Wellington Weekly Fishing Report - 25 March 2021

The fishing conditions are beautiful throughout the region from today and over the course of the weekend.

With only five or so weeks of the main season to go (ending April 30), there's really no excuse not to get out on the water while it is so favourable. 

Drift dives in the Central High Country rivers last week revealed exceptional trout numbers, and we observed more very large fish than we've seen in a decade in some of the reaches sampled.

If a trip to the Rangitikei this weekend doesn't spin your wheels then at least get into the headwaters while the weather is holding and the rivers are open.    

Here's the outlook:   

Pictured: The Rangitikei River looking stunning at Mangaohane last week (Credit: Hamish Carnachan).   

Hutt River and tributaries 


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No worries with flow for the Hutt or the tribs - including the Akatarawa and Pakarutahi - they'll all looking great for the weekend.             

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The Hutt River at Maori Bank this morning (Credit: Steve Doughty)


Kapiti Coast 


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The Otaki looks beautiful this morning and it's all systems are go for the other Kapiti Coast rivers too, including the Ohau and Waikanae this weekend.           

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The Otaki River at SH1 this morning (Credit: Phil Teal)            



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The Ruamahanga is low and clear and this morning. Fish were spotted in the mainstem when the photo was taken but the tribs should be where the action is at from now on as spawning movements start.                     

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The Waiohine River at Gladstone this morning (Credit: Hamish Carnahcan) 




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The Manawatu River and all the tribs have a green light for today and the weekend. As with most of our larger river systems, fish should be starting to show up in numbers in tributaries and spawning streams anytime now and are well worth targeting before they close at the end of April.                             

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The Manawatu at Weber Road this morning (Photo: Horizons)



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The Rangitikei River is looking stunning this morning and going by last week's drift dives this is the place to fish over the weekend. The Hautapu, Kawhatau and other tributaries should see pulses of fish moving in from the mainstem too.                                        

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Rangitikei River at Mangaweka this morning (Photo: Horizons)



Click the screen shot below to go to Horizon's website showing the list of available river webcams.


Notice board  

  • Don't get an unwelcome surprise by Greater Wellington Regional Council's river bulldozing ruining your day on the river. The upcoming activity schedule can be found here.

  Email Wellington Communications and Field Officer Hamish Carnachan if you'd like any fishing or freshwater-related items posted to this noticeboard.

​*This report was accurate at time of writing - For your safety please ensure you check the latest weather and river flow information before you head out on the water.