Waitaki River Salmon Weights During the 1990s I spent a good deal of time salmon fishing the lower Waitaki River,…
During the 1990s I spent a good deal of time salmon fishing the lower Waitaki River, the surf in particular. Back then diesel was 50 cents per litre. Most years I would travel down to Glenavy for the annual salmon fishing contest. One thing that always amazed me was the large size of the salmon being landed. It seemed to me that 30 pounds plus salmon were by no means out of the ordinary for the Waitaki River. Note from the weights below that the winning fish in 1994, 1995 and 1996 were all over 16kg or 35 pounds in the old measure.
This list of previous winning fish weights makes interesting reading.
You can see that weights dropped away in 1986 and didn’t return to these levels until the mid 90’s. Then dropped away again in the late 90’s. The worst years being 1987 and 2000. As yet the big fish have still not returned.
These results from the Waitaki Salmon Fishing Contest have been seen across the salmon fishery as a whole throughout this period, with the Waimakariri, Rakaia and Rangitata also following a similar curve. Also during the years when the fish are smaller, they are also fewer in number. Waitaki River fish are always the heaviest on average.
1984 D McLeod 16.43kg
1985 R. McDiarmid 15.60kg
1986 R Goodsir 10.69kg
1987 N. Adamson 7.19kg
1988 A. Johnson 10.94kg
1989 S. Thomson 12.59kg
1990 D. Cleverley 11.69kg
1991 Mrs P McFelin 7.17kg
1992 A. Hamilton 9.35kg
1993 K. Wright 11.79kg
1994 C. Wilson 16.04kg
1995 M. McVie 16.78kg
1996 I. Hurst 16.12kg
1997 R. Giles 14.005kg 1998 Cancelled (Heavy rain, flood, river unfishable and dangerous)
1999 M. Taylor 11.016kg
2000 S. Gregory 7.636kg 2001 H. Alloo 9.79kg
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