Category Archives: Freshwater Fishes

This category includes Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Mackinaw Trout, Rainbow Trout. Coarse fish have their own category. You must purchase a Fish & Game New Zealand fishing licence to fish for the following species: Brown trout, Rainbow trout, American brook trout or char, Lake trout or char, Atlantic salmon, Quinnat or chinook salmon, Sockeye salmon, Perch, Tench, Rudd (Auckland/Waikato Fish and Game Region only). Any hybrid of the above species.

Rudd – Coarse Fish Species – New Zealand Freshwater Fishes

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The rudd is a little known coarse fish in New Zealand. It is a most striking colour. The Rudd Scardinius erythophthalmus One of the species of coarse fish that we target here in Canterbury is the much maligned Rudd (Scardinius erythophthalmus). It was first attempted to introduce the fish in 1864 by Mr AM Johnson of Opawa, Christchurch. We believe this More...

by Allan Burgess | Published 4 years ago
Silveries taken as bi-catch in a whitebaiter's net.
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Common Smelt – Retropinna-retropinna – is better known in Canterbury as a silvery

A freshly caught Common Smelt is almost transparent. Smelt or silveries Better known in Canterbury as a silvery, common smelt have a distinct cucumber smell when freshly caught. It measures around 8 to 13cm in More...

Landlocked salmon.
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Big Landlocked Salmon caught in Lake Hawea

Big Landlocked Salmon from Lake Hawea, Otago This landlocked salmon, caught in Canterbury’s Lake Coleridge, would weigh less than a kilogram. It has taken a Nils Master minnow trolled with the aid of a downrigger. Landlocked More...

Macinaw trout featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Friday, November 28th, 2014

Mackinaw Trout or Lake Char – Salvelinus namaycush – Lake Pearson-Canterbury

Home » Freshwater Fishes » Page 2 Mackinaw Trout Mackinaw trout Salvelinus namaycush. This picture is of an 8kg hen fish held at the Wanaka hatchery. You can tell Mackinaw from rainbow and brown trout by the presence More...

Warren Kemp 8kg rainbow trout featured
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Rainbow Trout – Oncorhynchus mykiss – Identification Guide

These are rainbow trout caught in Canterbury’s Lake Selfe. The top fish is a jack trout in spawning colours. The second is a much less colourful hen fish. Note that these fish have spots on their tails whilst More...

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By Allan Burgess On Friday, November 7th, 2014

Brown Trout – Salmo trutta – Identification and Introduction Guide

Large brown trout weighing 3 kg caught at Lake Selfe in the Canterbury high country. Brown Trout Salmo trutta – Colouration, Identification, and Introduction into New Zealand The brown trout has been by far More...