Canterbury Fishing Report - September 24th, 2021

A chance to move further afield

We have had two weeks of Level 2! That has meant that we have had the ability to get out and do some fishing!! Yes, we can fish during Level 3, but at Level 2 we can move about, go to our ‘favourite’, not just our ‘local’ spot. And it seems many an angler has taken advantage of this.

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Level 2 meant that boats were back on the water, and the weather also behaved at times and saw local anglers getting out of Akaroa, Lyttleton and Kaikoura, and from all accounts the bottom fishing for cod, puka, bluenose and perch was well worth the effort. Slow jigs worked well in shallower water and big baits fished from electric reels was the answer in the deep.

I noted in the last report that there had been some great beach salmon fishing in Kaikoura just at the end of Level 3. Whilst not as frantic as those few days, when the weather has been settled, the fish are still there and have been getting caught. Shiny ticers or spoons with plenty of action are doing the damage, remember to fish mid water in the surf and these salmon seem to be in close so a big, long cast is not an advantage here, repeated shorter casts keep you in the zone regularly. As October creeps closer so does the time to target rig and elephant fish. I haven’t heard of any elephants being caught, but a few rig have been landed which is encouraging to see. If you’re keen on targeting rig don’t be afraid to fish into darkness, this can often be the best time to get these hard fighting and tasty fish.

When this report goes live, we will be exactly one week out from the start of the new Freshwater fishing season! This is an extremely exciting time for trout anglers and the store has been bustling with those who are planning and preparing for their first trip of the season, grabbing a licence, and stocking up on tackle so they’re ready to go! At the time of writing our major rivers have just come down in another spring fresh, not ideal for those wanting to get out, but let’s hope that the nor-west stays away for now and we have some good river conditions for opening day and the weekend. The canals are still performing well, there was a small escape of salmon in Ohau C Canal and the fishing was fantastic for a few days and it sounds like there are some left to target. Spoons like Daiwa Chinooks were working well and as always, soft-baits were very consistent, particularly brighter colours or fishing lumos at night.

The flooded rivers will put a dampener on the whitebaiters for a couple of days, but as the rivers drop the fishing will pick up again. The Waimakariri has remained consistent, the Rakaia has had some catches of late and Lake Ellesmere is now open to the sea, this is popular with the locals, but will hopefully draw some sea run trout into the lake and into the feeder streams just in time for opening too!

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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