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The weather and the fishing continue to heat up in the lower North Island!
The season has got off to a cracking start in the Wellington Fish & Game region.
Only a few sleeps until Opening now and what a great season we have in store!
While our drift dives have shown a number of key rivers are down in trout numbers, the really exciting thing is they are up in fish size.
Spawning rivers and streams close from the end of April until the end of September to protect the spawning fish and habitat.
The cicadas continue to chirp and the trout get fatter still!
The angling in the lower North Island has been exceptional so far this season with very good fish counts, fine weather and some of the best terrestrial insect hatches we’ve...
Last month we reported a sighting of a 10lb-plus fish right below State Highway 1 during our drift diving – that’s right, a trophy trout within easy striking distance of...
We've kicked off our summer drift diving on the Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa and numbers are looking good.
After a wonderful start to the season with warm sunny weather and cooperative fish, the recent rain and cool temps are a mighty change.
Wellington Fish & Game says the feedback from anglers indicates the trout being caught so far this season are in “top condition.”
Right: Finn Harding chasing sea run trout in the lower reaches of the Hutt River (Photo Andrew Harding).
There'll be plenty of cracker fish like this around come Opening Day (Photo Hamish Carnachan)
We’ve got a simple message as May rolls into June and the start of winter…there is still some terrific fishing out there!
No report this month.
Cicada success for Andrew Harding.
The hottest time in the angling calendar is upon us…and we’re not talking temperatures.
Right: A quality brown from a river within easy striking distance of the capital (Photo Andrew Harding).
That's how Wellington Fish & Game is calling it and our anglers agree.
After a tough one for lower North Island anglers, this season is off to a superb start with good weather and rivers in fantastic shape.
[Use image:This could be you this opening day, Credit Hamish Carnachan]
This is what we're all waiting for (Photo Hamish Carnachan).
Sorry, there is no Reel Life report for the Wellington region for May 2017.
Wellington Report not available for April 2017.
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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