Clear start to season
Otago Fish and Game has reported a good start to the fishing season, with many waters a bit lower and clearer than they often are at this time of the year.
Anglers experienced some good fishing on small rain-fed streams such as the Waipahi on the Sunday opening day, Otago Fish and Game officer Morgan Trotter said.
One angler reported catching 11 trout up to 3lb and also noted that he didn’t see many other people fishing, Trotter said.
‘‘The Pomahaka River is still run- ning a bit cold (about 7 degrees Celsius) for good fly fishing, but should warm up nicely over the next month as any remaining snow melts.’’
The lower Clutha was holding ‘‘a lot of trout’’ but was still a little high and coloured.
‘‘As it drops and clears the fishing should improve. Even so some anglers have been catching trout in the estuary with soft plastics and whitebait imitations.’’
The most successful fishing method in the lower Taieri had been bait fishing, which was well suited to fishing discoloured water.
The Shag and Waikouaiti Rivers were heavily affected by winter floods, but there had been the odd large trout caught in the Waikouaiti estuary.
Closer to Dunedin, some big searun trout (around 6lb) had been landed in the Kaikorai estuary.
‘‘Trout from the Otago Fish and Game/Oceana Gold Macraes Flat hatchery have been released into Sullivans Dam and the Southern Reservoir.
‘‘Some of these fish are up to 10lb in weight and provided lots of excitement at kid-fishing events held recently.’’