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Don’t handle your fish like a tennis racquet!
With a new fishing season nearly underway, we've had a reasonable winter.
We’ve got a simple message as May rolls into June and the start of winter…there is still some terrific fishing out there!
Staff were delighted with the response to the Lake Argyle fishing competition, where 200 tagged fish were released before the school holidays with a $500 voucher at stake.
Cyclone Gita wreaked havoc on the Tasman area, with unprecedented damage to Riuwaka, Brooklyn, Marahau and parts of parts of Golden Bay.
In mid-January, staff released more fish into Marlborough waterways.
The reset button has been hit, and our rivers have received a much needed boost from recent rainfalls.
Catch a specially tagged rainbow trout and win a $500 voucher!
Rainbow trout were released into four Marlborough waterways this week as part of Nelson / Marlborough Fish & Game’s fishery enhancement programme.
Last week 420 rainbow trout were released into the Branch and Leatham rivers, as part of Fish & Game’s annual restocking programme.
The Upper Wairau (above Wash Bridge) and Upper Matakitaki (above Horse Terrace Bridge) have now been designated as back country fisheries, which means a licence endorsement is needed to fish...
It’s that time of year when river mouths start to come alive. Smelt and whitebait can be found in large numbers in the lower reaches of many rivers, and it's...
The Motueka River is currently our river of second highest importance (the Wairau taking the number one slot) for the Nelson Marlborough Fish & Game region in terms of angler use.
The Kaikoura earthquake had many impacts far and wide, however Fish & Game could not have foreseen the effect this quake would have on the Riuwaka (Riwaka) River.
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. Insect activity is high, especially on calm days.
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
If you step outside on a warm February day, the cicada choir will fill the airwaves around you, in some cases drowning out normal domestic sounds like traffic or the...
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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