Reel Life September 2023

  • Northland
  • 18/09/2023

Reel Life September 2023

The excessive rainfall over the last 18 months has appeared to have subsided with predominantly westerly winds drying things out.

We seem to be heading into an El Nino event which could bring dry spells for Northland. Make the most of the weather and clearing waterways before it heats up. 

Regulation Changes

Our regulations have changed. There is now no closed season in any of Northlands fisheries. 

Often extreme weather events and warm summer makes fishing difficult, so now fishers can fish right through the winter time.

Also, all permitted methods are allowed on our waterways i.e.: F/S/B. So drag out your snapper soft bait rod and go for it!

Northlands Trout Liberations

In early May Northland Fish and Game completed its annual trout liberations.

Whau Valley, Wilsons Dam, and Lake Manuwai have been restocked with rainbows. 

This ensures that there are good numbers of fish to catch in these put-and-take fisheries.

A spawning survey in Whau Valley noted some Redd beds indicating some natural spawning occurring. 

We need your help!!

If you catch any trout in Northland can you please weigh and measure the fish.

Then send that information to us either via email or messenger.

Any size fish will give us useful information on the health of the fishery.

Don’t worry we will keep your spot secret.

Any fish catch data submitted will go into the draw for a whole season licence or family licence. 

Take the Family Fishing

The new season commences on Sunday 1st October 2023.

The family licence is by far the best value-for-money licence on offer.

A family licence can be made up of two parents or grandparents and up to four of their children or grandchildren under the age of 18.

This licence can also be used anywhere in New Zealand, except the Lake Taupo fishery. 

For more information about the new seasons’ licences check out our website:

Tight Lines 

Graham Gallaghan, Northland Fish & Game

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