Otago Reel Life November 2017

Make the most of your fishing opportunities

The period leading up to the holiday season is busy for most and can be very stressful.

Everything needs to get done before Christmas but perhaps you just need to take some time out to rest the body and soul.

Fishing is a great healer and to make things a little easier there are plenty of daylight hours on both ends of the work day, plus the weekends. 

Above Right: Trollers at Lake Wanaka enjoying success on a picture perfect day.

The month of November has brought sun, heat, fantastic lake and river conditions and some amazing fishing. Long may it continue! 

With the hot day-time temperatures fish will be active around the change of light.

The evening is a great time to target surface feeding fish and enjoy some exciting dry fly fishing.

Spin anglers should use smallish lures and fish well into dark.

P1050122The Upper Clutha River is getting back to its former self with anglers reporting good day-time and evening catches.

The caddis hatches have returned!

The large Southern Lakes have been fishing well with brown and rainbow trout, and landlocked Chinook salmon in good condition.

Left: Jodie Gilmore of Dunedin poses for a quick photo then releases her catch.

Fish caught during recent fishing competitions have wowed the competitors and judges alike with some of the rainbow trout nearing 3 kg’s in weight.

Inland reservoir levels will continue to drop as the summer approaches, making access around shorelines and some of those hard-to-get-to places a little easier.

Coastal rivers are in great condition with good numbers of large brown trout ready to be caught. 

Anglers are reminded to carry fishing licences at all times while fishing and to respect the rights of property owners.

Take youngsters fishing

November was a busy month with regional angling clubs putting in the effort to get the kids on the water for a day’s entertainment.

The Upper Clutha Anglers Club had a great day at Lake Hawea on November 19. Twenty six children with supporting adults were treated to some trolling at the Neck and great fishing.

The combined catch of over 50 fish was well received. The catch was predominantly rainbow with a few salmon in the mix. 

The day was topped off with a barbecue lunch and a casting competition. Accurate casts were rewarded with prizes – compliments of Fish & Game.

Well done to the Upper Clutha Angling Club and helpers for organising a fantastic event.

Fishing Regulation Review

The first of a series of Public consultation meetings on the Anglers Notice review will be held in Queenstown in association with the Wakatipu anglers Club at the Sherwood Hotel on Tuesday December 5 7.30pm

All anglers are invited along to a presentation from Fish & Game staff addressing the issues below.

  • Standardising regulations for un-named waters in the Upper Clutha catchment in line with adjacent named waters
  • Redefining  and simplifying regulations in the Upper Clutha River from Wanaka outlet downstream
  • Management options for the Upper Pomahaka River where anglers have expressed concerns about declining fishery quality
  • Season length and bag limit options for Lake Mahinerangi
  • Reconsideration of daily bag limits on lowland rivers and major lakes including:

splitting daily limits on lakes to recognise the productivity of landlocked lake salmon populations.

Cliff Halford, Otago Fish & Game Officer.

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