Coarse fishing in New Zealand
|In New Zealand, coarse fishing generally means fishing for perch and tench but also includes koi carp, catfish and goldfish; however in the Auckland/Waikato Fish & Game region, coarse fishing includes rudd.
Coarse fish have larger scales than trout and prefer warm still waters; so the fishing is best in summer when they are active and feeding.
A Fish & Game fishing licence is required and allows you to fish throughout New Zealand except the Taupo area - see New Zealand fishing licences.
Defined coarse fishing waters are locations named in the regional fishing regulations where anglers can fish for coarse fish:
In other locations, you cannot use a rod with a fixed line, and there are restrictions on the type and number of baits and on the use of preparations to attract fish.
|Northland||Location: The only public coarse fishing water in the Northland region is the Waitangi River and its tributaries.
Season: The open season is Oct 1-Jun 30.
Limits: There is no size or bag limit for perch or tench.
Methods: Bait fishing is permitted only when fishing for tench in the Waitangi river.
|Auckland/Waikato||Location: Coarse fishing is present in most lakes north of Hamilton, including Lake Pupuke and Hamilton Lake. This is the only region where you can fish for rudd as well as tench and perch.
The following are designated as coarse fishing waters:
Season: Most rivers are closed from during July, August and September, though all lakes and sections of some rivers are open all year. Please check the Auckland/Waikato Regulations for the river or lake you plan to fish.
Bag limit: You must not kill more than 5 tench in a day. There is no limit for perch or rudd.
Methods: You may only use one rod or line at a time when you are fishing for perch, tench or rudd, but you can have any number of rods and running lines assembled.
A roach pole may be used to fish for perch, tench and rudd.
|Eastern region including Rotorua||
Defined locations: There are no defined coarse fishing rivers in the Eastern region.
Season: Open during the open season for each fishing water. Please see the Eastern region regulations.
Two species of coarse fish are found in Lake Taupo:
There are no gear restrictions for catfishing, except that destructive methods such as gill nets may not be used. Licences are not required. Catfish are occasionally caught by river mouth and lake shore flyfishers and very rarely by trolling. If trout are caught by a catfisher using gear not permitted for trout fishing (e.g. bait, handlines, setlines or fyke nets) they must be immediately released unharmed. The onus is on a person using these methods to show that they are fishing for catfish and not trout.
It is illegal to transfer any fish from one location to another without permits under the Conservation and Fisheries Acts and DOC strongly recommends that anyone catching catfish kill them at the site of capture. They are very hardy and will survive many hours out of water.
Defined locations: There are no defined coarse fishing rivers.
Season: Open during the open season for each fishing water. Please see the Hawke's Bay regulations.
Defined Locations: There are no defined coarse fishing waters in the Taranaki region.
Other locations: Lakes Cowley, Ngangana, Rotomanu, Ratapiko, Rotorangi, Wiritoa, Pauri and Kohata all have perch fishing. In these lakes you cannot use a rod with a fixed line, and there are restrictions on the type and number of baits and on the use of preparations to attract fish.Season: Open during the open season for each fishing water. Please see the Taranaki regulations.
Bag limit: There is no limit on the number of perch killed by a licence holder.
Defined locations and season: The defined coarse fishing waters in the Wellington region are:
Fishing for coarse fish in all waters in the Nelson/Marlborough region is illegal. This prohibition includes perch, tench, koi carp and gambusia.
Location and season: Coarse fishing for perch is permitted in the West Coast region during the open season for each fishing water. See the West Coast
Bag limits: There is no size restriction or bag limit for perch.
|North Canterbury||Defined locations: The defined coarse fishing waters in the North Canterbury region are:
Season: These waters are open all year.
Bag limits: A daily bag limit of 4 sportsfish applies. You may take only: 1 tench and it must be less than 150 mm in length.
Note: West Lake near Halswell is closed to coarse fishing
|Central South Island||Defined locations: The defined coarse fishing waters in the Central South Island region are:
Season: Saltwater Creek and Centennial Park Lake are open all year.
Bag limit: A daily bag limit of 4 sportfish applies in these locations. Refer to the Central South Island regulations.
Defined locations: There are no defined coarse fishing waters in the Otago region.
Season: Open during the open season for each fishing water. Please see the Otago regulations.
Bag limit: There is no bag limit for perch.
Defined locations: There are no defined coarse fishing waters in Southland.
Season: Open during the open season for each fishing water. Please see the Southland regulations.
Bag limit: There is no bag limit for perch.
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