Notice Type
General Section
Notice Title

Anglers Notice for Fish and Game Regions 2021

Conservation Act 1987
Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983

Pursuant to section 26R(3)of the Conservation Act 1987, the Minister of Conservation approves the following Anglers Notice, subject to the First and Second Schedules of this notice, for the following Fish and Game Regions:

Northland

Nelson/Marlborough

Auckland/Waikato

West Coast

Eastern

North Canterbury

Hawke’s Bay

Central South Island

Taranaki

Otago

Wellington

Southland


Notice

This notice revokes all previous Anglers Notices and shall come into force on 1 October 2021.

1. Application of this Notice

1.1 This Anglers Notice sets out the conditions under which a current licence holder may fish for sports fish in the area to which the notice relates, being conditions relating to:

  1. the size and limit bag for any species of sports fish;
  2. any open or closed season in any specified waters in the area, and the sports fish in respect of which they are open or closed;
  3. any requirements, restrictions, or prohibitions on fishing tackle, methods, or the use of any gear, equipment, or device;
  4. the hours of fishing; and
  5. the handling, treatment, or disposal of any sports fish.

1.2 This Anglers Notice applies to sports fish which include species of trout, salmon and also perch and tench (and rudd in Auckland/Waikato Region only).

1.3 Perch and tench (and rudd in Auckland/Waikato Region only) are also classed as coarse fish in this notice.

1.4 Within coarse fishing waters (as defined in this notice) special provisions enable the use of coarse fishing methods that would otherwise be prohibited.

1.5 Outside of coarse fishing waters a current licence holder may fish for coarse fish wherever sports fishing is permitted, subject to the general provisions in this notice that apply for that region.

First Schedule: Fishing conditions generally common to all Fish and Game Regions.

Second Schedule: Regional specific fishing conditions, bag limits, closed and open waters, and the like.

First Schedule

1. Interpretation

Words and expressions in this notice, which are defined in the Conservation Act 1987, the Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983 or the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2021, shall be so defined.

“assembled rod” means a rod that is assembled from butt to tip, together with a line and lure attached.

all methods” means any artificial fly, or spinner or bait.

artificial fly” means any lure of feather, fur, wool or other material of any kind customarily used in the making of artificial flies.

bait” means:

  • Natural insect.
  • Natural spider.
  • Natural worm or worms.
  • Natural crustacean.
  • Natural fish, excluding fish ova, or any portion of a fish, or shellfish (mollusc), except where stated otherwise in the Second Schedule of this notice.
  • Uncoloured bread dough.
  • Any scented lure, soft bait and other synthetic imitations with chemical attractant properties, except where stated otherwise in the Second Schedule of this notice.

bait assembly” means either a hook rigged with a number of baits or a single bait rigged with a number of hooks.

bait fishing” means to fish for sports fish with bait.

boat” means any manned flotation device.

“closed” means no fishing is permitted.

coarse fish” means perch, tench (all New Zealand) and rudd (Auckland/Waikato Fish and Game Region only).

coarse fishing waters” means named locations where anglers can fish for coarse fish with:

  1. a rod which has either a fixed or running line.
  2. no restriction on the type or number of baits in use.
  3. no restriction on the use of preparations to attract fish.

“daily bag limit” means the total number of sports fish that may be taken or killed by any one person during any one day.

fishing” and “fish” in this notice means:

the catching, taking or harvesting of sports fish; and includes any:

  1. other activity that may reasonably be expected to result in the catching, taking or harvesting of sports fish.
  2. attempt to catch, take or harvest sports fish.
  3. operation in support of, or in preparation for, any activity described in this definition.

freshwater” means

  1. all waters of rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, lagoons, wetlands, impoundments, canals, channels, watercourses, or other bodies of water whether naturally occurring or artificially made.
  2. all waters of estuaries or coastal lagoons.
  3. all other fresh or estuarine waters where freshwater fish indigenous to or introduced into New Zealand are found.
  4. all waters in the mouth of every river or stream, and the mouth of every river and stream shall be deemed to include every outlet thereof and the seashore between those outlets and the waters of the sea or lying within a distance of 500 metres from any place where at low tide the waters of a river or stream meet the waters of the sea.

fly fishing” means to fish for sports fish with fly rod and fly reel and fly line and artificial fly.

foul hook” means to hook a sports fish other than from within the mouth.

“junior fishery” means a named location where only the holder of a child or junior licence can fish.

landmark” means a black, yellow and white ringed post or buoy.

length” is the measurement from the tip of the snout to the fork of the tail.

legal lure” means any authorised artificial fly or spinner or bait.

“season bag limit” means the total number of sports fish that may be taken or killed by any one person between 1 October and the 30 September.

“season bag limit card” means a card upon which anglers taking or killing sports fish in Fish and Game regions that have a season bag limit must legibly record the date, name of water, sex (as can best be determined by the angler), weight in kilograms and length in centimetres of the fish, and whether it was fin clipped.

spin fishing” means to fish for sports fish with a spinner.

spinner” means any artificial lure other than an artificial fly.

sports fish” means those freshwater fish described in the First Schedule of the Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983, namely:

  • Brown trout.
  • Rainbow trout.
  • American brook trout or char.
  • Lake trout or char.
  • Atlantic salmon.
  • Quinnat or chinook salmon.
  • Sockeye salmon.
  • Rudd (Auckland/Waikato Fish and Game Region only).
  • Any hybrid of the above species.

“zero bag limit” means fishing is permitted but no fish may be kept.

2. Authorised Tackle

2.1 No licence holder shall fish for trout or salmon except by using a rod and running line and authorised lure (as defined in clause 7 of this First Schedule).

2.2 Nets and gaffs:

2.2.1 When playing a sports fish, a landing net may be used to secure or land that fish.

2.2.2 For keeping coarse fish alive, a keep net may be used in the water from which the fish was caught.

2.2.3 No licence holder shall use a gaff to secure or land a sports fish except where provided for in the Second Schedule of this notice.

2.3 No licence holder when fishing for sports fish shall:

2.3.1 Use more than 1 assembled rod and running line.

2.3.2 Use more than 3 artificial flies or spinners.

2.3.3 Use more than 1 bait assembly.

2.3.4 Be more than 15m from the rod being used, except where stated otherwise in the Second Schedule of this notice.

2.3.5 Use in waters other than those where bait fishing is permitted any lure treated with any chemical preparation other than that used solely to control the buoyancy of an artificial fly, except where stated otherwise in the Second Schedule of this notice.

2.3.6 Use any preparation not attached to a lure to attract fish except when fishing for coarse fish in coarse fishing waters.

2.4 No person shall fish for sports fish by using felt-soled waders or footwear incorporating or having attached a sole of felted, matted or woven fibrous material when sports fishing.

3. Foul Hooking of Fish

3.1 No licence holder shall attempt to foul hook any sports fish.

3.2 Any licence holder who foul hooks a sports fish shall return it immediately to the water with as little injury as possible.

4. Fish Length

Every licence holder who catches a sports fish which does not exceed the specified minimum length, or exceeds the specified maximum length, shall immediately return it with as little injury as possible into the water from which it was taken.

5. Open Season

No licence holder shall fish for any sports fish except during an open season.

6. Daily Bag Limit

6.1 No licence holder shall continue to fish for a particular species of sports fish on any day in which he or she has already killed the limit bag for that species except where provided for in the Second Schedule.

6.2 It shall be permissible to make up the difference between a lesser limit bag prescribed in one place and a higher limit bag prescribed in another if the extra fish are taken in the area with the higher bag limit.

7. Season Bag Limit

7.1 No licence holder shall continue to fish for sports fish in any season in which he or she has already killed the season bag limit for that species, except where provided for in the Second Schedule.

8. Authorised Methods

Authorised methods (subject to any regional restrictions specified in the Second Schedule) are:

  • Artificial fly (F).
  • Bait (B).
  • Spinner (S).

Second Schedule

Northland Fish and Game Region

The Northland region is defined here: New Zealand Gazette, 24 May 1990, No. 83, page 1861.

1. Definitions

For interpretation of terms, refer to the First Schedule of this Notice or the Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983.

2. Additional Requirements

Note 1 Except in the case of perch and tench, for which there is no daily limit, no licence holder shall on any one day take and kill or be in possession of more than the prescribed daily limit from the waters specified in the schedule.
Note 2 A licence holder may continue to fish for a particular species of sports fish on any day on which he or she has already killed a limit bag for that species, as long as fish taken are immediately returned with as little injury as possible into the water from which it was taken.
Note 3 In all waters of the region there is a minimum length of 300mm for trout.
Note 4 No licence holder shall fish from or troll from any boat which is being mechanically propelled.
Note 5 No licence holder shall fish from any boat or flotation device.
Note 6 Trolling from any boat that is being mechanically propelled is permitted.
Note 7 All anglers fishing from boats which are being mechanically propelled must stay at least 50 metres from any anglers fishing from the shore.
Note 8 The annual stocking of trout into Lakes Taharoa and Waikare has terminated as required under the Taharoa Domain Management Plan 2018. The trout fishery will effectively cease to exist after the summer of 2022.


3. Open Season, Permitted Methods, Daily Bag Limits

Water Locations Section of Water Open Season

Authorised Fishing Methods

Species

Daily Bag Limit by Species
nil unless number shown

Refer Clause 2 Additional Requirements

Lake Manuwai Waipapa   All year FSB Rainbow 3 Note 1, 2, 3, 4
Lake Taharoa Kai Iwi Lakes   All year FSB Rainbow No limit Note 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8
Lake Waikare Kai Iwi Lakes   All year FSB Rainbow No limit Note 1, 2, 3, 4, 8
Rose Dam Maungatapere   All year FSB Rainbow/Brown 3 Note 1, 2, 3, 4
Whau Valley Dam Whangarei   All year FSB Rainbow/Brown 3 Note 1, 2, 3, 5
Wilsons Dam Ruakaka   All year FSB Rainbow/Brown 3 Note 1, 2, 3, 5
Ahuroa River Waipu   1 Oct – 30 April FS Rainbow 2 Note 1, 2, 3
Awarua River Twin Bridges   1 Oct – 30 April FS Rainbow 2 Note 1, 2, 3
Kaihu River Kaihu   1 Oct – 30 April FS Rainbow/Brown 2 Note 1, 2, 3
Kaikanui River Whakapara   1 Oct – 30 April FS Rainbow/Brown 2 Note 1, 2, 3
Kaimamaku River Whakapara   1 Oct – 30 April FS Rainbow/Brown 2 Note 1, 2, 3
Kerikeri River Kerikeri   1 Oct – 30 April FS Rainbow 2 Note 1, 2, 3
Kirikiritoki Stream Hikurangi   1 Oct – 30 April FS Rainbow 2 Note 1, 2, 3
Mangahahuru Stream Hikurangi   1 Oct – 30 April FS Rainbow/Brown 2 Note 1, 2, 3
Mangakahia River Twin Bridges   1 Oct – 30 April FS Rainbow 2 Note 1, 2, 3
Mangapa River 10kms north of Okaihau   1 Oct – 30 April FS Rainbow 1 Note 1, 2, 3
Mangatu River Donnellys Crossing/Kaihu   1 Oct – 30 April FS Rainbow/Brown 2 Note 1, 2, 3
North River Waipu   1 Oct – 30 April FS Rainbow 2 Note 1, 2, 3
Opouteke River Twin Bridges   1 Oct – 30 April FS Rainbow 2 Note 1, 2, 3
Punakitere River 10 kms south of Kaikohe   1 Oct – 30 April FS Rainbow 2 Note 1, 2, 3
Tirohanga Stream Kawakawa   1 Oct – 30 April FS Rainbow 2 Note 1, 2, 3
Victoria River South of Kaitaia   1 Oct – 30 April FS Rainbow 2 Note 1, 2, 3
Waima River Donnellys Crossing   1 Oct – 30 April FS Rainbow/Brown 2 Note 1, 2, 3
Waiotu River Whakapara   1 Oct – 30 April FS Rainbow/Brown 2 Note 1, 2, 3
Waipapa River 10 kms north of Okaihau   1 Oct – 30 April FS Rainbow 1 Note 1, 2, 3
Wairua River Hikurangi, downstream of confluence of Waiotu and Whakapara Rivers   All year FS Rainbow/Brown 2 Note 1, 2, 3
Waitangi River Paihia   1 Oct – 30 April FS (Bait fishing for Tench allowed) Rainbow/Tench 2 Note 1, 2, 3
Whakapara River Whakapara   1 Oct – 30 April FS Rainbow 2 Note 1, 2, 3


Auckland/Waikato Fish and Game Region

The Auckland/Waikato region is defined here: New Zealand Gazette, 24 May 1990, No. 83, page 1861, as amended by New Zealand Gazette, 29 August 1991, No. 129, page 2786, and as further amended by the New Zealand Gazette, 28 January 1993, No. 11, page 192.

1. Definitions

For interpretation of terms, refer to the First Schedule of this Notice or the Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983.

2. Additional Requirements

Note 1  

Closed Waters

  1.1

The following waterways are designated as closed waters:

No licence holder shall take (or attempt to take) sports fish from all rivers, streams and their tributaries which flow into, but not including, Lake Arapuni, Lake Waipapa and Lake Karapiro, and that part of the Waikato River downstream of the Maraetai Dam to upstream of the Karapiro Dam.

  1.2 The closed waters restrictions in clause 1.1 for this region do not apply to the waters specified in clause 3 for this region or to flooded backwaters of Lake Arapuni, Lake Waipapa and Lake Karapiro, and that part of the Waikato River downstream of the Maraetai Dam to upstream of the Karapiro Dam.
Note 2  

Authorised Tackle

  2.1 Scented artificial lures may be used in all waters other than fly fishing only waters, when actively fished to imitate a bait fish.
Note 3  

Bait Fishing Waters

  3.1

 

No licence holder, when fishing in bait fishing waters, shall use as bait any fish taken from any water other than where the fishing is occurring.
Note 4  

Coarse Fishing waters

 

4.1

The following waters are designated as coarse fishing waters:
  • Mangatawhiri River from the bridge on State Highway 2 to its confluence with the Waikato River
  • Whangamarino River
  • All lakes and ponds, excluding any lake specified in clause 3 for this region
  4.2 There are no restrictions on the numbers of rods and running lines that a licence holder fishing for perch, tench or rudd may have, provided only one of which shall be used for fishing at any one time.
  4.3 A roach pole may be used to fish for perch, tench and rudd.
  4.4 It is an offence to kill on any day more than five tench. There is no limit for perch or rudd.
Note 5  

Use of Boats

 

5.1

No licence holder shall fish for sports fish from any vessel in the upper reaches of Lake Karapiro (upstream from the white marker post, situated 200m below the Huihuitaha Stream mouth) unless the vessel is securely anchored.
Note 6  

Hours of Fishing

 

6.1

There are no restrictions on the hours of fishing in the Auckland/Waikato Region.
Note 7  

Fish Length

  7.1 There are no length restrictions in the Waimakariri Stream and Waihou River upstream from Okoroire and their tributaries, except that no licence holder shall take more than 2 trout exceeding 300mm in length.
  7.2 In all other waters the minimum length is 300mm.
Note 8  

Tagged fish

  8.1 Anglers are required to report the length and if possible, the weight of all tagged fish caught in the Auckland Waikato Region.


3. Open Season, Permitted Methods, Daily Bag Limits

Water Section of Water Open Season Authorised Fishing Methods Daily Bag Limit By Species
Nil unless numbers shown
Refer Clause 2 For Additional Requirements
Trout Other
Lakes            
Arapuni   All year FSB 5 Rudd no limit Notes 1, 3, 7
Karapiro   All year FSB 2 Rudd no limit Notes 1, 3, 5, 7
Mangatangi Reservoir   All year FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Mangatawhiri Reservoir   All year FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Moana-nui   All year FSB 5   Notes 3, 7
Parkinsons   All year FSB 5   Notes 3, 7
Pupuke   All year FSB 5    
Tomarata   All year FSB 5 Tench 5, all others no limit Notes 3, 7
Waipapa   All year FSB 5 Rudd no limit Notes 1, 3, 7
Whatihua (Thomsons)   All year FSB 5   Notes 3, 7
All other lakes/ponds   All year FSB 5 Tench 5, all others no limit Notes 3, 4, 7
Hydro Lake Tributaries            
Little Waipa Stream (Horahora Road Bridge deemed to be the mouth) 1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Pokaiwhenua Stream   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Mangawhio Stream above lower falls 1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
below lower falls All year FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Tumai Stream   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Waipapa River above lower falls 1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
below lower falls All year FS 5   Notes 2, 7
All other streams flowing into Lake Waipapa, Lake Arapuni and Lake Karapiro are closed (refer to Note 1).   Closed       Note 1
Rivers and Streams            
Awakino upstream of Mahoenui Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Jun F 2   Notes 2, 7
downstream of Mahoenui Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 2   Notes 2, 7
Awaroa   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Hikutaia upstream of Wires Road Ford 1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
downstream of Wires Road Ford All year FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Kakahu   1 Oct – 30 Jun F 5   Notes 2, 7
Kaniwhaniwha upstream of Smith Road 1 Oct – 30 Jun F 5   Notes 2, 7
downstream of Smith Road 1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Kaimarama   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Kapowai   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Karapiro Stream   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Kauaeranga   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Komata   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Mahakirau   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Mangakahu   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Mangaohae   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Mangaokewa   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Mangaorongo   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Mangaotaki upstream of lower bridge on Mangaotaki Road 1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
downstream of lower bridge on Mangaotaki Road All year FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Mangatawhiri upstream of State Highway 2 Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
downstream of State Highway 2 Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Jun No bait restrictions 5 Tench 5, all others no limit Notes 2, 4, 7
Mangatepopo   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 2   Notes 2, 7
Mangatutu upstream of Lethbridge Road 1 Oct – 30 Jun F 5   Notes 2, 7
downstream of Lethbridge Road 1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Mangawhero   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Maramataha   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Maratoto   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Marokopa upstream of Mangatuahaua Stream confluence 1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
downstream of Mangatuahaua Stream confluence All year FSB 5   Notes 3, 7
Moakurarua upstream of Honikiwi Road 1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
downstream of Honikiwi Road 1 Oct – 30 Jun FSB 5   Notes 3, 7
Mokau   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Ngakoaohia upstream of Pirongia/Kawhia Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Jun F 5   Notes 2, 7
downstream of Pirongia/Kawhia Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Ngutunui   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Ohinemuri upstream of Victoria Street Bridge, Waihi 1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 2   Notes 2, 7
downstream of Victoria Street Bridge, Waihi All year FSB 2   Notes 3, 7
Okauaka   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Okupata   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 2   Notes 2, 7
Omahine   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Ongarue upstream of Waimiha Stream confluence 1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
downstream of Waimiha Stream confluence 1 Oct – 30 Jun FSB 5   Notes 3, 7
Oparau   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Oraka   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Owairaka   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Piopiotea   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Pungapunga   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Puniu upstream of Seafund Road Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
downstream of Seafund Road Bridge All year FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Purere (upper Waihou)   All year FS No limit   Notes 2, 7
Rapurapu   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Tapu   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Tairua   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Taringamotu   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Tawarau   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Waihou above Okoroire Falls All year FS No Limit   Notes 2, 7
below Okoroire Falls All year FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Waikato   All year FSB 5 Tench 5, all others no limit Notes 3, 7
Waimakariri   All year FS No limit   Notes 2, 7
Waimiha   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Waiomou   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Waione   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Waipa upstream of Toa Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
between State Highway 3 Bridge and Toa Bridge All year FS 5   Notes 2, 7
downstream of State Highway 3 Bridge at Otorohanga All year FSB 5   Notes 3, 7
Waipare (upper Waihou)   All year FS No limit   Notes 2, 7
Waipari   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Wairoa   All year FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Waitawheta upstream of end of Franklin Road 1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 2   Notes 2, 7
downstream of end of Franklin Road All year FS 2   Notes 2, 7
Waitekauri   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 2   Notes 2, 7
Waiwawa   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7
Whanganui upstream of Whakapapa River confluence 1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 2   Notes 2, 7
downstream of Whakapapa River confluence All year FSB 5   Notes 3, 7
Whakapapa upstream of Piopiotea Stream confluence 1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 2 brown 0 rainbow   Notes 2, 7
downstream of Piopiotea Stream confluence 1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 2   Notes 2, 7
Whakapapa-iti   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 2 brown 0 rainbow   Notes 2, 7
Whakapapa-nui   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 2 brown 0 rainbow   Notes 2, 7
Whangamarino   1 Oct – 30 Jun No bait restrictions 5 Tench 5, all others no limit Note 7
All other rivers/streams not mentioned in clauses 2 and 3 for this region   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 5   Notes 2, 7


Eastern Fish and Game Region

The Eastern region is defined here: New Zealand Gazette, 24 May 1990, No. 83, page 1861.

1. Definitions

For interpretation of terms, refer to the First Schedule of this Notice or the Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983.

“Fly line” means any floating or sinking line used to facilitate casting that is greater than 3m in length.

“Set rod” means any assembled rod that is not in physical contact with a licence holder when being used to fish for sports fish.

“Landmark” means a black, yellow and white ringed pole.

2. Additional Requirements

Note 1   Closed Waters. No licence holder shall fish for sports fish at any time from the following waters:
  1.1 All streams flowing into Lake Tarawera and that portion of the Tarawera River enclosed by landmarks at the Lake Tarawera Outlet and extending approximately 150m downstream to Tarawera River Foot Bridge, otherwise known as the Tarawera Outlet Spawning Sanctuary.
  1.2 The Awahou, Waiowhiro, Waiohewa, Waingaehe, Waimataa, Waikuta Streams and their tributaries.
  1.3 The Hamurana Stream upstream of the Hamurana Road Bridge.
  1.4 The Utuhina Stream upstream of the Pukehangi Road Bridge and all tributaries of this stream.
  1.5 All springs, streams and their tributaries which flow into Lake Waikareiti, and into or from Lakes Rotoma, Rotoehu, Rotomahana, Rerewhakaaitu, Rotokakahi, Okareka, Okataina and Rotoiti, except the Ohau Channel and the Kaituna River.
  1.6 The section of the Ruahihi Canal between the landmarks at the southern end of the canal which enclose the artificial spawning bed.
  1.7 Any waters in which sports fish are held in captivity for display, breeding, hatching, monitoring or other purposes (excepting 1.8 below).
  1.8 Ngongotaha Hatchery educational fishery (known as Children’s Fishing Pond), except by special authorisation.
Note 2 2.1 No licence holder shall fish for sports fish with a set rod unless he or she is fishing from a boat.
Note 3 3.1 No licence holder when fishing in bait fishing waters shall use any whole fish sourced from any water other than that where the fishing is occurring.
Note 4 4.1 Downriggers, paravanes and metal cored or wire lines are prohibited in Lakes Waikaremoana and Waikareiti.
Note 5 5.1 No licence holder shall fish for trout from any unanchored boat within 200m of a landmark.
  5.2 No licence holder shall fish for trout from a boat in the designated winter shoreline-fishing areas on Lakes Tarawera, Rotoiti and Okataina from 1 July until the first Saturday in October.
  5.3 No licence holder shall fish from any motorised boat or use an anchor when fishing in Lake Kaitawa or Lake Whakamarino (Tuai).
  5.4 Anchored boats should be securely anchored with no more than two anchors.
  5.5

1) No boats are allowed to pass through the Tarawera Outlet Spawning Sanctuary at any time.
2) No boats are permitted under the Bay of Plenty Regional Navigation Safety Bylaws 2004 to anchor in the Ohau Channel.

Note 6 6.1 No licence holder shall fish for any sports fish between 12.00am and 5.00am.
Note 7 7.1 Minimum size limit for lakes Waikaremoana, Kaitawa, Whakamarino (Tuai) and Waikareiti, and the Rotorua Lakes and their inflowing tributary streams: 350mm
  7.2 All other waters (excepting 7.1 above): No minimum size limit.
  7.3 Maximum size limit for Ruakituri River and tributaries upstream of Waitangi Falls: 600mm.
Note 8 8.1 No licence holder shall take more than 2 brown trout in a daily bag limit of 8 trout.
Note 9 9.1 Only female trout may be taken within 200m of the Te Wairoa Stream mouth landmark at Lake Tarawera.
Note 10 10.1 There are no defined coarse fishing waters in the Eastern region.


3. Open Season, Permitted Methods, Daily Bag Limits

F = Fly fishing, S = Spin, B = Bait

Water Section of Water Open Season Authorised Fishing Methods Daily Bag Limit by Species
nil unless number shown
Refer Clause 2 Additional Requirements
Trout Salmon Other
All other waters not listed and excepting closed waters   1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 2     Notes 1, 2, 6, 7
Aniwaniwa Stream downstream of Aniwaniwa Falls 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 8     Notes 2, 6, 7, 8
Aniwhenua Lake and canal   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2     Notes 2, 5, 6, 7
Aratiatia Lake   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB No limit     Notes 2, 3, 5, 6, 7
Atiamuri Lake   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB No limit     Notes 2, 3, 5, 6, 7
Flaxy Lake and Canal   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2     Notes 2, 5, 6, 7
Hamurana Stream downstream of Hamurana Road 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 8     Notes 1, 2, 6, 7, 8
Hopuruahine Stream and tributaries upstream of the landmark pole 1 Dec – 30 Jun F 8     Notes 2, 6, 7, 8
Hopuruahine Stream downstream of the landmark pole 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 8     Notes 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Kaitawa Lake   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 8     Notes 2, 5, 6, 7, 8
Kaituna River downstream of control gates 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2     Notes 2, 6, 7
downstream of State Highway 2 Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB No limit     Notes 2, 3, 6, 7
McLaren Lake   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2     Notes 2, 5, 6, 7
Maraetai Lake   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB No limit     Notes 2, 3, 5, 6, 7
Matahina Lake   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2     Notes 2, 5, 6, 7
Mokau Stream upstream of the landmark pole 1 Dec – 30 Jun F 8     Notes 2, 6, 7, 8
downstream of the landmark pole 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 8     Notes 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Motu River upstream of State Highway 35 1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 2     Notes 2, 6, 7
downstream of State Highway 35 1 Oct – 30 Jun FSB No limit     Notes 2, 3, 6, 7
Ngahewa Lake   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 8     Notes 2, 5, 6, 7
Ngapouri Lake   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 8     Notes 2, 5, 6, 7
Ngongotaha Stream downstream of State Highway 5 Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 8     Notes 2, 6, 7, 8
Ngongotaha Stream and tributaries (excluding Waimataa) upstream of State Highway 5 Bridge 1 Dec – 30 Jun F 8     Notes 1, 2, 6, 7, 8
Ohau Channel between landmark at Lake Rotorua Outlet weir and landmark approximately 200m downstream of the weir 1 Oct – 30 Jun F 8     Notes 2, 5, 6, 7, 8
from landmark approximately 200m downstream of Lake Rotorua Outlet weir to Lake Rotoiti confluence 1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 8     Notes 2, 5, 6, 7, 8
Ohakuri Lake   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB No limit     Notes 2, 3, 5, 6, 7
Okareka Lake   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 8     Notes 1, 2, 5, 6, 7
Okaro Lake   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 8     Notes 2, 5, 6, 7
Okataina Lake excepting areas below 1st Saturday Oct – 30 Jun FS 8     Notes 1, 2, 5, 6, 7
Winter shoreline fishing area from Te Koutu Point landmark to west of Okataina Lodge landmark extending 200m offshore 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 8     Notes 1, 2, 5, 6, 7
Otara River downstream of Otara East Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2     Notes 2, 6, 7
Putere Lakes   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2     Notes 2, 6, 7
Rangitaiki River downstream of Otamatea Stream confluence 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2     Notes 2, 6, 7
downstream of State Highway 2 Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB No limit     Notes 2, 3, 6, 7
Rangitaiki Canal (Wheao)   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2     Notes 2, 6 ,7
Rerewhakaaitu Lake   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 8     Notes 1, 2, 5, 6, 7
Rotoehu Lake   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 8     Notes 1, 2, 5, 6, 7
Rotoiti Lake excepting area below 1st Saturday Oct – 30 Jun FS 8     Notes 1, 2, 5, 6, 7
Winter shoreline fishing area from Tapuaekura Bay landmark to Hinehopu landmark extending 200m offshore 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 8     Notes 1, 2, 5, 6, 7
Rotoma Lake excepting areas below 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 8     Notes 1, 2, 5, 6, 7
Winter shoreline spawning areas between landmarks at Anaputa Point and Matahi Bay, and between landmarks in Manawahe Bay both extending 200m offshore 1 Oct – 30 Jun FS 8     Notes 1, 2, 5, 6, 7
Rotomahana Lake   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 8     Notes 1, 2, 5, 6, 7
Rotorua Lake   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 8     Notes 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8
Ruahihi Canal   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2     Notes 1, 2, 6, 7
Ruakituri River and tributaries (excluding Hangaroa) upstream of Te Reinga Falls 1 Oct – 30 Jun F 2     Notes 2, 6, 7
Tarawera Lake excepting areas below 1st Saturday Oct – 30 Jun FS 8     Notes 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9
Winter shoreline fishing area from Tarawera Outlet landmark to Te Tapahoro Bay landmark and 200m offshore 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 8     Notes 1, 2, 5, 6, 7
Winter shoreline fishing area from The Landing landmark to Otumutu Lagoon landmark and 200m offshore 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 8     Notes 1, 2, 5, 6, 7
Tarawera River from the outlet to the Tarawera falls, excluding the spawning sanctuary 1 Oct – 31 May F 8     Notes 1, 2, 5, 6, 7
from the falls to State Highway 2 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2     Notes 2, 6, 7
downstream of State Highway 2 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB No limit     Notes 2, 3, 6, 7
Tikitapu Lake   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 8     Notes 2, 6, 7
Tiniroto Lakes   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2     Notes 2, 6, 7
Utuhina Stream downstream of Devon Road Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 8     Notes 1, 2, 6, 7, 8
upstream of Devon Road Bridge but downstream of Pukehangi Road Bridge 1 Dec – 30 Jun FS 8     Notes 1, 2, 6, 7, 8
Waikareiti Lake   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 8     Notes 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7
Waikaremoana Lake   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 8     Notes 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Waikaretaheke River downstream of Piripaua Powerhouse 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2     Notes 2, 6, 7
Waiau River downstream of the Waikaretaheke River confluence 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2     Notes 2, 6, 7
Waikato River from Huka Falls to Maraetai 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB No limit     Notes 2, 3, 5, 6, 7
Waimana River downstream of Matahi Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2     Notes 2, 6, 7
Waioeka River downstream of Tauranga Stream confluence 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2     Notes 2, 6, 7
downstream of State Highway 2 Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB No limit     Notes 2, 3, 6, 7
Wairoa River downstream of Te Reinga Falls to State Highway 2 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2     Notes 2, 6, 7
downstream of State Highway 2 Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB No limit     Notes 2, 3, 6, 7
Wairoa River (Tauranga) downstream of Lake McLaren 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2     Notes 2, 6, 7
downstream of State Highway 2 Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB No limit     Notes 2, 3, 6, 7
Waiteti Stream downstream of Hamurana Road 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 8     Notes 2, 6, 7, 8
upstream of Hamurana Road 1 Dec – 30 Jun FS 8     Notes 2, 6, 7, 8
Whakamarino Lake (Tuai Lake)   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 8     Notes 2, 5, 6, 7, 8
Whakamaru Lake   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB No limit     Notes 2, 3, 5, 6, 7
Whakatane River downstream of Owaka Stream confluence 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2     Notes 2, 6, 7
downstream of the State Highway 2 Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB No limit     Notes 2, 3, 6, 7
Wheao River   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2     Notes 2, 6, 7

 

Hawke’s Bay Fish and Game Region

The Hawke’s Bay region is defined here: New ZealandGazette, 24 May 1990, No. 83, page 1861.

1. Definitions

For interpretation of terms, refer to the First Schedule of this Notice or the Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983.

2. Additional Requirements

Note 1   Use of Motorised Crafts  
  1.1 No motorised craft permitted on Lake Waikopiro.  
  1.2 Similarly, except with the prior written authority of the Director-General of Conservation, and subject to compliance with any conditions that the Director-General may impose, no person shall use any boat in Lake Tūtira that is propelled by any means other than sails, oars, or paddles.  
Note 2   Fishing is permitted only in daylight hours at Lake Hawkston. Walk in access only. Please phone Dave McPhee 0275 422 665 prior to access of lake.  
Note 3   Fish Length  
  3.1 Esk River above the Waipunga Road Bridge, including tributaries 550mm maximum
  3.2 Maraetotara Stream 350mm maximum
  3.3 Ngaruroro River upstream of Whanawhana cable, including tributaries 550mm maximum
  3.4 Lakes Tutira and Waikopiro 350mm minimum
  3.5 All other waters No minimum or maximum size limit


3. Open Season, Permitted Methods, Daily Bag Limits

Water

Section of Water

Open Season

Authorised Fishing Methods

Daily Bag Limit by Species

 

Refer Clause 2 Additional Requirements

All other waters not listed below

 

1 Oct – 30 Jun

FS

2

Note 3

Larger of Twin Lakes (Rotoroa), Kuripapango

 

All year

FS

No limit

Note 3

Lake Hawkston

 

1 Nov – 31 Mar

FS

2

Notes 2, 3

All other lakes of the region (except the larger of Twin Lakes & Lake Hawkston above)

 

All year

FS

4

Notes 1, 3

Aropaoanui River

downstream of the landmark opposite Wareham Road

All year

FS

2

Note 3

Esk River/Waiohinganga

upstream of Waipunga Road Bridge and all tributaries

1 Oct – 30 Jun

FS

1

Note 3

downstream of Waipunga Road Bridge

All year

FS

1

Note 3

Karamu Stream, excluding tributaries

 

All year

FSB

2

Note 3

Maraetotara Stream

 

All year

FS

1

Note 3

Mohaka River

 

downstream of the confluence with the Mangatainoka River to State Highway 5, excluding tributaries

All year

FS

2

Note 3

downstream of State Highway 5 Bridge

All year

FS

4

Note 3

Mohaka River tributaries

 

1 Oct – 30 Jun

FS

1

Note 3

Ngaruroro River

Upstream of Kiwi Creek confluence, including tributaries

1 Oct – 30 Jun

FS

1

Note 3

from Kiwi creek to Whanawhana cable, excluding tributaries

All year

FS

2

Note 3

downstream of Whanawhana cable, excluding tributaries

All year

FS

2

Note 3

Ngaruroro River tributaries

upstream of Whanawhana cable

1 Oct – 30 Jun

FS

1

Note 3

downstream of Whanawhana cable

1 Oct – 30 Jun

FS

2

Note 3

Porangahau River

downstream of confluence with the Mangawhero Stream, excluding tributaries

All year

FS

2

Note 3

Tukituki River

upstream of State Highway 50 Road Bridge, excluding tributaries

1 Oct – 30 Jun

FS

4

Note 3

downstream of State Highway 50 Road Bridge, excluding tributaries

All year

FS

4

Note 3

Tutaekuri River

downstream of confluence with the Mangaone Stream, excluding tributaries

All year

FS

2

Note 3

Waipawa River

upstream of State Highway 50 Road Bridge, excluding tributaries

1 Oct – 30 Jun

FS

4

Note 3

downstream of State Highway 50 Road Bridge, excluding tributaries

All year

FS

4

Note 3

Waipunga River

downstream of the falls, excluding tributaries

All year

FS

2

Note 3


Taranaki Fish and Game Region

The Taranaki region is defined here: New Zealand Gazette, 24 May 1990, No. 83, page 1861.

1. Definitions

For interpretation of terms, refer to the First Schedule of this Notice or the Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983.

2. Additional Requirements

Note 1 1.1 First Schedule conditions apply
  1.2 There are no restrictions on the hours of fishing
  1.3 There is no minimum length for trout
  1.4 There are no defined coarse fishing waters in the Taranaki Fish and Game Region
Note 2   In the Stony (Hangatahua) River only 1 (one) brown trout may be taken as part of the total daily limit of 2 trout.
Note 3   No licence holder shall fish for sports fish from a boat in Lake Mangamahoe, including the Waiwhakaiho Inlet.


3.1 Open Season, Permitted Methods, Daily Bag Limits—Region Defaults

Water Section of Water Open Season Authorised Fishing Methods Daily Bag Limit by Species
nil unless number shown
Refer Clause 2 Additional Requirements
Trout Salmon Perch
All lakes, rivers and streams not mentioned in clause 3.2 for this region   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2 1 No limit Note 1


3.2 Open Season, Permitted Methods, Daily Bag Limits

Water Section of Water Open Season Authorised Fishing Methods Daily Bag Limit by Species
nil unless number shown
Refer Clause 2 Additional Requirements
Trout Salmon Perch
Taranaki/ Whanganui  
Huatoki Stream downstream of Brois Street Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2 1   Note 1
Kai Auahi (Kaiauai) Stream   1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 2 1   Note 1
Kapuni Stream upstream of State Highway 45 Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 2 1   Note 1
downstream of State Highway 45 Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2 1   Note 1
Kaupokonui Stream downstream of State Highway 45 Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2 1   Note 1
Lake Kohata   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB     No limit Note 1
Lake Mangamahoe excluding the Waiwhakaiho Inlet and Mangamahoe Stream 1 Oct – 30 Sep F 2     Note 1, 3
Waiwhakaiho Inlet upstream of the normal site of a landmark located just upstream of the confluence with Lake Mangamahoe 1 Oct – 30 Apr F 2     Note 1, 3
Mangamahoe Stream upstream of the walkway swing-bridge at the head of Lake Mangamahoe 1 Oct – 30 Apr F 2     Note 1, 3
Any tributary other than Waiwhakaiho Inlet and Mangamahoe Stream 1 Oct – 30 Sep F 2     Note 1, 3
Lake Namunamu   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Note 1
Lake Ngangana   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2   No limit Note 1
Lake Opunake   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Note 1
Lake Ratapiko   1 Oct – 30 Apr and 1 June – 30 Sep FSB 2   No limit Note 1
Lake Rotokare   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB     No limit Note 1
Lake Rotomanu   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2   No limit Note 1
Lake Rotorangi downstream of Mangamingi Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2   No limit Note 1
Lake Wiritoa   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB     No limit Note 1
Manganui River downstream of Bristol Road Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2 1   Note 1
Mangaoraka Stream downstream of State Highway 3 Devon Road Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2 1   Note 1
Patea River downstream of Patea Dam 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2 1 No limit Note 1
Stony (Hangatahua) River   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2 1   Note 1, 2
Waiaua River downstream of State Highway 45 Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2 1   Note 1
Waingongoro River downstream of State Highway 45 Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2 1   Note 1
Waiongana Stream downstream of State Highway 3 Devon Road Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2 1   Note 1
Waitara River downstream of Manganui River confluence 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2 1 No limit Note 1
Waiwhakaiho River downstream of the normal site of a landmark that is at the end of Rimu Street extension walking track 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2 1   Note 1
Warea River downstream of State Highway 45 Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2 1   Note 1
Whanganui River downstream of Ohura River confluence excluding tributaries 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2 1 No limit Note 1
Virginia Lake   Closed to fishing          
Waimarino  
Manganuioteao River downstream of Ruatiti Road Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2 1   Note 1
mainstem from Ruatiti Road Bridge upstream to confluence with Makatote River 1 Oct – 30 Jun FSB 2 1   Note 1
Mangawhero River downstream of Raetihi – Ohakune Road Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Note 1
Retaruke River downstream of Oio Road Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2 1   Note 1
Sattlers Dam   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Note 1
Tokiahuru Stream downstream of State Highway 49 Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Note 1
Waitaiki Stream downstream of State Highway 49 Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Note 1


Wellington Fish and Game Region

The Wellington region is defined here: New Zealand Gazette, 24 May 1990, No. 83, page 1861.

1. Definitions

For interpretation of terms, refer to the First Schedule of this Notice or the Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983.

2.Additional Requirements

Note 1   Coarse Fishing Waters The following waterways are designated as course fishing waters
  1.1 Lake Waitawa (Forests Lakes) (catch and release). Please contact Forest Lakes Camping and Conference Centre (06) 364 8218 for permission to access Lake Waitawa.
  1.2 Upper and Lower Whitby Lakes (catch and release).
  1.3 Lake Wairarapa.
  1.4 Ruamahanga cut-off.
Note 2   Wellington Backcountry Fisheries
    Definition:
   

(a) Rangitikei River backcountry fishery means the upper Rangitikei River and its tributaries upstream of the Ohinewaione Stream confluence.

(b) Whakaurekou River backcountry fishery means the Whakaurekou River from the confluence of the Rangitikei River, including the tributaries within the Ruahine Ranges (namely Mangatera, Maropea and Waikamaka Rivers).

    The Rangitikei River and Whakaurekou River backcountry fisheries are a backcountry fishery (as defined in the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2021) and all anglers who fish in them must first obtain a backcountry licence (obtainable from Wellington Fish and Game Council) in addition to an adult whole season licence, as defined in the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2021, and the provisions of that notice apply to this notice.
Note 3   Size Limits
  3.1 Akatarawa River, Hutt River, Kiriwhakapapa River, Makuri River, Managakokeke Stream, Mangaroa River, Mangatainoka River, Mikimiki Stream, Ohau River, Otaki River, Pakuratahi Stream, Pohangina River, Pourangaki River, Tokomaru River, Waipoua River, Wainui Stream, Whakatikei River, Whakaurekou River. Maximum 450mm
  3.2 Hautapu River (upstream of the road bridge numbered 741/1096 on State Highway 1 by the Taihape Golf Club), Mangaohane Stream, Rangitikei River (upstream of Mangaohane Road Bridge), Waingawa River, Wainuiomata River. Maximum 550mm
Note 4   Bait fishing in the Hutt River is permitted by Child licence holders only.
Note 5   The use of authorised lures with treble hooks is permitted.


3. Open Season, Permitted Methods, Daily Bag Limits

Water Section of Water Open Season Authorised Fishing Methods Daily Bag Limit Refer Clause 2 Additional Requirements
All other waters not listed below   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 4  
All coastal dune lakes   All year FSB 4 Note 5
Akatarawa River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 1 Note 3.1
Hautapu River upstream of the road bridge numbered 741/1096 on State Highway 1 by the Taihape Golf Club 1 Oct – 30 Apr F 1 Note 3.2
downstream of the road bridge numbered 741/1096 on State Highway 1 by the Taihape Golf Club 1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 4  
Henley Lake   All Year FSB 4 Note 5
Hokowhitu Lagoon (also known as Centennial Lagoon)   All Year FSB Rainbow or brown trout 1 All other sports fish no limit Note 5
Hutt River   All year FSB* (see Note 4) 2 Notes 4, 5
Kahuterawa Stream   1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 4  
Kawhatau River   All year FSB 4 Note 5
Kiriwhakapapa Stream   1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 1 Note 3.1
Kopuaranga River   1 Oct – 30 Apr F 4  
Kourarau Dam (Upper) Reservoir, except all inflowing streams   All year FSB Rainbow or Brown trout 1 All other sports fish 4 Note 5
Lake Wairarapa   All year FSB 4 Note 5
Lake Waitawa (Forests Lakes)   All year FSB Tench: 0 Notes 1.1,5
Makakahi River upstream of the road bridge at Eketahuna 1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 4  
downstream of the road bridge at Eketahuna All year FSB 4 Note 5
Makiekie River (Coal Creek)   1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 2  
Makuri River upstream of the township bridge 1 Oct – 30 Apr F 1 Note 3.1
downstream of the township bridge 1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 1  
Manawatu River upstream of the Maunga Road Bridge (upstream of Dannevirke) 1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 1  
downstream of the Maunga Road Bridge (upstream of Dannevirke) All year FSB 2 Note 5
Mangakokeke Stream   1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 1 Note 3.1
Mangaohane Stream   1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 1 Note 3.2
Mangahao River upstream of Marima Reserve Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 4  
downstream of Marima Reserve Bridge All year FSB 4 Note 5
Mangaone River (a tributary of the Tiraumea River)   All year FSB 4 Note 5
Mangaroa River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 1 Note 3.1
Mangatainoka River upstream of Scarborough Konini Road Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 2 Note 3.1
downstream of Scarborough-Konini Road Bridge All year FS 2 Note 3.1, 5
Mangatarere Stream   1 Oct – 30 Apr F 1  
Mangatoro River   1 Oct – 30 Apr F 1  
Mikimiki Stream   1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 1 Note 3.1
Moawhango River   All year FSB 4 Note 5
Ohau River   All year FS 2 Note 3.1
Oroua River upstream of Ruahine Forest Park boundary, including tributaries 1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 1  
downstream of Ruahine Forest Park boundary and upstream of Oroua Valley Road Bridge All year FSB 1 Note 5
downstream of Oroua Valley Road Bridge All year FSB 4 Note 5
Otaki Winstone Quarry lakes   All year – weekends only FSB 1 Note 5
Otaki River upstream of Tararua Forest Park boundary, including tributaries 1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 1  
downstream of Tararua Forest Park boundary All year FSB 1 Note 3.1
Pakuratahi Stream   1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 1 Note 3.1
Pohangina River upstream of Piripiri Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 1 Note 3.1
between Totara Reserve Bridge and Piripiri Bridge All year FS 1 Notes 3.1, 5
downstream of Totara Reserve Bridge All year FSB 2 Note 5
Pohangina River tributaries   1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 2  
Pourangaki River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 1 Note 3.1
Rangitikei River Backcountry Fishery upstream of Ohinewaione Stream confluence (about 9 river kilometres upstream of the Springvale Bridge), including tributaries 1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 1 Notes 2, 3.2
Between Matawhero Road Bridge (commonly called the Mangaohane Bridge) to the Ohinewaione Stream confluence 1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 2 Note 3.2
downstream of the Matawhero Road Bridge (commonly called the Mangaohane Bridge) All year FSB 4 Note 5
Ruamahanga River upstream of State Highway 2, including tributaries 1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 1  
downstream of State Highway 2 All year FSB 2 Note 5
Tauherinikau River upstream of State Highway 2, including tributaries 1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 1  
downstream of State Highway 2 All year FSB 2 Note 5
Tauweru River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 2  
Tiraumea River   All year FSB 4 Note 5
Tokomaru River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 1 Note 3.1
Turitea Stream   1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 4  
Waikanae River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 1 Note 3.1
Waipoua River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 1 Note 3.1
Waingawa River upstream of State Highway 2, including tributaries 1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 1 Note 3.2
downstream of State Highway 2 All year FSB 2 Note 5
Wainui Stream   1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 1 Note 3.1
Wainuomata River downstream of the main township bridge 1 Oct – 30 Apr F 1 Note 3.2
Waiohine River upstream of State Highway 2, including tributaries 1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 1  
downstream of State Highway 2 All year FSB 2 Note 5
Whakatikei River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 1 Note 3.1
Whakarekou River Backcountry Fishery upstream of Rangitikei River confluence, including tributaries within the Ruahine Ranges 1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 1 Notes 2, 3.1
Whitby Lakes   All year FSB Tench: 0 Note 5


Nelson/Marlborough Fish and Game Region

The Nelson/Marlborough region is defined here: New Zealand Gazette, 24 May 1990, No. 83, page 1861.

1. Definitions

For interpretation of terms, refer to the First Schedule of this Notice or the Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983.

1.1 Fishing for coarse fish is prohibited in all waters of the Nelson/Marlborough Region.

1.2 There is no minimum size limit for trout or salmon.

1.3 All lakes, rivers and streams not mentioned in the table below (and those where Note 1 applies), the daily bag limit permits the taking of two sports fish, although only one fish may exceed 500mm from the nose tip to middle fork of tail. Season 1 October – 30 April.

2. Additional Requirements

Note 1 The daily bag limit permits the taking of two fish, although only one fish may exceed 500mm from nose tip to the middle of tail.
Note 2 Down riggers are permitted when lake fishing
Note 3 No licence holder shall fish for sports fish from any boat under motorised power in those parts of Lake Rotoiti within 100 metres from the centre of the meeting line with the lake and the Travers River, Coldwater Stream, Black Valley Stream and Buller River.
Note 4 No licence holder shall fish for sports fish from any boat under motorised power in those parts of Lake Rotoroa within 100 metres from the centre of the meeting line with the lake and the Sabine, D'Urville and Gowan rivers.
Note 5 Only Child licence holders may bait fish
Note 6 No licence holder shall fish for sports fish in a designated Junior Fishery unless they are the holder of a child or junior licence.
Note 7 Waimea River Park Fishing ponds may on occasions be temporarily closed to facilitate the running of organised events or for maintenance. Closures will be made public in advance and advertised on the Nelson/Marlborough Fish & Game website and sign posted at the ponds.
Note 8 Backcountry Fishery. All licence holders who fish in the backcountry fishery (as defined by the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2021) must obtain a backcountry licence (as defined by the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2021) and the provisions of that notice apply to this Notice
Note 9 No licence holder shall be in possession of a sports fish which exceeds a maximum length of 400mm from the Goulter River.


3. Open Season, Permitted Methods, Daily Bag Limits

Water Section of Water Open Season Authorised Fishing Methods Daily Bag Limit by Species
nil unless number shown
Refer Clause 2 Additional Requirements
Trout Salmon Other
All lakes, rivers and streams not mentioned in clause 3 for this region   1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 2     Note 1
Aorere River downstream of Salisbury Road Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2      
Anatoki River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 2     Notes 1, 5
Argyle Pond and lower hydro canals from where powerlines cross at head of lake and downstream to Wairau River confluence 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2 sports fish  
Argyle Pond Headrace From Branch River hydro intake to powerlines at head of Lake Argyle 1 Oct – 31 May FSB 2 sports fish  
Awatere River   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2      
Branch River   1 Oct – 31 May FS 2      
Buller River downstream of Gowan Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2      
Clarence River downstream of Acheron confluence 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2 1    
Cobb Reservoir   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 4     Note 2
Conway River   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2      
Goulter River Backcountry Fishery upstream of its confluence with the Wairau River 1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 1     Notes 8, 9
Lake Daniell   1 Oct – 31 May FS 2     Note 2
Lake Rotoiti (Nelson Lakes) except for closed areas   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 4     Notes 2, 3
Lake Rotoroa except for closed areas   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 4     Notes 2, 4
Lake Tennyson   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 4     Note 2
Leatham River   1 Oct – 31 May FS 2      
Lyell Creek (Kaikoura) downstream of State Highway 1 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2 1    
Maitai River downstream of Lower Nile Street Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2     Note 5
Maruia River downstream of Maruia Falls 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2      
Matakitaki River downstream of State Highway 6 Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2      
Backcountry Fishery that is the upper Matakitaki River and tributaries upstream from Horse Terrace Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 2     Notes 1, 8
Middle Creek (Kaikoura) downstream of State Highway 1 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2      
Motueka River downstream of Peninsula Road Bridge at Ngatimoti 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2      
Oaro River   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2      
Ōpaoa River downstream of State Highway 1 Bridge (including Roses Overflow) but excluding the section covered by the Taylor River junior fishery 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2      
Pelorus River downstream of Rai River confluence 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2      
Rai River downstream of Carluke Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2      
Takaka River downstream of confluence with the Waingaro River 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2      
Taylor Dam   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2     Note 5
Taylor River downstream of New Renwick Road Bridge (excluding Hutchinson St Bridge – Ōpaoa Loop confluence) 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2      
Taylor River Junior fishery from Hutchinson St Bridge to Ōpaoa Loop confluence (including Ōpaoa River upstream to Snowden Crescent footbridge) 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 1     Note 6
Travers River Backcountry Fishery upstream of the marked Coldwater/Lake Head DOC walking track river crossing 1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 2     Notes 1,8
Waikoropupu River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 2     Note 1
Waimea River Park Junior Fishing Ponds Sign posted Waimea River Park designated “Fishing ponds” 1 Oct – 30 Sept (except when closed for organised events or maintenance) FSB 1 Sports fish   Note 6, 7
Waimea River Park Family/Adult Fishing Pond Sign posted Waimea River Park designated “Fishing ponds” 1 Oct – 30 Sept (except when closed for organised events or maintenance) FSB 1 Sports fish   Note 7
Wairau River downstream of Wash Bridge including the Diversion and Southern Valleys Irrigation Intake Pond 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2 1    
Backcountry Fishery that includes the upper Wairau River and tributaries (but excluding Fish Lake) upstream from Wash Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 2     Notes 1, 8
Wairoa/Waimea River (Nelson) downstream of Lee River confluence 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2      


West Coast Fish and Game Region

The West Coast region is defined here: New Zealand Gazette, 24 May 1990, No. 83, page 1861.

1. Definitions

For interpretation of terms, refer to the First Schedule of this Notice or the Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983.

2. Additional Requirements

Note 1 1.1 Daily Limit Bag. Except for perch for which for which there is no daily limit, no licence holder shall on any one day take, kill or be in possession of more than 2 brown trout, 2 rainbow trout, 1 salmon.
Note 2 2.1 Fish Length. There is no minimum length for trout and salmon in all waters of the Region except in lakes Ianthe, Mapourika, Paringa, Moeraki and Ellery, where the minimum length for trout and for salmon shall be 350mm.
Note 3 3.1 Coarse Fish. There are no special conditions relating to coarse fishing other than those provided for in the First Schedule to this Notice.
Note 4 4.1 Closed waters. McDonalds Creek at Lake Mapourika is closed to fishing at all times
Note 5 5.1

Backcountry Fishery. The Backcountry fishery in this region is defined as:

5.1.1 The Karamea Backcountry Fishery which is the Karamea Catchment upstream of the Kakapo River confluence.

5.1.2 The Mokihinui Backcountry Fishery which is the Mokihinui Catchment upstream of the Rough and Tumble Creek confluence.

5.1.3 All licence holders who fish in the backcountry fishery (as defined by the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2021) must obtain a backcountry licence (as defined by the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2021) and the provisions of that notice apply to this Notice.


3.1 Open Season for Trout and Perch, Permitted Methods, Daily Bag Limits

Water Section of Water Open Season Authorised Fishing Methods Daily Bag Limit by Species
nil unless number shown
Refer Clause 2 Additional Requirements
B Trout R Trout Perch
All waters except where otherwise specified below   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Ahaura River downstream of Granite Creek All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Arahura River downstream of Milltown (Landsburgh) Bridge All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Arawhata River downstream of Haast-Jackson Bay Road All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Arnold River   All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Big Ditch Creek downstream of State Highway 67 All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Big Totara River downstream of State Highway 6 All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Buller River downstream of Lyall confluence All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Cascade River downstream of Martyr confluence All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Cook River downstream of State Highway 6 All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Deadmans Creek downstream of State Highway 67 All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Grey River downstream of Clarke confluence All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Haast River downstream of Pleasant Flat Bridge All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Hapuka River   All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Hindleys Creek   All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Hokitika River   All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Inangahua River (lower) From Perseverance Bridge to Buller confluence All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Jacobs (Makawhio) River downstream of State Highway 6 All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Kaniere River   All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Karamea River downstream of cableway at mouth of Lower Gorge All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Karangarua River downstream of State Highway 6 All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Kohaihai River downstream of Heaphy Track Bridge All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Kokatahi River downstream of Styx Confluence All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Kumara/Kapitea Reservoir system downstream of Old Christchurch Road All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Lake Brunner   All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Lake Ellery   All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Lake Haupiri   All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Lake Ianthe   All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Lake Kaniere   All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Lake Mahinapua   All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Lake Mapourika   All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3, 4
Lake Moeraki   All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Lake Paringa   All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2,3
Lake Wahapo   All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Little Totara River downstream of State Highway 6 All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Little Wanganui River downstream of State Highway 67 All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Mahinapua outlet creek   All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Mahitahi River downstream of State Highway 6 All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Martins Creek downstream of Martins Creek Bridge All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
MacDonalds Creek   Closed         Note 4
Mikonui River downstream of State Highway 6 All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Moeraki River downstream of State Highway 6 All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Mokihinui River downstream of cableway at Welcome Creek All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
New River downstream of State Highway 6 including estuary All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Ngakawau River downstream of State Highway 67 All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Nile River downstream of Awakere confluence All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Ohinetamatea River   All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Okari River downstream of State Highway 6 All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Okarito Lagoon   All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Okarito River   All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1,2, 3
Okuru River downstream of Haast-Jackson Bay Road All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Omoeroa River downstream of State Highway 6 All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Oparara River downstream of Karamea-Kohaihai Road All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Orowaiti River downstream of State Highway 67 All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Paringa River downstream of State Highway 6 All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Poerua River (South Westland) downstream of State Highway 6 All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Pororari River downstream of State Highway 6 All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Punakaiki River downstream of State Highway 6 All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Taramakau River downstream of bridge at Jacksons All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Totara River downstream of State Highway 6 All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Turnbull River downstream of Haast-Jackson Bay Road All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Waiatoto River downstream of Haast-Jackson Bay Road All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Waikukupa River downstream of State Highway 6 All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Waimangaroa River downstream of State Highway 67 All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Waita River downstream of State Highway 6 All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Waitaha River downstream of State Highway 6 All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Wanganui River downstream of State Highway 6 All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Whakapohi River downstream of State Highway 6 All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Whareatea River downstream of State Highway 67 All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Whataroa River   All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3
Whitcombe River   All year FSB 2 2 No limit Note 1, 2, 3


3.2 Open Season for Salmon, Permitted Methods, Daily Bag Limits

Water Section of Water Open Season Authorised Fishing Methods Daily Bag Limit by Species
nil unless number shown
Refer Clause 2 Additional Requirements
Salmon
Lake Ianthe   1 Oct – 31 Mar FSB 1 Note 1, 2, 3
Lake Mapourika   1 Oct – 31 Mar FSB 1 Note 1, 2, 3, 4
Lake Paringa   1 Oct – 31 Mar FSB 1 Note 1, 2, 3
Lake Moeraki   1 Oct – 31 Mar FSB 1 Note 1, 2, 3
Okarito River (excl Lagoon)   1 Oct – 31 Mar FSB 1 Note 1, 2, 3
Windbag Stream   1 Oct – 31 Mar FSB 1 Note 1, 2, 3
All other waters   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 1 Note 1, 2, 3, 4


North Canterbury Fish and Game Region

The North Canterbury region is defined here: New Zealand Gazette, 24 May 1990, No. 83, page 1861, as amended by the New Zealand Gazette, 3 September 1992, No.141, page 2958

1. Definitions

For interpretation of terms, refer to the First Schedule of this Notice or the Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983.

2. Additional Requirements

Note 1 1.1 No licence holder shall fish for sports fish within a 100-metre arc of the outfall of any licensed fish farm, with the exception of the Tentburn Outfall, where fishing for trout and salmon is permitted, but no fishing is allowed on the culvert.
  1.2 Scented artificial lures may be used in all waters, other than fly fishing only waters, when actively retrieved so as to imitate a moving bait fish.
  1.3 No license holder shall on any one day take, kill or be in possession of more than 4 sports fish, of which no more than 2 may be trout and 1 may be salmon and 4 may be coarse fish. With the exception of Lake Coleridge (refer to Note 4.1), Loch Katrine and Lake Sumner.
  1.4 No licence holder shall be in possession of a trout or salmon less than 300mm anywhere in the Region.
  1.5 No licence holder shall fish for salmon in any river from 1 April to 30 September.
  1.6 No person may take salmon from any river between the hours of 11.00pm to 4.00am in December and January, and between 10.00pm and 5.00am for any other month.
Note 2 2.1 Fishing from boats which are simultaneously propelled by a motor (trolling) and fishing from boats which are not simultaneously propelled by a motor, is permitted.
Note 3 3.1 Fishing from boats which are not simultaneously being propelled by a motor, is permitted.
Note 4 4.1 The use of motorised craft is prohibited
Note 5 5.1 The daily limit bag for Lake Coleridge shall be 4 sports fish.
Note 6 6.1 No licence holder other than a Child or Junior licence holder shall fish in the Christchurch Groynes Fishing Lakes or Lake Courtenay at Kaiapoi.
Note 7 7.1 Fishing for coarse fish can only occur in Designated Coarse Fishing Waters which are the Avon River downstream of Barbadoes Street, Lake Forsyth, Halswell Canal downstream of Duck Pond Road, Halswell River downstream of Seabridge Road, Kaiapoi Lakes, Monopolies pond, Okana River downstream of State Highway 75 and Lake Rotokohatu. See First Schedule for permitted methods. The daily limit bag for tench is 1 fish and no licence holder shall be in possession of a tench taken from a Coarse Fishing Water that exceeds 150mm.
Note 8 8.1 No licence holder other than a Child or Junior licence holder shall bait fish for trout.
Note 9 9.1 No licence holder shall be in possession of a sports fish which exceeds a maximum length of 400mm from that water
Note 10 10.1 No licence holder shall be in possession of a Chinook salmon taken from Lake Sumner or Loch Katrine that exceeds 450mm
Note 11 11.1 No licence holder shall be in possession of a perch taken from the Kaiapoi Lakes that exceeds 250mm
Note 12 12.1 Backcountry Fishery. All licence holders who fish in a backcountry fishery (as defined by the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2021) must first obtain a backcountry licence (as defined by the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2021) and the provisions of that notice apply to this Notice.
Note 13   Sea Run Salmon Season Bag Limit
  13.1 All licence holders who fish in a sea run salmon water (as defined by the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2021) must first obtain a sea run salmon licence (as defined by the Sports Fisheries Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2021).
  13.1.1 All holders of a Sea Run Salmon Licence are eligible to receive a Season Bag Limit Card.
  13.2 Family licence holders that have a Sea Run Salmon Licence are eligible for one Season Bag Limit Card per family licence.
  13.3 No licence holder shall fish for, take, kill or be in possession of a salmon from sea run salmon waters within the North Canterbury Fish and Game Region without holding a Season Bag Limit Card.
  13.4 No licence holder shall over the length of the season take, kill or be in possession of more than two salmon from sea run salmon waters in both the North Canterbury and Central South Island Fish and Game regions combined.
  13.5 Immediately upon taking or killing a salmon from sea run salmon waters the licence holder must complete an entry in their Season Bag Limit Card for that fish.
  13.6 All licence holders that fished for salmon from sea run salmon waters in either the North Canterbury or Central South Island Fish and Game regions must return their Season Bag Limit Card to either the North Canterbury or Central South Island Fish and Game Council at the end of the season, regardless of how many such salmon were taken or killed.
  13.7 All holders of a Season Bag Limit Card must produce it to a Fish and Game Ranger on demand.


3.1 Open Season, Permitted Methods, Daily Bag Limits – Region Defaults

 

Water Section of Water Open Season Authorised Fishing Methods Daily Bag Limit by Species
nil unless number shown

Refer Clause 2 Additional Requirements

Trout Salmon
All lakes, rivers and streams not mentioned in clause 3.2 for this region   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2   Notes 1, 2


3.2 Open Season, Permitted Methods, Daily Bag Limits – Fishery Specific

Water

Section of Water

Open Season

Authorised Fishing Methods

Daily Bag Limit by Species
nil unless number shown

Refer Clause 2 Additional Requirements

Trout

Salmon

 

Ada River

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

 

Notes 1, 2

Ashley River

upstream of Ashley Gorge Road Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

 

Notes 1, 2, 9

downstream of Ashley Gorge Road

Trout: All year

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Salmon: 1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

 

Refer Note 13

Notes 1, 2, 13

Ashley River tributaries

upstream of Ashley Gorge Road Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

 

Notes 1, 2

Avoca River

 

1 Dec – 30 Apr

FS

1

 

Notes 1, 2, 9

Avon River and tributaries

upstream of the Armagh Street Bridge at Hagley Park

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Avon River

 

between the Armagh Street Bridge at Hagley Park and the Barbadoes Street Bridge

closed

       

downstream of the Barbadoes Street Bridge

 

Trout: All year

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2, 7

Salmon: 1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

 

Refer Note 13

Notes 1, 2, 13

Boyle River

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

 

Notes 1, 2, 9

Broken River and tributaries

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

1

 

Notes 1, 2, 9

Cam River

 

Trout: 1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2

from Kaiapoi River confluence to Smith Street Bridge

Salmon: 1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

 

Refer Note 13

Notes 1, 2, 13

Cass Hill Stream (Bullock Creek)

 

1 Oct – 31 Mar

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Christchurch Groynes Fishing Lakes

four ponds at the western end of the Groynes reserve signposted as designated fishing lakes

All year

FSB

2

2

Notes 1, 3, 6

Clearwater Resort Lakes

except for Lake 3, Lake 4 and Lake 5

closed

       

Lake 3, Lake 4 and Lake 5

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 3

Coleridge Tailrace

 

1 Oct – 31 Mar

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Cora Lynn Stream

 

1 Oct – 31 Mar

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Cust River

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Double Hill Stream & Double Hill Flat Stream

 

1 Oct – 28 Feb

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Doubtful River

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

 

Notes 1, 2, 9

Esk River

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Glenariffe Stream

 

1 Oct – 28 Feb

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Goat Hill Stream

 

1 Oct – 28 Feb

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Hacketts Creek

 

1 Oct – 31 Mar

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Halswell Canal

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2

downstream of Duck Pond Road

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2, 7

Halswell River

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2

downstream of Seabridge Road

All year

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2, 7

Harper River

including diversion and tributaries

1 Dec – 30 Apr

FS

1

 

Notes 1, 2, 9

Harts Creek

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Hawkins River

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

 

Notes 1, 2

 

Heathcote River

upstream of Colombo Street bridge

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2

downstream of Colombo Street bridge

Trout: All year

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Salmon: 1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

 

Refer Note 13

Notes 1, 2, 13

Henry River

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

 

Notes 1, 2

Highbank Power Station

 

tail race

Closed

       

Hope River

Backcountry Fishery

upstream of Boyle River confluence

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

 

Notes 1, 2, 9, 12

Hope River and tributaries

downstream of Boyle River confluence

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

 

Notes 1, 2, 9

Hororata River

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Hurunui River

 

Backcountry Fishery

upstream of grid reference NZTopo50/BU22 3088 7229 (500m upstream of Lake Sumner, marked with sign)

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

 

Notes 1, 2, 9, 12

upstream of Lake Sumner

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

 

Notes 1, 2, 9

between Lake Sumner and South Branch confluence

All year

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Backcountry Fishery

South Branch upstream of Esk River confluence

1 Oct – 30 Apr

 

FS

1

 

Notes 1, 2, 9, 12

South Branch downstream of Esk River confluence

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

 

Notes 1, 2, 9

Hurunui River tributaries

above the South Branch confluence

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

 

Notes 1, 2

Hurunui River

 

below the South Branch confluence

Trout: All year

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Salmon: 1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

 

 

Refer Note 13

Notes 1, 2, 13

Hydra Waters

including Titan Stream

1 Oct – 28 Feb

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Irwell River

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

 

Notes 1, 2

Kaiapoi River

 

Trout: 1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Kaiapoi River

downstream of the confluence of the Cust Main Drain

Salmon: 1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

 

Refer Note 13

Notes 1, 2, 13

Kaituna River

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

 

Notes 1, 2

Kowhai River and tributaries

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2

L II River

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Lake Blackwater

 

10 Dec – 30 Apr

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 3, 4

Lake Coleridge

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Sep

FSB

4

4

Notes 1, 2, 5

Lake Courtenay

 

All year

FSB

2

2

Notes 1, 3, 6

Lake Ellesmere

 

All year

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Lake Evelyn

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 3, 4

Lake Forsyth

 

All year

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2, 7

Lake Georgina

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 3, 4

Lake Grasmere

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 3, 4

Lake Guyon

 

All year

FS

2

 

Note 1

Lake Hawdon

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 3, 4

Lake Henrietta

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 3, 4

Lake Ida & Little Lake Ida

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

F

2

 

Note 1, 4

Lakes Kaiapoi

 

All year

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 3, 7, 11

Loch Katrine

 

All year

FS

2

2

Notes 1, 3, 10

Lake Letitia

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 3, 4

Lake Lilian

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 3, 4

Lake Lyndon

 

All year

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2, 8

             

Lake Mason

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

 

Note 1

Lake Marymere

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

F

2

 

Note 1, 4

Lake Minchin

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

 

Note 1

Lake Monck (Catherine)

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

F

2

 

Note 1, 4

Lake Pearson

 

All year

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 3, 4

Lake Rotokohatu

 

All year

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 3, 7

Lake Rubicon

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

 

Note 1, 4

Lake Sarah

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

F

2

 

Notes 1, 3, 4

Lake Selfe

 

All year

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 3, 4

Lake Sheppard

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

F

2

 

Notes 1, 3

Lake Stream

 

1 Oct – 31 Mar

FS

2

 

Note 1

Lake Sumner

 

All year

FS

2

2

Notes 1, 2, 10

Lake Taylor

 

All year

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Leader River

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Lee Stream

 

Trout: 1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2

   

Salmon: 1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

 

Refer Note 13

Notes 1, 2, 13

Lewis River

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

 

Notes 1, 2, 9

Monopolies Pond

 

All year

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2, 7

Mandamus River

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

 

Notes 1, 2

Manuka Point Stream

 

1 Oct – 28 Feb

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Nina River

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

 

Notes 1, 2, 9

Okana River

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

 

Note 1

downstream of State Highway 75

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

 

Notes 1, 2, 7

Otukaikino Creek, South Branch of Waimakariri River

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Okuku River

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

 

Notes 1, 2

Okuti River

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Pahau River

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

 

Notes 1, 2

Porter River

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

1

 

Notes 1, 2, 9

Poulter River

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Rakaia River

upstream of Coleridge Tailrace confluence

1 Oct – 31 Mar

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 2

downstream of Coleridge Tailrace confluence

Trout: All year

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Salmon: 1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

 

Refer Note 13

Notes 1, 2, 13

Ryton River

 

1 Dec – 30 Apr

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Saltwater Creek

 

Trout: 1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Salmon: 1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

 

Refer Note 13

Notes 1, 2, 13

Selwyn River

upstream of State Highway 77 Bridge (at Glentunnel)

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

 

Notes 1, 2

downstream of State Highway 77 Bridge

All year

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Slovens Stream

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

1

 

Notes 1, 2, 9

St Annes Lagoon

 

closed

       

Styx River

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Tentburn Outfall

 

Trout: 1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Salmon: 1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

 

Refer Note 13

Notes 1, 2, 13

Waiau River and tributaries

upstream of Hope River confluence

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

 

Notes 1, 2, 9

Waiau River

Backcountry Fishery

upstream of Hope River confluence

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

 

Notes 1, 2, 9, 12

downstream of Hope River confluence

Trout: All year

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Salmon: 1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

 

Refer Note 13

Notes 1, 2, 13

Waikari River

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

 

Notes 1, 2

Waimakariri River

upstream of Staircase Stream confluence

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Waimakariri River tributaries

upstream of Staircase Stream confluence, except for Cass Hill Stream, Cora Lynn Stream, Esk River, Poulter River, Winding Creek Broken River and Porter River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Waimakariri River

downstream of Staircase Stream

Trout: All year

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Salmon: 1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

 

Refer Note 13

Notes 1, 2, 13

Waipara River

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

 

Notes 1, 2

Wairewa River

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Waitohi River

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

 

Notes 1, 2

Wilberforce Diversion

 

1 Dec – 30 Apr

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Wilberforce River

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 2

Winding Creek

 

10 Dec – 30 Apr

FS

2

 

Notes 1, 2


Central South Island Fish and Game Region

The Central South Island region is defined here: New Zealand Gazette, 24 May 1990, No. 83, page 1861, as amended by New Zealand Gazette, 29 August 1991, No. 129, page 2786, and as further amended by the New Zealand Gazette, 3 September 1992, No. 141, page 2958.

1. Definitions

For interpretation of terms, refer to the First Schedule of this Notice or the Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983.

2. Additional Requirements

Note 1 1.1 First Schedule conditions apply.
  1.2 No licence holder shall continue to fish for sports fish at any time after having already taken a bag limit for that specie
  1.3 No licence holder when fishing for sports fish shall use any unsporting device or method.
  1.4 No licence holder shall continue to fish on any day after having foul hooked three sports fish, even though any such sports fish have been returned immediately in accordance with the First Schedule of this Notice.
  1.5 Any licence holder who lands a sports fish that will not be kept shall immediately return it with as little injury as possible into the water from which it was taken.
  1.6 There are no restrictions on the hours of fishing except that no licence holder may fish for, take or kill sea run chinook salmon in any river between the hours of 11.00pm and 4.00am in December and January, and between 10.00pm and 5.00am for any other month of the year.
  1.7 There is no minimum length for trout.
  1.8 The minimum length for salmon killed in waters of the Region shall be 300mm except in lakes where the minimum length shall be 250mm and in Lake Heron where the minimum length shall be 300mm and the maximum length shall be 450mm.
  1.10 There is no daily bag limit and no minimum length for coarse fish except in designated coarse fishing waters (see Note 2).
  1.10 No licence holder shall fish for sockeye salmon between 1 March and 30 April in – Deep Stream (Lake Aviemore), Otematata River, Tekapo River, Mary Burn, Grays River, Larch Stream, Upper Ohau River, Lower Ohau River, Omarama Stream, Otematapaio River, Twizel River, or any other stream or river where sockeye salmon are present.
Note 2 2.1 Coarse fishing waters – Centennial Park Lake (Timaru), Island Stream, Saltwater Creek, and Waiareka Creek. Daily limit 1 tench. No daily limit for perch. Minimum size 450mm for tench and 250mm for perch.
Note 3 3.1 No sports fishing from boats in lakes, Camp, Denny, Donne, Emily, Spider, Kellands Pond, Wairepo Arm.
Note 4 4.1 No sports fishing from any unmoored boat in lakes, Emma, MacGregor and Maori Lakes.
Note 5 5.1 A licence holder when fishing for sports fish in the Rangitata River or its tributaries may use, seaward of a line extending through two GPS points (-44.181807°, 171.499428° & -44.179319°, 171.504111°) and where part of the line is marked by two poles situated approximately 1km from the coast, an artificial fly only if the total weight of everything attached to the cast does not exceed 28g.
  5.2 A licence holder when fishing for sports fish in the Rangitata River or its tributaries may cast other than from the reel or retrieve other than by winding the reel only when using bait or fly fishing, or when fishing with an artificial fly seaward of a line extending through two GPS points (-44.181807°, 171.499428° & -44.179319°, 171.504111°) and where part of the line is marked by two poles situated approximately 1km from the coast.
Note 6 6.1 No licence holder shall fish in Lake Alexandrina using down riggers, paravanes, metal cored or wire lines and weights to assist sinking of trolled lures.
Note 7 7.1 A licence holder may fish from any boat in Lake Middleton except when being propelled by a motor.
Note 8 8.1 Backcountry Fishery. All licence holders who fish in the backcountry fishery (as defined by the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2021) must obtain a backcountry licence (as defined by the Sports Fisheries Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2021) and the provisions of that notice apply to this Notice.
Note 9 9.1 Controlled Area. In the controlled area, a controlled period applies. All licence holders who fish in the controlled area must first obtain a controlled period licence (as defined by the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2021).
  9.2 Controlled Period. Controlled period means the period beginning 3 September 2022 and ending on 30 September 2022.
  9.3 Controlled Period Licence. A controlled period licence means a licence that entitles the following persons to fish for sports fish in the controlled area during the controlled period:
  9.3.1 The holder of the controlled period licence; and
  9.3.2 Up to 3 companion anglers named in the controlled period licence who hold backcountry licences, provided that the maximum size of any group for any one permit is 4.
Note 10   Sea Run Salmon Season Bag Limit
  10.1 All licence holders who fish in a sea run salmon water (as defined by the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2021) must first obtain a sea run salmon licence (as defined by the Sports Fisheries Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2021).
  10.1.1 All holders of a Sea Run Salmon Licence are eligible to receive a Season Bag Limit Card.
  10.2 Family licence holders that have a Sea Run Salmon Licence are eligible for one Season Bag Limit Card per family licence.
  10.3 No licence holder shall fish for, take, kill or be in possession of a salmon from sea run salmon waters within the Central South Island Fish and Game Region without holding a Season Bag Limit Card.
  10.4 No licence holder shall over the length of the season take, kill or be in possession of more than two salmon from sea run salmon waters in both the Central South Island and North Canterbury Fish and Game regions combined.
  10.5 Immediately upon taking or killing a salmon from sea run salmon waters the licence holder must complete an entry in their Season Bag Limit Card for that fish.
  10.6 All licence holders that fished for salmon from sea run salmon waters in either the Central South Island or North Canterbury Fish and Game regions must return their Season Bag Limit Card to either the Central South Island or North Canterbury Fish and Game Council at the end of the season, regardless of how many such salmon were taken or killed.
  10.7 All holders of a Season Bag Limit Card must produce it to a Fish and Game Ranger on demand.


3. Open Season, Permitted Methods, Daily Bag Limits

Water

Section of Water

Open Season

Authorised Fishing Methods

Daily Bag Limit by Species
nil unless number shown

Refer Clause 2 Additional Requirements

       

Trout

Salmon

Other

 

All waters except where otherwise specified below

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

2

no limit

Note 1

Ahuriri River

and tributaries upstream of and including Longslip Creek

1st Saturday Dec – 30 Apr

FS

2

2

 

Note 1

and tributaries downstream of Longslip Creek except Omarama Stream

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

4

2

 

Note 1

Ahuriri River Lagoons

 

1st Saturday Dec – 30 Apr

F

2

   

Note 1

Ashburton River

North and South Branches and tributaries upstream of Taylors Stream confluence

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

2

 

Refer Note 10

 

Note 1, 10

South Branch and tributaries downstream of Taylors Stream confluence and Ashburton River downstream of North and South branch junction

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

 

Refer Note 10

 

Note 1, 10

downstream of State Highway 1

1 Jun – 31 Aug

FS

2

Closed

 

Note 1

Aviemore spawning race

 

Closed

         

Awakino River

 

Closed

         

Bells Pond

Waitaki River irrigation pond at Ross Road

1 Oct – 30 April

FSB

4

Refer Note 10

 

Note 1, 10

Bortons Pond

 

Waitaki River irrigation Pond at Black Point, State Highway 83

 

1 Oct – 30 April

 

FSB

 

4

Refer Note 10

 

 

Note 1, 10

Deep Creek

a tributary to the upper Rangitata River

Trout: 1 Oct – 31 Mar

FS

2

   

Note 1

Salmon: 1 Oct – last day of Feb

FS

 

Refer Note 10

 

Note 1, 10

Deep Stream

a tributary to Lake Aviemore, and its tributaries

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

2

 

Note 1

Deep Stream

a tributary to the upper Rangitata River

Trout: 1 Oct – 31 Mar

FS

2

   

Note 1

Salmon: 1 Oct – last day of Feb

FS

 

Refer Note 10

 

Note 1, 10

Fork Stream

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

2

 

Note 1

Grays River

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

2

 

Note 1

Hakataramea River

 

Trout: 1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

   

Note 1

Salmon: 1stSaturday Nov – 31 Mar

FS

 

Refer Note 10

 

Note 1, 10

High-country tarns or lagoons

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

   

Note 1

Hinds River – child licence holders

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

 

2

 

Refer Note 10

 

Note 1, 10

 

Hinds River – other than child licence holders

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

 

2

 

Refer Note 10

 

Note 1, 10

 

Irishman Creek

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FSB

2

   

Note 1

Island Stream

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

   

Notes 1, 2

Kakanui River

and tributaries upstream of Five Forks Bridge

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

 

2

 

Refer Note 10

 

Note 1, 10

 

and tributaries downstream of Five Forks Bridge

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

 

4

 

Refer Note 10

 

Note 1, 10

 

Kellands Pond

 

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

2

2

 

Notes 1, 3

Lake Alexandrina

and tributaries

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

 

4 trout max 1 brown

2

 

 

Notes 1, 6

 

Winter season

 

1 Jun – 31 July

 

FS

 

2 sports fish nil brown trout

Notes 1, 6

 

Lake Aviemore

 

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

4 sports fish

 

Note 1

tributaries except Deep Stream and Otematata River

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FSB

4

2

 

Note 1

Lake Benmore

 

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

4 sports fish

 

Note 1

tributaries except Tekapo, Ahuriri and Otematapaio rivers

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FSB

4

2

 

Note 1

Lake Camp

 

1st Saturday Nov – 31 May

FS

2

   

Note 1, 3

Centennial Park Lake (Timaru)

 

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

2

   

Notes 1, 2

Lake Clearwater

and tributaries

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

   

Note 1

Lake Denny

and tributaries

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

   

Notes 1, 3

Lake Donne

and tributaries

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

   

Notes 1, 3

Lake Emily

and tributaries

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

F

2

   

Notes 1, 3

Lake Emma

and tributaries

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

   

Notes 1, 4

Lake Heron

and tributaries

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FSB

4 sports fish

 

Note 1

 

Lake Hood

 

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

4

2

 

Note 1

Lake McGregor

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

2

 

Notes 1, 4

Lake Merino

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

   

Note 1

Lake Middleton

 

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

4

2

 

Notes 1, 7

Lake Mystery

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

F

2

   

Note 1

Lake Ohau

 

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

4 sports fish

 

Note 1

Lake Ohau tributaries

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FSB

4

2

 

Note 1

Lake Opuha

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

2

 

Note 1

Lake Opuha tributaries

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

2

 

Note 1

Lake Poaka

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

F

2

   

Note 1

Lake Pukaki

 

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

4 sports fish

 

Note 1

Lake Pukaki tributaries

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FSB

4

2

 

Note 1

Lake Roundabout

and tributaries

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

F

2

   

Note 1

Lake Ruataniwha

 

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

2 sports fish

 

Note 1

Lake Spider

and tributaries

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

   

Notes 1, 3

Lake Tekapo

 

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

6 sports fish total and no more than 4 to be trout or 4 to be salmon

Note 1

Lake Tekapo tributaries

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FSB

4

2

 

Note 1

Lake Waitaki

 

1 Oct – Sep

FSB

4 sports fish

 

Note 1

Lake Waitaki tributaries

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FSB

4

2

 

Note 1

Lake Wardell

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FSB

4

   

Note 1

Lake Stream

 

1 Oct – 31 Mar

FSB

2

Closed

 

Note 1

Larch Stream

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FSB

2

2

 

Note 1

Loch Cameron – child licence holders

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FSB

2

2

 

Note 1

Loch Cameron – other than child licence holders

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

2

 

Note 1

Maerewhenua River

 

Trout: 1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

   

Note 1

Salmon: 1stSaturday Nov – 31 Mar

FS

 

Refer Note 10

 

Note 1, 10

Maori Lakes and their tributaries

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

F

2

   

Note 1, 4

Mary Burn

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

2

 

Note 1, 4

Ohapi Creek

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

2

Refer Note 10

 

Note 1, 10

Ohau Canal

from the Lake Ohau outlet to the junction with Pukaki – Ohau A Canal

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

2 sports fish

 

Note 1

Ohau B and Ohau C Canals

From Lake Ruataniwha to the Ohau C power station

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

2 sports fish

 

Note 1

Ohau River

downstream of Lake Ruataniwha

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FSB

4

2

 

Note 1

Ohau River

Backcountry Fishery

from its confluence with Lake Ruataniwha upstream to the Lake Ohau weir

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

 

FS

 

2

 

2

 

 

Note 1, 8

 

Backcountry Fishery and Controlled Area

From its confluence with Lake Ruataniwha upstream to the Lake Ohau weir

1st Saturday Sep – 30 Sep

FS

2

2

 

Note 1, 8, 9

Omarama Stream

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

2

 

Note 1

Opihi River

upstream of Opuha River junction

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Refer Note 10

 

Note 1, 10

downstream of Opuha River junction

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

Refer Note 10

 

Note 1, 10

downstream of State Highway 1

1 Jun – 31 Aug

FS

2

Closed

 

Note 1

Opuha River

and tributaries

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

Refer Note 10

 

Note 1, 10

Orari River

and tributaries upstream of Slip Panel Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Refer Note 10

 

Note 1, 10

Orari River

and tributaries downstream of Slip Panel Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

Refer Note 10

 

Note 1, 10

Otamatapaio River

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

2

 

Note 1

Otematata River

and tributaries upstream of Clear Stream

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

2

 

Note 1

and tributaries downstream of Clear Steam

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

4

2

 

Note 1

Pareora River

and tributaries

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Refer Note 10

 

Note 1, 10

Pukaki – Ohau A Canal

From the Lake Pukaki outlet to Ohau A power station

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

2 sports fish

Note 1

Rangitata Diversion Race RDR Canal

from intake downstream to Rakaia River Road

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

4

Refer Note 10

 

Note 1, 10

Rangitata River

and tributaries upstream of Turn Again Point about 12km above the gorge

Trout: 1 Oct – 31 Mar

FS

2

   

Note 1

Salmon: 1 Oct – last day of Feb

FS

 

Refer Note 10

 

Note 1, 10

and tributaries downstream of Turn Again Point

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Refer Note 10

 

Note 1, 5, 10

downstream of State Highway 1

1 Jun – 31 Aug

FS

2

Closed

 

Note 1, 5

Saltwater Creek

 

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

2

   

Note 1, 2

Te Ana a Wai River

(Tengawai)

and tributaries

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

2

Refer Note 10

 

Note 1, 10

Tekapo Canal

 

upstream from the State Highway 8 Bridge

1 Oct – 31 May

and 1 – 30 Sep

FSB

2 sports fish

Note 1

 

downstream from the State Highway 8 Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Sep

 

FSB

2 sports fish

Note 1

 

Tekapo River

upstream of lower powerlines across river about 1km upstream of Lake Benmore

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FSB

4

2

 

Note 1

downstream of lower powerlines across river about 1km upstream of Lake Benmore

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

4

2

 

Note 1

Temuka River

and tributaries

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

Refer Note 10

 

Note 1, 10

Tinwald Domain pond, child licence holders only

 

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

2

   

Note 1

Tinwald Domain pond, other than child licence holders

 

Closed

         

Twizel River

and tributaries

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

2

 

Note 1

Waihao River

upstream of Forks Bridges

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

2

Refer Note 10

 

Note 1, 10

downstream of Forks Bridges

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

Refer Note 10

 

Note 1, 10

Waihi River

and tributaries

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

 

4

 

Refer Note 10

 

Note 1, 10

 

Wairepo Arm

 

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

2

2

 

Note 1, 3

Wairepo Arm tributaries

 

1st Saturday Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

2

 

Note 1

Waiareka Creek

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

   

Note 1, 2

Waitaki River

downstream of a line running beneath the power lines across the river at the Stonewall or in any tributary of that part of the river

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

Refer Note 10

 

Note 1, 10

from the Waitaki Dam downstream to a line running beneath the power lines across the river at the Stonewall or in any tributary of that part of the river excluding the Hakataramea and Maerewhenua rivers

 Trout: 1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

 

 4

   

Note 1

Salmon: 1 Oct 31 Mar

FSB

 

Refer Note 10

 

Note 1, 10

downstream of State Highway 1

1 Jun – 31 Aug

FS

2

Closed

 

Note 1


Otago Fish and Game Region

The Otago region is defined here: New Zealand Gazette, 24 May 1990, No. 83, page 1861.

1. Definitions

For interpretation of terms, refer to the First Schedule of this Notice or the Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983.

2. Additional Requirements

Note 1 1.1 No fishing for sports fish is permitted at any time in all waters in which sports fish are held in captivity for display, hatching, or other purposes, or within a distance of 100m from any part of the outer boundaries of such waters.
  1.2 Except in the case of perch for which there is no daily limit, no licence holder shall on any one day take and kill or be in possession of more than the prescribed daily limit from the waters specified in clauses 2 and 3.
  1.3 In addition to the daily limits specified in clauses 2 and 3 and note 1.2, no licence holder shall on any one day take, kill or be in possession of more than 6 sports fish from any waters except Lake Onslow.
  1.4 A licence holder may continue to fish for a particular species of sports fish on any day on which he or she has already killed a limit bag for that species as long as fish taken are immediately returned with as little injury as possible into the water from which it was taken.
  1.5 In all waters of the region there shall be no minimum length except in the –
  1.5.1 Nevis River where no licence holder shall take or be in possession of any sports fish greater than 400mm in length.
  1.5.2 Clutha River and its tributaries downstream of Roxburgh Dam and all other waters running into the sea, where no licence holder shall take or be in possession of any salmon less than 450mm in length.
Note 2 2.1 No licence holder shall fish from, or troll from, any boat which is being mechanically propelled.
Note 3 3.1 No Licence holder shall fish from any boat.
Note 4 4.1 No licence holder shall fish for sports fish from any boat, canoe, pontoon or flotation device.
Note 5 5.1 Fishing for sports fish is permitted from any boat, canoe, pontoon or flotation device.
Note 6 6.1 Licence holders may fish from any boat, canoe, pontoon or flotation device in the tidal reaches of all rivers.
Note 7 7.1 Trolling from any boat that is being mechanically propelled is permitted.
  7.2 All anglers fishing from boats which are being mechanically propelled must stay at least 100 metres from any anglers fishing from the shore.
Note 8 8.1 Trolling from any boat that is being mechanically propelled is not permitted.
Note 9 9.1 When playing a salmon in the Clutha River downstream of Roxburgh Dam, a gaff may be used to secure or land that salmon if it is greater than 450mm in length.
Note 10 10.1 No licence holder shall fish with a float or floating device on the line in that section of the Clutha River downstream of Roxburgh Dam to the Roxburgh Township Bridge.
Note 11 11.1 Closed to all sports fishing in September except for Otago Fish and Game controlled fishing events.
Note 12 12.1 No licence holder shall fish for sports fish in a designated Junior fishery unless they are the holder of a child or junior licence.
Note 13 13.1 Backcountry Fishery. All licence holders who fish in a backcountry fishery (as defined by the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2021) must first obtain a backcountry licence (as defined by the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2021) the provisions of that notice apply to this notice.
  13.2 The use of any legal lure with multiple hooks in a backcountry fishery is prohibited.
Note 14 14.1 Controlled Area. In the controlled area, a controlled period applies. All licence holders who fish in the controlled area must first obtain a controlled period licence (as defined by the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2021).
  14.2 Controlled Period. Controlled period means the period beginning on 1 February 2022 and ending on 31 March 2022.
  14.3 Controlled Period Licence. A controlled period licence means a licence that entitles the following persons to fish for sports fish in the controlled area during the controlled period, but only during the day and on the reach, specified in the licence.
  14.3.1 the holder of the controlled period licence; and
  14.3.2 if the holder also holds a backcountry licence that is endorsed on a family licence, the holder's spouse or partner and, of accompanied by the holder or the holder's spouse or partner, any member of the holder's family; and
  14.3.3 any one or more companion anglers named in the controlled period licence who hold backcountry licences.


3. Open Season, Permitted Methods, Daily Bag Limits

Water Section of Water Open Season Authorised Fishing Methods Daily Bag Limit by Species
nil unless number shown
Refer Clause 2 Additional Requirements
        Trout Salmon Other  
All lakes, rivers and streams within the Clutha River catchment lying upstream of Clyde Dam not mentioned in clause 3 for this region   1 Nov – 31 May FS 1     Notes 1, 4
All lakes, rivers and streams within the Clutha River catchment lying downstream of Clyde Dam and any other catchments flowing to the sea not mentioned in clause 3 for this region   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 4, 6, 9, 10
Akatore Estuary   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 6, 8
Akatore River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 6, 8
Albert Burn   1 Nov – 31May FS 1     Notes 1, 4
Arrow River   1 Nov – 31 May FSB 1     Notes 1, 4
Blakelys Dam   1 Nov – 15 Apr FSB 1     Notes 1, 5
Bullock Creek from Lake Wanaka to source closed          
Butchers Dam   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 5, 7
Caples River Backcountry Fishery and tributaries 1 Nov – 31 May F 1     Notes 1, 4, 13
Cardrona River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 1     Notes 1, 4
Careys Creek Upstream from rail line Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
downstream of the rail line Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 6, 8
Catlins Estuary downstream of State Highway 92 Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 4     Notes 1, 6, 8
Catlins River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 4     Notes 1, 6, 8
Clutha River Upstream of Albert Town Bridge (except for Deans Bank Section) 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2 4   Notes 1, 4
Albertown Bridge to Luggate Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2 4   Notes 1, 5, 8
Deans Bank Section (defined by landmark posts 1km downstream of Lake Wanaka and 600m upstream of Albert Town Bridge) 1 Oct – 31 May F 2 4   Notes 1, 4
downstream of Luggate Bridge to Lake Dunstan 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2 4   Notes 1, 5, 8
downstream of Clyde Dam to Balclutha 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 4 1   Notes 1, 5, 8, 9, 10
downstream of Balclutha 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 4 1   Notes 1, 5, 7, 9
Coal Pit Dam   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 1     Notes 1, 5
Conroys Dam   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 1     Notes 1, 5
Contour Channel   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
Dart River   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 1     Notes 1, 4
Dart River Tributaries not mentioned in clause 3 for this region 1 Nov – 31 May FS 1     Notes 1, 4
Deep Stream   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
Diamond Creek   1 Oct – 31 May FS 1     Notes 1, 4
Diamond Lake   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2     Notes 1, 5, 7
Dingle Burn Backcountry Fishery upstream of the bridge on the Dingle Burn Station access road 1 Nov – 31 May FS 1     Notes 1, 4, 13
downstream of the bridge on the Dingle Burn Station access road 1 Nov – 31 May FS 1     Notes 1, 4
Falls Dam   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 4     Notes 1, 5, 7
Fraser Dam   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 5, 7
Fraser River downstream of dam 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
Fraser River Upper upstream of Dam 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 1     Notes 1, 4
Glenorchy Lagoons   1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 1     Notes 1, 5
Greenstone River Backcountry Fishery and tributaries upstream of Sly Burn 1 Nov – 31 Jan 1 Apr – 31 May F 1     Notes 1, 4, 13
Controlled Area and tributaries upstream of Sly Burn 1 Feb – 31 Mar F 1     Notes 1, 4, 13, 14
Backcountry Fishery and tributaries, including the Caples river, between the Sly Burn confluence and the swing bridge at the car park end of Greenstone Station Road 1 Nov – 31 May F 1     Notes 1, 4, 13
downstream of the Greenstone Station Road car park swing bridge 1 Nov – 31 May FS 1     Notes 1, 4
Hamiltons Dam   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 1     Notes 1, 5
Hawea River   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2 4   Notes 1, 4
Hoffmans Dam   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 1     Notes 1, 5
Hore's Control Pond   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 4     Notes 1, 5
Horne Creek from Lake Wakatipu to source closed          
Hunter River Backcountry Fishery and tributaries 1 Nov – 31 May FS 1     Notes 1, 4, 13
Ida Burn Dam   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 5
Kaihiku Stream   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
Kaikorai Estuary downstream of Abbotts Creek confluence 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 6, 8
Kaikorai Stream   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 6, 8
Kawarau River from its source at Lake Wakatipu to Lake Dunstan 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2 4   Notes 1, 5, 8
Knights Dam   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 5
Kuriwao Stream   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
Kye Burn   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
Lake Dispute   1 Oct – 31 May FS 2     Notes 1, 2, 5
Lake Dunstan   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2 4   Notes 1, 5, 7
Lake Hawea   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2 4   Notes 1, 5, 7
Lake Hayes   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 5
Lake Johnson   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 1     Notes 1, 2, 5
Lake Kirkpatrick   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 2     Notes 1, 3
Lake Mahinerangi   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 4     Notes 1, 5, 7
Lake Onslow   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 10     Notes 1, 5, 7
Lake Roxburgh from the Highway Bridge at Alexandra downstream to the Roxburgh Dam 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 4 2   Notes 1, 5, 7
Lake Sylvan   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 6     Notes 1, 5, 7
Lake Tewa   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 1     Notes 1, 4
Lake Tuakitoto including outlet channel and inlet channel 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 4     Notes 1, 5, 7
Lake Waihola including outlet and waterways connected with Lake Waipori 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 4     Notes 1, 5, 7
Lake Waipori   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 4     Notes 1, 5, 7
Lake Wakatipu within the waters of Queenstown Bay bounded by a straight line drawn from the outermost point of Queenstown Gardens to the point where the south bank of One Mile Creek meets Lake Wakatipu closed          
within 100m of any part of the wharf in Black Bay (commonly known as the Walter Peak Jetty) closed          
  1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2 4   Notes 1, 5, 7
Lake Wanaka within 150m of any part of the launch wharf at the township of Wanaka, within 150m of any part of the public jetty at the Wanaka Marina, and anywhere within 150m of the shoreline between the wharf and the jetty closed          
  1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2 4   Notes 1, 5, 7
Lee Stream   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
Lindis River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 1     Notes 1, 4
Lochy River and tributaries downstream of Disputed Creek confluence 1 Nov – 31 May F 1     Notes 1, 4
Backcountry Fishery and tributaries upstream of Disputed Creek confluence 1 Nov – 31 May F 0     Notes 1, 4, 13
Logan Burn Dam   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 4     Notes 1, 5, 7
Maclennan River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 4     Notes 1, 4
Makarora River and tributaries 1 Nov – 31 May FS 1     Notes 1, 4
downstream of Wilkin River confluence 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 1     Notes 1, 4
Manorburn Dam Lower   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 4     Notes 1, 5
Manorburn Dam Upper   1 Nov – 31 May FSB 4     Notes 1, 5, 7
Manuherikia River and tributaries 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 1     Notes 1, 4
Mathias Dam   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 5
Matukituki River and tributaries above Glenfinnan Stream 1 Nov – 31 May FS 1     Notes 1, 4
Between Glenfinnan Stream confluence and Motatapu confluence 1 Nov – 31 May FS 1     Notes 1, 5, 8
downstream of Motatapu confluence 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 1     Notes 1, 5, 8
McAtamney’s Head Pond   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 4     Notes 1, 5
Meggat Burn   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
Mill Creek (a tributary to Lake Hayes) from the Speargrass Flat Road Bridge to Waterfall Park closed          
Mill Creek junior fishery above Waterfall Park 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 1     Notes 1, 4, 12
Mill Creek downstream of Speargrass Flat Road Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 1     Notes 1, 4
Moke Lake   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 5
Molyneux Pond   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 1     Notes 1, 5
Motatapu River and tributaries 1 Nov – 31 May FS 1     Notes 1, 4
Nenthorn Pond   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 1     Notes 1, 5
Nenthorn Stream   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
Nevis River Backcountry Fishery and tributaries 1 Oct – 30 Apr F 1     Notes 1, 4, 13
Owaka River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 4     Notes 1, 4
downstream of State Highway 92 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 4     Notes 1, 4, 6
Perkins Pond   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 1     Notes 1, 5
Pinders Pond   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 1     Notes 1, 5
Pleasant River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 6, 8
Pomahaka River Backcountry Fishery upstream of Park Hill Bridge at Switzers Road 1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 1 1   Notes 1, 4, 13
Downstream of Park Hill Bridge on Switzers Road to Swans Bridge on Clydevale Road 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 4 1   Notes 1, 4
downstream of Swans Bridge (Clydevale Road) 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 4 1   Notes 1, 4
Poolburn Dam   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 5, 7
Puerua Estuary downstream of State Highway 92 Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 4     Notes 1, 6, 8
Puerua Stream   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 6, 8
Rees River and tributaries 1 Nov – 31 May FS 1     Notes 1, 4
downstream of Muddy Creek 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 1     Notes 1, 4
Reid Lake   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 1     Notes 1, 2, 5
Route Burn and tributaries 1 Nov – 31 May F 0     Notes 1, 4
Rutherfords Dam   1 Nov – 15 Apr FSB 1     Notes 1, 5
Shag River Shag River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
downstream of State Highway 1 Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 6, 8
Shotover River   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2 4   Notes 1, 4
Silver Stream   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
Southern Reservoir   1 Oct – 31 Aug FS 1     Notes 1,11
Styx Weir Pond   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 4     Notes 1, 5
Sullivans Dam   1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 1     Notes 1, 4
Sutton Stream   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
Tahakopa River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 4     Notes 1, 6, 8
downstream of Maclennan River confluence 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 4     Notes 1, 6, 8
Taieri River above Outram 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 4 1   Notes 1, 4
from Outram to Silverstream confluence 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 4 1   Notes 1, 5, 8
downstream of Silverstream confluence to Otokia Bridge on State Highway 1 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 4 1   Notes 1, 5, 8
downstream of Otokia Bridge on State Highway 1 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 4 1   Notes 1, 5, 7
Teviot River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 4     Notes 1, 4
Three O'Clock Stream   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2 1   Notes 1, 4
Timaru River and tributaries 1 Nov – 31 May FS 1     Notes 1, 4
Timaru River downstream of Timaru Road Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FS 1     Notes 1, 4
Tokomairiro River above Coal Gully Road Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
downstream of Coal Gully Road Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 4     Notes 1, 6, 8
Tomahawk Lagoon   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 1     Notes 1, 5
Tuapeka River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
Victoria Dam   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 5
Von Lake   1 Nov – 31 May F 1     Notes 1, 5
Von River and tributaries 1 Nov – 31 May F 1     Notes 1, 4
Waikouaiti River upstream of State Highway 1 road bridge 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 6, 8
downstream of State Highway 1 road bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 6, 8
Waipahi River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 4     Notes 1, 4
Waipori River upstream of the contour channel 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
downstream of the Contour Channel to the Taieri River confluence 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 4     Notes 1, 5, 7
Waitahuna River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
Waitati River upstream of Orokonui Stream confluence 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
downstream of Orokonui Stream confluence 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 6, 8
Waiwera River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
Waters of Leith upstream of Lindsay Creek confluence and including Lindsay Creek closed          
downstream of Lindsay Creek confluence to the Leith Street Foot Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2 1   Notes 1, 4
downstream of Leith Street Foot Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2 1   Notes 1, 6, 8
Wilkin River Backcountry Fishery and tributaries 1 Nov – 31 May FS 1     Notes 1, 4, 13
Young River Backcountry Fishery and tributaries 1 Nov – 31 May FS 1     Notes 1, 4, 13


Southland Fish and Game Region

The Southland region is defined here: New Zealand Gazette, 24 May 1990, No. 83, page 1861.

1. Definitions

For interpretation of terms, refer to the First Schedule of this Notice or the Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983.

2. Additional Requirements

Note 1 1.1 Fishing for coarse fish in all waters of Southland region is prohibited.
  1.2 With the exception of perch for which there is no limit, no licence holder shall on any one day take, kill or be in possession of –
  1.2.1 more than 1 salmon from any waters of the region.
  1.2.2 more than 4 sports fish.
  1.3 There are no minimum or maximum lengths for sports fish in Southland region.
Note 2 2.1 No licence holder may take, or attempt to take, salmon from any river during the months of April and May.
Note 3 3.1 Scented artificial lures may be used in Fly and Spin waters, when actively fished so as to imitate a bait fish.
Note 4 4.1 Molluscs or parts of molluscs may be used in bait fishing waters.
Note 5 5.1 No licence holder shall fish from any motorised boat (including electric motors) in Lake Thomas and South Lake Mavora.
Note 6 6.1 No licence holder shall fish from any boat or any form of flotation device.
Note 7 7.1 No licence holder shall fish for sports fish in a designated Junior Fishery unless they are the holder of a child or junior licence.
Note 8 8.1 Backcountry Fishery. All licence holders who fish in the backcountry fishery (as defined by the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2021) must obtain a backcountry licence (as defined by the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2021) and the provisions of that notice apply to this Notice.
Note 9 9.1 Controlled Area. In the controlled area, a controlled period applies. All licence holders who fish in the controlled area must first obtain a controlled period licence (as defined by the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2021).
  9.2 Controlled Period. Controlled period means the period beginning on 1 November 2021 and ending on 31 May 2022.
  9.3 Controlled Period Licence. A controlled period licence means a licence that entitles the following persons to fish for sports fish in the controlled area during the controlled period and on the reach specified in the licence:
  9.3.1 the holder of the controlled period licence; and
  9.3.2 up to 3 companion anglers named in the controlled period licence who hold backcountry licences, provided that the maximum size of any group for any one permit is 4.


3. Open Season, Permitted Methods, Daily Bag Limits

Water

Section of Water Open Season Authorised Fishing Methods Daily Bag Limit
see Note 1.2 for salmon and other bag limits
Refer Clause 2 Additional Requirements
        Trout Salmon Other  
All waters except where otherwise specified below   1 Oct – 30 April FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
All rivers and lakes draining to the Tasman Sea and Foveaux Strait west of Waiau River except where otherwise specified below   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
All tributaries of the Aparima, Oreti and Mataura rivers, not mentioned in clause 3.   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Acton Stream   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Aparima River Upstream of the Thornbury Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Thornbury Bridge to sea 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Borland Burn   1 Oct – 30 April FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Brightwater Spring   1 Nov – 30 April FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Clinton River Backcountry Fishery and tributaries from its source to its confluence with Lake Te Anau 1 Nov – 31 May FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4, 8
Controlled Area from Clinton River West Branch at “The Prairie” Flat (NZTopo50-CB08 9045 2047) to its confluence with Lake Te Anau and entire North Branch and tributaries. 1 Nov – 31 May FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4, 9
Cromel Stream   1 Oct – 30 April FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Eglinton River and tributaries 1 Nov – 31 May FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4, 6
Ettrick Burn Backcountry Fishery from its confluence with Lake Te Anau to the upstream limit of Log Cabin Slip at NZTOPO 50-CC07 796753 1 Nov – 31 May FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4, 8
Controlled Area from its confluence with Lake Te Anau to the upstream limit of Log Cabin Slip at NZTOPO 50-CC07 796753 1 Nov – 31 May FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4, 9
Hamilton Burn and tributaries 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Irthing Stream   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Lake Fergus   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
Lake Gunn   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
Lake Hankinson   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
Lake Hauroko   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
Lake Hauroko tributaries   1 Nov – 31 May FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
Lake Henry "junior fishery"   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 4, 7
Lake Manapouri including Waiau Arm 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
tributaries excluding Mararoa and upper Waiau rivers 1 Nov – 31 May FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
Within 100 metres of any part of the Real Journeys Tourist Centre, Pearl Harbour, Manapouri Closed          
Lake Mavora North 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
South 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 4, 5
Lake Monowai   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
tributaries 1 Nov – 31 May FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
Lake Poteriteri   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
Lake Te Anau   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
tributaries 1 Nov – 31 May FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
Lake Thomas   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 4, 5
Lake Waituna and tributaries 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 4
Lill Burn   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
McGregor Pond (Whitestone River Berm) "junior fishery"   1 Oct – 30 Sep, excluding 18 Oct – 22 Oct FSB 2 Daily catch limit of 2 fish applies, regardless of whether fish are kept or released.     Notes 1, 4, 7
Makarewa River upstream of Riverton – Invercargill Highway and all tributaries 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
downstream of Riverton – Invercargill Highway 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Mararoa River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Mataura River upstream of the Gore Bridge and all tributaries except Brightwater Spring 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4, 6
downstream of the Gore Bridge 1 Oct – 31 May excluding 7 and 8 May 2022 FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4, 6
the Mataura Island Bridge to the sea 1 Oct – 30 Sep excluding 7 and 8 May 2022 FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Mimihau Stream   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Mokoreta River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Monowai River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Orauea Stream and tributaries 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Ourawera Stream   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Oreti River Backcountry Fishery and tributaries upstream of Rocky Point 1 Oct – 30 Apr FS 1     Notes 1, 2, 3, 6, 8
Rocky Point to State Highway 94 Bridge just north of Lumsden 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4, 6
State Highway 94 Bridge just north of Lumsden to Riverton-Invercargill Highway 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Riverton-Invercargill Highway to sea 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Otamita Stream   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Pourakino River and tributaries upstream of Waipango Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
downstream of Waipango Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Rakatu/Redcliff wetland complex   1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Taunamau Stream   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Titiroa Stream and tributaries upstream of The Locks 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
downstream of The Locks 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Tokanui River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Upukerora River   1 Nov – 31 May FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Waiau River between Lakes Manapouri and Te Anau 1 Oct – 31 May FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
 From the downstream extent of the Manapouri Lake Control structure, also known as the Mararoa Weir, to Tuatapere 1 Oct – 31 May FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Tuatapere to the sea, including the Waiau Lagoon 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
 The area enclosed by the side-walls of the Manapouri Lake Control structure/Mararoa Weir downstream of the main control gates Closed          
Waiau River tributaries Mararoa Weir to the sea 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Waihopai River upstream of Queens Drive 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
downstream of Queens Drive 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Waikaia River   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4, 6
Waikaia River tributaries   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Waikaka Stream   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Waikawa River and tributaries, upstream of Niagara Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
downstream of Niagara Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Waikiwi Stream upstream of North Road Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
downstream of North Road Bridge 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Waimatuku Stream and tributaries upstream of the bridge on Rance Road 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
downstream of the bridge on Rance Road 1 Oct – 30 Sep FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Waimea Stream   1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Wairaki River and tributaries 1 Oct – 30 Apr FSB 2     Notes 1, 2
 Whitestone River upstream of Prospect Bridge 1 Nov – 31 May FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
between the Prospect Bridge and the Mararoa confluence 1 Oct – 30 April FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4
Worsley River Backcountry Fishery and Controlled Area and tributaries, from its source to the confluence with Lake Te Anau. 1 Nov – 31 May FSB 2     Notes 1, 2, 4, 8, 9

Approved at Wellington this 19th day of July 2021.

Hon KIRITAPU ALLAN, Minister of Conservation.