Canterbury Fishing Report - October 21st, 2021

Canterbury Report - Planning tricky, but the results worth it

We are really experiencing spring weather here in Canterbury, the constant swing from nor-west gales and rain in the high country, to southerly blasts sweeping up the island and back again is frustrating, but unfortunately the norm for us at this time of year! This makes planning a fishing trip a little tricky at times, but hey when you’re keen you make it happen!

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The buzz is still there from the October 1 trout opener, but as above, the weather has been throwing up plenty of challenges, however as I have mentioned before there is always somewhere to hide from the weather if you are prepared to look around and travel a little bit.

The trout that have been caught are slowly putting on condition after a tough winter of big floods, the bonus of that, is that they are generally hungry and are actively feeding at every opportunity. Remember to fish your feet first and make the first cast count. Whilst it’s a shadow of its former self, we have heard from a few anglers that have put in some late nights and had success in the feeder streams of Lake Ellesmere. These streams are worth walking in the daylight hours to check them out, then most fish are caught after dark fishing with bully or smelt flies or lures.

We have the high country opening fast approaching, Saturday, November 6. At the time of writing, Fish & Game are still intending to hold their opening weekend competition at Lake Coleridge. With current Covid restrictions it will likely be under a slightly different format, but still going ahead. This week sees a full moon, good news for white-baiters, and the weather is looking pretty good for the long weekend too!


I haven’t heard a lot about the local boat fishing of late, but with a long weekend upon us I’m confident there will be some fishing going on and we will end up with some good reports next week. When the sea conditions allow there is always cod to be caught out of Akaroa and Motunau or further afield in Moeraki.

After reporting the first elephant fish that I had heard of this season in my last report I haven’t heard anymore. With the weather appearing to be rather settled for Labour weekend there will plenty of action on the beaches, both north and south of the Peninsula which should have more ‘eles’ and rig being caught. Shellfish baits are usually the most effective for these guys, don’t be afraid to fish into or through the night either. If it’s not too windy it can be very pleasant spending an evening/night on the beach with good company and a nice fire!

With the temperatures warming up (a little!) we have seen an influx of free-diving interest back in the store. Banks Peninsula and Kaikoura are popular areas to visit to spear some butterfish or moki or gather some paua or crayfish.

We have a very active team of keen anglers in our Fishing Department, so please fire any questions our way and we will point you in the right direction to keep you on the fish. Please check out our Facebook page for more info on what we are up to in Canterbury.

Simon McMillan
Christchurch Hunting and Fishing New Zealand
75 Clarence Street, Addington, Christchurch
03 3430212

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