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We are now officially in drought conditions.
In 2019 rainfall in many parts of Northland have been the lowest ever recorded.
Sections of this stream feel like an oasis, hidden away from the world.
This small stream inland from Waipu holds a self-sustaining population of rainbows.
Fishing at the lakes is pretty hot at the moment, we have had reports about anglers catching their limit within an hour.
The Kai Iwi lakes fishing competition was held over the first weekend in July.
The weather has finally turned and the temperatures are heading in the right direction.
Due to Northland’s topography and climate, suitable trout habitat is in short supply.
The fishing should improve in Northland as we head towards autumn and hot summer temperatures start to ease.
As we’re in the middle of another hot summer, many anglers tend to stop trout fishing as the river levels are starting to drop to low flows.
If you're visiting the Northland region, or simply a local looking for some different places to fish, you'll find our Fishing Locations and Access pages a ‘must read.’
If you’re heading to Northland for the summer holidays, don’t forget to take some fishing gear - there is some good fishing on offer in the Kai Iwi Lakes and...
Fish & Game Northland staff are appealing to anglers to help with a national research project into the genetic makeup of rainbow and brown trout.
Spring growth is flourishing and with that comes more insect life.
Right: Crystal Prins enjoying whats on offer in the 'Sin Bin' on Lake Taharoa.
We’ve got a simple message as May rolls into June and the start of winter…there is still some terrific fishing out there!
Winter’s just around the corner although the warm temperatures have still been persisting at the height of the day.
Autumn tips for Northland
Subtropical weather has caused flooding in several catchments, but thankfully we’ve escaped the full force of the ex-tropical cyclones that have hit New Zealand so far.
Why not try to take some time out and try some twilight freshwater fishing to give you a break away from the whirlwind of the New Year?
Summer’s heating up early this year and water temperatures are already well on the rise.
We’ve had a few pulses of rain but most river levels are back to normal levels.
We hope everyone had a great Labour Weekend and school holidays.
With the new fishing season underway, it’s the perfect time to buy a family licence and share the special experience that is freshwater fishing.
Kalani Snooks (left) and Leo Banicevich (right) enjoying winter success on Kai Iwi Lakes.
It’s that time of the year again when we hold our annual Kai Iwi Lakes trout fishing competition.
Northland Report not available for April 2017
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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