TRM understand the importance of keeping our fishy inmates regularly informed – if a TRM Daily Report is not posted by about 10am each day we can expect an email from a frustrated West Island fisho demanding his “fix” – he says he has to read it before he can start work… I suspect TRM are the only motel mad enough to provide such a daily report for the last 14 years, but there are many other very good more professional sources of fishy info for trout anglers – as follows:
Following the closure of the Fish & Game magazine after 25 years – see TRM Daily Report yesterday – the following provides a guide of better sources of information. To replace the loss of the Fish & Game magazine, TRM fishos have suggested the Fish & Game organisation should invest instead in nzfishing.com – a really helpful well researched very comprehensive website which addresses all the issues and requirements that visiting anglers need throughout NZ. The nzfishing.com site layout and format is what Fish & Game should have done about 15 years ago, instead of buying into a failing traditional fishing magazine. Hopefully it is not too late?
Doug Stevens deserves more credit for such an informative website. i.e. See samples below: His website covering every fishable river in NZ and much more shows what one dedicated individual can achieve. He understands what anglers are looking for and provides the essential information for overseas visitors in particular. The website introduction advises:
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For Taupo licence holders, DOC (Department of Conservation are the Taupo Fishery managers) have their own facebook page. This is their way of replacing the extinct Target Taupo magazine format.
Fortunately the entire back catalogue of Target Taupō magazines are available as an online resource.
First published in 1989, Target Taupō provided information about the management of the Taupō trout fishery and included a diverse range of articles. The last edition of Target Taupō was published in October 2015.
Many of the articles remain highly relevant, providing readers with a rich understanding of the biology of the fishery and how trout behave in this premium environment.
Readers can search individual issues or the contents document (PDF 1,300K).
Their informative articles are consistently excellent (TRM pinch then whenever we see them!) but, according to TRM inmates, compared to the old Target Taupo publication, is a relatively weak effort. i.e. In the last six months they managed a total of 46 posts – about 2 per week. i.e. July 6, June 16, May 7, April 4, March 9, February 5. Considering their resources and their important role in Taupo fishery management, anglers deserve better.
Fortunately there are also other blogs available for anglers from local tackle shops (Sporting Life, Greig Sports and Creel Tackle Shop), fishing guides and other organisations such as The Advocates for the Tongariro River. Turangi anglers are indeed fortunate with so much info available to plan their trips – these tackle shops deserve anglers support.. Turangi anglers are undoubtedly the best informed in NZ.
Fortunately there are still a few magazines surviving that need and deserve anglers’ support more than ever – such as the “Trout Fisher”.
The NZFFA (New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers) home page and facebook have become much more popular by posting regular well researched articles to keep anglers informed. They – NZFFA – are now far more important in the big picture providing New Zealand anglers and conservationists with a strong political voice.
Anglers cannot expect DOC facebook to tackle anything controversial as they are a typical cautious Government Department strangled with red tape and skilled at avoiding any chance of controversy. Anglers understand… Similarly Fish & Game…
So make sure you join NZFFA to strengthen their advocacy for anglers – it’s free!.
Following examples of excellent information from NZ Fishing.com
New Zealand Winter Fishing
Although many New Zealand fishing waters are fish best in the warmer months from October to April, there are around 250 waters that remain open all year. Nowhere in the country is far from some fishing, even in the heart of winter. It is also true that some lakes and rivers fish best during the cooler months
To find out where you can fish during the winter months (May through to the end of September), scan the Open Season column of the current regional regulations for waters that are open “all year” or that have a “winter season”.
See an overview of the winter fishing by month
The following are some of the major waters that are open in winter in each region.
Other open waters in winter are
– Wairua River ( downstream from the confluence of the Waiotu & Whakapapa Rivers. Note that all tributaries are closed during the winter)
There are a good number of waters open all year in the Auckland Waikato region and most provide very good fishing. From small spring fed creeks to large rivers and lakes, there is plenty offreshwater fishing available to be enjoyed.
While most rivers close at the end of June, the following waters remain open over the winter months:
– Mangawhio Stream, below lower falls
All lakes remain open over winter.
The Rotorua / Eastern region is renown for its quality winter fishing. Boat fishing on Lakes Tarawera, Rotoiti and Okataina comes to an end for the season at midnight on the 30th of June. There are areas of the shoreline on each of these lakes that remain open all year and the chance of capturing a trophy fish are high.
– Lake Ngahewa
– Lake Ngapouri
– Lake Okaro
– Kaituna River (below control gates)
Open waters in the Bay of Plenty
– Rangitaiki River (below Otamatea Stream confluence)
– Lake Matahina
– McClaren Lake
– Whakatane River (below Owaka Stream confluence)
– Tarawera River (from the falls downstream)
– Waioeka River (below the Tauranga Stream confluence)
Open waters on the east Coast
– Waiau River (below Waikaretaheke River confluence)
– Wairoa River (below Te Reinga Falls)
– Lake Tinoroto
Lake Taupo and its tributaries are a world famous winter fishery with huge runs of many tens of htousands of fish moving up the rivers to spawn. For many this is the premier fishing time for the region as trout that enter the rivers are in prime condition. July to September are traditionally the best months for spawning runs and are usually the busiest months with the most anglers on the waters. In recent years October and even November have also been very good.
The most popular rivers are the eastern tributaries:
These rivers are very popular and, if you are to enjoy your fishing there, it is vital to be aware of the fishing etiquette that applies.
Note that the upper parts of the rivers are closed from 1st June to 30th November to protect the trout while they are spawning. It is only he lower reaches of the rivers that remain open and so be aware of where the boundary is.
The Hawkes Bay has good winter fishing and lake such Tutira are actually at their peak in the winter months as the fish move closer to shore.
Open waters include
– Tukituki River (downstream from SH50 road bridge)
– Ngaruroro River (downstream from the Kiwi Creek confluence but excluding tributaries)
– Tutaekuri River (downstream from the Mangaone Stream confuence)
– Esk River (downstream from the Waipunga Road bridge)
– Waipawa River (downstream from SH50 road bridge)
Winter is traditionally a quiet time for trout fishing on the Taranaki ringplain as most waters are closed for the trout spawning season. But fishing is still available in a number of local lakes and the lower reaches of rivers and streams that flow from Mt Taranaki are open in their lower reaches below SH45.
Other open waters are:
Manganuioteao mainstem (excluding tributaries) downstream of the Orautoha Stream confluence
Mangawhero River (excluding tributaries) downstream of the SH49 “golf course” Bridge
The Tokiahuru and Waitaiki Streams downstream of the SH49 bridges
|Wellington / Wairarapa||
As with all North Island regions, the Wellington region has a wide range of winter fishing opportunities. Mostly these are large rivers and in the lower sections of the rivers (the upper reaches are generally protected to allow undisturbed spawning).
Some waters of note near Wellington city are:
– Otaki River (downstream from the Tararua Forest Park Boundary)
Other waters around the Wairarapa and Rangitikei are:
– Rangitikei River (downstream from the Matawhero Road Bridge)
– Ruamahanga River (downstream from the Tararua Forest Park Boundary)
– Waiohine River (downstream from the Tararua Forest Park Boundary)
– Manawatu River (downstream from the Maunga Road Bridge)
– Mangatainoka River (downstream of the Scarborough-Konini Road bridge )
– Pohangina River
– Mangahao River (downstream from Marima Reserve Bridge)
– Makakahi River (downstream from the road bridge at Eketahuna).
Places to target during the winter month are the lower to tidal reaches of rivers, especially the
With light angling pressure spread over a large number of rivers, the West Coast region is able to maintain winter trout fishing in its larger rivers and lakes.
Fishing waters include
– Ahaura River downstream from the Haupiri confluence
– Buller River downstream of Lyell confluence
– Cascade River downstream of Martyr confluence
– Grey River downstream of Clarke confluence
– Ianthe Lake (except the outlet)
– Inangahua River (downstream from Perserverance Bridge)
– Taramakau River downstream of Bridge at Jacksons
– Hokitika River downstream of the swing bridge at Lower Gorge
– Mokihinui River downstream of the Welcome Creek cableway
Note that many other rivers have the lower sections open all year as well. To see the full list of which waters are open check the West Coast Regulations.
The winter waters in the North Canterbury region are mostly close to the coast as inland can get very cold. The exception is Lake Coleridge which is open most of the year and only closed in May and September. Many small waters around Christchurch are open and so check the North Canterbury regulations to see if other waters are open.
The major winter fishery waters are:
– Lake Coleridge (closed May and September)
– Otukaikino River also known as Waimakariri, South Branch below Dickies Road Bridge
– Hurunui River below the South Branch confluence
– Rakaia River below the Coleridge Tailrace confluence
– Selwyn River below the Upper Huts
– Waiau River below the Hope River confluence
|Central South Island||
Although a winter season is permitted on specific waters, winter fishing does not appear to be hugely popular during the colder months. Much of this region gets very cold over the winter months and the fish are much less active. On a warm day however it is certainly worth getting the rods out.
Open waters over the winter include
– Asburton river (downstream of the SH1 bridge)
It is important to note that the winter fishing is regarded as from June 1 and closes on the 31st August. Fishing methods are restricted to spinner and fly fishing only (bait fishing is prohibited during the winter season).
Please check the Central South Island regulations for the current regulations.
Otago has a large number of open waters and list below is by no means a full listing of what is available. To see the full list and to ensure that if you are fishing Lakes Wanaka or Wkatipu you do not stray into closed waters check the Otago Regulations
The following are some of the major winter fishing waters in the Otago region:
Clutha River (except Deans Bank section)
Makarora River downstream of Wilkin River confluence
Matukituki River downstream from Mototapu confluence
Pomahaka River downstream of Swans Bridge (Clydevale Road)
Shag River downstream of SH1 Bridge
Taieri River downstream of Silverstream confluence
|Southland||As the southernmost fishing region in New Zealand, Southland can get very cold. Most fishing waters are the lakes and larger rivers near the coast. To see the full list check the Southland regulations
The following are some that are open.
– Aparima River, downstream from the Thornbury Bridge
– Hollyford River (but closed for salmon)
– Manapouri, Lake (some restrictions apply – check the regulations)
– Mavora, Lake (North and South)
– Mataura River – Gorge Road Bridge to the sea
– Monowai, Lake
– Te Anau, Lake (some restrictions apply – check the regulations)
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