Fishing season a chance to catch a meal, chill out

Fishing beckons . .. The sport fishing season opens on Saturday, with opportunities to unwind and feed the whanau. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Cash›strapped anglers are encouraged to fish locally as the 2022›23 freshwater sports-fishing season opens on Saturday.

‘‘People need to look after their wellbeing as living costs reach all›time highs, and unwind outdoors with friends and family,’’ Otago Fish & Game officer Bruce Quirey said.

“Fortunately, Otago anglers itching to catch trout that have been undisturbed in closed waters for the past four months do not have to travel far to find good freshwater fishing.’’

Good populations of brown and rainbow trout and perch are reported in the lower Clutha River, and tributaries such as the Pomahaka and Waipahi — rested over winter — look in good shape as snow thaws in the headwaters.

In coastal reaches, anglers are watching large sea›run brown trout, chasing bait fish in estuaries, and pastural streams have been flushed by winter flows.

In the big southern lakes, rainbow trout are amassing at river mouths for the spawning run.

Spring also serves up some of the best fishing for landlocked salmon.

Anglers are reminded they will need to carry a valid 2022›23 sports fishing licence.