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Fishing in Auckland / Waikato

The Auckland/Waikato Region offers a wide diversity of fishing opportunities with many lake and river fisheries. Seven lakes within one hour of Auckland City are regularly stocked with trout, and wild trout are abundant in the Mangatawhiri and Mangatangi reservoirs. Moreover there is good trout fishing in the Coromandel Ranges with most rivers having easy access and high scenic values.

Further south there are numerous spring-fed trout streams in the South Waikato, and many backcountry fisheries throughout the King Country including the headwaters of the Waipa, Whanganui, Whakapapa, and Awakino Rivers. The Waikato River has an abundant brown trout population, and the hydro-lakes provide excellent lake fishing. Coarse fisheries are present in most lakes north of Hamilton, including Lake Pupuke and Hamilton Lake. Good coarse fishing is also available in the lower Waikato and Whangamarino Rivers.

A great range of brochures providing in depth information about Auckland / Waikato fisheries and access are available for download on our local fishing location and access page.

If you catch a tagged fish, please contact the regional Fish & Game office.

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Auckland / Waikato fishing News

Auckland / Waikato Reel Life Jan 2017

Fish & Game staff were recently on the Whakapapa and Whanganui Rivers monitoring water quality and witnessed some amazing hatches in the late evening, and heard cicada sounding off all day.


Auckland / Waikato Reel Life Dec 2016

‘Magic temperature’ reached – time to fish Waipa waterways

The Waikato River recently reached 19°C marking the start of the summer migration period for Waikato and Waipa trout.


Auckland / Waikato Reel Life NOV 2016

The best reports have been coming from Lake Arapuni where some nice hatchery fish have been caught recently.


Auckland / Waikato Reel Life Oct 2016

Many of us were safe at home on opening weekend this year due to torrential rains, but now it’s time to get out there!