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In recent weeks, our lower rivers, particularly the lower Oreti near West Plains, have been a hotspot for trout and perch fishing action.
Let’s face it, life gets hectic, and finding a full day to set aside for trout fishing can be a real challenge.
The clock is ticking, with only nine days until the start of the 2023/24 fishing season.
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.
As you read this, the last week of the season for most of our waterways lies ahead of you.
I am sure you will agree that there has been a definite change in the seasons down south.
Over the summer months, Southland Fish & Game staff have been undertaking drift dive surveys on our major rivers as part of our annual trout monitoring program.
Over the holiday period, spin anglers may have experienced the frustration of observing trout rising away on the surface and being unable to tempt them into taking their lure.
Over the summer holidays, the upper Waiau River is a favourite fishing spot for many anglers.
In last month’s edition of Reel Life, I wrote about soft baits and how they have become increasingly popular amongst trout anglers and have revolutionised spinning fishing for trout.
There’s no doubt about it, soft baits have certainly revolutionised spin fishing for trout.
The countdown is on! Just ten days to go until the start 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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
It's a question I get asked frequently by anglers who are new to spin fishing and want to increase their chances of success.
In their day to day ranging, Fish & Game staff have many fishing conversations with anglers from all around the 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.
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...
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.
Lake Rotorua’s shoreline fishery has been slow to get underway this summer due to cooler and windier than normal conditions.
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