Lakes get new residents

Fish released in preparation for fishing contest

Last updated 13:10 17/10/2012
Bill Jarvie
BARRY HARCOURT/Fairfax NZ
Fish and Game officer Bill Jarvie releases salmon delivered from Canterbury into one of two small lakes near Te Anau.

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Three hundred salmon and rainbow trout have been released into lakes near Te Anau in preparation for Take a Kid Fishing.

Fish and Game officer Bill Jarvie, of Te Anau, said the fish were split as evenly as possible between Lake Henry and McGregor Pond in preparation for event, which is part of the weekend's fifth annual Stabicraft-Yamaha Te Anau-Manapouri Fishing Classic competition.

The children's event was to encourage them into the sport, and was held at the two ''put and take'' areas. Fish did not spawn at either Lake Henry or McGregor Pond, which meant it was only possible to fish what had been put in there, and transporting the fish to the two sites gave the children a good shot at catching something, he said.

The fish were donated by Mt Cook Aoraki Salmon, in North Canterbury. Some were taken to Fiordland for the children's event, while others were transported to the Invercargill area for a similar event to be held near the city, Mr Jarvie said.

Fellow Fish and Game officer Zane Moss said the Invercargill event, which hoped to attract between 60 and 70 children, would be held on October 27, with buses leaving the Fish and Game Invercargill offices for a secret location.

Meanwhile, the Te Anau event will be held on Saturday and Sunday.

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