Feedback sought on freshwater fishing

Improving the quality of our water is a hot topic this election. Photo: Southern Rural Life Files
Photo: Southern Rural Life Files
The Otago Fish and Game Council has signalled a review of its freshwater sports fishing regulations and is seeking public feedback on the issue.

Fish and Game officer Cliff Halford said the council was undertaking a comprehensive review of the regulations (the Anglers Notice) for the Otago region.

The regulations govern angling for brown and rainbow trout, salmon and perch in the Taieri and Clutha catchments, as well as the coastal catchment from Shag Point to the Catlins.

Mr Halford said Fish and Game would focus on these main areas: standardising regulations for un-named waters in the Upper Clutha catchment in line with adjacent named waters; redefining and simplifying regulations in the Upper Clutha River from the Lake Wanaka outlet downstream; management options for the Upper Pomahaka River where anglers have expressed concerns about declining fishery quality; season length and bag limit options for Lake Mahinerangi; and reconsideration of daily bag limits on lowland rivers and major lakes, including splitting daily limits on lakes to recognise the productivity of landlocked lake salmon populations.

Fish and Game would soon be seeking feedback from anglers on the issue through a written submissions, Mr Halford said.

It would also hold a series of public meetings later this month, the dates to be confirmed.

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