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Northland Fishing Regulations, 2017-2018

The following is our understanding of the regulations that apply to trout and salmon fishing in Northland from 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018.  Where general rules do not apply, lakes and rivers are listed in alphabetical order for quick reference.

The information presented here is not meant to be taken as a complete statement of the law. Please refer to the South Island regulations booklet supplied with your fishing licence.

 
Season

Size limits

Bag limit
Methods allowed
General rules
All rivers and streams in the region not mentioned below. Oct 1-Apr 30

Trout: 300mm minimum

Trout: 2

Artificial fly, spinner

All lakes and reservoirs including the Kai Iwi Lakes All year Trout: 300mm minimum Trout: 3 Artificial fly, spinner, bait.
All fishing waters  
  Anglers trolling from boats must stay at least 50 metres from any anglers fishing from the shore.
Fishing waters
Mangapa River Oct 1-Apr 30 Trout: 300mm minimum Trout: 1 Artificial fly, spinner
Victoria River Oct 1-Apr 30 Trout: 300mm minimum Trout: 1 Artificial fly, spinner
Waipapa River Oct 1-Apr 30 Trout: 300mm minimum Trout: 1 Artificial fly, spinner
Wairua River (excluding tributaries) downstream from the confluence of the Waiotu & Whakapapa Rivers All year
Trout: 300mm minimum
Trout: 2 Artificial fly, spinner
Waitangi River and its tributaries 1 Oct-30 April

Trout: 300mm minimum.
Tench or perch: no limit

Trout: 2.
Perch and tench: No limit.

Artificial fly and spinner.
Fishing for perch and tench (coarse fishing) is permitted.
Bait fishing is permitted only when fishing for tench in the Waitangi River.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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