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North Canterbury Fish & Game weekly report: 10 Feb 2017

Over the last month or so there have been only limited opportunities for Canterbury anglers due to the frequent nor-westers and heavy rain in the alps. The East Coast rivers in Canterbury have had a series of freshes with high flows and dirty water since well before Christmas. Last Sunday saw a brief respite for the salmon rivers, with a flurry of activity in the Hurunui River, which has been the standout river this season. I have had a report that there were 17 salmon caught at the mouth on Saturday, 13 Sunday, 20 on Monday and 13 Tuesday before the river came down dirty again. The Waimakariri also saw a few salmon caught on each of the same days around the McIntosh's Rocks area.


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Photo above of Waiau River Mouth last week.

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The photo above showing the headwaters of the Rakaia last week.

Flows have receded again and the rivers look like they will be in ideal condition for salmon fishing this weekend, with very little rain expected from the next approaching Nor-wester! I have had reports that anglers have seen salmon between the Rakaia mouths (there are still two on the Rakaia) and SH1, and they are hopefully in good numbers throughout the river.

All the recent freshes and floods have changed the main salmon rivers significantly, so it's anyone's guess where the good fishing spots are, with the keen anglers putting considerable time into reconnaissance for the prime spots on the river. As with salmon fishing, the rivers have provided limited opportunities for trout anglers recently, but hopefully things should improve this weekend.


With the weather in the high country deteriorating over the weekend, the best bet for anglers wanting to fish the lakes this weekend looks like tomorrow morning, with winds increasing later in the day and rain spreading across from the west into Sunday. Anglers that have put the effort in at the right time have reported good fishing in most of the lakes in the region recently, and we are still getting good reports from anglers trolling on Lake Coleridge.


Good luck if you are heading out for a fish over the weekend.
Steve Terry

Fin Clipping Salmon this Weekend at Montrose


Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th February 2017
Volunteer Assistance Needed!

Hatchery staff are attempting to hold oxygen levels in an effort to avoid releasing  non marked smolt earlier and smaller than recommended.

Part 1 of the annual fin clipping program was held in early December with volunteers clipping 78,000 smolt weighing 6 grams. This was an especially fine effort due to handling of the small size of the smolt. This second session in February should allow much higher numbers to be clipped with the smolt weighing around 20 grams.

Part 2 of the Annual Chinook Salmon Smolt fin clipping program will take place at the Montrose hatchery at 8.30am  Saturday the 11th of February and will involve 2 days with a good team finishing on Sunday.
This important task of marking Chinook salmon for the purpose of identification within the fishery is one of the most essential fisheries management tools we have. 
North Canterbury Fish and Game are inviting members of the New Zealand Salmon Anglers Association and the Canterbury Lurefishing Association, and members of the public to assist with the task of adipose fin clipping approximately 190.000 Salmon Smolt at the site. These smolt stocks are destined for release into Silver Stream, Otukaikino, Rakaia, Coleridge, Kaikoura,, Clarence, and the West Coast in July.

Numbers of members advised to complete this task on this weekend are 40 volunteers on both days.. Members of the public are also invited and they will be adopted by the clubs and be included on the daily registration list. So invite your friends and children to enjoy the comradery of anglers on this social and educational outing.

Fish and Game Rangers and Council members are also invited to take part over the weekend. 
The car pool meeting point will be at the Yaldhurst Hotel car park, at 7.30am Saturday. Volunteers whom have not been to the Montrose hatchery before are advised to meet at Blackford Road which is the first Road on the right after crossing the Rakaia Gorge bridge , on the South side of the river. The entrance to the property is 6 kms up the road from the turn off and will be marked by an angler access sign.

Fish and Game will also be providing a barbeque lunch on the day. Warm clothes and wet weather gear is advised. Gumboots or waders are also advised.

An indication of numbers from the clubs prior to the weekend would be appreciated.
Members of the public please contact below.

Thanks all,
Dirk Barr,
Fish and Game Hatcheries Manager, 021 221 8378

North Canterbury Fish & Game weekly report: 5 Feb 2017

No doubt many of you have plans to go away this long weekend. The weather once again is dominated by North West winds.  It doesn't look to be raining in the main divide until Monday, but it is going to be windy inland and in high country areas while further towards the coast it will be calmer and very hot.

All of the Alpine rivers are running high and coloured at the moment. It will be marginal as to whether or not they will be fishable for salmon by the end of the weekend.  I'm guessing they probably won't be as the base levels of the rivers seem quite high this year due to the amount of saturation and rain in the high country.  There maybe some opportunities for catching salmon in the surf.

Backcountry rivers are also running high at the moment and may become fishable during the weekend but they will have big flows. This will present challenging conditions for fly anglers. Spin anglers should make the most of higher flows as the fish are more active. 

Usually at this time of year the fish tend to go docile with lower water conditions and high temperatures. This year seems to be completely different as the regular floods are keeping the water temperature down to around 14 degrees which is great for trout.  They are also hungry and active at the moment due to the constant freshes. 

Bear in mind that the high country will be windy this weekend but there might be the odd window of calmer conditions especially in the evenings of early morning.

Foot hill streams are in really good condition at the moment.  The Ashley has a nice healthy flow for this time of year as does the upper Selwyn.  The condition of fish this year in these rivers continues to be excellent.  Lowland streams such as the Cam, Silverstream and Otukaikino will be good options this weekend with the warm conditions and good flows. 
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Waimakariri River
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Rakaia River

Tony Hawker
North Canterbury Island Fish & Game Officer

North Canterbury Fish & Game weekly report: 27 Jan 2017

Not looking that good for fishable conditions in the main rivers this weekend. At the time of writing (8am Friday) the Rakaia river is flowing at 409 cumics, the Waimak is 242 at Otarama and the Hurunui is at 74. The best chance of fishability will be in the Hurunui this weekend. The forecast for the Canterbury high country and Arthurs Pass is relatively good for Saturday and most of Sunday, however the wind direction will still be mostly Nor West. Another active front threatens heavy rain in the Alps by Sunday evening. This may be brief but snow fed rivers could rise yet again. Trout angling conditions will be better than salmon angling it seems, with the exception of surf casting possibilities at the Northern river mouths especially. Wind levels in the high country will be moderate over the weekend with Saturday looking like the better day.

t looks like it is one of those seasons that we are going to be plagued by poor, if not marginal river and weather conditions. That being the case we going to have to advise our families that when its good we are gone. I mean how much gardening can one actually do? In the past I recall a season like this that the main snow fed rivers only provided 16 fishable days for the season, and most of them were during the week. One positive from this is that salmon get a free passage, lets hope they are in there now and bolting for it.

All our High Country Lakes are worth a look this weekend. The dry fly indicator nymph method is the most effective for fly anglers. A Humpy pattern or Black Gnat used as the indicator, with a small Hare and Copper or Black and Peacock nymph about 700mm below can well. The length of trace used will depend on the depth of water. Terrestrial style patterns will also come into their own over the next few weeks. Larger patterns are used to imitate blowflies and cicada and sometimes it is the heavy splat of your fly that attracts excitement from trout. However make sure the cast is some distance from the fish as not to spook it. It often helps to spot the trout and let it cruise by while you are low and concealed, then cast out a few meters out to the side whilst it is swimming away from you. 

There are still some very nice fish being caught in the high country lakes, but they are getting difficult. It is a great time to try and sharpen up on your skills. Less casting is often a good tactic. However there are always periods of trout madness, especially when there is a new food source abundant, due to weather conditions. Anything can happen on these days! 

Sea Run trout options may be ok if river levels drop enough over the weekend. The rivers are usually trout fishable a day or two before they are termed salmon fishable. Trout seem to have the ability to see feed in very discoloured water, or maybe they can sense the movement. Silvery's often run in these discoloured conditions, and the Sea Runs are usually not far behind them. So it maybe worth a look.

Tagged Brown Trout
Keep an eye out for the 1,800 tagged trout that have been released into the Rakaia river. Many of these trout have been caught by anglers to date and they have started to venture a lot further than their original release site. The tag numbers are very important, and a landing net is recommended so that the trout can be secured without harm whilst the number is recorded. Please record the tag details, tag colour, number, and location of capture. Release the trout if possible and provide the information to (northcanterbury@fishandgame.org.nz) This information will be very valuable in regards to implementing future trout enhancement programs. All anglers providing this information will go into a special prize draw at the end of this season.

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Someone got lucky with a Rakaia Mouth Salmon last week.

Junior Fishery at the Groynes
There are still some good opportunities for the kids of catching a fish at the Groynes. The best time for success is the last hour before dark. Soft baits and bait fishing with worms or shrimps should work well. Spinners such as veltics can also work around dusk. Remember a fishing licence is required for all children regardless of age and it is a 100% Junior Fishery. Licences are available at most major tackle stores, or North Canterbury Fish and Game, 32 River Road Rangiora. Phone 03 313 5728
80 nice conditioned salmon weighing about 3 pounds were released into the top pond nearest Clearwater last week. Some great fishing was had by juniors last Saturday according to reports. Watch this report for notice of salmon release information.
Fin Clipping Weekend at Montrose
 Club Funds Raising Event, 2 days.
Saturday 11th  and Sunday 12th   February 2017
Volunteer Assistance Needed!
Hatchery staff are attempting to hold oxygen levels in an effort to avoid releasing  non marked smolt earlier and smaller than recommended.

Part 1 of the annual fin clipping program was held in early December with volunteers clipping 78,000 smolt weighing 6 grams. This was an especially fine effort due to the difficult handling size of the smolt. This second session in February should allow much higher numbers to be clipped with the smolt weighing around 20 grams.

Part 2 of the Annual Chinook Salmon Smolt fin clipping program will take place at the Montrose hatchery at 8.30am  Saturday the 11th of February and will involve 2 days with a good team finishing on Sunday. On both days the target will be to finish by 2.30pm.

This important task of marking Chinook salmon for the purpose of identification within the fishery is one of the most essential fisheries management tools we have. 

North Canterbury Fish and Game are inviting members of the New Zealand Salmon Anglers Association and the Canterbury Lurefishing Association, and members of the public to assist with the task of adipose fin clipping approximately 190.000 Salmon Smolt at the site. These smolt stocks are destined for release into Silver Stream, Otukaikino, Rakaia, Coleridge, Kaikoura,, Clarence, and the West Coast in July when they are 50grams in weight and 1 year old.

Numbers of members advised to complete this task on this weekend are 40 volunteers on both days.. Members of the public are also invited and they will be adopted by the clubs and be included on the daily registration list. So invite your friends and children to enjoy the comradery of anglers on this social and educational outing.

Fish and Game Rangers and Council members are also invited to take part over the weekend. 
The car pool meeting point will be at the Yaldhurst Hotel car park, at 7.30am Saturday. Volunteers whom have not been to the Montrose hatchery before are advised to meet at Blackford Road which is the first Road on the right after crossing the Rakaia Gorge bridge , on the South side of the river. The entrance to the property is 6 kms up the road from the turn off.

Fish and Game will also be providing a barbeque lunch on the day. Warm clothes and wet weather gear is advised incase of bad weather. Gumboots or waders are also advised.

An indication of numbers from the clubs prior to the weekend would be appreciated. Look forward to seeing you all up there at this great family day out.

Members of the public please contact below Thanks all,
Dirk Barr,
Fish and Game Hatcheries Manager, 021 221 8378. or email dbarr@fishandgame.org.nz
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Rakaia River mouth (one of three) Dirty river and messy sea, 20th Jan 2017

Any Salmon Around?
The Hurunui river seems to be leading the way to date with a mixed bag of small to medium sized salmon. A fish of around 18 pounds seems to be the largest at this stage of the season, but that is still a very respectable fish. The Waimakariri has only had a handful of salmon taken to date, and the Rakaia river has also been quiet. The rivers have been unfishable for over a week now, maybe when it clears there will be more evidence of fish in the rivers.
Tight Lines All!

Dirk Barr
North Canterbury Fish & Game weekly report: 20 Jan 2017

Over the last few weeks there have been only limited opportunities for Canterbury anglers due to the frequent nor-westers and resulting heavy rain in the alps. The east coast rivers in Canterbury had a large flood peaking yesterday, with flows higher than seen for some time. New river mouths will have formed and the river braids will all be different. Although frustrating in terms of getting out on the river fishing this weekend, for many anglers this is a welcome natural event, which will freshen up the rivers and renew the challenge of finding good fishing water. Hopefully once flows recede, salmon and fishable waters are plentiful.

Before this flood, anglers were catching the odd salmon in the Rakaia and Waimakariri rivers, with 2-3 each day from the Hurunui Mouth, which had quietened off from the previous week. This recent period of prolonged freshes should entice salmon into the rivers, so hopefully we get a break from the nor-westers for a while and we get a flurry of salmon activity in the near future. As with salmon fishing, the rivers have provided limited opportunities for sea-run trout anglers recently.

The best bet for anglers wanting to head into the high country to fish the lakes this weekend looks like tomorrow morning, with winds increasing later in the day and rain spreading across much of the South Island into Sunday. Anglers that have put the effort in at the right time have reported good fishing in most of the lakes in the region, with good reports continuing to come from anglers trolling on Lake Coleridge, especially early morning.

Fish & Game released another 50 salmon into the junior fishing lakes at Groynes this week, so there will be some great fishing for the kids in the last week of the school holidays.

Good luck if you are heading out for a fish over the weekend.
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Photo above taken at the Rakaia Mouth yesterday morning by Dirk Barr showing a new mouth about to break through.
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Same location five minutes later showing the new mouth breaking through and forming.
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Photo below taken in the Rakaia Gorge yesterday morning by Dirk Barr
Tight lines

Steve Terry
North Canterbury Fish & Game Officer
North Canterbury Fish & Game weekly report: 13 Jan 2017

Angling conditions are proving a little trying with all these strong nor-westers we have had in recent weeks and these fishing reports are starting to become a bit repetitive ...northwest rain in the alps has once again brought the rivers down in a fresh and the main salmon fishing rivers will not be fishable again until sometime next week, hopefully! I must apologise for getting the flows wrong in my last report, as I wrote the report on the Wednesday night, checking the rain forecast for the alps and underestimated the amount that resulted, making the rivers unfishable, the opposite of my reported forecast river conditions for the weekend!

This is the fifth fresh in the last four weeks, and with another north-westerly airflow forecast for the South Island this weekend, there is likely to be another fresh to follow. Between freshes, in the small window of opportunity, usually in the lower reaches of the main rivers, salmon fishing has started to improve with a small flurry earlier this week in the lower Rakaia.

Best reports are coming from the Hurunui River where they have been catching between 4 and 8 salmon each day from the gut and surf, with a few salmon also reported from the Waiau River, which is a good sign, as obtaining such information from locals is rare!

The Waimakariri has still been relatively quiet, with reports of only the odd salmon caught each day from the lower reaches, although there have been good numbers of kahawai about which has kept up many anglers interest. These are often regarded as a poor quality eating fish, but with a bit of care and preparation, they make great eating. Once caught, bleed them and place them on ice. Once home take time to remove all the dark red flesh when filleting these fish and cook them that day fresh, you will be pleasantly surprised.


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A typical Rakaia River fresh showing a plume of discoloured water extending well out to sea.

Hopefully over the coming weeks the weather settles down and when it does, make the most of the early mornings and the evenings, especially while you are on a break from work through the remainder of the season. We still hope to see reasonable numbers of salmon show up in all the rivers sometime over the next month, with the Waimakariri generally fishing well in the later half of the season.

Anglers often talk amongst themselves about the reasons why salmon are either abundant or scarce, and while no-one has any definitive answers that correlate from one season to another or for each generation of salmon, Fish & Game are trying to eliminate some of the variables that may reduce salmon survival chances in freshwater.

In conjunction with ECan, we have just completed a three year study looking at the differences in stream bed composition, invertebrates, algae and water quality, between various salmon spawning streams in the Waimakariri, Rakaia & Rangitata rivers, investigating whether there are any adverse effects from farm intensification in the Canterbury high country.

Many of the streams monitored, are likely to show near pristine habitats, however this data provides an essential baseline for reference in future years. Monitoring these streams has also provided staff with a valuable opportunity to liaise with and involve the landowners when gathering data, enabling long term data sets to be collected for greater understanding of the issues, ensuring that changes may be implemented if and when required.

Further research is about to commence on the Ashley and Selwyn catchments to monitor the health of these valuable trout fisheries, and we will keep anglers posted as to results of these investigations. Staff are also working with ECan to ensure fish screens are working effectively and this will be ongoing to ensure minimal fish are diverted away from our rivers.
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On the trout fishing front, there have been a few sea-run trout caught in the lower Waimakariri, but few elsewhere.  Lake Coleridge is still the lake of choice, with some nice trout and salmon taken, when winds allow.

A friendly reminder to anglers, please remember, there is no salmon fishing in the Western Zone of our rivers, above the white posts, as we get reports each year in the later part of each season of this occurring. Rangers have been actively patrolling waterways this season and will continue to do so in coming weeks, so please remember to carry your licence with you at all times. A long walk back to the vehicle to retrieve your licence when the fishing action is hot, does not help anyone, let alone receive a criminal prosecution for flouting the regulations, as it is an offence not to produce a licence when requested by a ranger, let alone fish without one!

Good luck if you are heading out for a fish over the weekend.
Tight lines!
Steve Terry
North Canterbury Fish & Game Officer

North Canterbury Fish & Game weekly report: 8 Jan 2017

Looks like we finally have a good window of fishable opportunity, after many weekends of poor conditions to date. The weekends forecast is pretty good, especially for anglers looking to target the main snow fed rivers. At the time of writing the Rakaia River is marginal at present and flowing at around 200 cumics and dropping fast.

This river has been fishable at around 180 cumics this season which is higher than usual due to consistently good rainfalls in the Alps. The Waimakariri River is fishable now at 85 cumics. A flow less than 100 seems to be the fishable mark this season. The forecast in the main divide is mostly West to South/West this weekend. Light rain may be possible but no moderate rain is forecast until Monday.
This forecast should provide great opportunity for all anglers high and low country, so get the lawns done now and make the most of this window.

Some great reports are still coming in of very nice fish being caught in the high country lakes. Trout up to 7 pounds are not uncommon this season, and some anglers have been beaten by supposedly bigger. It is prime time for dry fly action. Patterns such as the Black Gnat, Green Beetle, and Humpies are a good choice for the lakes. These are often used as a strike indicator, with a small nymph tied on to the shank hanging about 500mm below. This way the trout have 2 options to choose from.

Spin anglers may find that the trout are becoming more selective at this stage of the season. Lighter line of around 4 pound test, and smaller lures than you prefer to cast will be more successful with selective fish. Long distance casting is not easy with light lures but that is often not important as the fish are usually cruising not far out. Small veltic type blade spinners sizes 1# and 2#, or rapalas and soft baits will probably be the best option.

Searun trout options should be very good this weekend. On dusk will be the best time. Use feathered lures with a lead weight attached to the main line about 1.5 meters above. Silvery, or smelt type patterns are the best option. Hopes Silvery, Parsons Glory, Taupo Tigers in sizes 2# or 4#. The size of lead weight will vary depending on river current and depth but typically a range of weights between quarter ounce, and 1 ounce will cover most conditions. Barrel shaped weights are best as they are streamlined and create less line drag.


Tagged Brown Trout

Keep an eye out for the 1,800 tagged trout that have been released into the Rakaia river. Many of these trout have been caught by anglers to date and they have started to venture a lot further than their original release site. The tag numbers are very important, and a landing net is recommended so that the trout can be secured without harm whilst the number is recorded.

Please record the tag details, tag colour, number, and location of capture. Release the trout if possible and provide the information to (northcanterbury@fishandgame.org.nz) This information will be very valuable in regards to implementing future trout enhancement programs. All anglers providing this information will go into a special prize draw at the end of this season.

Junior Fishery at the Groynes

There are still some good opportunities for the kids of catching a fish at the Groynes. The best time for success is the last hour before dark. Soft baits and bait fishing with worms or shrimps should work well. Spinners such as veltics can also work around dusk. Remember a fishing licence is required for all children regardless of age and it is a 100% Junior Fishery. Licences are available at most major tackle stores, or North Canterbury Fish and Game, 32 River Road Rangiora. Phone 03 313 5728

80 nice conditioned salmon weighing about  3 pounds were released into the top pond nearest Clearwater and the large middle pond also 2 days before xmas. Fish and Game intend releasing more salmon later next week at the Groynes. Watch this report for notice of salmon release information.

Whiskey Creek Chinook Salmon Enhancement Program: Progress Report - 5th January 2017

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The History

The Whiskey Creek Chinook salmon enhancement program is now a reality. This concept began some years ago when a hatchery model was presented to council showing a detailed over all site plan, with 3 stages included, and an estimate of costs for stage 1 and 2. Subsequent to this, discussions were then held with the site location land owners ( Trust Power ) where Fish and Game explained the concept of what could be done with the 30 year old abandoned raceway site. This site had been left derelict, and the creek had been diverted away from it, after a failed commercial salmon farming venture in the 80s, and had become an over grown mess to say the least.

Trust Power were very receptive to Fish and Game plans, and positive partnership was forged, with a commitment and determination to make this happen.

From this initial meeting with Trust Power a 100 year lease was drawn up for the 30 acre area with conditions. One of the main conditions was that if Trust Power decide in the future to extend their power generation, and double their pen stocks, Fish and Game would need to move from the existing raceways area further out towards the river. There is no forecast of when or if that may happen at present, but all monetary input to the site is considered with that in mind.

Plans for the project were decided in 3 stages.  Stage 1 of the project being the restoration and kit out of 2 of the old abandoned races. The construction of a utility building to be used as an office/feed store/workshop, and smoko room providing, shelter for staff and volunteers working on site. Resource consent for the re diversion of the creek was also required, and after a lengthy process was secured in March 2016.

The granting of resource consent from ECAN in March 2016 triggered the long awaited go button. After 3 years of planning it was finally time for action!

The Primary Objective


To have 30,000 salmon smolt being imprinted in the raceways in December 2016, grown to 50 grams, and ready for release directly from the site in July 2017.


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One of the initial working bees, assessing how to reinvent the quake damaged headrace. Where to begin?


The Priority Plan

  • Working bees, hand clearing scrub and debris in raceways, barrowing years of accumulation.
  • Digger clearance of the entire surrounding site. Forming a new inflowing creek bed, and channelling an outflow with a trap area for returning adult brood stock. Levelling a site pile area for the construction of a relocate able office/workshop. Build vehicle access tracks.
  • Construct a new headrace with bypasses and silt collection areas. Poly line the headrace. Build stairs to feeders. Out flow boards. Pour concrete pads for trap and headrace inflow areas. Create a native fish bypass as required.
  • Construct 8 feeders, motors, timer box, solar panel etc. Netting for bird proofing races. Build 6 aluminium framed screens, clad with stainless mesh. Epoxy mortar gaps in raceway walls.
  • Create a diversion for existing creek to divert. Reinstate a bridge over the new stream. Salvage any fish from the old creek bed at diversion time.

Progress to Date:
Thanks to an extremely dedicated salmon enhancement team all of the priorities listed above have been completed with one exception. The returning adult brood stock trap pad is in place, but the trap itself will be completed in March 2017. 
There will in no doubt be constant adjustments being made to improve the basic infrastructure of the raceway kit out, and no doubt some unforeseen problems initially also.
With the priority plan being mainly complete the team will now focus on the completion of Stage 1, organising the construction of the utility building. This is something that will be of huge benefit to the team up there, especially in the winter months when so much of the work occurs.
We are Ready!
As 1st December 2016 we can finally announce with confidence the official opening day at Whiskey Creek is Saturday 17th December. Trust Power, Local Landowners and Lake Coleridge residents have been invited to attend and share with Fish and Game and the dedicated volunteers, the celebration of the first arrivals of Chinook salmon at the site at 11am that day.
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For the first time in 30 years, these raceways now inhabit Chinook Salmon. This time the purpose will be, the enhancement of not only the Rakaia river Chinook salmon fishery, but other North Canterbury salmon rivers as well.
In Conclusion:
After years of planning, and months of hard labour by staff and volunteers, we have now officially welcomed 30,000 Chinook salmon smolt back to this site.
These smolt will be ready for release into the Rakaia river, directly from the site, in July 2017. This will be a huge boost to salmon stocks in the Rakaia river.
It is hoped that the returning adult brood stocks from these initial releases, will ensure the harvest of ova, for the enhancement of future runs of Chinook salmon in our region for years to come.
North Canterbury Fish and Game would especially like to thank all volunteers for their dedicated support with this project. 
Any Salmon Around?
Yes they are moving now! There are more and more salmon stories being told daily now. It seems the Waiau and Hurunui rivers are producing some fish when fishable, and the Rakaia is also revealing a few. The Waimakariri has had a handful of salmon taken to date but the former 3 are the pick at present. It seems that they are mostly not very big at this stage with the average fish weighing around 10 pounds. This up coming period of fishability should prove the best to date for accessing just how many are about, keeping in mind that rivers have not been fishable very often so far.
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This 10 pound salmon was 1 of 3 caught by angler Scott Turner in the Rakaia river late December before the last fresh.
Get out there this weekend while conditions are on the anglers side for a change! 

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