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Eastern Region / Rotorua Fishing Fishing Regulations, 2016-2017

The following is our understanding of the regulations that apply to trout and salmon fishing in the Eastern region from 1 October 20165 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 North Island regulations booklet supplied with your fishing licence or view an online booklet at the Fish & Game New Zealand website.

Interpretation

Fly line” in the Eastern region means any floating or sinking line used to facilitate casting that is greater than 3 metres 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.

Wild rainbow trout” means any rainbow trout not having a fin clip mark or tag.

Authorised tackle

  • You may only fish for sports fish with a set rod if you are fishing from an unanchored boat.
  • No downrigger or other device must contain or have attached to its weight more than 40 metres of suspension cable.
  • It is prohibited to attach any paravane or weights to a line used in conjunction with a downrigger, or use any line containing wire, lead or other metal in conjunction with a downrigger.

Authorised methods

  • When fishing in bait fishing water, you must not use any whole fish sourced from any water other than where the fishing is occurring.
  • When fishing from an anchored boat, the boat must be securely anchored with no more than two anchors.
  • No angler may fish from an unachored boat in any water at that is reserved for fly fishing only at any time of the year.

Hours of fishing

Fishing for sports fish between 12.00am (midnight) and 5.00am is prohibited.

 
Season

Size limit

Bag limit
(trout)
Methods allowed
General rules        
All other waters not listed below Oct 1-Jun 30
None
Trout: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
All springs, streams and their tributaries that flow into Lake Waikareti, and into or from Lakes Rotoma, Rotoehu, Rotomahana, Rerewhakaaitu, Rotokakahi, Okareka, Okataina, and Rotoiti, except the Ohau Channel Closed
N/A
0 None
All streams flowing into Lake Tarawera Closed
N/A
0 None
All water that are reserved for fly fishing only except Lake Whakamarino (Tuai)       No fishing for trout from an unanchored boat
The Rotorua Lakes and their inflowing tributary streams (except closed areas)   350mm minimum    
Fishing waters        
Aniwaniwa Stream below Aniwaniwa Falls All year 350mm minimum

Trout: 8 (of which only 2 may be brown trout)

Artificial fly, spinner
Aniwhenua Lake and canal All year None Trout: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Aratiatia, Lake All year None No limit Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Atiamuri, Lake All year None No limit Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Awahou Stream above the Hamurana Road Bridge Closed N/A 0 None
Awahou Stream below Hamurana Rd All year 350mm minimum Trout: 8 (of which only 2 may be brown trout) Flyfishing only.
Fishing for trout from an unanchored boat is prohibited.
Blue Lake (Lake Tikitapu) All year 350mm Trout: 8 Artificial fly, spinner
Flaxy Lake and canal All year None Trout: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Green Lake (Lake Rotokakahi) Closed N/A 0 None
Hamurana Stream        
Hamurana Stream above the Hamurana Road bridge Closed N/A 0  
Hamurana Stream below Hamurana Road All year 350mm minimum Trout: 8 (of which only 2 may be brown trout) Artificial fly, spinner
Hamurana Stream: Within a 200m radius of the centre of Hamurana Stream mouth in Lake Rotorua All year 350mm minimum Trout: 8 (of which only 2 may be brown trout)

Artificial fly, spinner.

Fishing for trout from an unanchored boat is prohibited.

         
Hangaroa River 1 Oct-30 Jun None 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Hopuruahine Stream and tributaries above landmark pole 1 Dec-30 Jun 350mm minimum Trout: 8 (of which only 2 may be brown trout) Flyfishing only.
Fishing for trout from an unanchored boat is prohibited.
Kaitawa, Lake 1 Oct-30 Jun 350mm minimum Trout: 8 (of which only 2 may be brown trout) Artificial fly, spinner.
Fishing for trout from a motorised or anchored boat is prohibited.
Kaituna River below control gates All year None Trout: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Kaituna River below SH2 bridge All year None No limit Artificial fly, spinner, bait
McLaren, Lake All year None Trout: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Maraetai, Lake All year None No limit Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Matahina, Lake All year None Trout: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Mokau Stream above landmark pole 1 Dec-30 Jun 350mm minimum Total trout: 8
Brown trout: 2
Flyfishing only.
Fishing for trout from an unanchored boat is prohibited.
Motu River above SH35 1 Oct-30 Jun None Trout: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Motu River below SH35 1 Oct-30 Jun None No limit Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Ngahewa, Lake All year None Trout: 8 Artificial fly, spinner
Ngapouri, Lake All year None Trout: 8 Artificial fly, spinner
Ngongataha Stream        
Within a 200m radius of the centre of the Ngongataha Stream mouth in Lake Rotorua All year 350mm minimum Trout: 8 (of which only 2 may be brown trout)

Artificial fly, spinner.

Fishing for trout from an unanchored boat is prohibited.

Ngongataha Stream below SH5 Bridge All year 350mm minimum Trout: 8 (of which only 2 may be brown trout) Artificial fly, spinner
Ngongataha Stream and tributaries above SH5 Bridge (excluding Waimataa Stream which is closed) 1 Dec-30 Jun 350mm minimum Trout: 8 (of which only 2 may be brown trout) Flyfishing only.
Fishing for trout from an unanchored boat is prohibited.
Ohau Channel        
Ohau Channel within the landmarks at either end 1 Oct-30 Jun 350mm minimum Trout: 8 (of which only 2 may be brown trout)

Flyfishing only.
No fishing from a boat: No boats are permitted to anchor in the Ohau Channel; and fishing for trout from an unanchored boat is prohibited.

Ohakuri, Lake All year None No limit Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Okareka, Lake All year 350mm minimum Trout: 8 Artificial fly, spinner
Okareka, Lake: all springs, streams and their tributaries which flow into or from Lake Okareka Closed N/A 0 None
Okaro, Lake All year 350mm minimum Trout: 8 Artificial fly, spinner
Lake Okataina        
Okataina, Lake excepting areas below 1 Oct-30 Jun 350mm minimum Trout: 8 Artificial fly, spinner
Okataina, Lake winter shoreline area - from Te Koutu Point landmark to west of Okataina Lodge landmark extending 200m offshore All year 350mm minimum Trout: 8

All year: Artificial fly, spinner.
1 Jul-30 Sept: Fishing for trout from a boat is probibited.

Okataina, Lake within 200m of Log Pool, Rayners 1 and 2 stream mouths 1 Oct-30 Jun 350mm minimum Trout: 8

1 Oct-31 Mar: Artificial fly, spinner
1 Apr-30 Jun: Flyfishing only. Fishing for trout from an unanchored boat is prohibited.

Okataina, Lake: all springs, streams and their tributaries which flow into or from Lake Okataina Closed N/A 0 None
         
Putere Lakes All year None Trout: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Rangitaiki River below Otamatea Stream All year None Trout: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Rangitaiki River below SH2 Bridge All year None No limit Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Rangitaiki Canal (Wheao) All year None Trout: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Rerewhakaaitu, Lake All year 350 mm minimum Trout: 8 Artificial fly, spinner
Rerewhakaaitu, Lake: all springs, streams and their tributaries which flow into or from Lake Rerewhakaaitu Closed N/A 0 None
Rotoehu, Lake All year 350 mm minimum Trout: 8 Artificial fly, spinner
Rotoehu, Lake: all springs, streams and their tributaries which flow into or from Lake Rotoehu Closed N/A 0 None
Rotokakahi, Lake (the Green Lake) Closed N/A 0 None
Rotokakahi, Lake: all springs, streams and their tributaries which flow into or from Lake Rotokakahi Closed N/A 0 None
Lake Rotoiti        
Lake Rotoiti excepting areas below 1 Oct-30 Jun 350 mm minimum Trout: 8 Artificial fly, spinner

Lake Rotoiti winter shoreline area from Tapuaekura Bay landmark to Hinehopu landmark and extending 200m offshore
excepting within 200m of Tapuaekura Bay Stream mouth, Hauparu Bay, Stream mouth, Ruato Bay stream mouth, Waiiti Stream mouth and the Pipe..

All year 350 mm minimum Trout: 8

All year: Artificial fly, spinner
1 Jul-30 Sept: Fishing for trout from a boat is probibited.

Lake Rotoiti winter shoreline area within 200m of Tapuaekura Bay Stream mouth, Hauparu Bay, Stream mouth, Ruato Bay stream mouth, Waiiti Stream mouth and the Pipe All year 350 mm minimum Trout: 8

1 Oct-31 Mar: Artificial fly, spinner
1 Apr-30 Sept: Flyfishing only.
1 Oct-30 June: Fishing for trout from an unanchored boat is prohibited.
1 Jul-30 Sept: Fishing for trout from any boat is prohibited.

Rotoiti, Lake within 300m of the Ohau Channel delta landmark 1 Oct-30 Jun 350 mm minimum Trout: 8 Flyfishing only.
Fishing for trout from an unanchored boat is prohibited.
Rotoiti, Lake: all springs, streams and their tributaries which flow into or from Lake Rotoiti except the Ohau Channel and the Kaituna River Closed N/A 0 None
Lake Rotoma        
Rotoma, Lake excepting the areas below All year 350 mm minimum Trout: 8 Artificial fly, spinner
Rotoma, Lake: Winter shoreline areas between landmarks at Anaputa Point and Matahi Bay, and between landmarks in Manawahe Bay both extending 200m offshore 1 Oct-30 Jun 350 mm minimum Trout: 8 Artificial fly, spinner
Lake, Rotoma: all springs, streams and their tributaries which flow into or from Lake Rotoma
Closed N/A 0 None
Lake Rotomahana        
Rotomahana, Lake All year 350 mm minimum Trout: 8 Artificial fly, spinner
Rotomahana, Lake: all springs, streams and their tributaries which flow into or from Lake Rotomahana Closed N/A 0 None
Lake Rotorua        
Rotorua, Lake excepting the areas below All year 350mm minimum Trout: 8 (of which only 2 may be brown trout) Artificial fly, spinner
Rotorua, Lake within 200m of Awahou Stream mouth All year 350mm minimum Trout: 8 (of which only 2 may be brown trout) Flyfishing only.
Fishing for trout from an unanchored boat is prohibited.
Rotorua, Lake within 200m of Ohau Channel entrance All year 350mm minimum Trout: 8 (of which only 2 may be brown trout) Flyfishing only.
Fishing for trout from an unanchored boat is prohibited.
Waters that are within a 200m radius around the centre of the Utuhina, Waiteti, Ngongataha and Hamurana Stream mouths in Lake Rotorua All year 350mm minimum Trout: 8 (of which only 2 may be brown trout) Artificial fly, spinner.
Fishing for trout from an unanchored boat is prohibited.

The following streams and their tributaries which flow into Lake Rotorua:
- the Waiawhiro, Waiohewa, Waingaehe, Waimata and Waikuta streams
- the Hamurana stream above the Hamurana Road bridge
- the Awahou Stream above the Hamurana Road Bridge

Closed N/A 0 None
Ruahihi Canal        
Ruahihi Canal except the area below All year 350mm minimum 2 Artificial fly, spinner
The section of the Ruahihi Canal between the landmarks at the southern end of the canal which enclose the artificial spawning bed. Closed N/A 0 None
Ruakituri River        
Ruakituri River and tributaries above Waitangi Falls 1 Oct-30 Jun 600mm maximum 2 Flyfishing only.
Fishing for trout from an unanchored boat is prohibited.
Ruakituri River and tributaries (excluding Hangaroa) above Te Reinga Falls 1 Oct-30 Jun None 2 Flyfishing only.
Fishing for trout from an unanchored boat is prohibited.
Ruakituri River below Te Reinga Falls 1 Oct-30 Jun None 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Lake Tarawera        
Tarawera, Lake excepting areas below 1 Oct-30 Jun

350mm minimum.
620mm maximum for wild rainbow trout.

8 Artificial fly, spinner
Tarawera, Lake within 200m of the Te Wairoa Stream mouth 1 Oct-30 Jun

350mm minimum.
620mm maximum for wild rainbow trout.

8 female trout only

1 Oct to 31 March: Fly, spinner

1 April to June: Flyfishing only

Fishing from an unanchored boat is prohibited.

Tarawera, Lake within 200m of the mouths of Wairua Stream, Twin Creeks and Tarawera Outlet All year

350mm minimum.
620mm maximum for wild rainbow trout.

Trout: 8

1 Oct to 31 March: Fly, spinner

1 April to June: Flyfishing only

Fishing from an unanchored boat is prohibited.

Tarawera Lake within 200m of the mouth of the Waitangi Stream mouth All year

350mm minimum.
620mm maximum for wild rainbow trout.

Trout: 8

1 Oct to 31 March: Fly, spinner

1 April to June: Flyfishing only

Fishing from an unanchored boat is prohibited.

Tarawera, Lake winter shoreline area from Te Wairoa Landing landmark to Otumutu Lagoon landmark and 200m offshore, excluding within 200m of the following landmarked stream mouths:
- Landing
- Orchard
- Waitangi
- Otumutu Lagoon streams
(see below)

All year

350mm minimum.
620mm maximum for wild rainbow trout.

Trout: 8

1 Oct to 31 March: Fly, spinner

1 April to June: Flyfishing only

Fishing from an unanchored boat is prohibited.

 

Tarawera, Lake within the section of Rangiuru Bay defined by landmarks at Stoney Point and Kariri Point and extending 200m offshore 1 Oct-30 Jun

350mm minimum.
620mm maximum for wild rainbow trout

8

1 Oct to 31 March: Fly, spinner

1 April to June: Flyfishing only

Fishing from an unanchored boat is prohibited.

Tarawera Outlet Spawning Sanctuary Closed N/A 0

None.
No boats are allowed to pass through the spawning sanctuary at any time.

All streams flowing into Lake Tarawera, and into that portion of the Tarawera River enclosed by landmarks at the Lake Tarawera Outlet and extending approximately 150m downstream to landmarks in the river, otherwise known as the Tarawera Outlet Spawning Sanctuary Closed

N/A

 

0 None.
No boats are allowed to pass through the Tarawera Outlet Spawning Sanctuary at any time.
Tarawera River        
Tarawera Outlet Spawning Sanctuary Closed      
All streams flowing into the Tarawera Outlet Spawning Sanctuary (that portion of the Tarawera River enclosed by landmarks at the Lake Tarawera Outlet and extending approximately 150 metres downstream to landmarks in the river) Closed      
Tarawera River between the Tarawera Outlet and the falls approximately 2.5km downstream from the Outlet (excluding the spawning sanctuary which is closed). 1 Oct-31 May 620mm maximum for wild rainbow trout Trout: 8

Flyfishing only.
Fishing for trout from an unanchored boat is prohibited.

No boats are allowed to pass through the Tarawera Outlet Spawning Sanctuary at any time.

Tarawera River from the falls to SH2 All year None Trout: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Tarawera River below SH2 All year None No limit Artificial fly, spinner, bait
         
Tikitapu, Lake (the Blue Lake) All year 350mm Trout: 8 Artificial fly, spinner
Tiniroto Lakes All year None Trout: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Tuai Lake (Lake Whakamarino) 1 Oct-30 Jun 350mm minimum Trout: 8 (of which only 2 may be brown trout)

Flyfishing only.
Fishing for trout from a motorised or anchored boat is prohibited.

Utuhina Stream        
Utuhina Stream below Devon Road Bridge All year 350mm minimum Trout: 8 (of which only 2 may be brown trout) Artificial fly, spinner
Utuhina Stream above Devon Road Bridge but below Pukehangi Road Bridge 1 Dec-30 Jun 350mm minimum Trout: 8 (of which only 2 may be brown trout) Artificial fly, spinner
Utuhina Stream above the Pukehangi Road bridge Closed N/A 0 None
All tributaries of the Utuhina Stream Closed N/A 0 None
Within a 200m radius of the centre of the Utuhina Stream mouth in Lake Rotorua All year 350mm minimum Trout: 8 (of which only 2 may be brown trout) Fishing for trout from an unanchored boat is prohibited.
Lake Waikareiti        
Waikareiti, Lake All year 350mm minimum Trout: 8

Artificial fly, spinner.
Downriggers, paravanes, weights to assist sinking of trolled lures and metal cored or wire lines are prohibited in Lake Waikareiti.

Waikareiti, Lake: all springs, streams and their tributaries which flow into Lake Waikareiti

Closed N/A 0 None
Lake Waikaremoana        
Waikaremoana, Lake except the area below All year 350mm minimum Trout: 8 (of which only 2 may be brown trout)

Artificial fly, spinner.
Downriggers, paravanes, weights to assist sinking of trolled lures and metal cored or wire lines are prohibited in Lake Waikeremona.

Waikaremoana, Lake within a 200m radius of the Hopuruahine and Mokau landmark poles All year 350mm minimum Trout: 8 (of which only 2 may be brown trout)

Flyfishing only.
Fishing for trout from an unanchored boat is prohibited.
Downriggers, paravanes, weights to assist sinking of trolled lures and metal cored or wire lines are prohibited in Lake Waikeremona.

         
Waikaretaheke River down from Piripaua Powerhouse All year None Trout: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Waiau River below Waikaretaheke River All year None Trout: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Waikato River from Huka Falls to Maraetai All year None No limit Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Waikuta Stream and its tributaries Closed N/A 0 None
Waimana River below the Matahi Bridge All year None Trout: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Waimataa Stream and its tributaries Closed N/A 0 None
Waingaehe Stream and its tributaries Closed N/A 0 None
Waioeka River below the Tauranga Stream confluence All year None Trout: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Waioeka River below SH2 bridge All year None No limit Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Waiohewa Stream and its tributaries Closed N/A 0 None
Waiowhiro Stream and its tributaries Closed N/A 0 None
Wairoa River below Te Reinga Falls to SH2 All year None Trout: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Wairoa River below SH2 Bridge All year None No limit Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Wairoa River (Tauranga) below Lake McLaren All year None Trout: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Wairoa River (Tauranga) below SH2 Bridge All year None No limit Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Waiteti Stream        
Waiteti Stream below Hamurana Road All year 350mm minimum Trout: 8 (of which only 2 may be brown trout) Artificial fly, spinner
Waiteti Stream above Hamurana Road 1 Dec-30 Jun 350mm minimum Trout: 8 (of which only 2 may be brown trout) Artificial fly, spinner
Within a 200m radius of the centre of the Waiteti Stream mouth in Lake Rotorua  All year  350mm minimum Trout: 8 (of which only 2 may be brown trout)

Artificial fly, spinner.

Fishing for trout from an unanchored boat is prohibited.

         
Whakamarino, Lake (Tuai Lake) 1 Oct-30 Jun 350mm minimum Trout: 8 (of which only 2 may be brown trout) Flyfishing only.
Fishing for trout from a motorised or anchored boat is prohibited.
Whakatane River above Owaka Stream 1 Oct-30 Jun None Trout: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Whakatane River below Owaka Stream All year None Trout: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Whakatane River below SH2 Bridge All year None No limit Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Wheao River (Rangitaiki Canal) All year None Trout: 2 Artificial fly, spinner

 

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