Southland Reel Life April 2017
Perfect time to take a trout for tea
In their day to day ranging, Fish & Game staff have many fishing conversations with anglers from all around the region.
Fish and Game staff and anglers will often discuss different fishing techniques, favourite fishing spots and share stories of good catches.
Right: Trout caught now should be in prime condition as they have had the whole summer to feed up.
In the course of conversation, many anglers note that they only practice catch and release.
The practice has its place in certain fisheries, but an important part of our sport also involves harvesting fish.
After all, trout were originally introduced for both sport and harvest and humans are hunter gatherers by nature.
Left: A simple Google search will help you find an interesting and tasty recipe.
A vast majority of the rivers in Southland have healthy populations of trout and can sustain a suitable level of harvest.
If you have not taken a trout this year, consider taking a trout before the end of the season.
Experiment a little with how you cook your trout.
Right: Honorary Fish & Game ranger and wild food chef Angelo Georgalli with an exciting trout dish.
Smoked and pan-fried trout are failsafe cooking methods, but if you want to be more adventurous, a simple Google search should ensure you find an interesting and tasty recipe.
Hatches are happening!
As things have been cooling down, Mataura mayfly hatches have been heating up.
In the middle to upper reaches of the Mataura, mayfly hatches have been pretty consistent from about 1-2pm onwards.
A size 18 Adam’s parachute is the choice of fly at the moment.
Lower down the Mataura, there have been steady hatches too, from about 2pm onwards.
Over the coming weeks, keep in mind that the lower Mataura River below the bridge at Gore is open until the 31st of May (excluding Opening Weekend of the game bird season 6 & 7 May).
If the weather cooperates and river levels stay suitable, there will be great fishing to be had on the lower Mataura throughout the month of May.
The upper Waiau has also been experiencing good hatches, both mayfly and caddisfly hatches.
During the writing of this article, the upper Waiau is at the very manageable fishing level of 90 cumecs.
Anglers are advised to make the most of the favourable fishing conditions.
McGregor Pond salmon release
Fish & Game were kindly gifted 1,500 salmon from Sanford and 1,000 were immediately released into McGregor Pond.
Left: Kian and Jason Eriksson releasing salmon into McGregor Pond.
Fish & Game staff have reared the remaining salmon to a slightly larger size and will be liberating them into McGregor pond over the coming weeks.
If your kids are at a loose end one weekend, take them down to McGregor Pond to try their luck.
These small salmon are quite ferocious feeders and should take most suitably-sized lures.
McGregor Pond will be a child and junior fishery only next season and not open until the Take A Kid Fishing event held on Labour Weekend.
Southland Fish & Game Officer Cohen Stewart
Subscribe via RSS
- November 2018
- October 2018
- September 2018
- August 2018
- July 2018
- June 2018
- May 2018
- April 2018
- March 2018
- February 2018
- January 2018
- December 2017
- November 2017
- October 2017
- September 2017
- August 2017
- July 2017
- June 2017
- May 2017
- April 2017
- March 2017
- February 2017
- January 2017
- December 2016
- November 2016
- October 2016
- September 2016
- August 2016
- July 2016
- June 2016
- May 2016
- April 2016
- March 2016
- February 2016
- January 2016
- December 2015
- November 2015
- October 2015
- September 2015
- August 2015
- July 2015
- June 2015
- May 2015
- April 2015
- March 2015
- February 2015
- June 2014
- December 2013
- March 2013
- September 2012
- July 2012