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Eastern Region Fishing

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

Toxin Factsheet
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, 

Download forms here:

Tagged Trout Form
Condition Factor Chart
Liberation schedule Ngongotaha hatchery
Fishing Competition Policy & Application Form


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Eastern Region fishing News

Eastern Reel Life Feb 2017

Lake Rotoiti has been one of the top performers so far this summer, serving up some “solid” catches.


Maraetai Dam headrace fishing access closure

Mercury power generators have advised that a small fishing access location at the Maraetai dam headrace which is across private property, has been closed to public access due to risk factors including a steep bank, small rocky ledge with trip and slip hazards and deep and strong currents which ca


'Solid fish’ from Lake Rotorua in spite of the weather

When anglers manage to get out in the tricky weather conditions, Lake Rotorua’s producing some “top notch” trout.


Eastern Reel Life Jan 2017

Lake Rotorua’s shoreline fishery has been slow to get underway this summer due to cooler and windier than normal conditions.