First salmon of season appear

First salmon of season appear

Beginners luck paid off for Rolleston women Vicky Van Der Zwet when she caught her first ever salmon the last weekend in November.

Vicky caught this perfectly conditioned fish in the lagoon near the Rakaia River mouth on the Saturday night. The jack weighed in at 8.10kg, with a length of 810mm.

There have been a few salmon sighted in the lower Rakaia River recently and it's great to see these early salmon have fed well at sea and are in great condition.With more and more kiwis traveling around New Zealand this summer, the opportunity is there for more kiwis to buy a fishing licence and try a bit of salmon fishing.

The big South Island East Coast rivers of the Waimakariri, Rakaia, Rangitata and Waitaki have long been the focus of annual pilgrimages for many anglers chasing those sleek silver bullets called salmon.

This year the salmon season runs from October 1, 2020 until March 31, 2021, and anglers are restricted to one fish per day. 

- Fish and Game


30 November 2020

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