personally I had 1 fish up to 25th March, the got 6 in the next 12 days. Other anglers got a lot more and those fishing up river did really well. Know of one person who caught 7 in aday releasing them. The hatcheries had low returns this year with F&G having only 400,000 eggs. That is half the number they had last year the nz salmon anglers will only have 80,000 ova for the Mak this year. Another interesting point ison the low flows this year the anglers who had a lot of success in the boats and from the shore above Macintoshs used lighter gear and fished the top half of the water column, I think because salt water was up the river a lot further than usual. further fish still returning, some have been around the 20lb mark according to the team doing ova planting at the weekend.