After some patchy weather for the first few weeks of the freshwater opening, we should be starting to see some good results.
With a Monday opening this year, some headed out straight away while others waited for the weekend. Prior whitebait catches were very good (we had reports of great catches from the Shag River all the way down to the Clutha River - and, no doubt, even further than that, so the sea-runners still around should be showing the benefits of having so many easy meals readily available.
During the annual kids fishing day, held at the Southern Reservoir in Dunedin, both Saturday and Sunday were booked out early, and a huge attendance on both days shows that fishing is still a very popular pastime for the family. This is an annual event now and sees around 400-500 hatchery fish being released into the stocked dam around two weeks before the event. Otago Fish & Game put a lot of time and effort into this event, and it's great to see that it seems to be growing in momentum every time. This year 465 fish were released and 59 fish landed by the 200 attendees. So a special thanks to Otago F & G, Brighton Surf Club for their lifesavers, St Johns Ambulance for their attendance, and some of the local stores that helped by sponsoring prizes.
November also brings the opening of the high country fishing for Otago, so many anglers will be racing out to try their luck. These streams have been up and down over the last month, so the fish may be a bit lean, but the scenery should well and truly make up for any missing pounds.
Good catches of blue cod and trumpeter are on the increase, especially off the Taieri mouth, and salmon are starting to be caught more regularly in the Otago Harbour. Other good areas to try for salmon have been off the Otago Harbour heads and right along the coast from there to the Moeraki lighthouse.
Otago by Grant Ashton, Allan Millars Hunting & Fishing
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