Wellington Reel Life November 2017

‘Best start to the season in years!’

That's how Wellington Fish & Game is calling it and our anglers agree.

A well-conditioned lower Ruamahanga River brown taken by Peter de Boer (Photo Andrew Harding).

The rivers are in superb shape, the condition of the fish is spectacular, and there are plenty of these fat trout about right from the headwaters through to the lowlands.

In fact Wellington anglers’ are blessed with so many top quality fishing opportunities this season the conundrum for many is trying to decide where to go.

W A stunning stretch of Lower North Island backcountry water Credit Hamish CarnachanLeft : A stunning stretch of Lower North Island back country water (Photo Hamish Carnachan). 

Sea-runs are still prevalent in the lower reaches as they chase what has been a very good whitebait run, and the back country is fishing exceptionally well too.

In between we have the favoured mid-reaches of the Ruamahanga firing for the first time in quite a few seasons, and the larger rivers further north – Manawatu and Rangitikei – have dropped their high spring flows and now offer hundreds of kilometres of easily accessible world-class angling.

Phew! The Wellington Fish & Game region is literally awash with angling opportunities. Get into it.

Don’t miss out on the action 

W video screeenshotHaven’t got you licence? Haven’t been out yet? Well, you’re missing out on some stunning angling…

Check out this short video to see just how good tthe fishing is in the lower North Island.

Inner city angling offers trout bonanza

W Wellington Fish Games kids fish out event at Centennial Lagoon Palmerston North. Credit Hamish CarnachanWellington Fish & Game’s kids fish out event at Centennial Lagoon, Palmerston North (Photo Hamish Carnachan).

Dozens of young anglers and families are taking advantage of our recent trout release at Hokowhitu (Centennial) Lagoon in Palmerston North to catch an ‘easy’ fish.

Once word got out that there were about 300 good-sized fish released into the lagoon after our recent kids’ fish out day, we’ve seen young anglers and families flocking to the site.

They’ve been trying their luck at the western end of the lagoon and been doing pretty well too.

This extends the opportunity for young anglers to have a go at catching a trout. It’s also open to any adult angler to hone their skills too but all must have a fishing licence.

All anglers fishing must have current fishing licence – which is available for free for under 12-year-old children. 

Honorary rangers are checking anglers at the lagoon area since there has been such a flurry of interest.

Get the best bang for your buck

NEWS 3 fish licence 2017If you haven’t yet got your licence, grab it online here the easy way – a few quick clicks and you’re “Licenced to Thrill” for another entire year.

Don’t get caught short by buying one of the lesser licences and find out the hard way that you’re very restricted in the angling you can do.

The Whole Season Licence is by far the best category offering the most flexibility and unrestricted freshwater fishing available. You can fish for the entire year – that’s 365 days – for a staggeringly low cost of just 35c/day.

What other world-class recreational activity can you get for that?

Sign up for our weekly Fishing Reports

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If you want the latest weather, fishing conditions and river flow info emailed direct to you each week, we’re happy to include you in our Weekly Fishing Report email newsletter.

Heaps of handy info, tips and more, direct to you inbox every Thursday to help you plan the perfect fishing weekend!

Interested? Send us an email [swray@fishandgame.org.nz] with ‘Sign Me Up’ in the subject line.

A Cracker Christmas present for anglers

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Christmas is just around the corner so why not shout yourself or the angler in your life a subscription to Fish & Game NZ magazine?

At only $35 for a year – four issues – this is superb value with stunning images and editorial from the best outdoor writers in New Zealand.

For more information, and free online content from the magazine click here .

Moawhango flushing flows

Genesis Enery will be releasing flushing flows from the Moawhango Dam, which will affect the Moawhango and Rangitikei rivers.

Please ensure you note the dates if you plan to fish these rivers this season.

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