Saturday 11 February 2012

Area Report: Marlborough, Branch River, Leatham River, Argyle Pond

A drift-dive during the week by Fish & Game has revealed the Branch and Leatham fisheries down somewhat on previous years, but Fish & Game Officer Rhys Barrier tells us it's "encouraging to see juvenile rainbows from last 2 seasons in there – presumably both lots were spawned from the 200 adults that were released 2-3 years ago up there – suspect rainbows will be elevated for the next few years before trickling back down to low levels, as browns once again predominate."

Also, "good numbers of medium sized brown trout in the bottom half of canal and head of Lake Argyle – in fact our highest count ever numbers wise but skewed down towards 1-2 pound size range – head of Lake Argyle where canal flows in is the spot to be."