November 2022 News Update
We have a fishout day on the Sunday the 13th of November. You must book a slot for a child on this day and although slots are filling quickly there are ( as of Friday the 4th November) still some slots available. Go to the “bookings” tab to book a time. Remember children must be 5 years or over.
Important: The ponds are closed from Monday the 3rd of October until the 15th of December. This is to allow for pond maintenance ( weed removal and rebuilding of tracks), some restocking, and fishout days including special needs groups. Bookings for the fishout days can be made on the Bookings page on this site. Remember that children for guided fishing must be five or older.
Two of our Trustees, Cameron Reid and Richard Boyden, have retired in the last two months. Both Cameron and Richard Have been Trustees for over ten years and have contributed a great deal to the success of the ponds as a youth facility. They both intend to continue as guides on fishout days.
However we are now seeking two new Trustees. The role is not particularly onerous , 4-5 meetings a year , usually in the evening for about 1.5 to 2 hours. The meetings are mainly to organise the program for the year and future fishout days. There may be one or two tasks for Trustees arising from these meetings.
If you might be interested in becoming a Trustee give Ian Kearney a ring on 021 998713.
The ponds and surrounds are looking very great at the moment thanks to the Corrections Dept and the PD workers.
With the recent rain the water level is quite high so caution is needed around the pond edges.
There are plenty of fish in the ponds in late July so make the most of any fine weather for the kids to have a fish. They are just coming off spawning and not very receptive to taking a bait but persistence is likely to be rewarded.
Remember that the two smaller ponds are for bait and fly fishing only. Spinners, lures, softbaits etc are restricted to the big pond. Fishers (the person holding the rod ) must be between 5 and 17 years of age.
Have a good fish
Access to the ponds
The old access road off of River Rd. is now closed. The new access road is further on at the intersection of Waimea West Rd. and Challies Rd. For directions see:
Directions to the Ponds
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