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Licensing and regulations changes: 2017-2018 season

Fish & Game have advised some changes to licencing and to the sportsfishing regulations effective from 1 October 2016

Make sure you check the regulations for the region you are going to fish in the Fish & Game 2016-17 sports fishing regulations booklet that comes with your licence before you head out.

New licence categories

Fish & Game has increased the cost of some licence categories by either $1 odr $2.

No regulations changes in these regions

No changes have been made to the regulations for:

Auckland/Waikato regulations
The following changes have been made to the regulations for the 2017-2018 season.
Use of scented soft baits Scented artificial lures may be used in all waters that are not restricted to flyfishing only. The lure must be retrieved so as to imitate a live bait fish.
Tumai Stream The Tumai Stream which flows into Lake Arapuni has been opened to fish (fly and spin) from 1 Oct to 30 April.
Hydro Lakes The flooded backwaters of the hydro lakes Arapuni, Waipapa, Karapiro and that part of the Waikato river downstream of the Maraetai Dam to upstream of the Karapiro Dam are allowed to be fished.
Taupo regulations
A number of changes have been made on the regulations for the 2017-2018 season.
Taupo region

Taupo region is controlled by the Department of Conservation and has a season that runs from 1 July to 30 June. It requires a seperate licence to all the other regions.

There have been very significant changes to this season's regulations that can be viewed here>>>

Wellington regulations
The following changes have been made to the regulations for the 2017-2018 season.
Otaki River

Downstream of the Tararua Forest Park on the Otaki there is now a 1 fish bag limit. Once you have killed a fish, you must cease fishing for the rest of that day.

Nelson Marlborough regulations
The following changes have been made to the regulations for the 2017-2018 season.
Wairau River The Upper Wairau River (above wash Bridge) has been designated a backcountry river and requires all anglers to obtain a backcountry licence before fishing it.
Matakitaki River The upper Matakitaki River (above Horses Terrace Bridge) has been designated a backcountry river and requires all anglers to obtain a backcountry licence before fishing it.
Argyle Pond and lower canal

The Argyle Pond downstream of where the power lines cross at the head of the lake and the lower hydro canal down to the confluence with the Wairau River are open all year to all methods with a 2 fish bag limit.

Amendment to wording While not changing the actual regulations, the wording of a 1+ bag limit has been clarified to read 2 fish per day (with only 1 fish exceeding 500mm in length)
North Canterbury regulations
The following changes have been made to the regulations for the 2017-2018 season.
Salmon fishing All salmon fishing in any rivers will be closed from May 1 to September 30
Size limit No salmon or trout under 300mm may be kept anywhere in this region
Bag limits During the winter months (May 1 to September 30) there is a zero bag limit for all fish.
The Rakaia, Ashley and Waimakariri rivers The Rakaia, Ashley and Waimakariri rivers upper winter fishing limit has been extended from SH1 to the Western boundary
The Hurunui and Waiau rivers The Hurunui and Waiua rivers will be open from the Western boundary to the river mouths during the winter months
The Cam and Kaiapoi rivers The Cam and Kaiapoi rivers are open for trout fishing until April 30
Lake Monk and Lake Ida No boats or any flotation devices can be used on these lakes.
Lake Forsyth Open all year
Central South Island regulations
The following changes have been made to the regulations for the 2017-2018 season.
Lake Tekapo The fish limit allowed to be taken has incrased to 6 sports fish of which no more than 4 can be salmon and no more than 4 can be trout.
Otago regulations
The following changes have been made to the regulations for the 2017-2018 season.
Lake Mahinerangi Lake Mahinerangi will now have an open season from 1 October – 30 September (i.e. all year).  It was previously closed through the winter from 1 May – 30 September.
Southland regulations
The following changes have been made to the regulations for the 2017-2018 season.
Upper Oreti The upper Oreti and tributaries upstream of Rocky Point is now classified as a backcountry fishery and requires anglers to obtain a back-country licence (free to anglers with a season licence)
Apirma River

The bag limit on the Aparima has been reduced bag limit from 4 fish per day to 2 fish per day in the section from Hamilton Burn confluence to Wreys Bush.

McGregor's Pond McGregors Pond becomes a Junior/Child only fishery with the opening of the fishery coinciding with the “Take a Kid Fishing” event held on 20 - 21 Oct 2017.

 

 

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