A ll of the rivers in North Canterbury and the central South Island were low clear and fishable when I checked mid-week.
At Scott's Creek the importance of developing good shingle to accommodate the large number of Lake Alexandrina spawning has meant much work in streambed preparation and weir construction to improve the flow and provide shelter for trout digging their redds in the freshly raked shingle.
When I read newspaper articles about native fish being found in streams or a volunteer conservation organisation endeavouring to save Long Fin eels (Timaru Herald March 25 and 26), my first thought went to the common denominator of both species - the water in which they spend most (but not all) of their time. Let me set the scene.
OPINION: "Nothing happens unless someone makes it happen" - a truism that has seen considerable forethought go into a special release of 4200 fin clipped salmon fry about a kilometre off-shore at the Rangitata rivermouth.
Last weekend saw the Lake Alexandrina Conservation Trust volunteers continue the briar spraying programme around much of Lake Alexandrina shoreline.
The holiday photo competition winner was 11-year-old Thomas Flynn, of Timaru.
An energetic team of 11 worked to eradicate or control briar regrowth, wilding pines, broom and thistles near the Lake Alexandrina Outlet hut settlement and along the Lake McGregor road edge.
The pleasure of fishing comes from more than just the catch.
A number of salmon fry releases have been accomplished so far this summer.
Tomorrow is the Kid's Fishing Day at Kelland Pond, 4 kilometres south of Twizel. It is for families with children under 12 years of age. Registration is from 8.30am (on site), and fishing starts at 9am.
It is the time of year when Fish and Game regions hold their annual general meeting.
Dr Lee Burbery, the senior groundwater scientist at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR), recently addressed the OOP zone committee with regard to nitrate attenuation (denitrification), and specifically denitrification bioreactor technologies that can be applied to mitigate nitrate impacts in freshwater systems.
OPINION: How many times have I written "first get the science"?
If you missed the opportunity to attend the South Canterbury Water Enhancement Group (SWEG) meeting last Monday night you missed a golden opportunity to hear progress from the three local zone committees.
OPINION: The public meeting of the South Canterbury Water Enhancement Group is timely.
More than 2000 carex plants were successfully planted last Sunday at Forest Creek Station by a small team comprising members of the Riparian Support Trust, Fish and Game and other volunteers.
I regret starting this column on such a negative note, but would you have preferred an obituary?
OPINION: The Orari salmon fishery received a boost when McKinnon's hatchery volunteers released salmon fry into the Ohapi Stream.
OPINION: With help from volunteers, Central South Island Fish and Game and Irishman Creek Station run-holder Justin Wills have cleared Maryburn Stream.
For Jenny Hart of Geraldine, five weeks in Alaska was not enough. She plans to return and enjoy more of the excellent salmon fishing she witnessed in July and take a closer look at the native plants and glacial formations.