Make the most of your fishing opportunities

Perfect conditions on the Upper Clutha River.
Perfect conditions on the Upper Clutha River.

The period leading up to the holiday season is busy for most and can be very stressful.

Everything needs to get done before Christmas, and maybe you just need to take some time out to rest the body and soul. Fishing is a great healer, and to make things a little easier, there are plenty of daylight hours on both ends of the workday plus the weekends.

Anglers on Lake Wakatipu soaking up the sun and enjoying the fishing opportunities.
Anglers on Lake Wakatipu soaking up the sun and enjoying the fishing opportunities.

The month of November has brought sun, heat, fantastic lake and river conditions, and some amazing fishing. Long may it continue.

With the hot daytime temperatures, fish will be active around the change of light. The evening is a great time to target surface-feeding fish, and to enjoy some exciting dry fly-fishing. Spin anglers should use smallish lures and fish well into dark. The Upper Clutha River is getting back to its former self, with anglers reporting good daytime and evening catches. The caddis hatches have returned! The large Southern Lakes have been fishing well, with brown and rainbow trout, and landlocked Chinook salmon in good condition.

Fish caught during recent fishing competitions have wowed the competitors and judges alike, with some of the rainbow trout nearing 3kg in weight.

Salmon on the menu at Lake Wanaka
Salmon on the menu at Lake Wanaka

Inland reservoir levels will continue to drop as the summer approaches, making access around shorelines and some of those hard-to-get-to places a little easier. Coastal rivers are in great condition, with good numbers of large brown trout ready to be caught.

Anglers are reminded to carry fishing licences at all times while fishing and to respect the rights of property-owners.

For information on access, fishing advice, licensing and regulations, visit the Fish and Game website: www.fishandgame.org.nz

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