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Groynes Fishing Lakes and Take a Kid Fishing Day

The four Groynes Fishing Lakes are the location for a very popular annual kids' fishing day. The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust has once again generously donated hundreds of salmon which will be released into the lakes

Volunteers show the kids how to catch a salmon and how to clean it and prepare it for cooking. Bring all the family and enjoy a free fun kids fishing day. Adults may assist but are not permitted to fish.

There will be caravans on site with food and drinks for sale plus a raffle with some great prizes.


Groynes Fishing Lakes

Groynes Picnic Grounds

Johns Road



Take a Kid Fishing Day

15 Oct 2017

The event is held wet or fine.


Email takeakidfishingnz@gmail.com

For more information, please contact Trust Chair Dave Denton by email at dmdenton@xtra.co.nz or visit ther TAKF facebook page.


Fishing times are

9 am– 1 pm: 12 years and under

1 pm– 7 pm: 17 years and under (note: anglers will need their own gear)


Skilled anglers from fishing clubs will be there to help at all four lakes. One lake is reserved for children 8 years and under where an expert angler will assist for a limited time, tackle supplied.

The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust is the principal sponsor of Take a Kid Fishing.

Information about this trust and its conservation activities can be viewed at www.isaacconservation.org.nz

The lakes

Top lake No. 1 (Clearwater end) Children 8 years and under. A team of experienced anglers help each individual child for an allotted time. Tackle is provided for this.

Small lake No. 2 Children 8 years and under. Float fishing only. Experienced anglers are present to help if required, but kids may fish on their own for as long as they wish. Own tackle required

Lake No. 3 Children 12 years and under may fish with float or spinning gear. Experienced anglers are present to help if required. Own tackle required.

Eastern Lake No. 4 Children 12 years and under may fish with float or spinning gear. Experienced anglers are present to help if required. Own tackle required.

All junior anglers 17 and under may fish any of the four lakes after 1 p.m.

What to bring
  • Own fishing tackle can be used
  • Limited loan rods are available for the morning
  • Only trout fishing tackle permitted
  • No surf or salmon equipment is permitted
Refreshments Food and drink can be purchased, caravans on site

Free for all children, including the day's fishing licence.

The day is free of charge, but the organisers appreciate you supporting the raffle as it helps fund next year’s outing. Drawn at 1 pm on the day.

  • Children must not be left unattended.
  • Safety rules must be obeyed at all times.
  • You must comply with the the Fish & Game sportsfishing regulations.
Cook your catch

See how to cook your catch - talk to the chef
Phil Keen.

Filleting & cooking demonstrations are held.

Information sheets

2017 information sheet including Map and info for parents/caregivers on arrival

For more information

For more information about the kid's fishing day, contact takeakidfishingnz@gmail.com or visit the TAKF on Facebook




Take a Kid Fishing

Organised by

Kids Fishing Trust

Quaid Campbell, Oliver Morris, Charlotte Morris and Kate Campbell (in background)

Jesse Minchington of Allenvale Special School

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