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Welcome to 2023, It’s continued to be a wet month, but we can only hope summer finally shows itself toward the end of January.
Hawkes Bays December has been full of thunderstorms, downpours and wind.
The cicadas are just beginning to sound off and rivers are steadily dropping by the week, between intermittent rain.
The rain gods were not kind to Hawkes Bays opening weekend this time around.
As I write, a freshly hatched dragonfly is hovering in front of my window; spring has sprung!
Your new season fishing licence will unlock the wonderful New Zealand rivers and lakes to you for a fishing season that is looking awesome.
March has really delivered this year, with great fishing had by both fly and spin anglers across the region.
Happy new year! It looks like a lot of anglers have been out over the break and got into some of the great fishing the Bay has to offer.
With the Christmas/New Year break looming, many people will have their minds wandering to the holidays and family time ahead.
Spring has well and truly sprung. October has come and passed, and with it, some excellent early season fishing.
The start of Hawke’s Bay’s new trout season is only days away, on Friday, October 1st.
Here we go again! Covid is back and the familiar jingle of the 1 pm updates provide us with an unwanted sense of déjà vu.
With all waters still open until the end of June, the next few months are a great time to fish as trout start to move upriver in preparation for spawning.
Autumn is here and with it, a significant change in temperature; something the trout really will be enjoying.
Bar a series of very hot days where the mercury reached into the mid-30s, the Hawke’s Bay summer has been a bit milder than recent years and anglers in the...
We hope everyone had a great Christmas and a happy New Year and are looking forward to another year of fishing!
Temperatures in the Hawkes Bay have reached the high 20s during December as we enter early summer.
This season took a bit of a twist with the flooding and higher flows that have given the rivers a clean out and the trout a bit of a shake-up.
The weather was not too kind on the days leading up to Opening with a cold snap bringing snow to the tops, some rain and some wild wind.
The start of Hawke’s Bay’s new trout season is just over a week away, with opening day on Thursday October 1st.
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.
The temperature is hot and the cicadas are singing their chorus which means there’s bound to be great fishing!
We hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year holiday and took the time to get out on our rivers and lakes to do some fishing.
After no significant rain for the past month the rivers are low and extremely easy to find fish in.
It’s that time of year again when the temperature starts to rise and weather becomes increasingly steady.
It’s another year gone by; a great season was had by many Hawke’s bay anglers in 2019.
With a new season upon us, Hawkes’ Bay anglers are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a stretch of water to try their luck on.
Winter has settled in the Bay bringing a few frosts, heavy rains and high rivers and trout throughout the region have started their spawning runs up the rivers and tributaries.
As the days shorten and you think about lighting the fire, Lake Tutira becomes the destination of choice for many Hawke’s Bay anglers.
Summer conditions are still holding on and rivers are still in want of some much-needed rain.
Anglers were able to enjoy a month of clean rivers in February, which has made it a lot easier planning trips to the local rivers.
Well, the last month has been a crazy one for the Hawke's Bay region when it comes to fishing conditions.
In the last Reel Life article we prayed for rain to top up our region’s rivers…. we certainly got what we asked for!
Hopefully, by the time you’re reading this, we’ll have had some decent rain in the region to top up the rivers.
The new fishing season has arrived and thankfully the Hawke’s Bay region has been experiencing a good spell of fine weather which has seen most of our rivers stay fishable...
The new season is only moments away and no doubt you are all just like us and can't wait for it to begin.
Winter fishing has been up and down in Hawke's Bay the last couple of months.
We’ve got a simple message as May rolls into June and the start of winter…there is still some terrific fishing out there!
April has been a mixed month so far with some wet and windy weather mixed in with some warm and settled periods.
March was a relatively wet month for the region with some quite localised flooding early in the month affecting the Esk and Tutaekuri catchments in particular.
The first half of February has been relatively wet with a return to some cooler temperatures.
The busy holiday period between Christmas and New Year saw air temperatures drop to single digits overnight with some unseasonably cold and wet weather descending on the region.
Temperatures in Hawkes Bay have already reached 30OC during December as we enter early summer.
Good numbers of brown trout have featured among anglers’ catches on the Mohaka River during November.
The rain thankfully held off so that Opening Day of the new trout fishing season wasn’t a washout for anglers this year.
Spring has certainly arrived here in the Hawkes Bay with a notable decrease in rainfall and some very warm days approaching the mid-twenties.
In stark contrast to the dry winter of 2016, this winter has been exceptionally wet with consistent rain events and even the odd cyclone.
May has continued to be a wet month for the Hawkes Bay region with periods of weekly showers and over 40mm recorded over two days in the middle of the...
April has largely been a wet month for the Hawke’s Bay region with many of the rivers in flood or too coloured to fish.
[Use image: A backcountry beauty for Peter de Boer]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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