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Waitaki River Salmon Fishing Contest Winning fish weights since 1984

41lb Waitaki River Salmon.

Waitaki River Salmon Weights Here is a picture of a huge 41 lb salmon caught 24 years ago by Alan Pratt in the Waitaki River. At that time the Waitaki was home to the heaviest of the returning salmon.Alan was fishing from a boat, in early January 1995, just below the main road bridge when he hooked this 18.6 kg (41 pounds) monster salmon. It measured More...

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Keith Reinke featured image. Waitaki River Salmon Fishing.
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
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Waitaki River Salmon Fishing – Time of the Monster Salmon

A pair of big salmon taken from the Waitaki River by Rodger Colville. Waitaki River Salmon Fishing The Waitaki River is regarded by salmon anglers as “big water.” The mighty Waitaki frequently carries More...

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."
By Allan Burgess On Monday, January 19th, 2015
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Waitaki River fishing competition held in 1884

Nelson Bolstead, the weigh-master for a more recent Waitaki River fishing competition, the Waitaki Salmon Fishing Contest, checks the stomach cavity of a big salmon during the 1996 event while many other contestants More...

Waitaki River big salmon featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, January 15th, 2015
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Salmon Fishing in the Waitaki River – Hydro schemes in the head waters control river flow

Home » Waitaki River A big salmon caught in the Waitaki River. Waitaki River Salmon The Waitaki River straddles the boundary between North Otago and South Canterbury. Anglers who otherwise fish for salmon in the More...