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Angling over the Christmas break is looking very promising, with the weather warm but not too hot that the trout are going off the feed.
After a very wet spring, I’m sure we are all looking forward to some sunshine.
Despite unsettled weather over the last couple weeks, anglers have been seen out in good numbers and reports have been predominantly positive.
With the new season comes a lot of opportunity, especially here on the West Coast.
It might not seem like it with the recent snowstorms, but spring is just around the corner.
The winter fishing season starts on the first of May and brings some great fishing.
Salmon season is upon us thanks to recent rain that has triggered their runs.
I thought I’d waste no time in addressing the question many are asking - are there any salmon getting caught?
The cicadas are well and truly out in force now - a walk through any forest leaves you unable to think from all the racket these noisy insects make.
The fishing is really starting to pick up on the West Coast as trout look up and focus on large dry flies floating downstream - that provide a high energy...
Even though the whitebait season has finished, there are still plenty of prey fish in our river mouths.
West Coast Content to Come
Prey fish numbers are increasing, trout are feeding well and improving in condition.
A little known secret on the West Coast is that the lower reaches of the rivers fish the best early in the season.
We’ve got a simple message as May rolls into June and the start of winter…there is still some terrific fishing out there!
Autumn has served up some fickle weather for the West Coast this year, with regular rainfall and strong winds.
The past month has seen an increase in wet weather events that have discoloured many of the region's coastal lowland rivers.
Despite a few rain events during February, in particular flooding from ex-cyclone Fehi, river conditions have been relatively good over the past month.
After an abnormally long dry spell for the West Coast, we had a few days of heavy rain last week, then back to fine sunny weather.
The weather over the past month has been outstanding, with low clear waters throughout the West Coast Region.
Current weather and river flows have made for ideal spring angling conditions, in fact they couldn’t really get any better.
The new fishing season has begun, and with it comes the opportunity to fish a huge selection of West Coast rivers and streams once more.
With the spring influx of prey fish, trout activity near river mouths has picked up.
Spring-conditions have kicked in over recent weeks, with heavy rain followed by warm settled weather.
The ‘Coast’ has remained reasonably mild for early winter, with plenty of fishable water in the rivers that remain open over the winter months.
Aside from a period of rain last week lifting river flows, conditions this autumn have been superb.
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.
Much of the holiday season has seen El Nino style weather patterns, bringing large amounts of wet weather to the Coast over the past month.
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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