Reel Life February 2022

  • Northland
  • 21/02/2022

Reel Life February 2022


No Shortage of Water!

Following a dry January, February’s rain has got the salmon moving and the trout feeding.

With all this rain, the water bodies that were getting quite warm are now fishing fantastic.

Right: Harry Wilson with a large brown trout caught recently with his father in the Grey Valley. (Photo Hamish Wilson)

It's fantastic news for salmon anglers especially, as its likely the salmon were holding off entering the rivers during January’s low flows.

Since the rain has started reports of salmon catches have started and the frequency of catches is only expected to rise as we move into March.

What has been pleasing to see is good numbers of local anglers out over the last week or two, which is a sure sign that there is plenty of salmon probably getting caught that we haven’t heard about.

Regulations Reminder

For those that haven’t read the first schedule of the fishing regulations, I’d highly encourage you to do so.

At the front of the regulations, you’ll find fishing conditions generally common to all Fish and Game Regions.

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Leo and his grandson Harrison admiring a beautiful West Coast brown trout caught recently. (Photo Baylee Kersten)

Important regulations such as no licence holder when fish for sports fish shall use more than 1 assembled rod and running line or no licence holder shall continue to fish for a particular species of sports fish on any day in which he or she has already killed the limit bag for that species except where provided for in the Second Schedule.

Knowing the regulations allows you to be ethical angler and when you get visit from a ranger, it’s a positive one!

Also, for those fishing in the South Westland lakes, anglers are reminded that salmon under 450mm must be returned. 

Late Season Fishing Opportunities 

Autumn is a favourite time for angling many anglers. It off course is it the peak of the salmon season but there is also great trout fishing on offer.

With temperatures cooling down to more favorable levels, insect activity still high and trout gorging themselves as they prepare to spawn in winter, fishing can be very productive.

To make it even more enjoyable, trout are typically in fantastic condition following feeding all summer and typically there is little to no competition with other anglers for water.


Hope to see you out there!

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