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As opening season rolls around Fish & Game is encouraging Cantabrians to relieve some stress after “one hell of a year” and enjoy the peace and quiet fishing offers.
“It has been a hell of a year for the people of Christchurch and fishing is a return to normality,” says Fish & Game Officer Tony Hawker.
“Last year fishing was the last thing on people’s minds as they were busy surviving in the aftermath of the earthquake.”
But Cantabrians are probably ready for some light relief now and North Canterbury Fish & Game suggests some quiet time on the river or lake is a great way to unwind.
“Take the family out and make a day or weekend out of it,” says Mr Hawker. “Have more than one option, for example, if there is a screaming ‘nor-wester, have a ‘Plan B’ like fishing one of the foothill rivers”.
Mr Hawker says the evidence is pointing towards a good season ahead – opening day being October 1.
“We’ve had stable flows throughout winter without any major floods that can lead to fish mortality. Populations in the headwaters, middle and lower reaches should all be good.”
Mr Hawker points out that riverbeds currently have optimum algae cover and reasonable invertebrate numbers which is also promising: “The trout should be in good condition.”
Regulation changes for 2011
A number of regulation changes have been introduced this year following an extensive consultation process. These changes include some restrictions to protect the fishery but also some increased opportunities for anglers. The regulation changes are as follows: