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Hundreds of rivers, streams and lakes in Otago are just waiting for you this summer. Get out in nature, unwind, and reconnect. ReWild yourself!
Pack the fishing rods if you’re planning to escape for the October long weekend.
It took only 17 minutes for the first licence to be sold last Thursday when the new season’s licences went on sale at midnight.
Welcome to the final edition of Reel Life for the 2022/23 fishing season. We hope you’ve had a great season.
The next few weeks offer some of the best fishing of the year.
Autumn is usually an outstanding time of the year to be fishing in Otago.
The Christmas-New Year holiday period did not disappoint many anglers looking to relax and reel in a catch.
Make the most of the long days and warmer conditions this summer.
Otago Fish & Game staff have been interviewing anglers around Lake Hāwea, to get an overview of the fishery.
Many anglers will be grabbing the chance for a weekend getaway on the opening of the 2022-23 fishing season.
Your new season fishing licence will unlock the wonderful New Zealand rivers and lakes to you for a fishing season that is looking awesome.
Calling all junior anglers! Otago Fish & Game is offering anglers aged 17 years or under the chance to win one of three Shimano rod and reel sets.
Dunedin has three stillwater trout fishing spots within 15 minutes’ drive from the city centre - Southern Reservoir, Sullivans Dam and the Tomahawk Top Lagoon.
This holiday season looks like it could be a cracker. Here’s hoping!
The Christmas and New Year holiday period is fast approaching.
Opening day has rolled around again, and Otago Fish and Game staff are starting to hear of some good fishing reports.
Fish should be in fine condition for the October 1 start of the fishing season after a relatively mild winter.
This time of year, brown trout are in hot pursuit of whitebait in the lower reaches.
Anglers might be surprised how many places in Otago are open to fish over winter.
To any anglers harvesting sports fish in the region − we need your help.
Our rangers have come across plenty of anglers out on our southern lakes, who still have trouble distinguishing between salmon, and rainbow or brown trout.
Our ranging team has been busy over the holiday period, checking over 250 anglers on our local waterways.
Some time off work to go fishing, along with a few weeks of warm, settled weather.
Outram was a hotbed of angling activity last Wednesday night when about 50 anglers attended the first of three clinics on softbait fishing.
If you managed to find some fishable water around opening, you probably had some success.
With the countdown to the new fishing season heading into the final week or so, it is time to get your gear organised and hatch a plan for opening.
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.
Anglers over the holiday period were finally treated to some great fishing conditions, January provided a sequence of calm days and some great catches were reported.
I can’t recall a wetter or windier December than we have just received.
Anglers were grateful that on November 1 and for a few days the sun shone making the opening of western backcountry waters most pleasurable with anglers reporting great fishing and...
For those of you that managed to get out for the start of the new season I trust the experience was well worth waiting for and some nice fish were landed.
October 1 is the start of the 2019/20 season, a new licence and undisturbed water is the right formula to get started.
Welcome to the first Otago edition of Reel life leading into the 2019/20 fishing season.
In late January, temperatures across the region soared above 30°C with a mix of windy and dry conditions.
Eagerly awaited, the Christmas and New Year holiday period allows anglers to leave work behind and time to concentrate on some enjoyable angling.
In mid-late November a series of fronts with plenty of rain delivered a lot of water to central, eastern and southern Otago.
Labour Weekend was warm and pleasant which allowed angers to take advantage of respectable fishing opportunities.
The start of the new season on October 1 falls on a Monday so consider making a long weekend of it.
Winter didn’t really arrive with average day time temperatures higher than usual.
We’ve got a simple message as May rolls into June and the start of winter…there is still some terrific fishing out there!
April has been a cold month with plenty of wind and some snow on the tops.
March was an unusual month - windy with periods of rain and the occasional calm spell that gave anglers a chance to get out on the water.
January was one of the hottest on record with February probably the coolest.
The good days and heat just keep on coming and look like continuing for some time.
We are due for a good period of settled weather so let’s hope this holiday season lives up to our expectations.
The period leading up to the holiday season is busy for most and can be very stressful.
Rivers have been in good condition leading up to Otago’s backcountry river opening on November 1.
Climate experts NIWA predict that temperatures in Otago are very likely to be above average, and rainfall totals will most likely fall into the normal range this spring.
The weather during July and August was pretty miserable across the region with regular rain and the flooding in late July, which had a significant impact on lowland and coastal...
Sorry, there is no Reel Life report for the Otago region for May 2017.
Parts the region experienced some heavy rain in mid April and air temperatures have cooled. Coastal areas got a flush but to the west of the Region it has been...
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. Across the region anglers reported some great fishing and it’s set to continue through April.
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...
In mid-February summer finally arrived and anglers were able to get out and fish in some decent weather.
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.
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