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While flows in Taranaki ringplain streams have held up well following a wet December, three weeks of fine sunny weather have meant flows are now receding towards their summer lows.
Recent freshes have cleared out accumulated streambed algae and restored base-flows in ringplain streams, setting them up well for fishing during the Christmas break.
Stream flows are now falling towards their summer lows, and nymphing to sighted brown and rainbow trout on their feeding lies is coming into its own.
Taranaki is currently experiencing typical spring weather, with frequent moderate freshes interspersed with short periods of low flow.
This year the new trout fishing season gets underway on a Friday, which means anglers have the opportunity to take a long weekend to get back out on the rivers...
The current spell of fine weather has meant that river flows have come down nicely and the reaches open to winter fishing provide an opportunity to stretch the legs, practise...
With moderate summer water temperatures, regular freshes and no damaging floods, Taranaki trout fisheries have come through the current season in good shape and all streams and rivers are in...
Fishing in late March and April can be some of the most productive of the season, with water temperatures falling and trout intent on feeding up large as they prepare...
The recent southerly blow resulted in a moderate fresh in the south and central Taranaki ringplain streams and a significant drop in water temperatures in all waterways.
Despite cooler conditions and some rain from 18-21 January, river flows have quickly returned to their summer lows and late afternoon water temperatures are once again reaching or exceeding 22OC...
With a constant stream of rain funnelling down from north Queensland to slam into Taranaki from 7 – 10 December there was concern there would be a major flood, but...
Recent freshes in central and south Taranaki ringplain streams in particular, have kept them in great condition for angling and with water temperatures still in the 15-18 OC range there...
While the rivers were still falling from a fresh on opening day, they were nonetheless very fishable and many anglers tasted success, with fly, spin and bait fishing all taking fish.
Taranaki Fish & Game staff are predicting a good start to the new fishing season when it gets underway on Thursday October 1, 2020.
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.
River and stream flows have remained low in February with flows sitting just below the average annual low flow.
All rivers and streams are at their summer low flow, which is providing anglers with a great opportunity to spot trout on their feeding lies in shallow riffles and pocket...
After a warm and settled early November, the westerly rains have returned and there have been regular freshes to maintain stream baseflows and ensure that for the most part, water...
A succession of westerly fronts have produced several minor freshes since opening day, but in between times ringplain streams have been very fishable and some good fish have been taken...
Taranaki Fish & Game staff are tipping local trout streams to be in good condition when the new fishing season opens next week on Tuesday October 1, 2019.
Regular freshes have kept base flows relatively high, but Taranaki ringplain rivers and streams are clearing very quickly after rain and the winter fishing reaches have been fishing well with...
Three freshes in the last three weeks have cleared out the accumulated algal growth and sediment from streams and restored base flows - so that waterways are now in good...
There’s been only a couple of very minor freshes since our last edition of Reel Life and flows have quickly dropped back to their summer lows.
River and stream flows remained low in February and it’s now close to three months since the last significant fresh.
It's been a windy old summer so far, but constant sea breezes interspersed with southerly gales and some cooler nights have meant water temperatures haven’t reached the extreme highs of...
River and stream flows are now approaching their summer levels and conditions are definitely favouring the fly fisher as trout are now much more visible on their feeding lies.
This time last season we were heading into a “big dry” with rising water temperatures and steadily declining river flows.
Settled weather has left rivers running low and clear - after heavy rain and rising rivers marred Opening Day for anglers on the Taranaki ringplain.
Taranaki Fish & Game staff are tipping local trout streams to be in good condition when the new fishing season opens on Monday October 1.
While the region has generally had lots of rain this winter, it’s been regular and not as major flood flows, so Taranaki fisheries should all be in very good condition...
We’ve got a simple message as May rolls into June and the start of winter…there is still some terrific fishing out there!
A return to westerly weather patterns after one of the warmest summers on record has seen regular freshes and much cooler temperatures in local rivers and streams – particularly following...
With just a month of the main season left, now’s the time to make those last visits to waters that will close at the end of April for trout spawning.
With late afternoon water temperatures in the lower reaches of streams reaching as high as 28.2C at the end of January, there was concern that widespread fish kills were about...
As we head for the hottest January since records began, local anglers are still having good success by fishing in the morning before the heat of the day kicks in,...
The current spell of warm, muggy weather means that the lower reaches of Taranaki ringplain streams are reaching 23 – 250C in mid-late afternoon...
Since our last report the rain has stopped and river and stream flows are rapidly receding towards their summer levels.
Anglers who got out early on Opening Day before the rain set in were rewarded with surprisingly good river conditions and some nice trout.
Taranaki Fish & Game is tipping local trout streams to be in good condition when the new fishing season opens on Sunday October 1, 2017.
Regular freshes and floods have kept base flows high, but ring plain rivers and streams are clearing very quickly after rain, and the winter fishing reaches have been fishing well...
Two recent snow falls have lowered water temperatures toward their usual winter levels and the change in conditions will be encouraging adult trout to pair up and begin moving towards...
Well, the last two weeks of the main season have been very settled here in Taranaki, with cool nights and then warm sunny afternoons - perfect for fishing.
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.
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...
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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