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Seeking Campsites with fishing access

Printed From: The Fishing Website
Category: Destinations
Forum Name: Northland
Forum Description: Northland destination info, advice, fishing spots, hints and tips here
Printed Date: 25 Apr 2024 at 8:04am

Topic: Seeking Campsites with fishing access
Posted By: Haveflywilltravel
Subject: Seeking Campsites with fishing access
Date Posted: 10 Jan 2024 at 8:59am
My wife & I will be visiting (mainly Northland) in March '24 and are looking for recommendations for campsites with walking access to fishing. I like to fish first and last light and will leave her to sleep in the campervan. I am looking for trout or coarse fishing between Aukland and maybe Cambridge for a few days. Then we head North for a couple of weeks. Trout fishing would be great to find in Northland but I am open to sea fishing from rocks or wharves etc. Thanks

Posted By: MB
Date Posted: 10 Jan 2024 at 9:43am
Northland is by far the worst region for trout fishing in the whole country, made worse by the loss of Kai Iwi Lakes thanks to a decision by Kaipara District Council. There are a few options which are described on the F&G website, but saltwater fishing is a better option. 

Posted By: Reel Deal
Date Posted: 10 Jan 2024 at 7:21pm
Yip what MB said. Northland does have some pretty special wharf and rock fishing. You might want to get a 10kg-15kg travel rod and reel. Shimano has some good options that pack into your suitcase.

The gods do not subtract from the allotted span of men's lives the hours spent on fishing - Assyrian Proverb

Posted By: Haveflywilltravel
Date Posted: 11 Jan 2024 at 5:44am
Thanks guys. I will be bringing a rod suitable for rock fishing. What happened at Kai Iwi lakes? it was on my shortlist.

Posted By: MB
Date Posted: 11 Jan 2024 at 9:53am

Posted By: Haveflywilltravel
Date Posted: 11 Jan 2024 at 12:32pm
Wow. It's sad to lose a fishery. On the other hand I live in an area in Canada where my local lake has a complete ban because of an endangered stickleback. (A small minnow like fish) so I do understand. 
As of today would the Kai Iwi lakes be worth fishing at all? I don't need to catch lots of fish, just need beautiful natural surroundings with at least a chance of a catch

Posted By: MB
Date Posted: 11 Jan 2024 at 1:27pm
I don't think so, any remaining trout would have likely died of old age and there are no other species in the lakes of interest to the sports fisherman, unless huge eels are your thing.

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