Category: Fishing

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New rules introduced to protect sea-run salmon fishery

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To help save New Zealand’s wild Chinook salmon species, a ground-breaking change to freshwater fishing regulations will introduce a season bag for sea-run salmon in the 2021/22 fishing season, in...

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Precautionary winter closure of Upper Tekapo Canal sports fishery

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

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island - 29-04-2021

WFR2021.64 the authors last fish of the summer season on the Opihi River

The “summer” season finishes up tomorrow, Friday the 30th of April; and this is the final weekly fishing report for the 2020/2021 fishing season.

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Weekly Fishing Report- Central South Island 22 April 2021

WFR2021.63 A salmon is measured and DNA sample collected before its return to Deep Creek in the Rangitata Catchment photo Credit Richie Cosgrove

Be sure to make the most of the last weekend of the “summer fishing season”.

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Weekly Fishing Report for North Canterbury 15 April 2021

Rakaia Headwaters

The traditional fishing season is all but finished now and with rain forecast for much of the region Friday night, rivers are likely to become dis-coloured for a few days.

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Weekly Fishing Report - Central South Island - 15 April 2021

WFR2021.61 the upper part of the Tekapo Canal upstream of SH8 Bridge including the Magic Carpet pictured will be closed from 1 June to 31 August 2021 Photo credit Rhys Adams

We are winding down towards the end of the main fishing season on April 30.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island- 08-04-2021

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As Rhys reported last week, the sea-run salmon season has now closed and that brings the beginning of our annual salmon counts.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island - 01-04-2021

WFR2021.55 Hakataramea River near Wrights Crossing 31 03 2021 this pool held a few adult trout

The weather forecast for Easter weekend is a mixed bag but there isn’t much rain forecast so rivers and streams will offer stable flows.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island - 25-03-2021

WFR2021.52 Irihapiti Meager displays her dads rare catch an Opihi River rainbow trout March 2021 credit Nathan Meager

We have a rare but “consistent” catch report to share this week - an Opihi River rainbow trout.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island - 18-03-2021

WFR2021.51 The blowfly imitation fly and one of the three fish it tricked

The weather forecast is looking great for fishing this weekend with sunshine or high cloud, mild temperatures and light winds.

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Weekly Fishing Report North Canterbury 18 March 2021

View upstream from the wheelchair fishing platofrm at McIntoshes Rocks on the lower Waimakariri River

The weather looks great for fishing throughout the region this weekend and into next week.

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Hugh Creasy Column March 2021

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Change is coming, chill winds from the south sweep through the forests.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island -11-03-2021

WFR2021.49 Callum Pawsey holds a massive sockeye salmon caught in February at Lake Ruataniwha

Sockeye salmon spawning is in full swing and if you haven't checked out this phenomenon before then have a look off the Twizel River Bridge on State Highway 8.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island-04-03-2021

WFR2021.48 Elliot Gilchrist caught this tagged rainbow trout that doubled its weight in just 7 months in the Tekapo Canal

This week I have two tagged trout catch reports to share which also serves as a timely reminder for anglers to keep an eye out for tagged trout and to...

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island - 25-02-2021

WFR2021.48 the upper reaches of the Rangitata River and its tributaries closes for sea run salmon on Sunday 28 February Credit Rhys Adams

We are in the thick of the sea-run salmon season and if you haven't been out this season yet then you better get a wriggle on.

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Weekly Fishing Report - Central South Island 18 Feb 2021

Lake Alex on a calm day

In the last week, I’ve managed to get around a fair chunk of the CSI Region and things are looking pretty good for this time of year as flows remain...

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Hugh Creasy column for Feb 2021

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In the heat of the day, the road surface glistens black with melting tar, and the roadside broom crackles with ripening seed pods bursting and brittle.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island - 11-02-2021

WFR2021.45 Salmon anglers fishing the Rangitata River gut 9 2 21 Credit R Adams

Get yourself ready for a great late summer fishing trip this weekend as conditions are looking favourable.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island - 04-02-2021

WFR21.43 John Ferran and his biggest trout landed on fly from a creek in the Ashburton District

It is great to be able to share exceptional catch reports this week from two weekly fishing report readers.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island- 28-01-2021

WFR2021.41 keep an eye out for Tekapo Canal trout with yellow colour tag each with a unique 4 digit number to report credit J Craig

After the heatwave, this week we are heading into a weekend of mild temps, light-moderate winds and a mix of brilliant sunshine and benign overcast cloud.

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