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Wellington Fishing Regulations, 2016-2017

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

 
Season

Size limit

Bag limit
Methods allowed
General rules
All waters not listed below 1 Oct-30 Apr
None
4 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
All coastal dune lakes All year
None
4

Artificial fly, spinner, bait

Fishing waters
Akatarawa River 1 Oct-30 Apr 450mm maximum 1 trout Artificial fly, spinner
Centennial Lagoon (also known as Hokowhitu Lagoon) All year None 1 trout
No limit on other sports fish
Artificial fly, spinner, bait
See also coarse fishing waters
Coal Creek (Makieke River) 1 Oct-30 Apr
None
4 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Hautapu upstream from the road bridge numbered 741/1096 on SH1 by the Taihape Golf Course 1 Oct-30 Apr
550mm maximum
1 trout Flyfishing only
Hautapu downstream from the road bridge numbered 741/1096 on SH1 by the Taihape Golf Course 1 Oct-30 Apr
None
4 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Henley Lake All year
None
4 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Hokowhitu Lagoon (also known as Centennial Lagoon) All year
All year

1 trout
No limit on other
sports fish

Artificial fly, spinner, bait
See also coarse fishing waters

Hutt River All year 450mm maximum

2 trout

Artificial fly, spinner.

Bait fishing by child licence holder ONLY

Kahuterewa Stream 1 Oct-30 Apr
None
4 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Kawhatau River All year
None
4 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Kourarau Dam (Upper) Reservoir except all inflowing streams All year

No size limit

1 trout
All other sports fish: 4

Artificial fly, spinner, bait
See also coarse fishing waters
Kopuaranga River 1 Oct-30 Apr
None
4 Flyfishing only
Makakahi River upstream from the road bridge at Eketahuna 1 Oct-30 Apr
None
4 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Makakahi River downstream from the road bridge at Eketahuna All year
None
4 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Makieke River (Coal Creek) 1 Oct-30 Apr
None
4 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Makuri River upstream from the township bridge 1 Oct-30 Apr
450mm maximum
1 trout Flyfishing only
Makuri River downstream from the township bridge 1 Oct-30 Apr
None
1 trout Artificial fly, spinner, bait

Manawatu River upstream from the Maunga Road Bridge (upstream of Dannevirke)

1 Oct-30 Apr None 1 trout Artificial fly, spinner, bait

Manawatu River downstream from the Maunga Road Bridge (upstream of Dannevirke)

All year
None
4 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Mangaohane Stream 1 Oct-30 Apr
550 mm maximum
1 Artificial fly, spinner

Mangahao River upstream from Marima Reserve Bridge

1 Oct-30 Apr
None
4 Artificial fly, spinner, bait

Mangahao River downstream from Marima Reserve Bridge

All year
None
4 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Mangaone River (a tributary of the Tiraumea River) All year
None
4 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Mangaroa River 1 Oct-30 Apr 450mm maximum 1 trout Artificial fly, spinner
Mangatainoka River upstream of the Scarborough-Konini Road bridge 1 Oct-30 Apr 450mm maximum

2 trout

Artificial fly, spinner
Mangatainoka River downstream of the Scarborough-Konini Road bridge All year 450mm maximum

2 trout

Artificial fly, spinner
Mangaterere Stream 1 Oct-30 Apr
None
1 trout Flyfishing only
Mangatoro River 1 Oct-30 Apr
None
1 trout Flyfishing only
Moawhango River All year None 4 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Ohau River All year
450mm maximum
4 Artificial fly, spinner
Oroua River and its tributaries upstream from the Ruahine Forest Park boundary 1 Oct-30 Apr
None
1 trout Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Oroua River downstream from the Ruahine Forest Park boundary to the Oroua Valley Road bridge All year
None
1 trout Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Oroua River downstream from the Oroua Valley Road bridge All year
None
4 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Otaki River and its tributaries upstream of the Tararua Forest Park boundary 1 Oct-30 Apr
1 trout Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Otaki River downstream of the Tararua Forest Park boundary All year
(Max size 450mm)
1 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Pakuratahi Stream 1 Oct-30 Apr
450mm maximum
1 trout Artificial fly, spinner
Pohangina River upstream of the Piripiri Road Bridge 1 Oct-30 Apr 450mm maximum 1 Artificial fly, spinner
Pohangina River upstream of the Totara Reserve Bridge to the Piripiri Bridge All year 450mm maximum 1 Artificial fly, spinner
Pohangina River downstream of the Totara Reserve Bridge All year None 2 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Pohangina River tributaries 1 Oct-30 Apr
None
2 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Pourangaki River 1 Oct-30 Apr
None
1 trout Artificial fly, spinner

Rangitikei River and its tributaries upstream of its confluence with the Ohinewaione Stream (about 9 river kilometres upstream of the Springvale Bridge)

Note: To fish this section requires a backcountry licence as well as a full season licence.

1 Oct-30 Apr 550 maximum 1 trout Artificial fly, spinner
Rangitikei River upstream from the Matawhero Road Bridge (commonly called the Mangaohane Bridge) up to its confluence with the Ohinewaione Stream (about 9 river kilometres upstream from the Springvale Bridge) 1 Oct-30 Apr 550 maximum 2 trout Artificial fly, spinner
Rangitikei River downstream from the Matawhero Road Bridge (commonly called the Mangaohane Bridge) All year
None
4 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Ruamahanga Cut-Off  
 

A coarse fishing water

Ruamahanga River and its tributaries upstream from the State Highway 2 bridge 1 Oct-30 Apr
None
1 trout Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Ruamahanga River downstream from the State Highway 2 bridge All year
None
4 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Tauherenikau River and its tributaries upstream from the State Highway 2 bridge 1 Oct-30 Apr
None
1 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Tauherenikau River downstream from the Tararua Forest Park Boundary All year
None
4 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Tauweru River 1 Oct-30 Apr None 4 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Tiraumea River All year
None
4 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Tokomaru River 1 Oct-30 Apr
450mm maximum
1 Artificial fly, spinner
Turitea Stream 1 Oct-30 Apr None 4 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Upper Kourarau Dam Reservoir (except all inflowing streams) All year

No size limit

1 trout
All other sportsfish: 4

Artificial fly, spinner, bait
See also coarse fishing waters
Waikanae River 1 Oct-30 Apr
450mm maximum
1 trout Artificial fly, spinner
Waingawa River and its tributaries upstream from the State Highway 2 bridge 1 Oct-30 Apr
550mm maximum
1 trout Artificial fly, spinner
Waingawa River downstream from the State Highway 2 bridge All year
None
4 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Wainui River 1 Oct-30 Apr 450mm maximum 1 trout Artificial fly, spinner
Wainuiomata River downstream from the main township bridge 1 Oct-30 Apr
550mm maximum
1 trout Flyfishing only
Waiohine River and its tributaries upstream from the State Highway 2 bridge 1 Oct-30 Apr
None
1 trout Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Waiohine River downstream from the State Highway 2 bridge All year
None
4 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Waipoua River 1 Oct-30 Apr None 4 Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Wairarapa, Lake All year
None
4

Artificial fly, spinner, bait.
See also coarse fishing waters

Waitawa, Lake (Otaki) - Forest Lake All year
None

Tench: 0
Perch: No limit (catch and release)

Artificial fly, spinner, bait.
See also coarse fishing waters

Whakaurekou River from the confluence
of the Rangitikei River, including the tributaries within the Ruahine Ranges (namely Mangatera, Maropea and Waikamaka Rivers)

Note: To fish this river requires a backcountry licence as well as a full season licence.

1 Oct-30 Apr 550 maximum 1 trout Artificial fly, spinner
Whakatikei River 1 Oct-30 Apr 450mm maximum 1 trout Artificial fly, spinner
Whitby Lakes (Upper and Lower) All year
None

Perch: No limit (catch and release)
Tench: 0

Artificial fly, spinner, bait.
See also coarse fishing waters

 

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