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by Al Williams

Anglers on the opening weekend of high country fishing have complied with the rules, Fish and Game says.
Central South Island Fish and Game officer Rhys Adams about on Saturday, November 5, undertaking compliance checks.

Happy angler... Mark Tomlinson, of Ashburton, at Lake Alexandrina with his only fish for the morning, a 2.2kg rainbow trout.
Happy angler… Mark Tomlinson, of Ashburton, at Lake Alexandrina with his only fish for the morning, a 2.2kg rainbow trout.

“I was at Lake Alexandrina along with my colleague, Hamish Stevens, morning. Twenty-one anglers were checked at the lake and were all compliant with the regulations.
“Most anglers had caught a rainbow trout or two by lunchtime, with a few unlucky anglers missing out, although some had hooked and lost fish.”
Mr Adams estimated there were about 40 anglers fishing in Alexandrina on Saturday.
“Brown trout were harder to come by but were worth persevering due to their large size.”
Rangers also checked Lake Poaka, Twizel River, Fraser River, Tekapo River, Lake Heron, Hakataramea and rivers in the Waitaki Valley, Mr Adams said.

Andrew Scott at Lake Alexandrina.
Andrew Scott at Lake Alexandrina.

“Fish and Game officer Mark Webb Tekapo River. He estimated 70 anglers fished the river through the day.
“By lunchtime, most had landed one or two. The best report was seven landed and then another with six.
“The ratio in the Tekapo was about three to one rainbow/brown.
“The biggest fish was a rainbow at 2.5kg.”