Otago-Southland-West Coast

Fishing in Southern New Zealand - Otago, Southland, West Coast, and Fiordland

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.

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Milford Sound Southern Bluefin Tuna
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South Island West Coast Fishing
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Trout Fishing in The Mackenzie Country Canals
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On a recent trip to the Mackenzie Country canals, Mark Kitteridge learnt a few important lessons the hard way. Thankfully, after receiving a rapid rundown of... Read More >

Troutfishing Options From Twizel
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The trophy trout are just one of many things Mainland contributor Peter Langlands loves about Twizel. He shares a few tips for any anglers lucky enough... Read More >

Shallow Water Maniototo Angling
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There is no hesitation for Greg Morton in suggesting he prefers shallow freshwater fishing over the deeper runs. He feels every cast thrown in skinny water... Read More >

Targeting Tekapo Canal Trophies
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Everyone knows there are monsters lurking in the Mackenzie Country canals, but as many a travelling angler can confirm, hooking them is never straightforward. Jacob Willets... Read More >

Winter Fishing in the Alps
August 2021

The Southern Alps are a defining part of our island nation. Spanning the entire length of the South Island, the alps, valleys and basins have a... Read More >

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