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The countdown is on! Just ten days to go until the start of the 2022/23 fishing season.
If you are anything like me, whenever you drive past a petrol station, your eyeballs will be bulging when you look at the fuel prices that seem to be increasing daily.
This month, we want to highlight the awesome fishing opportunities on the Waiau River and share with you five top access spots.
With the summer break fast approaching, we thought we would provide anglers with ten quick fishing tips to make their holiday fishing trips more successful.
As mentioned in the last edition of Reel Life, we will be profiling some great access points on our major rivers with each monthly edition of Reel Life.
Southland anglers had a great start to the season, with almost all our rivers in good condition for the opening day and weekend.
The 21/22 sports fishing season is almost upon us, and this season is not one to be missed.
I’m sure that after this most recent lockdown there are plenty of anglers who are keen to head out trout fishing to stretch their legs, clear their heads and gather...
Fish & Game staff conducted drift dives on the upper Mataura, upper Oreti and lower Mararoa rivers during the month of March with some mixed results.
In a typical fishing season, many international anglers would be visiting Southland and they love to head into our backcountry and explore the fantastic fishing we have on offer.
Over the last few months, as rangers have been out talking with anglers, they have noticed lots of new anglers having a go at trout fishing.
The answer to this question is fairly obvious... in the river!
The mid-reaches of the Oreti River between Benmore and Castle Rock is a fantastic stretch of river and one of my personal favourites.
During the first week of the season, some Southland rivers were a bit too high for fishing.
The 20/21 sports fishing season is almost upon us and this season is not one to be missed.
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.
Fishing at night with mouse lures continues to be highly effective in many areas around Southland where beech forest is present – Lake Te Anau, Manapouri, Monowai, upper Waiau, Mararoa,...
We have finally received some nice weather from the ‘weather gods’ and now is a perfect time to get the kids and grandkids out fishing.
As many anglers will now be aware, the ‘mouse fishing’ is really starting to heat up around Southland.
Now is the time to head out bait fishing on our lower rivers because there are heaps of trout about and they are readily taking baits.
Despite some rain and elevated river flows during the first few weeks of the new fishing season, there has been some great trout fishing on offer around Southland.
The team at Southland Fish & Game have put this short video together of tips and tricks to help you get a fish in their region this year.
Over the last few weeks I have certainly noticed that things are starting to warm up (albeit slightly) and day length is increasing.
The final month of the sports fishing season has been a good one with reports of great fishing action throughout the region.
The weather has been starting to cool off down south but the same cannot be said for the trout fishing.
There's no doubt about it, rainbow trout are awesome!
Last month, I talked about a few spinning lures that should be in every angler’s tackle box.
It's a question I get asked frequently by anglers who are new to spin fishing and want to increase their chances of success.
From now, right through summer, is a great time to target those trout which inhabit the estuaries and tidal reaches of Southland’s main rivers.
With the great weather over Labour Weekend came some superb fishing.
Southland is blessed with some great small stream fisheries - the likes of the Orauea, Mokoreta, Mimihau, Otamita, Waimea and Hedgehope to name a few - and early season is...
Now's the time to venture out of your armchair and over to the lower reaches of our rivers to catch a winter trout.
We’ve got a simple message as May rolls into June and the start of winter…there is still some terrific fishing out there!
The tail end of the fishing season, April and May, is an ideal time to target Southland rainbows.
Southland river levels have been variable this month with high flows occurring earlier in March.
This month the Southland region finally experienced a good dumping of rain that raised the rivers enough for Fish & Game staff to conduct some of their annual fish spotting...
Over summer, the Mavora Lakes are a popular camping destination for both local Southlanders and visiting anglers.
For many Southland anglers it is a family tradition to head to the lakes for the Christmas and New Year period and these family trips often involve a few days fishing.
From about November through to January each year, the common smelt makes its way from the ocean into the tidal reaches of our rivers and streams.
Southland anglers have been thrilled with the start of the new sports fishing season.
Southland is blessed with some great small stream fisheries, the likes of the Orauea, Mokoreta, Mimihau, Otamita, Waimea and Hedgehope to name a few, and early season is the perfect...
In Southland, trout fishing options abound and the season ahead is shaping up to be a good one.
A majority of the larger brown trout in Southland’s rivers will certainly be in spawning mode at the moment.
In their day to day ranging, Fish & Game staff have many fishing conversations with anglers from all around the region.
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. Insect activity is high, especially on calm days.
Finally there has been a clear patch of weather and Southland Fish and Game staff have been able to get out and undertake drift diving surveys as part of our...
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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