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Hundreds of rivers, streams and lakes in New Zealand are just waiting for you this summer.
There’s lots of fishing opportunities this labour weekend.
Eight days until the new season opens on October 1!
It took only 17 minutes for the first licence to be sold last Thursday when the new season’s licences went on sale at midnight.
The Winter fishing season is about to get into full swing, there are plenty of fantastic options highlighted on our regional links above to help you have success with your...
April is awesome for fishing; if you want to maximise your fishing opportunities, April is right in the Goldilocks zone of angling, not too hot, not too dry, and the...
February is a fantastic time for fishing - it's the time when fish are aggressive and hungry.
Merry Christmas to all our anglers from Fish & Game
December is looking great for fishing, and it's a great time to get out there for a fish.
What better for a holiday weekend than a bit of fishing.
Your new season fishing licence will unlock the wonderful New Zealand rivers and lakes to you for a fishing season that is looking awesome.
April brings a whole heap of late season fishing opportunities
Merry Christmas from the team at Fish & Game.
With only a month to go till Christmas, now is the time to start planning your holiday fishing adventures.
With Labour Weekend a couple of days away, now's the time to maximise the holiday's opportunity for an extra day's fishing.
Our expert staff from around the country all say that the new season is the best time to get onto a fish, most waterways around the country will reopen on...
With only a few weeks to the new season, checking all your gear is in tip-top shape and fit for purpose is top of the list, especially while we have...
This April is the month to go fishing, with loads of holidays in the coming month that will give anglers the chance to hit the rivers and lakes and catch...
Cicada’s that’s the word from Fish & Game staff around the country in this month’s Reel Life.
We hope all subscribers to Reel Life got the chance for some quality fishing over the Christmas/New Year break.
Merry Christmas to all members of our angling community.
With the weather warming, more and more anglers will be heading out there and reaping the benefits of having a fishing licence.
This weekend being Labour weekend is the perfect opportunity to get out and have a fishing session without rushing home on Sunday.
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.
Fish and Game hope that all anglers got the chance for a fish over the holiday season, and want to remind anglers that some of the best fishing is yet...
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from the team at Fish & Game.
With summer officially starting on December 1, it's time to start thinking Christmas holidays, which for many of us is our main angling effort.
With the long weekend just a day away, it's the perfect time to head out to your favourite fishing spot and chance your arm at catching a fish.
Right: Local junior angler Emma Newton utilising the low reaches of a South Westland River. (Photo Glen Newton)
Photo Caption: Weesang Paaka with a tagged trout in the Branch Catchment in the Nelson/Marlborough Fish & Game region-Photo Jacob Lucas NMFG
"Nothing compares to a magical February day when seemingly every trout in the river is rising.'
With the rain-soaked start we've had to December and summer, things are looking brighter all the time, especially with more and more fine and fishable days coming along.
December is a great month for all kinds of fishing.
Thanks to all anglers who have joined the battle against the anti-trout sections in the new Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill.
With the new season now only days away from opening, anglers need to make sure that the first thing they do before even casting a line on October 1 is...
Signs of spring are everywhere – and one of those early signs is that licences for the new trout and salmon season are now on sale!
We’ve got a simple message as May rolls into June and the start of winter…there is still some terrific fishing out there!
Trout are all set for action - getting ready or beginning their upstream journey to spawn.
By now many of you will be heading off (if you haven't left already!) for a long Easter break and the word is there are trout in top condition in...
As this is written, New Zealand is in the grip of a heat wave…challenging for angler and fish alike.
Seriously, when can you last remember days on end of weather this good in December for hitting the great outdoors?
We'll run the risk of a cliché, to say that summer has arrived early and we're getting some glowing reports of how good the fishing is in different parts of...
If ever there was a month to contemplate some great fishing ahead…November is it.
Spring has sprung some awful weather on us…but we "relentlessly positive" folk reckon it can only improve for the new fishing season.
Woohoo! Licences for the new trout and salmon fishing season are now on sale. While the licences can't be used until October 1, it's a great little milestone as we...
Falling temperatures, shorter days and the competing attraction of game bird hunting often prompt many anglers to put away their rods over winter with the result that they miss out...
While closures are looming for some fishing waters, there are still opportunities galore to poke a rod at before winter really bites.
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...
In mid-February summer finally arrived and anglers were able to get out and fish in some decent weather.
Weather-wise March can be brilliant with mild and settled weather.
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.
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