Category: Fishing

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Canal trout research underway

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A joint project between Meridian, NIWA and Central South Island Fish & Game is underway on the hydro canals near Twizel.

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Councils unite to turn the tide for sea-run salmon

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The most significant change ever to the way sea-run salmon are managed in New Zealand has been proposed, to help rebuild the South Island’s East Coast wild sea-run salmon populations.

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South Island salmon harvest survey to start

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South Island salmon anglers are being asked for their help in the first east coast wide salmon harvest survey.

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Weekly Fishing report for Central South Island & North Canterbury

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What a difference a week makes! This time a week ago we were unaware of alert levels and lockdowns have only ever occurred due to some localised threat.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island - 19-03-2020

WFR1920.61Fishing the Tekapo River is a great day out

If you are heading to the canals this weekend and hope to catch a salmon, I suggest you try the Tekapo Canal around the Stilling Basin and salmon farms.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island - 12-03-2020

WFR1920.60. Phillip Williams caught this exceptionally conditioned brown trout at the Ohau A Canal recently Credit A Gillespie

The canals are fishing OK currently with the occasional whopper getting caught, but the mainstay of the catch is rainbow trout and salmon around 1kg.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island Region - 05-03-2020

WFR1820.52Fish Game Officer Hamish Stevens displays a Centennial Park tench Credit R Adams

About this time last year, we re-introduced the seldom targeted sports fish tench to Centennial Park Lake in Timaru.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island- 27-02-2020

WFR1920.57An adult damselfly Credit iNaturailistNZ

The weather this weekend is looking great for fishing but on Friday parts of the high country are set to get a drenching.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island - 20-02-2020

WFR1920.55A very successful sockeye fishing outing on the Ahuriri Arm of Lake Benmore

The fishing proved pretty good for salmon up at Ohau C Canal last weekend and I have had reports that they’re still catching them at a reasonable rate this week.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island - 13-02-2020

WFR1920.55An aerial view of the Ohau C Canal including the new farm installation Credit R Adams 1

If you are heading to the canals this weekend, then Ohau C Canal is the place to target for small but legal-size salmon.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island - 30-01-2020

WFR1920.48 The Rangitata River mouth on Tuesday the 28th of January Credit R Adams

On Tuesday this week Hamish Stevens and I flew around the region in a Cessna airplane counting paradise shelduck and black swan.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island - 23-01-2020

WFR1920.45 Steve Frater with the previously reported Lake Aviemore salmon confirmed at 17 pounds

Last week, amongst some other great fishing reports from the Waitaki lakes, I reported being shown a Facebook post of a salmon caught in Lake Aviemore “in the 20-pound conversation”.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island - 16-01-2020

WFR1920.42 Lennox Batemans first fish a 9 pound salmon caught at the Benmore Spillway

The weather forecast is looking as good as it gets for the next few days.

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Weekly Fishing Report Central South island 9-1-2020

Lower reaches of the Rangitata Currently a good colour

The alpine rivers have finally cleared a bit, but it could be potentially short lived.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island- 02-01-2020

WFR1820.18salmon vs trout I.D. tip use the anal fin base length and fin ray length to distinguish trout from salmon

This is part three of my holiday period series designed to resource you with loads of information that will help you have a successful and enjoyable summer of fishing.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island - 26-12-19

WFR1920.36fishing with kids is choice as Credit R Adams

This is part two of my holiday period series on resourcing you with loads of information to help you have a successful and enjoyable summer of fishing.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island - 19-12-19

WFR1920.33Make the time this holiday period to share your love of fishing with your loved ones credit K De Lange

The holiday season is upon us and most of us will have more time than usual to get out for a fish.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island - 05-12-19

WFR1920.29 the Opihi River has provided a reliable fishing option this season credit R Adams

The westerly fronts are on repeat this spring – they usually are.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island - 21-11-19

WFR1920.22 rivers like the Opihi offer good flows and excellent sight fishing currently Credit K De Lange

My read on the weather forecast for this weekend is to target a Saturday morning fish if you can.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island- 13-11-19

WFR1920.17 Lake Hood near Ashburton provides easy access perch and trout fishing

This report is coming to you a day early for all those folks who will be preparing to have Friday off for Canterbury Anniversary.

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