where are the lower reaches trout?

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  • #7404
    smells like fish
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    I know all the mature trout head inland to spawn in the winter but where do the immature trout go in the tidal areas?Ive been out fishing a few times lately and not seen any sign of trout or perch.Surely the lower reaches are not completely dead in the winter?

    #25048
    troutfishernz
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    Ive been wondering the same thing, Been down the lower Opihi a couple of times but seen no sign of any Trout.

    #25049
    smells like fish
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    yes surely there are some around?another 6 weeks and the whitebait will be around and so will trout….

    #25051
    shark slayer
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    6 weeks time is when whitebait season starts not when the whitebait start running they will be around well before then and so will the sea runs..its been a slow start this year but there are a few searuns around they are just few and far between at the moment.the lower reaches are always pretty dead for resident fish at this time of the year.

    #25053
    smells like fish
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    I think they are sitting on the bottom conserving energy waiting for the spring .Don’t the whitebait start running once the water warms up?

    #25054
    shark slayer
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    i have seen big schools of bait in july..the water dosnt really start warming up until late october early november..

    #25059
    burkefish
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    we had shoals of bait going past in april in the mak.

    #25135
    troutfishernz
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    One small searun from Rangitata this morning, seems the searuns haven’t arrived in numbers yet.

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