Northland Reel Life August 2017

Kalani Snooks (left) and Leo Banicevich (right) enjoying winter success on Kai Iwi Lakes.

It’s been a wet winter and things are still pretty saturated out there.

The parts of the Wairua River that are still open have been consistently up and dirty.

This has led to better opportunities being found at our lakes and reservoirs where well-conditioned fish have been landed.

With the cooler conditions we’ve had, these spots are still fishing well and we can expect this to continue into September before it starts to warm up.

Spring is starting to show itself.

Keep an eye on what insects are around at this time of the year and this will help with your fly selection. Also by checking the gut of the fish you land, the contents might tell you what the trout are feeding on.N RL 2 trout gut looking what its feeding on

Checking a trout’s gut for some insights into fly or lure selection.

Check your mailbox for the latest Fish & Game magazine or call into our office for tips to make your next fishing trip a productive one.

The next fishing season is about to kick off on October 1 and licences for next season are now available online.

There are no changes to the Northland fishing regulations for the coming season. The regs can be found here.

Make the most of the opportunities on offer in Northland and remember a whole season licence can be used throughout New Zealand except Lake Taupo that’s  administered by DOC.  

Northland Fish & Game staff have submitted on anglers behalf, on the Navigational Bylaw changes being proposed at Kai Iwi Lakes.

There will be a hearing of submissions on the proposed bylaw on September 7 at the Dargaville Museum for those interested in hearing more. More information about the hearing can be found here. Information on the submissions received by NRC can be found here.

We are in the process of putting together a review of Northland’s Sport Fish and Game Bird Management Plan. Thank you for those who replied to our survey and provided feedback. We are now in the process of drafting up a plan and this will be circulated for further comment later in the year.

Tight lines!

Andrew Kirk, Field Officer

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