Published On: Thu, Jan 11th, 2018

Salmon Season Prospects for 2017-2018 with Charles Smith

Salmon Season 2017-2018 off to a Great Start!

The author Charles Smith with a Rakaia gut salmon caught one morning as the river was rising.

The author Charles Smith with a Rakaia gut salmon caught one morning as the river was rising. Salmon Season 2017-2018.

The season so far looks great compared to the previous two seasons. Salmon condition is a lot better with deeper chunky salmon caught. The run for the Rakaia River has been good with early catches in November and December. The build-up for the following months is looking promising.

What has made this season so far more interesting is that the water temperatures are a lot higher than usual slowing down salmon movement. Typically the early run of fish, race straight through the lower reaches of the Rakaia River but as stated before water temperatures are changing that pattern and salmon are holding out off the mouth and lower braids. All photographs courtesy of Charles Smith.
 
Any day spent at the Rakaia River mouth is a great day! 2017-2018 Salmon Season.

Any day spent at the Rakaia River mouth is a great day!

Simon McMillan with a "fish on" in the lower Rakaia River.,2017-2018 Salmon Season.

Simon McMillan with a “fish on” in the lower Rakaia River.

Simon McMillan with a chunky early season fish. 2017-2018 Salmon Season

Above: Simon McMillan with a chunky early season fish.

Tools of the trade Amazing Baits hand painted UV lures and quality Shimano reel. 2017-2018 Salmon Season.

Tools of the trade Amazing Baits hand painted UV lures and quality Shimano reel.

2017-2018 Salmon Season.

Above: Erik Vanderzet with a fish on in one of the lower Rakaia River braids.

Erik Vanderzet with a early morning limit bag from the lower Rakaia River. 2017-2018 Salmon Season.

Erik Vanderzet with an early morning limit bag from the lower Rakaia River. Magnificent! Photographs courtesy of Charles Smith.

Every season the salmon fishing is different. You never know in advance quite what is going to happen. It all depends on water temperature and feeding conditions at sea, and possibly a few other factors as well. It is essential to get out on the water at every opportunity. With the salmon waiting in the surf off the river mouths this season it could well be one of those years when anglers fishing long rods could be well rewarded. Hopefully, it is a good sign that the 2017-2018 salmon season will be a special one.

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