Otago-Southland-West Coast

The southern part of the South Island is a popular destination for fresh water fishing with a number of lakes and rivers to choose from.

The large Waitaki river has abundant salmon runs, and the smaller rivers and high country lakes are habitat to significant brown and rainbow trout fisheries. Hydro lakes and canals are home to massive trout which feed in close proximity to the prolific salmon farms.

Saltwater fishing for blue cod and hapuku is also a great option. Pacific bluefin tuna are a target species in the winter months off the West Coast. Fish up to 300kg have been caught by recreational boats.

Exploring Tuapeka West
May 2021

Greg Morton took a trip to Tuapeka West to fish a new section of the Clutha Rive... Read More >

Fishing the Teviot River
March 2021

Greg Morton had heard rumours about the small, colourful Treviot River trout, bu... Read More >

Fabulous Fiordland
February 2021

Grant Blair recently went on a trip to Fiordland and it exceeded his already hig... Read More >

Planning A Troutfishing Roadtrip
March 2020

Planning a fishing trip takes some thought but using technology such as Google m... Read More >

Diving in Fiordland
February 2020

Fiordland is one of those exceptional places that is often raved about but remai... Read More >

Destination review: Pounawea estuary
January 2020

The Catlins region of Otago is a beautiful, though wild, place. It has a fascina... Read More >

Pure salt Charters
August 2019

Having been lucky enough to experience the raw beauty and ceaseless bounties of ... Read More >

Fishing the Poolburn Dam in Central Otago
March 2019

Some fishing locations are more than just a place to go fishing. Greg Morton sha... Read More >

Cromwell and Lake Dunstan
February 2019

The Central Otago town of Cromwell was once described as a sleepy hollow –... Read More >

Mackenzie Country canals
January 2019

Writer Mark Kitteridge headed down to Twizel in search of his first-ever salmon ... Read More >

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