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Angling events 2018-19

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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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Backcountry fisheries to be checked for angling pressure

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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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Boost for fish stocks at Lake McLaren near Tauranga

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Fish & Game has released hundreds of young trout into Lake McLaren and the Ruahihi Canal in the lower Kaimai ranges near Tauranga – to boost the fishing stocks for...

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Fish for Gold angler ‘lucky several times over’ in his catch

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The only angler to catch an orange tagged trout in the Rotorua lakes “fishy lucky dip” has described just how lucky he was to catch the special trout.

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Children's chance to catch a rainbow trout!

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The next “kids fish out” will be held at the Ngongotaha hatchery near Rotorua on Sunday, November 11th.

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Angler catches orange tag trout in ‘fishy lucky dip'

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An angler has caught the first trout with an orange tag in the Rotorua lakes “fishy lucky dip” – stoking up interest in the hunt for a fish worth $10,000.

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Big fish mark the opening of the new trout season on Rotorua’s lakes

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Rotorua’s reputation for quality trout fishing has been reinforced with this week’s start of the new fishing season which has seen trout of nearly five kilograms landed.

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Anglers big day out

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Trout anglers’ big day arrives with the start of the new fishing season

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Fish & Game reminder - deadline looms for $10k trout entries

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Anglers and their families have been reminded to “get in quick” if they want to hook an orange-tagged trout worth a cool $10,000 – one of 30 very special fish...

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Perfect combo - school holidays & new trout fishing season

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The opening of the new trout fishing season and the beginning of the school holidays is providing the perfect combination for a great family activity over coming weeks.

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Families all set to fish hard as lakes re-open

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Anglers, along with their families and friends are getting set to try and hook some of Rotorua’s legendary rainbow and brown trout.

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Anglers given chance to win big in golden ‘lucky dip'

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Anglers…here’s a “fishy lucky dip” that could net you a trout worth $10,000.

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Remember to Vote - Farmers are!

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This years Fish & Game elections are already attracting a bit of attention, Stuff.co.nz has published a story about Federated Farmers putting candidates up for election.

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Anglers ‘eager' as new trout licences go on sale

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Trout fishing licences for the coming year are going on sale tomorrow as freshwater anglers eagerly look forward to the start of the 2018-19 freshwater sports fishing season.

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Datawatch tag return winners

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Tag return winners from the 2018-19 licence draw

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How do you breed 100,000 trout?

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Fish & Game’s hatchery is in full swing again in the production of up to 100,000 fish for release into Rotorua and other North Island lakes.

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Anglers urged to 'make most' of last days of boat fishing

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Anglers are being reminded this week provides the last chance to get out and fish three of Rotorua’s most popular lakes before they close to boaties for the rest of...

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Great’ fishing on offer in Rotorua lakes – as spawning runs in some lakes hit record levels

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Anglers are being urged to get into some “terrific” fishing on the Rotorua lakes – after reports of excellent catches and record spawning runs underway.

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Meet the future - what water samples can tell us about trout and salmon

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Imagine being able to scoop water out of a river and tell if fish live upstream, what species they are and if they’re reproducing?

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Aquatic weed spraying notice – Rotorua Lakes

Fish & Game has been advised by environmental planners Boffa Miskell that aquatic weed spaying on behalf of Environment Bay of Plenty will begin on Monday April 30th 2018.

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