Fishing Report

April 05, 2018

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April 2018 Otago Lakes Fishing Report

I have been enjoying the fishing recently, much more than the previous month!

Sure, the weather is tough, but the fish are feeding more, and some good ones are moving around into the rivers from the lakes, and also moving into the side streams to think about spawning. The rainbows are by far better in condition than any I have seen previously this season.

All the rivers should be fishing well if the flows permit, and the wind allows you to get a line out! 

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March 06, 2018

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March 2018 Otago Lakes & Rivers Fishing Report

The weather has certainly proved to be changeable, with plenty of water in our rivers, and most areas waiting for levels to return to a fishable level.

March can often be a “slow” month when hot dry conditions and low river levels along with spooky fish make the fishing hard. However, with the changeable river levels and temperatures, it is a lot easier out there to find feeding fish, even if you do have to think a bit to try and find fishable water.

 

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February 15, 2018

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February 2018 Otago Lakes Fishing Report

The big dry and overheat has finally broken and cooler temperatures combined with increased rainfall has produced conditions more favorable for fishing.

A major rain event saw rivers at full flood levels earlier in the month, and many fish have been pushed back into the lakes from the backcountry rivers. 

 

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January 04, 2018

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January 2018 Fishing Report

The fishing for January is looking for the mountains, with steady river flows in the backcountry. 

Eastern rivers are really suffering with the drought, and many are un fishable due to high temperatures and low flows. We stopped fishing the other day at 3pm when the temp got to 19C as the chances of fish mortality are much greater.

Lake edges are fishing very well, and some windy days have certainly helped stir the water and food up near the margins which brings the trout in.

 

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December 14, 2017

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Wanaka Summer Fishing Update

Wow what a hot, dry summer it has been so far! River levels are uber low so if youre looking at hitting the main stem rivers these holidays, get in early before the heat of the day makes these fish move closer to cover.

The hotspots accordingly are not necessarily our river systems, but the ever cold waters of our Southern Lakes. By now trout are patrolling the edges for bullies, the weedbeds for snails and chironomids, and are happily looking up to beetles, damselflies and cicada. Accordingly, anglers should look to the appropriate patterns to imitate each of the above.

 

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December 07, 2017

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December 2017 Fishing Report

The amazing run of weather we have had through November has seen some unusual things happening for early season fishing.
While it may have been fantastic to have day after day of perfect blue skies and high temperatures, the fishing has been unusually difficult in some areas due to high snowmelt in the backcountry and high temperatures in still waters and lowland rivers. If the temps do not cool down and the drought continues, we will be in for a very tough summer of fishing. Saying that, we have had some bloody good angling!

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November 03, 2017

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November 2017 Fishing Report

Finally November is here, with the opening of our backcountry rivers and some high country lakes.

For opening day, the river levels were low, and the weather calm - well at least for the morning anyway! There are good numbers of rainbows about, with some very “fresh” fish caught that have recently moved into the rivers to spawn. 

 

 

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