It looks like the weather of last week is about to repeat itself with rain forecast leading up to the weekend. However, being anglers, we have to be optimistic and hope for the best.
As the weekend approaches, most rivers and streams are rising and their temperatures falling due to the erratic spring weather we have been experiencing.
As the weekend approaches, things are looking good for anyone contemplating a few hours on the river.
Robert Moore, of Nightcaps, hooked a 4.396kg brown trout to become overall winner at last Saturday's Glenorchy fishing competition, held at the head of Lake Wakatipu.
Anglers were smiling on the opening day of the fishing season yesterday. "We're seeing some pretty happy faces out there," Otago Fish and Game ranger Steve Dixon said yesterday.
Recent rain and snow melt could put a dampener on the start of the brown trout fishing season today.
I am tapping out this column on the eve of the opening of the fishing season and, even after the extremes of weather in the past week or so, there is hope for tomorrow.
Anglers have the chance to tell their fishy stories, which may eventually be included in a booklet, through an event being planned by the Oamaru Library as part of Victorian Heritage Week celebrations from November 17 to 21.
With the main season over, the waters available to anglers are more restricted.
Many watersin the South close today, but it is academic, for most of them have been effected by the recent heavy rain.
Things are looking good again for fishing this weekend as far as river conditions are concerned, although there may be some rain to put up with while on the water.
The end of the season is not far away and we need to make the most of the time left so picking the right place to go is going to be even more critical than usual if we are to end on a high note.
River and lake conditions are compiled by Fish and Game Otago with information from the Otago Regional Council received at 9.00am on Thursday.
Easter is a great time of the year for fishing and there is such a variety to choose from.
Mike Weddell The dry weather of the last week has reduced streams in the east to drought level and those in the south and west of the region to a good fishable level. Even the Clutha, which has been running at very high levels for weeks, is dropping to a fishable level in the afternoons, as the generation peak abates.