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Southland Fishing Regulations, 2016-2017

The following is our understanding of the regulations that apply to trout and salmon fishing in the Southland 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.

Didymo controls Requirement For more info...
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. Didymo Biosecurity Alert

All Fiordland National Park rivers and lakes with the following exceptions.
Exceptions:
Lakes:
Lakes Te Anau, Manapouri, Monowai and Hauroko
Rivers and their tributaries:
The Eglinton, Hollyford, Cleddau, Upper Waiau and Monowai Rivers and their tributaries.

A Clean Gear Certificate is required before fishing these waters (within 48 hours) to protect Fiordland rivers from didymo. You must also carry an approved didymo cleaning kit.

DOC information sheet and map

Certification can be obtained from:
- Tuatapere Service Station
- Borland Lodge
- Manapouri Garage
- Outdoor Sports Te Anau
- Te Anau DOC Visitor Centre
- Fish and Game, Te Anau
- Fish and Game, Invercargill
- B&B Sports, Gore

Murchison Mountains Special Area No access or fishing is permitted with the exception of the Ettrick Burn which you need a permit for. DOC information sheet and map
Milford Track Rivers Movement Control Area All wet items are prohibited without prior cleaning for didymo DOC information sheet and map
Large eastern Fiordland lakes and their tributaries Watercraft operating on large eastern Fiordland lakes are encouraged not to enter tributary rivers, as these lakes are didymo infected. Movement may spread didymo upstream into these pristine rivers. DOC information sheet and map

 

 
Season

Size limit

Bag limit
Methods allowed
General rules
All rivers
Closed for salmon: 1 Apr-31 May
No limit
1 when open
 
Use of bait

Soft baits (scented and unscented) can be used in all waters (except Eglinton). The rule requires anglers to use them as imitations of fish (as lures and fished as one would a spinner).

The use of molluscs (mussels) can be used where bait fishing is allowed.

 
All rivers and lakes draining to the Tasman Sea and Foveaux Strait west of the Waiau River

Trout: All year
Salmon: 1 Jun-31 Mar

No limit

Total: 4
Salmon: 1
(No limit on perch)

Artificial fly, spinner
Tributaries of Te Anau, Manapouri, Monowai, Hauroko, Hankinson except Eglinton, upper Waiau and Mararoa Rivers
Trout: 1 Nov-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Nov-31 Mar
No limit

Total: 2
Salmon: 1
(No limit on perch)

Artificial fly, spinner
Fishing waters          
Acton Stream

Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar

No limit

Total: 2
Salmon: 1

Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Lake Ada       All watercraft are prohibited (except kayaks with a permit)
This is a DOC didymo prevention measure.
Aparima River and tributaries upstream of Hamilton Burn
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner
Aparima River tributaries downstream of Hamilton Burn and not listed elsewhere Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Aparima River, Hamilton Burn to Thornbury Bridge
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 4
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Aparima River, Thornbury Bridge to the sea
Trout: All year
Salmon: 1 Jun-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 4
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Arthur River       All watercraft are prohibited (except kayaks with a permit)
This is a DOC didymo prevention measure.
Borland Burn
1 0ct-30 Apr
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner
Clinton River       All watercraft are prohibited. This is a DOC didymo prevention measure.
Cromel Stream
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Eglinton River and tributaries
Trout: 1 Nov-31 May
Salmon: 1 Nov-31 Mar
No limit

Total: 1
Salmon: 1

Artificial fly.
Fishing from any boat or floatation device is not permitted in the Eglinton River.

Ettrick Burn

This is defined as a backcountry fishery and requires a backcountry licence

Backcountry licence holders only:

1 Nov-31 May

No limit Total 1 Artificial fly, spinner
Fergus, Lake
1 Nov-31 May
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner
Gunn, Lake
1 Nov-31 May
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner
Hamilton Burn upstream of Mossburn-Otautau Road
1 Oct-30 Apr
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner
Hamilton Burn tributaries upstream of Mossburn-Otautau Road
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner
Hamilton Burn downstream of Mossburn-Otautau Road
1 Oct-30 Apr
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Hankinson, Lake
1 Nov-31 May
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner
Hankinson, Lake tributaries
Trout: 1 Nov-31 May
Salmon: 1 Nov-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner
Hauroko, Lake
All year bit only open to junior anglers (under the age of 18 as of the 1st Oct)
No limit
Total: 4
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner
Hauroko, Lake tributaries
Trout: 1 Nov-31 May
Salmon: 1 Nov-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner
Henry, Lake All year but is only open to junior anglers (under the age of 18 as on 1 Oct) No limit Total: 2 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Hollyford River

Trout: All year
Salmon: 1 Jun-31 Mar

No limit

Total: 4
Salmon: 1
(No limit on perch)

Artificial fly, spinner
Irthing Stream Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Lilburn  (Lill Burn)
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Makarewa River upstream of Riverton Highway and all tributaries Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
>No limit Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Makarewa River downstream of Riverton Invercargill Highway
Trout: All year
Salmon: 1 Jun-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 4
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Lake Manapouri
Manapouri, Lake, except the areas below
All year
No limit
Total: 4
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner
Manapouri, Lake - within 100m of any part of the Real Journeys Company's Tourist Centre, Pearl Harbour, Manapouri
Closed
N/A
0
None
Manapouri, Lake: Those portions of the Waiau River, Mararoa River and the Waiau Arm of Lake Manapouri that are within 100m of the control gates on the Manapouri Lake Control structure, also known as the Mararoa Weir. Closed N/A 0 None
Manapouri, Lake. The shoreline from Frasers Beach to Supply Bay.
All year
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1

Artificial fly, spinner and bait (see note below).

Note that in this section of Lake Manapouri, bait fishing is allowed by anglers under the age of 18 on Oct 1 along the shoreline only.

Manapouri, Lake tributaries except the upper Waiau and the Mararoa
Trout: 1 Nov-31 May
Salmon: 1 Nov-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner
 Mararoa River
Mararoa River upstream of The Key Bridge including upper Mararoa and tributaries
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct - March
No limit
Total: 1
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner
Mararoa River downstream of The Key Bridge
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct - March
No limit
Total: 4
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Those portions of the Mararoa River that are within 100m of the control gates on the Manapouri Lake Control structure, also known as the Mararoa Weir. Closed      
Mataura River

Mataura River tributaries downstream of Garston and not listed elsewhere

Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Mataura River and tributaries upstream of Humes' Road Bridge, Garston
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar

No limit

Total: 1
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner
Mataura River - Garston Bridge to Gore Bridge
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 4
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Mataura River - Gore Bridge to the Gorge Road Bridge

Trout: 1 Oct-31 May excluding 2 and 3 May 2009.
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar

No limit
Total: 4
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Mataura River - Gorge Road Bridge to the sea
Trout: All year
Salmon: 1 Jun-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 4
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Mataura River upstream from the Mataura Island bridge
 
 
 
Fishing from any boat or flotation device is not permitted
 
Mavora, Lake (North and South)
All year
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1

Artificial fly, spinner and bait (see note below).

Note that in this section of Lake Manapouri, bait fishing is allowed by anglers under the age of 18 on Oct 1.

Mimihau River
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 4
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Mokoreta River
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 4
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Monowai
Monowai, Lake
All year
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner
Monowai, Lake tributaries

Trout: 1 Nov-31 May
Salmon: 1 Nov-31 Mar

No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner
Monowai River
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner
 
Orauea Stream and tributaries
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Ourawera Stream
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Oreti River
Oreti River and tributaries upstream of Rocky Point
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 1
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner

Oreti River tributaries downstream of Rocky Point not listed elsewhere

Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Oreti River from Rocky Point to Riverton-Invercargill Highway
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 4
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Oreti River from Riverton-Invercargill Highway to the sea
Trout: All year
Salmon: 1 Jun-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 4
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Oreti River upstream of the SH94 bridge just north of Lumsden.
 
 
 
Fishing from any boat or flotation device is not permitted
 
Otamita Stream
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Poteriteri, Lake All year No limit Total: 2
Salmon: 1

Artificial fly, spinner

Pourakino River and tributaries upstream of Waipango Bridge
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Pourakino River downstream of Waipango Bridge
Trout: All year
Salmon: 1 Jun-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Taunamau Stream
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Lake Te Anau
Te Anau, Lake except the area below.
All year
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner
Te Anau Lake along the shoreline from the Upukerora Mouth to the Control Gates, (but excluding the areas around the Real Journeys wharves)

Open all year to junior and child anglers, from the shore only.

No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1

Artificial fly, spinner and bait.

From the shore only.

Te Anau, Lake - the portion that lies within 100m of any part of the wharf of the Real Journeys Company's office in the township of Te Anau.
Closed
N/A
N/A
None
Lake Te Anau tributaries except the Eglinton and Upukerora Rivers
Trout: 1 Nov-31 May
Salmon: 1 Nov-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner
 
Thomas, Lake
All year
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait.
Fishing from a motorised boat  is prohibited.
Titiroa Stream and tributaries upstream of The Locks
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Titiroa Stream downstream of The Locks
Trout: All year
Salmon: 1 Jun-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Tokanui Stream
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Upukerora River
Trout: 1 Nov-31 May
Salmon: 1 Nov-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 1
Salmon: 1

Artificial fly, spinner
(This river is affected by didymo. See Didymo Biosecurity Alert for details.)

Waiau

Waiau River between Lake Manapouri and Lake Te Anau

Trout: 1 Oct - 31 May
Salmon: Closed
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner
Waiau River upstream of the Mararoa Weir (Monowai Power Station)
Closed  to salmon fishing all year
N/A
Salmon: 0
None

Waiau River between Mararoa Weir and Tuatapere

Trout: 1 Oct - 31 May
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 4
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Waiau River tributaries downstream from the Mararoa Weir to the sea, except Monowai, Borland and Wairaki river Trout: 1 Oct - 30 April
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Waiau River from Tuatapere to the sea
Trout: All year.
Salmon: 1 Jun-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 4
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Those portions of the Waiau River and the Waiau Arm of Lake Manapouri, that are within 100m of the control gates on the Manapouri Lake Control structure, also known as the Mararoa Weir. Closed N/A N/A None
 
Waihopai River upstream of Queens Drive
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Waihopai River downstream of Queens Drive
Trout: All year
Salmon: 1 Jun-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Waikaia River
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 4
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait.
Fishing from any boat or flotation device is not permitted.
Waikaia River tributaries
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Waikaka River and tributaries

Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar

No limit Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Waikawa River and tributaries upstream of Niagara Bridge
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Waikawa River downstream of Niagara Bridge
Trout: All year
Salmon: 1 Jun-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Waikiwi Stream upstream of North Road Bridge
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Waikiwi Stream downstream of North Road Bridge
Trout: All year
Salmon: 1 Jun-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Waimatuku Stream and tributaries
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1.
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Waimea Stream 
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Wairaki River and tributaries upstream of the transmission lines
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 1
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner
Wairaki River between the transmission lines and Blackmount Highway Bridge (Waiau River)
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Waituna, Lake and tributaries Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limit Total: 2
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Whitestone River upstream of Prospect Bridge
Trout: 1 Nov-31 May
Salmon: 1 Nov-31 Mar
No limit
Total: 1
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner
Whitestone River between the Prospect Bridge and Hillside Road Bridge ( Mararoa River)
Trout: 1 Oct-30 Apr
Salmon: 1 Oct-31 Mar
No limits
Total: 1
Salmon: 1
Artificial fly, spinner

 

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