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As usual opening day prospects are determined largely by weather and river conditions on the day.
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.
There are many positives for the anglers who target March on their fishing calendar.
Well the salmon are finally here, actually, it looks as if some of the salmon runs were quite early this year, it’s just that the rivers were too high for...
The North Canterbury region offers much to the angler during the holiday season.
After a perfect high-country opening weekend at the start of November the weather has been dominated by North West winds.
The first Saturday in November marks the opening of high-country lakes in the North Canterbury Region.
Opening day prospects
September is always a good time to have a couple of outings before the real show starts in October.
April has been a fantastic month for trout anglers.
Most people are aware that the way the holidays are lining up this month is very fortuitous.
The weather over recent weeks has been very settled and very warm.
There's always lots going on in February for the North Canterbury angler, including on the salmon front, as the main alpine rivers should have the fish all through them.
Summer...are we there yet? Surely by the Christmas holidays we are going to get some sunny days.
November has seen some of the biggest floods in the alpine rivers that we have seen for years.
For a kick off, we apologise for a mistake in the Anglers Notice - the high country Opening Day is on the first Saturday of November, the 3rd, and not...
One of the biggest influences on fish condition and abundance in the lead up to Opening Day is how many severe floods happened in the preceding months.
Although winter can produce some stunning still days that are ideal for getting out onto lakes, September can be a very windy unpredictable month.
We’ve got a simple message as May rolls into June and the start of winter…there is still some terrific fishing out there!
As the salmon season drew to an end, the general consensus was that it was yet another poor season.
Looking back at last month's Reel Life I made a foolish prediction based on previous years that March would bring some more settled weather.
Volunteers really stepped up to the mark over a weekend for the annual task of marking all remaining enhancement programme stocks.
Good news for anglers - the six lakes closed late last year after trout were discovered with unidentified rashes - have been re-opened.
If you are camping by a lake this holiday try fishing from a kayak or small inflatable, trolling with light spinning gear with either Tassies or Rapalas.
The fishing season got off to a slow start due to cooler weather and high rivers - but recent large highs have over the South Island have brought some settled weather.
Many anglers won't need reminding that November 4 marks the opening of the high country lakes.
At the time of writing almost all the rivers in the region are high and dirty, fairly typical for this time of year - but read on!
This morning I went for a walk down to the Selwyn Huts and the water was still a little murky for spotting trout.
The opening of the Game bird hunting season is often a welcome transition for many licence holders from fishing to hunting.
As the season draws to a close there has been some settled weather to bring a rush of activity from both salmon and trout anglers alike.
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.
Well it’s been a challenging summer for fishing - if it wasn't the wind it was flooded rivers that upset many plans.
'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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