Reel Life – September 2018
With the new season now only days away from opening, anglers need to make sure that the first thing they do before even casting a line on October 1 is to protect the future of trout and trout angling.
New legislation just introduced to Parliament represents a significant threat to the way trout, salmon and other sports fish are managed in this country.
As an angler, you need to join the fight to stop the legislation going through as it stands – and make sure your mates also do their bit.
Details on just what you can do are available below or here.
Rivers, lakes and other waterways around the country, rested over winter, re-open to fishing on that day and hopefully you have remembered to organise your leave.
In the North Island, the lakes that re-open include, of course, Rotorua’s celebrated trio of Tarawera, Rotoiti and Okataina. A record run of fish through the trap on Lake Tarawera, used to source the best fish for breeding, indicates there are plenty of fish about.
Drift dives to count fish in the Tarawera Outlet also point to high fish numbers.
Auckland and Waikato fishers can dust off their fishing skills in the popular Kilwell Lower Waikato River Contest that kicks off on October 6 (see our Angling Events page – here).
Down south, the word from those who know is fish the estuaries, where trout are actively feeding now the whitebait season is in full swing. West Coast estuaries can be ‘trout central’ this time of year. Small South Island streams are another great prospect for early fishing.
Do you want to catch a 15-pound trout? Head to Lake Argyle for opening, is the word from staff.
In the deep south, staff say a relatively settled winter has kept streams in good condition for trout spawning. The post-spawn recovery should be high and translate into “a few extra fish in our rivers.”
So now’s the time to prepare well – ensure all your fishing gear is up to scratch. Buy that licence – the one that fits your lifestyle – you’ve got ten options to choose from.
And even though spring is presently producing flashbacks to winter, there’s the delicious prospect of some warm summer fishing a little ways down the track.
P.S – If you think you’ve got a freshwater fishing image worthy of featuring on our ‘cover’, email it to Richard Cosgrove for consideration.