For the next few months at least, the only anglers able to fish our rivers and lakes will be Kiwis.
So this will be a great time to get out on the water and shake off the memories of the lock-down. During lock-down there has been little pressure on the fish and now our borders are closed so overseas anglers are not able to travel here. Consequently our rivers and lakes will be uncrowded and it will be like taking a fishing vacation back to the conditions of the 1950s. Great fishing, few crowds!
For some of the country the trout season finished at the end of April but there are plenty of places still open around the country. And some in some regions the fishing is at its peak in the cooler months.
The lower sections of all the rivers around Lake Taupo for instance are open all year and in the winter months huge numbers of large spawning fish enter the rivers making for exciting fishing. In several North Island regions the season extends to the end of June but where-ever you are in the country you will find some waters that are open.
So this will be a great time to travel and fish a region you have not been to previously or return to an old favourite. Stay in great fishing accommodation and hire a guide. And as it is a holiday in our own backyard it will still be much cheaper than that overseas trip with the added advantage that you will be helping local Kiwi businesses get through this difficult time while experiencing fishing as it used to be.
For more ideas where to go fishing see our Winter Fishing Guide.