacLean

Catfish have been confirmed in Lake Rotorua in the lead up to Christmas.

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Fish & Game: don’t forget to pack a fishing rod

Lake Mclaren

Holidaymakers planning their Christmas break are being reminded to pack a fishing rod in the car, campervan or caravan to target some trout during the holidays.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island Region – 13/12/18

WFR1819.24 Finn Stevens display his rare catch a rainbow trout from the Opihi River photo credit H Stevens

I’m back on deck after a week and a bit of family time and fishing.

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‘Jumbo’ trout freed into Lake Rotorua

Fish Game officer Mark Sherburn frees a display pond trout in Lake Rotorua2.

Anglers have been given the chance to chase some “jumbo-size” trout in Lake Rotorua.

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Central South Island Weekly Fishing Report 6 December 2018

Common flies

With Rhys away for week, I thought I would put together a brief guide on beginner fly fishing, as a fellow beginner fly fisher.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island Region – 30/11/18

WFR1819.22 The Crew from the Gone Fishing project L R Jack Drummond Mr Brent Duncan Josh Lovely Isa Creba Caleb Turland Jumm Janevinitchai

The region is still saturated, and some patchy rain is forecast for the weekend. Like last week, if you’re planning to fish a river or stream this weekend many of...

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‘Avid anglers’ all set for Rotorua streams opening

Fish Game Officer Anthony van Dorp checks a licence Ngongotaha Stream3.

Anglers are making plans to catch some big wild trout in particular, as some of Rotorua and Waikaremoana’s best known streams re-open for summer.

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Angling events 2018-19

KFO roto SI 4

Events including childrens' fishing days are held by Fish & Game across New Zealand to support and encourage fishing participation. See below for current event information.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island Region – 23/11/18

WFR1819.21Jack Gillespie 9 with his brown trout caught in discoloured waters at the Ahuriri Arm Lake Benmore credit A Gillespie

The region is saturated, and more rain is forecast for the weekend. Chances are, if you’re planning to fish a river or stream this weekend it will be hard to...

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Kids salmon fishing day success

Jack Tilson of Lincoln and his salmon

Central South Island Fish & Game held their annual Kids Salmon Fishing Day at Loch Cameron, Twizel on Saturday November 17.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island Region – 16/11/18

WFR1819.16 Jim TritschlerL and Howard Lewis have worked out how to successfully target sockeye salmon in Lake Benmore photo credit Jayde Couper

The weather forecasts that I’m reviewing as I write this are not unanimous so I won’t offer to much advice other than that there will be some rain pretty much...

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island Region – 09/11/18

WFR1819.13 Matthew Broatch and Colette Brown successfully fished Lake Heron in the gales credit Rhys Adams

As I write this on Thursday Morning the forecasters are calling for significant rainfall regionwide from this afternoon and through Friday.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island Region – 02/11/18

WFR1819.10Fish Game Officer Hamish Stevens display a large Lake Heron rainbow credit R Adams

If you’re heading out this weekend, then be prepared for some environmental challenges.

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Backcountry fisheries to be checked for angling pressure

Lochy RiverA

Fish & Game staff will be keeping a close eye on how much angling pressure is being placed on back country fisheries in the South Island as they open later...

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island Region – 26/10/18

WFR1819.08 Finn Stevens with his Opihi River brown trout October 2018

I hope you all enjoyed a Labour Weekend of fishing. The weather was stunning in Temuka, maybe a bit windier elsewhere.

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