The tributary rivers of Southland’s major lakes open for the first time this season on November 1st, a date that has long been marked on many of our anglers’ calendars. Consistent recent rainfall will see these rivers at, or slightly above normal flows. Good numbers of trout, rainbows in particular, are expected to be present as a result.
There are early reports of mouse eating trout being taken around the lake shores. Anglers should be prepared for significantly larger fish in the western tributaries and adjust their line strengths accordingly.
This season Fish and Game Southland is trialling a web-based booking system for the Ettrick Burn, Lake Te Anau. The Ettrick lies within the Takahe Special Area of the Murchison Mountains and entry for anglers is by a special licence only. These are available via the Fish and Game website www.fishandgame.org.nz.
Anglers should be reminded that Clean Gear Certificates are required for most rivers within Fiordland National Park. This system has successfully kept rivers clear of didymo and this requirement is strictly enforced.
For more information please contact Bill Jarvie, Southland Fish & Game's Te anau Officer, 021 540821