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HERE WAS MUCH HYPE ABOUT BEECH
masting in the last fishing season, although the
resulting mouse plague turned out to be very
patchy throughout the South Island. However,
the North Canterbury Region experienced one
of the thickest mouse plagues seen for years. The
North Canterbury Region, however, experienced
Drift Dive Highlights
Fish & Game Council Elections this year
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Call for candidacy/registration for electoral roll
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Friday, October 9, 2015 - Election Day - Voting closes 5pm
The braided Waimakariri
Drift diving the Hope River
Regulations changes for 2015-16 Season
THIS YEAR SEES THE TRI-ENNIAL FISH & GAME
Council elections. North Canterbury Fish & Game
encourages licenceholders to stand for Council,
especially young adults and women, as there are
currently no women on the council. Please take note of
the following dates and make an effort to vote.
ORTH CANTERBURY FISH & GAME STAFF AND
Council would like to thank the dedicated army of
volunteers, who have given their time to the many
aspects of salmon and trout enhancement work during
the past season. The many enhancement projects that
Tony Hawker, Fish & Game Officer
one of the thickest mouse plagues seen for years.
This produced some backcountry fishing that was
really a once in a generation experience.
Fish & Game staff confirmed this with some
outstanding drift dive results. The standouts this
year were the Boyle and Hope rivers. Both are
tributaries of the Waiau and are heavily forested
with beech in the headwaters. The Boyle drift dive
was undertaken in January and, although it was half
way through the season, the trout had taken on
some exceptional condition. Not only were many
trophy browns observed by staff, but the numbers
of fish had also increased fourfold compared to the
previous two years.
The Hope River was drift dived later in the season
in March, which gave the trout the whole season
to fatten up, and fatten up they did. All the trout
observed by staff were over the magic figure of 10lb.
Many were around the 15lb mark. Like the Boyle,
numbers in the Hope had also increased, with twice
as many seen this year compared to last year. The
evidence for the obese fish was obvious later that
night, when the drift dive team was plagued by
dozens of mice inside the Hope Kiwi Hut.
So what does this mean for the 2015-16 season?
Well the last time we had a mouse plague was 2009-
10, which produced some very good fishing in
the Hope and Hurunui catchments that season.
The following season, however, the fish were in
generally poor condition and not many trophy fish
were caught. The main reason for this is not the
dying of the food source, but the effects of flooding
on the trout’s main diet -- the invertebrates.
Next season’s prospects will largely depend
on the severity of the winter and spring floods. If
it is a mild winter with stable flows and not many
floods, invertebrate production will be underway by
October and the fish will hang on to their condition
THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF MINOR
tweaks to the regulations this year, so anglers
should study the regulation book carefully.
The main highlights of the regulation changes are:
• The Avon River will now have a closed season
for fishing to protect spawning trout upstream
of the Armagh Street Bridge, from May 1 to
• Likewise, the Heathcote River will also have a
closed season upstream of the Tennyson Street
Bridge from May 1 to September 30.
staff undertake during the year
would be impossible without
this tireless group, who give
so much time for the benefit of
our fishery and anglers. North
Canterbury volunteers played a
major part in projects ranging
from drift dive spawn counts,
species population monitoring,
salmon ova harvest, adipose
fin clipping, data collection,
fish releases, fish salvaging,
ova planting, hatchery mainte-
nance, and much more.
Their efforts have positive
salmon smolt releases are. From the annual salmon an-
gler harvest data collected, hatchery smolt releases are
responsible for an average of 1200 adult salmon returning
to the Waimakariri and Rakaia rivers each season. These
salmon are available for all anglers to catch, and in some
way many anglers will owe their successful fishing trips,
to the tireless team of dedicated volunteers whom give so
much to our fishery. Thank you team!
• The winter bag limit for trout at Lake
Coleridge is being changed from one to two
trout per day.
• Use of boats will be permitted on Lake Sarah
• No salmon fishing will be permitted in the
Cam River above the Smith Street Bridge and
Silver Stream (Upper Kaiapoi).
• Fishing will be permitted at the Tentburn
Outfall for trout and salmon but no angling is
allowed from on top of the culvert.
By Dirk Barr, Fish & Game Officer
results towards the protection and betterment of our
fishery. For example, many of the adult salmon return-
ing to our rivers are as a direct result of the volunteers’
hard work. Although the adult salmon return rate from
ova planting is immeasurable, the results from fin-clipped
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