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by Claire Allison

Blustery conditions did not deter keen anglers from trying their luck on opening day of the high country fishing season on Saturday.

The first Saturday in November is traditionally the opening day for high country waters, mostly rainbow trout waters and some of the smaller, more sensitive waters, Central South Island Fish & Game officer Rhys Adams said.

“It’s a pretty big event for a lot of anglers, and a lot of visiting anglers come to fish our region.”

Rangers discovered anglers on the Hakataramea River who had travelled from Australia for the opening.

“By early afternoon on Saturday, most anglers encountered had caught and mostly released between one to five trout.”

Six trout tagged by Fish & Game to help learn how fish move through the lower Waitaki River system were caught in the Hakataramea River over the weekend.

Most high country waters will be open until April 30.

Waitaki River trout tagging

Fish & Game has tagged 180 brown and 390 rainbow trout in the lower Waitaki River fishery with yellow, numbered tags. Tags are found near the dorsal fin. The trout were tagged in the Hakataramea River during their spawning run in winter and spring this year.

most of these trout will be found in the lower Waitaki River and its Hakataramea River tributary. It is possible they will venture as far as the Maerewhenua River too.

Please report any capture of tagged trout to Fish & Game.

The tagging project will help Fish & Game understand how the tagged fish move through the lower Waitaki River system after spawning in the Hakataramea River.

Information to report: Tag number, catch date and location, kept or released. Please report to: Central South Island Fish & Game. Phone: (03)615-8400, email csi@fishandgame.org.nz