The middle section of the Pelorus has a number of glides and rapids flowing over a stone and gravel base. The middle section is easy to fish as it flows over
open farmland allowing good unrestricted casting.
The section around Pelorus Bridge can get a number of swimmers making fishing frustrating (for anglers) during the summer months.
The middle reaches below Pelorus Bridge are easy fishing as the river flows through open land over a rock and gravel bed
Fish numbers and size
Numbers are very high especially in the middle and lower reaches where fish average around 0.5 to 1.2 kg.
Above the Pelorus Bridge the Maungatapu road follows the river for several kilometers with a few access points signposted.
See the Upper Pelorus access map.
Downstream from the Pelorus Bridge the main Blenheim / Nelson Highway follows the river for many kilometres and has several well signposted access points for anglers.
See the Lower Pelorus access map.
Otherwise it is necessary to seek permission from landowners to cross their properties as the river can be some distance from the road.