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Changes to the Fish & Game Fishing Regulations for the 2011- 2012 season

Changes to the Fish & Game sportsfishing regulations effective from 1 Oct 2009 are documented below.

  All Fish & Game regions (FIRST SCHEDULE)

No changes were made to the First Scedule of the 2011 - 2012 regulations.

Northland regulations

No changes have been made to the 2011 - 2012 regulations.

Auckland/Waikato regulations

No changes have been made to the 2011 - 2012 regulations.

Eastern/Rotorua regulations
No angler may fish from an unachored boat in any water at that is reserved for fly fishing only at any time of the year.
No other changes have been made to the 2011 - 2012 regulations.
Hawke's Bay regulations
No changes have been made to the 2011 - 2012 regulations.
Taranaki regulations
Mangawhero River A clarification as to where the border bewteen the all year fishing and 1 Oct to 30 April season is now referred to as "the 401 bridge (also known as the golf course bridge) on the Raetihi-Ohakune Road (SH 49)".
Wellington regulations
Oroua River

There are now three sets of regulations for the Oroua River. It is divided into:

  • Upstream from the Ruahine Forest Park boundary (open 1 Oct - 30 April, limit 1 Fish)
  • Downstream from the Ruahine Forest Park boundary to the Oroua Valley Raod bridge (open all year, limit 1 fish)
  • Downstream from the Oroua Valley Raod bridge (open all year, no limit)

To see the full descrition of the regulations go to the Wellington Regulations page.

Nelson regulations
Arglyle Pond Argyle Pond Head Race above sign posted marker is open from 1 Oct to 30 April, is fly and spin fishing only and has a limit of two fish.
Cobb River Anglers are still allowed to keep two fish but only one fish is allowed to exceed 500mm in length
Taylor Dam Open all year and allows fly and spin fishing for adult licence holders but children can fish with bait.
Closed to salmon fishing

The following waters are now closed to salmon fishing:

  • Wairau River and its tributaries upstream of the Wash Bridge
  • Takaka River upstream from its confluence with the Waingaro River
  • Rai River
  • Pelorus River upstream of its confluence with the Rai River
North Canterbury regulations
High country lakes opening day The opening day for the High Country lakes is November 5 (the first Saturday in Nov) this season.
Broken River The opening day for Broken River is November 5 (the first Saturday in Nov) this season.
Cass Hill Stream (Bullock Creek Was closed in past years. Now open from 1 Oct to 31 March. Fly and spin fishing only. No maximum size limit in Cass Hill Stream.
Double Hill Stream and Double Hill Flat Stream Was closed in past years. Now open from 1 Oct to 29 February. Fly and spin fishing only. Limit 2 trout.
Glenariffe Stream Was closed in past years. Now open from 1 Oct to 29 February. Fly and spin fishing only. Limit 2 trout.
Harper River and tributaries including the Avoca River Bag limit has been reduced from 2 to 1 fish
Hydra waters Was closed in past years. Now open from 1 Oct to 29 February. Fly and spin fishing only. Limit 2 trout. Access is limited to roughly 3km of the stream. The upper reaches of the stream system are on private land and Mt Algidus Station have closed it to all anglers.
Kaiapoi River and tributaries Kaiapoi closed to trout and salmon fishing above Cust Main Drain confluence
Kaiapoi Lakes No perch exceeding 250mm can be taken by any angler.
Loch Katrine Now open all year. Fishing from a motor boat (trolling) is now permitted.
Lyndon Lake Fishing from a motor boat (trolling) is now permitted. Bait fishing is now allowed for junior anglers.
Manuka Point Stream Was closed in past years. Now open from 1 Oct to 29 February. Fly and spin fishing only. Limit 2 trout.
Mandamus River Closed to salmon fishing.
Otukaikino / South branch above Dickey's Road Bridge Closed to salmon fishing.

Pahau River

Closed to salmon fishing.

Lake Taylor

Fishing from a motor boat (trolling) is now permitted.

Lake Sumner

No Chinook Salmon over 450mm can be kept by any angler.

Waitohi River

Closed to Salmon fishing

Winding Creek

Was closed in past years. Now open from 1 Oct to 31 March. Fly and spin fishing only. Limit 2 trout.

Lake Coleridge

Within 100 metres of any inflowing tributary is closed during the winter period (1 May - 30 September).

Fishing from a non-motorised boat

Fishing from a non-motorised boat is permitted on these waters:

  • All rivers
  • All Eastern zone lakes
  • Lake Lyndon
  • Lake Pearson
  • Lake Coleridge
  • Lake Selfe
  • Lake Evelyn
  • Lake Sumner
  • Lake Georgina
  • Lake Taylor
  • Lake Henrietta
  • Loch Katrine
  • Lake Ida (New ruling)
  • Lake Monck (New ruling)
  • Lake Lilian (New ruling)
  • Lake Grasmere (New ruling)
  • Lake Hawdon (New ruling)
  • Lake Sheppard (new ruling)

Tench bag limit

No angler shall take or kill more than one Tench (previously two) from the following waters:

  • Avon River downstream from the Barbadoes Street bridge
  • Monopolies Pond
  • Forsyth Lake
  • Okana River downstream from State Highway 75
  • Halswell Canal downstream from Duck Pond Road
  • Old Halswell River downstream of Seabridge Road
  • Kaiapoi Lakes
  • Rotokohatu Lake
West Coast regulations
No changes have been made to the 2011 - 2012 regulations.
Central South Island regulations
High country opening day The opening day for the high country waters is November 5 (the first Saturday in Nov) this season.
Ahuriri River tributaries and Ahuriri River Lagoons The opening day is Dec 5
Sockeye salmon season The season for the catching of sockeye salmon in any spawning stream in the Waitaki Lakes area finishes at end of February.
Lake Hood Now open from 1 Oct to 30 April and from 1 June to 31 Aug to fly and spin fishing with a limit of 2 sportsfish.
Island Stream and Waiareka Stream (tributaries of the Kakanui River) Now designated as coarse fisheries for perch and tench
Foul hooking of fish

If any angler foul-hooks three fish in any one day it will be considered deliberate and they must stop fishing after the third fish.

(Foul-hook means to hook a sports fish other than from within the mouth).

Otago regulations
Reid Lake Bag limit now reduced from 3 to 1 fish per day.
Moke Lake Bait fishing is now allowed for junior anglers.
Rees River Anglers may now spin fish this water.
Mill Creek Mill Creek above Waterfall Park is now open to junior anglers up to the age of 17 years.
Akatore River Bag limit has been reduced to 2 fish per day
Waikouaiti River Bag limit has been reduced to 2 fish per day
Backcountry river licences required

A backcountry licence is now required to fish the following rivers:

  • Greenstone River upstream of the swingbridge at the rivers mouth where the river enters Lake Wakatipu and all tributary streams entering the Greenstone including the Caples River
  • The Dingle Burn upstream of the Dingle Burn bridge on the Dingle Burn access road
  • The Lochy River above the confluence with Disputed Creek
  • The Hunter River upstream from the mouth where the Hunter enters Lake Hawea
  • The Young River upstream from the confluence with the Makaroa River
  • The Wilkin River upstream from the confluence with the Makaroa River

To fish any of these waters including the Nevis River a backcountry licence is now required.

Southland regulations
Ettrick Burn A backcountry licence is now required to fish the Ettrick Burn.
Lake Henry Lake Henry is now a "junior fishery" and only open to anglers under the age of 18 on 1 Oct 2011. The daily bag limit has been reduced to 2 fish. Bait fishing (as well as spin and fly) are permitted.
Mataura River Note: The Mataura River between Gore Bridge and the Gore Road Bridge is closed on the 5th and 6th May as this is the opening weekend of the duck shooting season.

 

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