Did you know that fishing is popular in New Zealand? It is also one of the world countries that are perfect for fishing, especially fishing after rain. All the more reason to try it since you won’t be alone.
Water Bodies like rivers, streams, lakes as well as spring creek as offer eccentric opportunities to enjoy fishing at its finest. Even though most waters are in the public domain in New Zealand, you can easily gain access to them via public means as well as the Queens Chain while others visited through permissions from the landowner.
The freshwater fishing in New Zealand is greatly complemented by their crystal clear waters. You can get the rainbow and brown trout from both islands whereas in the south island you find the sea-run salmon.
You may also visit the Lake Taupo which is widely known all over the world for its abundance of trout hence trout fishing being common there.
Best Condition To Go Fishing In New Zealand
t the best season to fish is from December to June. It is in this season you could be chasing some seriously big fish like billfish, kingfish, marlin and yellowfin tuna. They are often found in the Northland, Russell or Tutu Kaka, or even in Tauranga known as the Bay of Plenty.
Fishing in the rain which is possible isn’t a simple task even though it is possible. You would need to practice caution when near the rising rivers as you will also get wet despite the quality of your gear. Ask me; I learned the hard way.
As adventurous and intimidating as it is, it isn’t advisable. The fish often tend to seek shelter during such conditions hence it will be asking for a miracle to catch many of them. The best thing to do is avoid fishing in adverse conditions and ensure you can take advantage of the conditions as the weather improves and rivers fall.
The first to clear are the headwater fisheries since they rise and drop fast due to their slopes that are forested and steep catchments.
However, after a torrential rain, fishing in the lake is quite eccentric since the flooded margins offer a feeding goldmine trout that are hungry. You should also use a boat during such conditions while trying to access the trout hence evading wading through the weed, passages of unfamiliar nadirs as well as mud which are quite dangerous.
Fishing Trout in New Zealand
Have you ever tried to catch a trout, either a rainbow trout or brown trout? If not, don’t try to miss this great opportunity to fish them. In New Zealand, they do exist abundantly in many waters. There are different methods used for catching them, e.g., fishing rod.
First of all, you should know there are regulations put in place by the local Fish and Game department regarding the fishing seasons, the limits of the catch, the fishing methods as well as the laws about a fishing license.
Secondly, you should be aware the regulations depend on different regions. Who would want to get in trouble while enjoying a new hobby? I guess no one.
Therefore it is vital to do research before embarking on fishing and ensure you have a current license for fishing which can be bought at local retails of each region you intend to fish.
Areas To Fish In New Zealand
New Zealand admired as a fish paradise, has the abundance of trout and salmon. Due to its variety of fishing grounds, fishing in New Zealand is more than just an adventure. All you have to do is find the right river or lake even though sometimes an intimidating task due to the many lakes and streams and also the prospect of it on a map which in reality might be otherwise.
You should keep in mind the different regions in New Zealand used for fishing. They are:
- Central North Island
Did you know that this island, takes much of the parts of Auckland and Taupo? In the central north island, fishing off the rainbow is dominant in the Taupo Lake which is the largest lake in New Zealand.
Thousands of tourists flock here, and you shouldn’t be left out as you target large fish which are found in the lake in big numbers. The intriguing part is the spring creeks which are crystal clear have on average 900 fish per every kilometer and the large rocky rivers with fish weighing up to ten pounds each.
- The Eastern North Island
The eastern North Island is a vast area for fishing with an abundance of water to fish. If you are an angler like me, this region is your dream fishing area. From the Rotorua district’s diversity of lakes, the mysterious national park of Te Urewera‘s fabulous water bodies and the hydro that are human-made, these are sure grounds perfect for you.
Imagine if you fish a 10lbs fish, wouldn’t that be fantastic? Many rivers and lakes in this region produce rainbow and brown trout weighing that!
Another trophy lake is the one near Waikaremoana. Fish from that lake weigh over ten pounds! A few years back one fish was caught weighing a magnificent 28lbs. It is a definite go to the lake for me as it should you!
- The Lower North Island
Rivers in this region are often fed by rain while they flow over 100km before joining the sea. Though it is said to be underfished, the small crag wasteland streams to mighty rivers have a large population of trout.
- Top of the South
The top of the south is considered the primary fishery of the brown trout. Its beautiful nature though not allowed to be developed, is a good spot for you to fish for large trout. You should know that the trout are wary creatures hence stealth is advised on catching them, and this tests the skills of best anglers.
Another good area for you to explore is the remote streams in the densely forested valleys of the mountains.
Other places include; coast to coast, the central south island as well as the bottom south. You can never regret your traveling experience in New Zealand.
With most anglers debating on when and whether to go to New Zealand, the experience is what about the answer. Some do appreciate the chills of the northern winter while others prefer the summer.
As for me, I would advise you to look at the opportunities for angling which exist in both the early and the late seasons since this is the time to enjoy great catches and for trophy trout respectively. Also, you should consider the weather in which to fish especially after the rains whereby the trout come out to feed in abundance.
Despite that, you should ensure you have all the requirements needed before fishing at any particular region to avoid unintended complications. Fishing in New Zealand brings a whole new meaning to fishing! You should give it a shot.
|I’m Lisa. I have a strong understanding and passion for all things related to fishing. When I am not out wetting a line, I am sharing a range of tips and tricks on Fall For Fishing - to help others to snag their big catch!