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Freshwater fishing in New Zealand

New Zealand is one of the world's great fishing countries. Trout are big and plentiful throughout the country. Lakes, rivers, backcountry stream and spring creeks all offer fantastic opportunities to enjoy fishing at its very best. In the South Island you can also fish for salmon in many places. Most waters in New Zealand are in the public domain. Many are easily accessed via public right of way and the Queens Chain. Others can usually be visited through landowner permission.

Rainbow and brown trout exist in abundance in most waters. A variety of fishing methods can be used to catch them. Please be aware of local regulations regarding seasons, catch limits, licensing laws and fishing methods. Fishing in New Zealand is administered by local Fish & Game departments. Each region has a section on this website that will keep you up to date with local news, regulations, fishing licence agents and more. If you are heading to a region you are unfamiliar with, please take a moment to visit the local section of this website.

Always make sure you have a current freshwater fishing licence. Licences can be bought at local retail outlets in the region you are fishing, or online.

Fish & Game New Zealand is proud to support angling clubs from around the country. You can read their monthly newsletters on the New Zealand Federation of Fresh Water Anglers website here. You can find details of fishing or angling clubs local to you on this website, by clicking on your local region on the map above, and then visting the 'local fishing clubs' link in the right hand menu.

Fishing News & Events

Weekly Fishing report for North Canterbury -09/12/16

North Canterbury Fishing Report 9th December 2016

We have had another week with less than ideal fishing conditions in the region, and the weather forecast for the weekend doesn’t look any better, with northerlies and rain in the alps.



Next Thursday, the 15th of December the Central South Island Fish & Game Council is holding its bi-monthly Council meeting followed by the Annual public meeting at 7:30pm.


Weekly Fishing Report - December 8

The weather would suggest spring has crept into summer but don't despair - there are some windows of angling opportunity and, with the first drift dives under our belt, we can report some very large fish around.