41lb Waitaki River Salmon.
Waitaki River Salmon Fishing Contest Winning fish weights since 1984

Waitaki River Salmon Weights During the 1990s I spent a good deal of time salmon.

Keith Reinke featured image. Waitaki River Salmon Fishing.
Waitaki River Salmon Fishing – Time of the Monster Salmon

Waitaki River Salmon Fishing The Waitaki River is regarded by salmon anglers as “big water.”.

Nelson Bolstead, the weigh-master for the Waitaki Salmon Fishing Contest, checks the stomach cavity of a big salmon during the 1996 event while many other contestants and interested onlookers watch proceedings. Mr Bolstead is a scientist with NIWA and an expert on the life cycle of this species. The years 1996 and 1997 were very good for salmon angling in the Waitaki River. There were plenty of salmon caught by anglers and many of the fish caught weighed in excess of 30 pounds. The 1999/2000 season was a very poor one with most of the few fish that did return from sea being in poor condition. Their thin bodies often being refered to by salmon anglers as "slabs" or "slabby."
Waitaki River fishing competition held in 1884

Waitaki River Fishing Competition The first recorded fishing competition on the Waitaki river was organised.

Big salmon like this one weren't that unusual in the Waitaki River up until the mid-1990s.
Waitaki River Salmon Angling – Hydro schemes control river flow

Waitaki River Salmon The Waitaki River straddles the boundary between North Otago and South Canterbury..