Reel Life March 2019
If you’re an angler – fly, spin or complete newbie – April will provide some great fishing opportunities.
For a start, only three days of annual leave is needed to join all the statutory holidays together and make an autumn break of 10 days.
Add some seasonal factors, such as trout actively feeding to pack on condition for winter spawning, and the coming weeks are looking pretty fine.
In parts of the country, it’s been one of the best cicada seasons in terms of duration and intensity for at least five years or even longer.
The result is some very fat and healthy fish as the protein-rich insects allow trout to put on a lot of condition very quickly.
Around the Rotorua lakes, autumn is an ideal time to harvest fish for the table, and staff say early morning harling with smelt flies will become successful over the next couple of months
April is mayfly time on lowland streams in the South Island.
After a slow start, salmon are running through North Canterbury rivers.
And from now through to April 30th is a prime time to get on the river if you’re hoping to catch a West Coast salmon.
For many anglers, April marks the start of the ‘main season’ at the hydro canals of the central South Island.
And at any of the region’s river mouths, fly fishing or spinning will catch fish.In Otago, our staff say brown and rainbow trout are “gathered in abundance” at the river mouths that feed the large lakes.
P.S. Thanks to Peter Cuthbertson for the photo above of his eight year-old son Arn with two rainbows he caught in Lake Te Anau that “were delicious smoked.”Don’t forget to phone your nearest Fish & Game office for fishing tips before you set off on holiday to somewhere new – or even for your staycation. Our officers are only too happy to pass on their knowledge.
And thumbs up to Jim Bailey for the photo of his grandson Jayden (12) “absolutely chuffed” with a nice rainbow he caught at Okere Falls at Lake Rotoiti.
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