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I think we can all agree, the countries excursion back into Covid lockdown tested our patience and sanity!
April and May signify the start of the winter spawning season for trout in the Eastern Fish & Game region.
Autumn seasonal change has brought about the need for anglers to adjust tactics to remain successful.
As I write this welcome rain is falling in the region, refreshing and rejuvenating rivers and streams and reducing the surface temperatures on our lakes a little.
The effects of summer’s high temperatures are being felt around the region, producing predictable, quality trout fishing at many locations.
Warm, breezy conditions have hit the region (as predicted by NIWA) and this is already affecting fish behavior.
Lake Rotorua’s big browns are on the move into the tributary streams as spring conditions begin to warm the lake.
Fish & Game staff spoke to around 650 anglers fishing the Rotorua lakes on the opening day of the trout fishing season (1 October 2020).
The new season is now just around the corner and anticipation for opening day in the Eastern Region is building.
The new fishing season is only five weekends away and your new season fishing licence will unlock the full fishing potential of New Zealand for you to explore.
Scorching temperatures and almost no rain for two months have seen conditions in the Eastern region again be dominated by the weather.
Last month I wrote about the weather being decidedly ‘spring-like’ and making assumptions that things would get back to normal soon.
Although we are technically in summer, we’ve had a full range of ‘spring-like’ weather patterns here in the Eastern Fish & Game region over the last couple of weeks.
Conditions are proving to be ideal for river anglers in the Eastern Fish & Game region currently with moderate flows and warming temperatures putting fish into a feeding mood.
The traditional season opening on the Rotorua lakes didn’t disappoint for hundreds of keen fishers who braved the conditions.
The new season opening is now just days away, anglers are being reminded that a little preparation and planning goes a long way toward the day being enjoyable and hassle free.
As we await the beginning of spring, and the new trout season commencing at the beginning of October, there are a number of locations still open that can provide excellent fishing.
Although weather and temperatures remain mild, spawning fish are on the move around Rotorua lakes.
Cooler temperatures and the start of autumn conditions have finally prevailed in the central North Island, providing relief to the stressful conditions trout have endured.
Although some rain has finally arrived in the Eastern Region, the last month and a half has been dominated by some of the hottest and driest weather we can remember.
An extended period of fine hot weather has seen an influx of trout into the stream mouths of Lake Rotorua.
Changeable conditions over the last month, including some heavy rains and cooler periods, have slowed the lakes’ natural summer warming.
Relatively warm, dry conditions as we head into summer have local lakes warming up and surface smelting activity on the increase.
The grand opening on October 1 at lakes Rotoiti, Okataina and Tarawera went off with the usual fanfare.
The region’s anglers are looking forward to the opening on October 1 with a keen air of expectation.
Signs of seasonal change are evident around the region and we are hoping for warmer, drier weather as the new season nears.
We’ve got a simple message as May rolls into June and the start of winter…there is still some terrific fishing out there!
As mentioned last month, pre-spawning trout are in prime condition at this time of year.
Autumn's in the air here in the central North Island and there are lots of trout fishing opportunities for anglers to make the most of.
Rotorua stream mouth fishing has produced some promising periods with excellent catch rates at times, but anglers have needed to move between locations to make the most of sometimes fickle conditions.
Unseasonal cool blustery conditions have dominated the Rotorua lakes scene in recent weeks resulting in decreasing surface temperatures.
It’s amazing how much difference a month can make to conditions, and the effects on the trout fishing here at the Rotorua lakes.
For many, the beginning of December defines the start of summer, and for keen trout fishers its a time when early season trips are made.
The Ruakituri River that rises in Te Urewera National Park has been living up to its reputation for some world class fishing.
If you’re reading this on or just after October 1, Rotorua’s terrific trophy lakes are open and fishable again.
Seasonal changes are upon us and we can finally hope for some warmer and drier weather a little more conducive to trout fishing pursuits!
We reported the effects of Ngongotaha flood damage in last month’s Reel life; the stream continues to run with color every time we have rain however the fish are in...
Cooler weather conditions have kicked in very suddenly in the central North Island with overnight temperatures getting down to just three degrees this week.
Okay, the weather has been crazy, and at least in some rivers that normally fire the fish have been fickle...
An ambitious tagging program has been started on the Whanganui River by Fish & Game councillor Nigel Juby.
After another hot dry summer, it was refreshing to get some decent rain in early March to give the rivers a flush out and add some volume to their flows.
With only one significant fresh in the last month, Taranaki ringplain streams and rivers have been very fishable – and there’s even been a nice period of settled weather to...
Trout flying bright green streamers were released into the Riuwaka River during a day long operation in mid-March.
Calm conditions and clear water through March was welcomed by anglers.
Conditions have certainly come right recently, with great fishing available.
Both opportunities for salmon and trout fishing have been excellent this month, as the weather has settled down and the river flows have stabilised.
Late March and early April often brings settled weather to the Canterbury region.
Finally, in a clear patch of weather Southland staff were able to get out and undertake drift diving surveys as part of their annual trout monitoring program.
April is the last month of the ‘summer’ fishing season.
Autumn has arrived – with the mornings noticeably cooler and some heavy dews happening.
Autumn has rolled around quickly and seasonal changes are evident in the Eastern Fish & Game region.
In this month’s Reel Life article, field officer Cohen Stewart interviews retired fishing guide and honorary ranger Len Prentice to find out how the average angler can make their fishing...
Over the past week and a half, weather conditions have improved significantly on the West Coast, with a period of excellent settled weather.
High hopes for March fishing
'exhilarating' cicada season in full swing
With warm temperatures and a “medium adverse event” declared in Northland, water levels have been getting very low.
At last...after a long period of westerly conditions bringing cool winds and lots of rain, we've finally enjoyed some settled summer weather in Taranaki, not a moment too soon!
With February air temperatures peaking at 33OC at the airport, it was nice to receive some decent rain in the middle of the month to give the rivers a good...
Lake Rotoiti has been one of the top performers so far this summer, serving up some “solid” catches.
The weather has been less than ideal recently but the heat has brought out the cicadas – and the trout that feed on them.
As mentioned in previous Reel Life articles, there have been isolated increases in mouse populations in some parts of Southland.
As I write this report, the East Coast rivers in Canterbury have peaked in flood, with flows higher than seen for some time.
We hope everyone has had a good summer break...or are still enjoying your holidays.
Lake Rotorua’s shoreline fishery has been slow to get underway this summer due to cooler and windier than normal conditions.
It’s fair to say that the summer holiday period has been severely interrupted by some abysmal weather over the past month and leading up to the New Year.
It has been a fickle summer weather-wise, with welcome small but regular rainfall events occurring across the region.
Large numbers of hunters turned out in the West Coast Region for Opening Weekend this year, both local hunters and many from other regions.
The Taylor River fishery is in good shape after a 50 medium to large brown trout were released before Christmas.
Spring and now 'summer' continue to be a real mixed bag when it comes to weather and fishing prospects.
Regular freshes, persistent westerly winds and even an early dump of snow have conspired to provide great conditions for the trout, but not so flash for the anglers.
December and early January have seen many of the rivers running low and clear as we progress through the hot summer months here in the Hawke’s Bay.
Fish & Game staff were recently on the Whakapapa and Whanganui Rivers monitoring water quality and witnessed some amazing hatches in the late evening, and heard cicada sounding off all day.
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