Is recreational fishing permitted in Te Waihora?

Te Waihora is appreciated as a high-quality recreational area. Permitted activities include bird watching, game bird shooting and fishing. Parts of the lake are also used for water sports such as water skiing, power boating, jet skiing, wind and kite surfing and kayaking.

Recreational fishing in Te Waihora and its tributaries includes the fishing of brown trout, flounder, tuna (eel), coarse fish species such as perch, and whitebaiting when the lake is open to the sea. Good numbers of sea-run trout are present when the lake is open to the sea and brown trout fishing in the lower reaches and at the mouths of inflowing streams can be excellent.

Recreational fishing also encompasses some customary fishing. Where customary catches are within recreational bag limits or regulations and therefore do not require a customary permit, they are managed as recreation.

Some of the primary lake locations currently used by recreational fishers include the lower reaches of the Selwyn River, the mouth of Harts Creek, Halswell River and canal mouth, Irwell River, the lower reaches and mouth of Kaituna River, the lake opening area and various other lake areas for tuna, flounder, mullet and whitebait. These rivers contain very large fish.