More than 80 Wakatipu children aged 5 to 12 and their families took part in the fifth annual Kids Fishing Day, hosted by the Fiordland Fishing Club South, at Jack's Point, on Sunday.
Winter has arrived. Hopefully, it is temporary, as there are still three weeks to go until the end of the regular season.
The settled weather has continued this week, with only the minor blip of some rivers rising slightly, but the majority are looking good for the weekend.
After a week of settled weather and some drying winds, rivers and streams have dropped to ideal fishing levels. With overnight temperatures in single digits water temperatures have also dropped.
Fishing conditions continue to improve throughout the region as waters gradually fall.
After the less than ideal weather last week, things have been much better from the angler's point of view this week.
I have fished 32 seasons in Otago and this would be the worst in all that time.
If you are keen on cicada fishing you will probably be disappointed again this weekend. At this stage, there is rain forecast and strong winds for Sunday so you may need a plan B.
Things are looking even better for the fishing this weekend. Rivers have dropped considerably this week and cleared, too, as some were still peat stained last weekend.
The erratic weather this week could affect the fishing in some places this weekend but the majority of waters should be fishable. Smaller streams rose rapidly early in the week but dropped just as quickly.
Forty minutes of tough winding by fishermen (from left) Joseph Petelo (28), of Christchurch, John Morris (30), of Dunedin, Hayden Guise (30), of Wanaka and Dan Wells (30), of Dunedin, ended with the landing of three large salmon yesterday.
Now that the holidays are over, the fishing should get better, and that is exactly what the weather forecast and the regional council websites are telling us.
The hot winds of recent days have dropped lowland waters to even lower levels and raised water temperatures.
Appropriately enough summer conditions are prevailing on most waters which are low, clear and warm.
If last weekend was good for fishing, this weekend should be even better if that is possible and only because the water should be a little cooler.
After another fine week rivers are lower than last weekend. Some waters are now at low summer level.
Rivers rose briefly with the rain last weekend but since then have been dropping steadily all week.
The glorious weather this week has done wonders for the state of rivers in the region.
Despite the fact we have had a drier than normal October, many of our rivers and streams were high for much of the month.
Otago's young anglers should not be treated like criminals for using a family licence to fish without a guardian, Fish and Game Otago chairman Monty Wright says.