Water levels drop as heat rises in the south
A significant drop off in flow meant Southland Fish & Game dashed to Whitestone River in Fiordland to save fish, including brown and rainbow trout, adult lamprey, upland bullies and longfin eels. They planned to release the fish further down the catchment.
Fish and Game field officer Cohen Stewart said there was no doubt that recent weather conditions had made fishing a bit more challenging.
Water temperatures were quite high, at times reaching 26 degrees during the peak of the day, which was not ideal for trout.
‘‘These warm temperatures tend to make the trout a bit lazy. Instead of actively foraging for food they will be seeking refuge under willow trees or in deep pools.’’
Fire and Emergency New Zealand issued a total fire ban in the region this week, as firefighters battled a large scrub fire near Tuatapere.
A fire communications spokeswoman said firefighters were notified about 4pm on Sunday of a scrub fire of more than two hectares on a property on the Papatotara Coast Rd.
A final mop up job took place yesterday.
‘‘The experience was fantastic. They played for about 20 minutes prior to the men's semis.’’