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new BBQ’s at the ponds

Two new BBQ’s have been installed at the ponds, one at each end. They are similar to the old Rabbit island BBQ’s. You need to take your own wood to get them going and cannot be used if there is any fire risk. A big thanks to Tony’s Engineering Brightwater , Allied Concrete , and Ellis Street Autos.

Pond opening dates for parent supervised fishing.

The ponds are open for parent supervised youth fishing from the 20th of December until the 30th of March 2024. They will also be open for parent supervised fishing from from the 1st of June 2024 until the 30th of September . Any changes to these dates will be posted on the Trusts Facebook page.

guided fishout days.

The Guided fishout days for youth between the ages of 5 and 17 will be held on the 12th and 17th of November and on the 3rd of December. On these days we will provide the equipment to enable children to fish for a 50 minute spell and they will be assisted by an experienced fisher. It is essential that you book a time slot for these occasions and bookings can be made at the ” bookings” tab on this site.

youth fishing extended to 9th October

The Trust felt that with the heavy use over the first week of the school holidays we would defer maintenance for a few days to give families more opportunities to catch a fish . The ponds will now close for maintenance on Monday the 9th of October.

June Update

The children’s fishing ponds are now open until the end of September for children to fish with their parents/caregivers. They are quite well stocked with fish mainly in the 1 – 1.5 kgs range but with a few resident monsters up to 4.5 kgs. Just remember children need a licence, it is one fish a day, and the fishers ( defined as the person holding the rod) must be under 17.

More fish were added in late June so the ponds are well stocked for the school holidays. hopefully the weather will be fine. Please take care around the paths as the recent rain has raised the ponds water level and some of the paths may be under water.

7th of May Fishout Cancelled

We do not usually cancel fishout days if it is raining. However if the river level gets very high/flooded the ground water levels also get very high and the ponds can flood. An inspection this morning , Saturday 6th, showed the ponds water level very high , almost to the level of the wooden fishing platforms. Some of the ponds were linked up with no gravel track between them.

Most of the walking tracks and fishing points around the ponds were under water so access is not safe.

We therefore have, very reluctantly, cancelled the fishout day for the 7th of May.

March Update

More fish were added to the ponds in early March and the ponds are very well stocked at the moment. Also the weed has started to die down with the cooler evenings so is less of a nuisance when catching a  fish. That said it is still easier and more effective to fish with a float and bait rather than some form of spinner or soft bait. There is a nice fish , 5lb plus, in the small pond. :)

Remember that the ponds close for public/parent assisted fishing from the 30th of March to the 30th of May to enable maintenance, some fishout days, and events for special needs children.

There were 100 plus fish added to the children’s ponds in February , mainly about 1.3 kilos or heavier, so there is good fishing at the moment. With the warm weather there has been a lot of weed growth which makes fishing challenging. If the kids hook a fish that runs into weed tell them to keep steady pressure on the rod/fish and given a few minutes the fish is likely to find its way out of the weed.

We will undertake weed removal in late March to have it most of the weeds removed for the winter and for some fishout days in April/May.

January Update

There were 100 plus fish added to the children’s ponds last week, mainly about 1.3 kilos or heavier, so there is good fishing at the moment. With the warm weather there has been a lot of weed growth which makes fishing challenging. If the kids hook a fish that runs into weed tell them to keep steady pressure on the rod/fish and given a few minutes the fish is likely to find its way out of the weed.

We will undertake weed removal in late March to have it most of the weeds removed for the winter and for some fishout days in April/May.

December News

The fishing has not been easy at the last two fishout days , and we have had rain , but the young fishers have persisted. There have been lots of true fishers amongst them and our guides were very impressed by their application.

A few years ago we changed our Trust deed to allow the disabled and the elderly to fish the ponds with Trust approval. On Tuesday the 6th December one of our Trustees , Jim Jobe, took a group of elderly ( half on wheelchairs) from Somerset Richmond to the ponds and they hooked five fish , most of which were released. The look of delight on the face of these elderly persons was great to see.

The ponds will be open for youth to fish from the 17th of December ( officially from the 20th but the weekend before will be ok) . We will be restocking the ponds before then.

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 😊