Clear start to sea­son

Clutha Leader - - MEANWHILE, OUTSIDE AUCKLAND - MARY-JO TOHILL

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.’’

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