Home' Fish and Game : September 2016 Contents North Canterbury Region
ARLIER THIS YEAR FISH & GAME DE-
cided to close the lowland and sea-run
fisheries over the winter season. This was
a result of overwhelming angler feedback that the
sea-run fishery was struggling and not recovering.
This has been the result of gradual demise of both
sea-run and lowland trout numbers, thought to be
a result of habitat degradation and lower water
As well as closing the winter season to leave
what few trout are left to do their spawning
without harassment, Fish & Game has been
looking into enhancement opportunities for
the fishery. Staff investigated enhancement
prospects in the lower reaches of the Rakaia area
and identified three spring creeks that offer the
potential of a fishery restoration programme.
Bully Creek on the south side of the Rakaia,
and Cold Stream and Boat Creek on the north, are
all thought to offer some prospects for the initial
program. These sites may also be key indicators
of potential for further enhancement programmes
in other catchments elsewhere in the region.
Some 2500 brown trout weighing in at 400
grams will be released into these streams. The
NGLERS HAVE REPORTED GOOD FISH-
ing at Lake Coleridge for the last couple of
seasons. Since Trustpower modified the
Harper weir to facilitate fish passage, numbers
of spawning rainbows in the Harper Avoca tribu-
taries have steadily improved. The condition of
trout in the last few years also seems to have
Salmon fishing at Coleridge has been hit and
miss but the last two years have seen an im-
provement in both the size and number of salm-
on. The spawning survey this year revealed good
conditioned salmon of up to 2lbs. The numbers
were not as high as they should have been given
the good angler catches reported. This suggests
that the salmon smolt release programme seems
to be working effectively to supplement the wild
run and provide a reasonable angler harvest.
For years, huge numbers of various stocks
were released into the lake, most of these being
leftover “insurance” stock. Now we rear a lesser
number to smolt size and release them into se-
lected Coleridge tributaries. This more tailored
approach seems to be working so far.
HUNTING & FISHING IN CONJUNCTION
WITH COMPOSITE DEVELOPMENTS
AND NORTH CANTERBURY FISH & GAME
RYTON BAY, 5TH NOVEMBER 2016
NORTH CANTERBURY 2016 SUPPLEMENT
high country lakes is Saturday November 5, which will
be celebrated with a fishing competition at Lake Coleridge.
There is a prize pool valued at over $10,000, generously
sponsored by Hunting and Fishing.
The focus of the competition is on participation, and every
angler who shows their licence at the weigh-in will be in the
draw for many spot prizes. The competition will be based
at Ryton Bay where there will be a Fish & Game tent and
Weigh-in is from 9am to 3pm, with the prize draw at 4pm.
Please ensure you arrive at the weigh-in before 3pm to avoid
missing out. All fish must be caught in Lake Coleridge or the
nearby Coleridge lakes. They must be whole and not gutted
for the weigh-in. There will be a sausage sizzle all day.
Lake Coleridge is the most popular lake in the region for
fishing and this event is a great way for anglers to celebrate
the traditional high country opening. Fish & Game has been
stocking the lakes in the area for a number of years now,
releasing thousands of rainbow trout and salmon into the
lake itself as well as its tributaries, with an additional 5000
rainbows released into the surrounding lakes each year.
A number of anglers will be camped overnight around the
various lakes to make the most of first light, as the wind often
picks up late in the morning.
A LAKE COLERIDGE SALMON AND HAPPY ANGLER GEORGE BROWN
JOHNNY RICHARDS AND TONY HAWKER INSPECT A RAKAIA SPRING-FED TRIBUTARY FOR TROUT RELEASES
released trout will also be tagged for data
gathering purposes to see if the releases are
going to be a success and to understand more
about sea-run trout movements.
Anglers who catch marked fish are
encouraged to photograph, record tag details,
and release them, at least during the first year
of the program. If you do decide to keep the fish
please send the tag information and the weight
and length of the fish to Fish & Game.
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