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Central South Island Fishing Regulations, 2016-2017

The following is our understanding of the regulations that apply to trout and salmon fishing in the Central South Island region from 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017.  Where general rules do not apply, lakes and rivers are listed in alphabetical order for quick reference.

The information presented here is not meant to be taken as a complete statement of the law. Please refer to the South Island regulations booklet supplied with your fishing licence or view an online booklet at the Fish & Game New Zealand website.

 
Open season

Size limits

Bag limit
Methods allowed
General rules
All fishing waters       Because of the risk of spreading the invasive alga didymo, anglers must clean their fishing gear, waders and boots, especially when moving between rivers. See Didymo Biosecurity Alert.
Foulhooking of fish      

If any angler foul-hooks three fish in any one day it will be considered deliberate and they must stop fishing after the third fish.

(Foul-hook means to hook a sports fish other than from within the mouth).

All waters of the region unless otherwise specified below 1 Oct-30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 2
Salmon: 2

Artificial fly, spinner, bait.

Unsportsman like devices or methods are not permitted.

Any spawning stream The season for the catching of sockeye salmon finishes at the end of February      
High country tarns or lagoons unless otherwise specified below First Saturday in Nov -30 Apr

Trout: No limit
Salmon: N/A

Trout: 2
Salmon: N/A
Fly fishing only
Fishing waters
Ahuriri River and its tributaries upstream of and including Longslip Creek First Sat in Dec-30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon: Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 2
Salmon: 2

Artificial fly, spinner.

This river is affected by didymo. See Didymo Biosecurity Alert for details.

Ahuriri River and its tributaries downstream of Longslip Creek except Omarama Stream First Sat in Nov -30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 4
Salmon: 2

Artificial fly, spinner

This river is affected by didymo. See Didymo Biosecurity Alert for details.

Ahuriri River lagoons First Sat in Dec-30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon: N/A

Trout: 2
Salmon: N/A

Flyfishing only.
This river is affected by didymo. See Didymo Biosecurity Alert for details.

Alexandrina, Lake and its tributaries First Sat in Nov -30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 4 (1 brown trout max)
Salmon: 2

Artificial fly and spinner.

Down-riggers, paravanes, metal-cored or wire lines and weights to assist sinking of trolled lures are prohibited in this lake.

Alexandrina, Lake 1 Jun-31 Jul
(winter season)

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout or salmon: 2
Brown trout: 0

Ashburton River North Branch   and tributaries downstream of Taylors stream junction and Ashburton River downstream of North and South branch junction. Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr Trout: No limit Trout: 4 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm
Salmon: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Ashburton River South Branch and tributaries upstream of Taylors Stream junction Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr Trout: No limit Trout: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm
Salmon: 2 Artificial fly, spinner

Ashburton River South Branch including tributaries downstream of Taylors Stream junction;
Ashburton River downstream of North and South Branch junction

Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr Trout: No limit Trout: 4
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm
Salmon: 2 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Ashburton River downstream of the SH1 bridge 1 Jun-31 Aug
(winter season)

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout or slamon: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Aviemore, Lake All year

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 4
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Aviemore, Lake tributaries except Deep Stream and Otematata River First Sat in Nov -30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm.

Trout: 4
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Aviemore spawning race Closed Not applicable N/A None
Awakino River Closed Not applicable N/A None
Benmore, Lake All year

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 4
Salmon: 2

Artificial fly, spinner, bait

 

Benmore, Lake tributaries except Tekapo, Ahuriri and Otematapaio rivers First Sat in Nov -30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 4
Salmon: 2

Artificial fly, spinner, bait

Cameron, Loch First Sat in Nov -30 Apr

Trout: No limit
Salmon:

Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 2
Salmon: 2

Fly, spin and bait for child licence holders.

Fly spin for other than child licence holders.

Camp, Lake First Sat in Nov -31 May Trout: No limit
Salmon N/A
Trout: 2
Salmon: N/A
Artificial fly, spinner.
Fishing from boats is prohibited.
Centennial Park Lake (Timaru) All year

Trout: No limit
Perch & tench: No limit
Salmon: N/A

Trout: 2
Salmon: N/A

Artificial fly, spinner, bait

A coarse fishing water.

Clearwater, Lake and its tributaries First Sat in Nov -30 Apr
Trout: No limit
Salmon N/A
Trout: 2
Salmon: N/A
Artificial fly, spinner
Deep Creek (a tributary to the upper Rangitata River on Mt Potts Station)

Trout: 1 Oct-31 Mar

Trout: No limit Trout: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Salmon: 1 Oct-28 Feb Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm
Salmon: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Deep Stream a tributary of the upper Rangitata River on Forest Creek, Tui and Mesopotamia stations)

Trout: 1 Oct-28 Feb

Trout: No limit Trout: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Salmon: 1 Oct-28 Feb Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm
Salmon: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Deep Stream and tributaries east of the bridge where it enters Lake Aviemore First Sat in Nov -30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 2
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Denny, Lake and tributaries First Sat in Nov -30 Apr Trout: No limit
Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm
Trout: 2
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Fishing from boats is prohibited in the lake.
Donn, Lake and tributaries First Sat in Nov -30 Apr Trout: No limit
Salmon N/A
Trout: 2
Salmon: 0
Artificial fly, spinner
Fishing from boats is prohibited in the lake.
Emily, Lake and tributaries First Sat in Nov -30 Apr Trout: No limit
Salmon N/A
Trout: 2
Salmon: 0
Fly fishing only.
Fishing from boats is prohibited in the lake.
Emma, Lake and tributaries First Sat in Nov -30 Apr Trout: No limit
Salmon N/A
Trout: 2
Salmon: N/A

Artificial fly, spinner.
Fishing from an unmoored boat is prohibited in the lake.

Gray's River First Sat in Nov -30 Apr Trout: No limit
Salmon N/A
Trout: 2
Salmon: N/A
Artificial fly, spinner.
Hakataramea River Trout: First Sat in Nov -30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Trout: 2
Artificial fly, spinner.
Salmon: First Sat in Nov -31 Mar Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm
Salmon: 2 Artificial fly, spinner.
Heron, Lake and tributaries First Sat in Nov -30 Apr

Trout: None

Salmon:
Minimum 250mm
Maximum 450 mm

Total sports fish: 6
Of which no more than 4 trout
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
High country tarns or lagoons First Sat in Nov -30 Apr Trout: No limit
Salmon N/A

Trout: 2
Salmon: N/A

Artificial fly, spinner.
Hinds River 1 Oct-30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 2
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly, spinner.
Exception: Child or junior licence holders may use bait.
Lake Hood 1 Oct-30 April None Trout: 4
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait

1 June-31 Aug

None

Trout or salmon: 2 total

Artificial fly, spinner only

Irishmans Stream First Sat in Nov -30 Apr Trout: No limit
Salmon N/A
Trout: 2
Salmon: N/A
Artificial fly, spinner
Island Stream 1 Oct-30 April None Trout: 2
Salmon: N/A

Artificial fly, spinner, bait

(Designated coarse fishing water)

Kakanui River and tributaries upstream of Five Forks Bridge 1 Oct-30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 2
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Kakanui River and tributaries downstream of Five Forks Bridge 1 Oct-30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 4
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Kauru River Closed Not applicable N/A N/A
Kellands Pond
(Lake Ruataniwha)
All year

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 2
Salmon: 2

Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Fishing from boats is prohibited.

Kellands Pond tributaries First Sat in Nov -30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 2
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Lake Stream

Trout: 1 Oct-31 Mar
Salmon: Closed

Trout: No limit
Salmon: N/A

Trout: 2
Salmon: Closed

Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Larch Stream First Sat in Nov -31 Jan

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 2
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Loch Cameron First Sat in Nov -30 Apr Trout: No limit
Salmon: N/A
Trout: 2
Salmon: N/A
Fly fishing only
Maerewhenua River downstream of SH83 1 Nov -30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 2
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Maori Lakes and tributaries First Sat in Nov -30 Apr Trout: No limit
Salmon: N/A
Trout: 2
Salmon: N/A

Fly fishing only.
Fishing from an unmoored boat is prohibited in the lakes.

Mary Burn First Sat in Nov -30 Apr Trout: No limit
Salmon: N/A
Trout: 2
Salmon: N/A
Artificial fly, spinner
McGregor, Lake First Sat in Nov -30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 2
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly and spinner.
Fishing from an unmoored boat is prohibited.

McKenzie hydro canals:

  • Tekapo–Pukaki canal
  • Pukaki–Ohau hydro canal
  • Ohau Canal from State Highway 8 to Ohau C power station
All year

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Total sports fish: 4, of which no more than 2 to be trout.

No more than 2 salmon greater than 500mm to be taken.

Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Merino, Lake First Sat in Nov -30 Apr Trout: No limit
Salmon: N/A
Trout: 2
Salmon: 0
Artificial fly, spinner
Middleton, Lake All year

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 4
Salmon: 2

Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Fishing from an unmoored boat is prohibited.

Middelton, Lake tributaries First Sat in Nov -30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 4
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Mystery, Lake and its tributaries First Sat in Nov -30 Apr Trout: No limit
Salmon: N/A
Trout: 2
Salmon: 0
Fly fishing only
Ohapi Stream Trout: First Sat in Nov -30 Apr Trout: No limit Trout: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Salmon: First Sat in Nov-31 Mar Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm
Salmon: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Ohau lake, canals and river        

Ohau Canal from State Highway 8 to Ohau C Station

All year

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Total sports fish: 4, of which no more than 2 to be trout.

No more than 2 salmon greater than 500mm to be taken from the McKenzie hydro canals.

Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Ohau, Lake All year

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 4
Salmon: 2

Artificial fly, spinner, bait

 

Ohau, Lake tributaries First Sat in Nov -30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 4
Salmon: 2

Artificial fly, spinner, bait

Ohau River 1 Oct-30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 2
Salmon: 2

Artificial fly, spinner, bait

This river is affected by didymo. See Didymo Biosecurity Alert for details.

         
Omarama Stream upstream of the SH8 bridge First Sat in Nov -30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 2
Salmon: 2
Fly fishing only
Omarama Stream downstream of the SH8 bridge First Sat in Nov -30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 2
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Opihi River and its tributaries upstream of the Opuha River jconfluence Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm
Salmon: 2 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Opihi River and its tributaries downstream of the Opuha River confluence Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr Trout: No limit

Trout: 2

Salmon: 2

Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 4

Salmon: 2

Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Opihi River below the SH1 bridge

1 Jun-31 Aug
(winter season)

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout or salmon: 2 total Artificial fly, spinner
Opuha, Lake and its tributaries 1 Oct-30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Total sports fish: 6
of which no more than 4 trout or 6 salmon.
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Opuha River Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr Trout: No limit Trout: 4
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm
Salmon: 2 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Orari River and its tributaries upstream of Slip Panel Stream Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr Trout: No limit Trout: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm
Salmon: 2 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Orari River and its tributaries downstream of Slip Panel Stream Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr Trout: No limit Trout: 4
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm
Salmon: 2 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Otematapaio River
First Sat in Nov -30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 2
Salmon: 2

Artificial fly, spinner
Otematata River and its tributaries upstream of Clear Stream First Sat in Nov -30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 2
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Otematata River and its tributaries downstream from Clear Stream First Sat in Nov -30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 4
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Poaka, Lake First Sat in Nov -30 Apr

Trout: No limit
Salmon: N/A

Trout: 2
Salmon: N/A
Fly fishing only
Pukaki, Lake All year

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm.

Trout: 4
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Pukaki, Lake tributaries First Sat in Nov -30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mmr.

Trout: 4
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait

Pukaki-Ohau A canal

All year

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Total sports fish: 4, of which no more than 2 to be trout.

No more than 2 salmon greater than 500mm to be taken from the McKenzie hydro canals.

Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Rangitata River        
Rangitiata River

(see below)

(see below)

(see below)

 

Seaward of a line drawn between the 2 poles situated near the upstream limit of the estuarine area (about 1 km upstream from the mouth):
a) when you are flyfishing, the total weight of the cast assemblage including trace, weight and fly, must not exceed 28g.
b) when using bait or fly fishing, or when fishing with an artificial fly, you may cast other than from the reel and may retrieve other than by winding onto the reel

Rangitata River mouth

(see below)

(see below)

(see below)

Seaward of the river mouth, you may fish from boat only:
- if the boat is anchored
- between 7.00am and 9.00pm
- at a seaward distance greater than 200m from the nearest shore at low tide.

(The seaward boundary around the Rangitata River mouth is a line drawn at a distance of 500m from any place where the low tide waters of the river meet the waters of the sea.)

Rangitata Diversion Race (RDR) from the intake downstream to Rakaia River Road All year

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 4
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Rangitita River and tributaries upstream of Turn Again Point about 12km above the gorge and marked by white posts on the river bank.

Trout: 1 Oct-31 Mar

Trout: No limit Trout: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Salmon: 1 Oct-28 Feb Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm
Salmon: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Rangitita River and tributaries downstream of Turn Again Point (except for the Rangitata Diversion Race)

Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr

Trout: No limit Trout: 4 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm
Salmon: 2 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Rangitiata River below the SH1 bridge

1 Jun-31 Aug
(winter season)

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Total sportsfish: 2

Artificial fly, spinner

 

         
Roundabout, Lake and tributaries First Sat in Nov -30 Apr

Trout: No limit
Salmon: N/A

Trout: 2
Salmon: N/A
Fly fishing only
Fishing from boats is prohibited in the lake.
Ruataniwha, Lake including Wairepo Arm and Kellands Pond All year

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 2
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Fishing from boats is prohibited in the Wairepo Arm and Kellands Pond.
Ruataniwha, Lake tributaries and the tributaries of Wairepo Arm and Kellands Pond First Sat in Nov -30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 2
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Saltwater Creek All year

Trout: No limit
Perch & tench: No limit

Trout: 2
Salmon: N/A

Artificial fly, spinner, bait
A coarse fishing water.

Spider, Lake and its tributaries First Sat in Nov -30 Apr Trout: No limit
Salmon: N/A
Trout: 2
Salmon: N/A
Artificial fly, spinner
Fishing from boats is prohibited in the lake.
Tekapo lake, canal and river        
Tekapa-Pukaki hydro canal All year

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Total sports fish: 4, of which no more than 2 to be trout.

No more than 2 salmon greater than 500mm to be taken from the McKenzie hydro canals.

Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Tekapo, Lake All year

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 4
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Tekapo, Lake tributaries First Sat in Nov -30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 4
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Tekapo River upstream of the lower powerlines across the river approx. 1 km upstream from Lake Benmore First Sat in Nov -30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 4
Salmon: 2

Artificial fly, spinner, bait

Tekapo River downstream of the lower powerlines across the river approx. 1 km upstream from Lake Benmore All year

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 4
Salmon: 2

Artificial fly, spinner, bait

         
Temuka River and its tributaries Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr Trout: No size limit Trout: 4 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm
Salmon: 2 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Tengawai River Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr Trout: No size limit Trout: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm
Salmon: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Tinwald Domain Pond

Open all year to child licence holder's only.
Otherwise closed.

Trout: No size limit
Salmon: N/A
Trout: 2
Salmon: N/A

Artificial fly, spinner, bait
(child licence holders only)

Twizel River and its tributaries First Sat in Nov -30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 2
Salmon: 2

Artificial fly and spinner.

The Twizel river is affected by didymo. See Didymo Biosecurity Alert for details.

Waihao River upstream of Waihao Forks Bridge 1 Oct-30 Apr Trout: No limit
Salmon: N/A
Trout: 2
Salmon: N/A
Artificial fly, spinner
Waihao River downstream of Waihao Forks Bridge 1 Oct-30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 4
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Waihi River and its tributaries 1 Oct-30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 4
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Wairepo Arm of Lake Ruataniwha All year

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 2
Salmon: 2

Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Fishing from boats is prohibited.

Wairepo Arm tributaries First Sat in Nov -30 Apr

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 2
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Waitaki lakes, canals and river        
Waitaki, Lake All year

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 4
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Waitaki, Lake tributaries

First Sat in Nov -30 Apr

 

 

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Trout: 4
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait

Waitaki Hydro Canals:
Ohau B-Ohau C canal
Tekapo-Pukaki canal
Ruataniwha-Ohau B canal
Pukaki-Ohau canal

All year

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

Total sports fish 4 of which no more than 2 to be trout.

No more than 2 salmon greater than 500mm to be taken.

Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Waitaki River and tributaries (exept for Hakateramea and Maerawhenua rivers) Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr Trout: No limit Trout: 4

Artificial fly, spinner, bait

 

Salmon: 1 Oct- 31 March Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm
Salmon: 2
Waitaki River downstream of SH1

1 Jun-31 Aug
(winter season)

Trout: No limit

Salmon:
Minimum 300 mm

2 trout or salmon

Artificial fly, spinner

This river is affected by didymo. See Didymo Biosecurity Alert for details.

 

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