Fish and Game New Zealand’s Eastern Region offers a large range of fishing opportunities for both lake and river fishing. The bush clad Lakes Waikaremoana and Waikareiti in the east provide spectacular boat and shoreline fishing for both brown and rainbow trout in the scenic Te Urewera National Park. The rivers within the park also provide opportunities to target headwater fish and spawning run fish. The Ruakituri River gives anglers a chance to catch world renowned strong trout while the Waiau Rivers offers very high catch rates.
The Bay of Plenty has a large number of spectacular river fisheries from the Waioeka River in the east through the Rangitaiki,Tarawera and Kaituna catchments to the Ngamuwahine River in the west. Lakes like Aniwhenua and Flaxy also add to diverse fishing opportunities.
The Rotorua lakes are the central feature of the region. Shoreline fly fishing and spin fishing can result in very good catch rates while boat fishing over the summer months provides action and fun for the whole family. Most of the Rotorua Lakes lack suitable spawning rivers to sustain fish populations so supplementary stocking of Tarawera-strain trout from the Ngongotaha hatchery maintain the high numbers for anglers.
The Eastern Region offers diverse angler experiences, high catch rates and big fish. Something for everyone!
Information regarding 1080 and other poison applications in the Eastern Region
Whirinaki Catchment October 2015
Free Licence Winners
2016/17 licence winners (Datawatch tagged trout)
Download Fisheries Management Reports:
2015 Opening Day Report, Rotorua Lakes Pdf 335Kb
2014-15 Rotorua Lakes summer surveys report
2013 Lake Waikaremoana Water Quality Monitoring Buoy DRAFT report
2014 Waiotukupuna Stream Fish Trap Monitoring Report, Pdf 1Mb
2014 Opening Day Report, Rotorua Lakes, Pdf 333Kb
2014 Winter Shoreline, Rotorua Lakes, Pdf 547Kb
2013-14 Rotorua Lakes summer surveys report
2013 Opening Day report, Rotorua Lakes Pdf 338Kb
2013 Winter Shoreline, Rotorua Lakes, Pdf 517Kb
2012-13 Lake Waikaremoana summer creel report .pdf 240Kb
2012-13 Rotorua Lakes summer surveys report .pdf 641Kb
2010 Lake Waikaemoana Fishability Study, Genesis Energy
Earlier fisheries management reports can be requested by contacting Matt Osborne, email@example.com
Download forms here:
Tagged Trout Form
Condition Factor Chart
Liberation schedule Ngongotaha hatchery
Fishing Competition Policy & Application Form
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