Record numbers of salmon answered the ‘call of the wild’ and made the massive 180km one way journey to the remote spawning streams and hatcheries in the headwaters of the Canterbury braided rivers this year.

Last season only 4 salmon returned to the Ohapi Stream to spawn, however this year more than 100 returned. Montrose Hatchery at the top of the Rakaia River also experienced record numbers of returning salmon when 136 fish returned in a single night.

This year’s high number of spawning salmon are a credit to the volunteers and Fish and Game staff that continually carry out river and stream improvements, ova plantings and hatchery work which ensures the sustainability of our salmon fishery.

I highly recommend you view this clip if you are at all interested in salmon fishing in New Zealand.