It has certainly been an odd season this time around. You have made some good points about the age of returning fish. Lets hope next season will be a good one. I believe that CSI decided to close the season at the end of March as a conservation measure following the poor returns in the early 2000s. From memory I’m sure the Waitaki River had a late run usually fishing well in April. I know of several anglers who made an annual pilgrimage to the Waitaki River to fish for salmon during April. They would stay in the little huts at the Glenavy Camp Ground. Perhaps CSI should look again at returning the salmon season closing date to the end of April.