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Nelson/Marlborough Fishing Regulations, 2016-2017

The following is our understanding of the regulations that apply to trout and salmon fishing in the Nelson/Marlborough 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. Felt soles are banned.
All other fishing waters not mentioned below.
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
All lakes
 
 
 
Downriggers are permitted
Fishing waters
Acheron River and its tributaries lying upstream of the Severn confluence

Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: Closed

Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm

Trout: 2
Salmon: 0

Artificial fly, spinner
Acheron River downstream of the Severn confluence

Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: Closed

None

Trout: 2
Salmon: 0

Artificial fly, spinner
Alma River

Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: Closed

Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm

Trout: 2
Salmon: 0

Artificial fly, spinner
Anatoki River Trout and salmon: 1 Oct-30 Apr None Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Aorere River upstream from the Salisbury Road Bridge

Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr Salmon: Closed

None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Aorere River downstream from the Salisbury Road Bridge
All year
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Argyle Pond Head Race above sign posted marker 1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Argyle Pond and lower hydro canals downstream to its confluence with the Wairau River
All year
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Awatere River
All year
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Bartlett's Creek 1 Oct-30 Apr None Total: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Baton River
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Bowscale Tarn 1 Oct-30 Apr None Total: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Branch River
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Buller River upstream from Gowan Bridge 1 Oct-30 Apr None Total: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Buller River downstream from Gowan Bridge
All year
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Clarence River and its tributaries lying upstream of the Acheron confluence.

Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: Closed

None

Trout : 2
Salmon: 0

Artificial fly, spinner
Clarence River downstream from the Acheron confluence
All year
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Cobb Reservoir
All year
None
Total: 4
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Cobb River 1 Oct-30 Apr Only one fish may be larger that 500mm Total: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Conway River
All year
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
D'Urville River
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Daniells, Lake
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only one fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2

Artificial fly and spinner.
Down riggers are permitted.

Deepdale River
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Dove River 1 Oct-30 Apr None Total: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Fish Lake 1 Oct-30 Apr None Total: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Fyfe River 1 Oct-30 Apr Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm Total: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Gibson's Creek 1 Oct-30 Apr None Total: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Glenroy River
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Goulter River
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Gowan River 1 Oct-30 Apr None Total: 2 Artificial fly, spinner.
Graham River 1 Oct-30 Apr None Total: 2 Artificial fly, spinner.
Grovetown Lagoon 1 Oct-30 Apr None Total: 2 Artificial fly, spinner.
Hope River 1 Oct-30 Apr None Total: 2 Artificial fly, spinner.
Howard River 1 Oct-30 Apr None Total: 2 Artificial fly, spinner.
Island Lake 1 Oct-30 Apr None Total: 2 Artificial fly, spinner.
Kahutara River 1 Oct-30 Apr None Total: 2 Artificial fly, spinner.
Kaituna River (in Marlborough) 1 Oct-30 Apr None Total: 2 Artificial fly, spinner.
Leatham River 1 Oct-30 Apr Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm Total: 2 Artificial fly, spinner.
Lee River 1 Oct-30 Apr None Total: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Lyell Creek (Kaikoura) upstream from SH 1
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Lyell Creek (Kaikoura) downstream from SH 1
All year
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Maitai River above the Lower Nile Street Bridge
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Maitai River below the Lower Nile Street Bridge
All year
None
Total: 2

Artificial fly, spinner.
Child licence holders may use bait.

Mangles River 1 Oct-30 Apr Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm Total: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Marahou River 1 Oct-30 Apr None Total: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Maruia River upstream of Maruia Falls 1 Oct-30 Apr None Total: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Maruia River downstream of Maruia Falls
All year
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Matakitaki River upstream of its confluence with the Glenroy River
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Matakitaki River downstream from the Glenroy River confluenceto the SH6 Bridge
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Matakitaki River downstream from the SH6 Bridge
All year
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Matiri River 1 Oct-30 Apr None Total: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Middle Creek (Kaikoura) upstream from SH1
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Middle Creek (Kaikoura) downstream from SH1
All year
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Motueka River upstream of its confluence with the Wangapeka River
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Motueka River downstream of the Wangapeka Rivers confluence to the Peninsula Road Bridge at Ngatimoti
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Motueka River downstream from the Peninsula Road Bridge at Ngatimoti
All year
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Motupiko River
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Moutere River
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Oaro River
All year
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Omaka River
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Opawa River upstream from SH1 bridge
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Opawa River downstream from SH1 bridge (including Roses Overflow)
All year
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Opouri River
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Orinoco River
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Owen River
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Patarau River
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Pearse River
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Pelorus River upstream of its confluence with the Rai River
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Trout: 2
Salmon: 0
Artificial fly, spinner
Pelorus River downstream from its confluence with the Rai River
All year
None

Trout: 2

Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Rahu River
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Salmon: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Rai River
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Trout: 2
Salmon: 0
Artificial fly, spinner
Rainbow River

Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: Closed

Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Salmon: 0
Artificial fly, spinner
Rainy River
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Riwaka River (including north and south branches)
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Roding River
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Rolling River
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Ronga River
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Rotoiti, Lake except for the areas below
All year
None
Total: 4
Artificial fly, spinner and bait.
Down riggers are permitted.

Rotoiti, Lake: Within 100 metres from the centre meeting line with Lake Rotoiti of:
- Travers River
- Coldwater Stream
- Black Valley Stream
- Buller River

1 Oct-30 Apr
Closed 1 May-30 Sept

None
Total: 4

Artificial fly, spinner and bait.
Fishing from any boat is prohibited.

Rotoroa, Lake except for the areas below
All year
None
Total: 4
Artificial fly, spinner and bait.
Down riggers are permitted

Rotoroa, Lake: Within 100 metres from the centre meeting line with Lake Rotoroa of:
- Sabine River
- D'Urville River
- Gowan River

1 Oct-30 Apr
Closed 1 May-30 Sept
None
Total: 4
Artificial fly, spinner and bait.
Fishing from any boat is prohibited.
Sabine River
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Sedgemere River
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Severn River

Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: Closed

Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Salmon: 0
Artificial fly, spinner
Speargrass Creek
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Spey Stream
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Spring Creek
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Station Creek
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Tadmore River
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Takaka River upstream from its confluence with the Waingaro River
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Trout: 2
Salmon: 0
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Takaka River downstream from its confluence with the Waingaro River

All year
Salmon: Closed

None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Taylor River upstream from the New Renwick Road bridge
Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Taylor River downstream from the New Renwick Road bridge
All year
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Taylor Dam
All year
None
Total: 2

Artificial fly, spinner (Children may fish with bait)

Tennyson, Lake
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 4
Artificial fly, spinner and bait.
Down riggers are permitted
The Brook Stream
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Timms Stream
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Tinline River
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Top Valley Stream
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Travers River
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Tuamarina River
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Tunakino River
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Tutaki River
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Waihopai River
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Wai-iti River
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Waikakaho River
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Waikoropupu River
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Waingaro River
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Waimea River/ Wairoa River downstream of the confluence with the Lee River
All year
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Waimea River/ Wairoa River upstream of the confluence with the Lee River
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Wairau River and its tributaries upstream of the Wash Bridge

Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: Closed

None
Total: 2
Salmon: 0
Artificial fly, spinner
Wairau River (including the Diversion) downstream from the Wash Bridge including the diversion and the Southern Vally Irrigation Intake Pond
All year
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Wairoa River upstream of the confluence with the Lee River
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Wairoa River/Waimea River downstream of the confluence with the Lee River
All year
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Wakamarina River
1 Oct-30 Apr
None
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Wakapuaka River
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Wangapeka River
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Warwick River
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner
Woolley River
1 Oct-30 Apr
Only 1 fish may exceed 500mm
Total: 2
Artificial fly, spinner

 

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