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WEST COAST SUPPLEMENT
Ryan Elliot with a prime rainbow
at Fish & Game West Coast’s
annual junior fishing day
FISH & GAME WILL ONCE AGAIN BE INVITING ALL JUNIOR LICENCE-
holders to a free barbeque and fishing day at the Grey Gun Club ponds. We
have been refining the event over a number of years with catch rates gradually
increasing. Despite some unfavourable weather again and fewer than expected
fish in the ponds last year, a great event was had. It proved that popular that we
had to invite the keen ones back for another go during the week!
This year we will be releasing hundreds of prime salmon, which have proved
to be a lot more catchable and feistier than trout. The event is planned for either
the first or second weekend of October depending on the weather. Check out
our Fish & Game West Coast Facebook page closer to time, as we will be provid-
ing updates there. This free event is open to all junior and child licenceholders,
with a barbeque running throughout the morning to keep up energy levels.
HE WEST COAST REGION HAS SUSTAINED A
small but highly prized salmon fishery since the mid
to late 1900s. Most of the large, braided rivers from
the Grey south to the Arawhata have some sort of a
run. These runs are not on the scale of our Canterbury
neighbours, but due to low angling pressure and readily
accessible rivers the catch rate is still fairly good.
There is a unique aspect to our salmon fishery and that
is the ability to catch a sea-run salmon trolling in a lake.
This relaxed and less strenuous (compared to scrambling
Steve Tozer with his 2015 salmon
West Coast Salmon Runs
Sports Fishery Enhance thanks to sponsors Mitre 10 and Trust Power
Junior Fishing Day at the Grey Gun Club
By Dean Kelly,West Coast Manager
By Dean Kelly, West Coast Manager
By Dean Kelly, West Coast Manager
Steve Terry from North Canterbury
Fish & Game delivers a load of
salmon smolt to Lake Mapourika
over slippery boulders in a river) method means
that, despite a relatively low catch rate (18hrs/
fish), it remains extremely popular.
Fish & Game monitors these fisheries most inten-
sively and has good data for the last four decades.
In recent years, considering the popularity of the
fishery, Fish & Game has been trying to enhance
the angler catch rate through releases of smolt. Al -
though the jury is still out, it appears from spawn-
ing surveys that five years of smolt releases have
FISH & GAME WEST COAST WELCOMES KIM MCPHERSON TO OUR TEAM IN THE ROLE
as office administrator. Kim’s background is primarily in finance and administration, however
she has tried her hand at a variety of roles, including working in a local freshwater aquarium and
kiwi centre. This has led to a deep passion for our freshwater environment and New Zealand
birds. In her spare time, she rehabilitates injured birds, such as penguins, pigeons, and more-
porks, while having an appreciation of the principles behind sustainable harvest. Kim is also a
current trustee on the West Coast Penguin Trust.
Although the role is predominantly managing the office, Kim is also keen to get out in the
field and assist when she can and learn more about sports fishery and game bird management.
Kim has already been in the field extracting otoliths from dead salmon and participated in game
FISH & GAME WEST COAST HAS BEEN TRY-
ing to enhance some of the region’s more mar-
ginal fisheries over the last five years. These include
the region’s intermittent salmon runs and the Lake
Kaniere trout fishery.
This season the Smith family celebrates 150 years
of supplying West Coasters -- one of the ways they’re
saying thanks to the community is by contributing
to the West Coast salmon release programme. His-
torically as Griffen and Smith Ltd and today as Mi-
tre 10 MEGA Greymouth and Mitre 10 Hokitika,
the business has always been committed to support-
ing the community that supports it. With the Smith
family still operating the stores today, contributing
done little to improve returning
fish numbers and in turn catch
rate. Fish & Game has initiated
a research project to analyse
otoliths from spawned salmon
coastwide, which will provide
insights into the effectiveness
of smolt releases.
In the interim, Fish & Game
has committed to take on board
nationwide and overseas re-
search, which suggests it would
be more ‘bag for buck’ to re-
lease larger 50-60g fish with
higher return rates.
to this Fish & Game programme is a way to extend
their long association with the former Acclimatisa-
As West Coasters, the Smiths value the great out-
doors and identify how much the West Coast has
to offer. With salmon fishing an activity that can
be enjoyed by the whole family, they’re supporting
Fish & Game to enhance the fishery to ensure it’s
something that future generations of West Coasters
can enjoy too.
After trialing a myriad of different strategies, Fish
& Game has recently reviewed these methods and
has now implemented a longer term plan based on
relevant New Zealand research and the results of
From this increased funding of the programme,
Fish & Game will be releasing quinnat salmon fin-
gerlings (50-60 grams) into the established stable
tributaries of the Taramakau and Hokitika rivers
and the spawning streams of Lake Mapourika.
Combined with this, mitigation funds from
TrustPower improvements to the Lake Kaniere Hy-
dro Scheme will be used to release yearling (150
gram) brown trout annually into Lake Kaniere to
supplement poor wild recruitment.
TrustPower’s sponsorship of our junior fishing
programme looks set to continue as well, with our
annual junior fishing day at the Grey Gun Club.
Three hundred prime salmon will be released for a
series of junior fish-out days that coincide with the
start of the season.
Kim McPherson Not Your Average Office Administrator
extracting an otolith
from a spent salmon
with a little
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