You need to obey some laws and regulations — these can depend on where and what you’re fishing.
Know the laws and limits
You need a licence to fish for sports fish like trout or salmon. You need a different licence in the Taupō district.
Note: If you’re a recreational fisher, selling any fish or shellfish you catch is illegal. You can get a sentence of up to 5 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 or both.
When you need a licence and how to get one.
Rules and regulations for the region you want to fish.
Felt-soled waders are banned because they spread didymo (rock snot).
Where you can and cannot fish
There are great fishing spots all over NZ, but there are also 44 marine reserves where fishing of any kind is not allowed.
Marine reserves and other protected areas
Fishing in conservation areas
Other than marine reserves, you can fish anywhere on conservation land with the right licence.
Your licence is valid in any area administered by Fish & Game New Zealand but cannot be used in the Taupō Fishing District.
The whitebait fishing season opens on 15 August and closes on 30 November, except for the West Coast where it opens on 1 September and closes on 14 November.
Taupō Fishing District
The Taupō fishery includes:
- Lake Taupō
- the catchment area for Lake Taupō
- the Waikato River down to Huka Falls
- Lake Moawhango
- Lake Otamangakau.
The Taupō fishery does not include Lake Rotoaira.
About the Taupō fishery and updates
You cannot use your Fish & Game New Zealand licence in the Taupō fishery area.
Find out about buying a Taupō fishing licence.
Guide to fishing regulations for the Taupō Fishing District including where and when you can fish.
Taupō District fishery regulations
Information about river and lake access.
Māori customary fisheries
Being able to provide fish or shellfish to feed whānau (family) or manuhiri (guests) has always been part of the cultural heritage of tangata whenua (people of the land).
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