Category: Fishing

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Gales fail to dampen opening weekend

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Nor-West gales failed to stop hundreds of Canterbury anglers from heading into the backcountry to celebrate the opening of the high country fishing season.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island Region – 02/11/18

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If you’re heading out this weekend, then be prepared for some environmental challenges.

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North Canterbury Fishing Report 2nd November 2018

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Dear Anglers, the weekends forecast is a shocker for inland parts of the region.

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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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North Canterbury Fishing Report Friday 26th October 2018

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Prospects for North Canterbury anglers look average in most places this weekend.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island Region – 26/10/18

WFR1819.08 Finn Stevens with his Opihi River brown trout October 2018

I hope you all enjoyed a Labour Weekend of fishing. The weather was stunning in Temuka, maybe a bit windier elsewhere.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island Region – 18/10/18

WFR1819.06 Jeff Zhao with a pair of salmon from the Tekapo Canal

The weather and water levels will provide fishing opportunities throughout the region this coming Labour weekend.

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Fishing report for the North Canterbury Region Friday 19th October 2018

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Hello and welcome to the North Canterbury region fishing report, it’s the first long weekend of the fishing season coming up and the weather looks to be playing along for once.

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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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Weed removal makes Kids Fishing Day a success!

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A massive effort to remove more than 40 tonnes of invasive weed helped make the annual Christchurch Take a Kid Fishing Day a huge success.

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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island Region – 12/10/18

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We have had some rain this week, overnight on Wednesday/Thursday and now it is raining again right now, Friday morning.

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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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Weekly Fishing Report – Central South Island Region – 05/10/18

WFR1819.04 Opening day success on the Waitaki River for Colin Ballantyne Grahame Ballantyne and Kevin Sidon

The river flows and weather forecast are looking decent for the coming weekend region-wide but don’t take my word for it.

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North Canterbury Fishing Report Friday 5th October 2018

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Reports from anglers since opening day have been great. With the stable flows we have had recently, fish have taken up residence wherever the conditions allow, with good numbers of...

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New trout season off to a flying start

Opening Oct 2018 Brent George with a solid rainbow from Lake Tarawera2.

Thousands of keen anglers around the country have been enjoying success as they try to catch a trout for the family dinner table following the opening of the new freshwater...

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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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New Blog Post

WFR1819.01 Fish Game Officer Jayde Couper with a tagged rainbow trout from the Lower Waitaki River the yellow tag can be seen by the dorsal fin

Welcome to the new 2018-2019 sports fishing season.

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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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