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.

Blue Salmon and Rainbow Trout from Lake Coleridge – A Genetic Mutation

Blue Salmon and Rainbow Trout from Lake Coleridge – A Genetic Mutation

Blue Salmon and Rainbow Trout By Allan Burgess What are the chances of you catching a blue rainbow trout or…

05/03/2022

Steelhead in New Zealand – To Sea or Not to Sea? Often the Question

Steelhead in New Zealand - To Sea or Not to Sea? The Story of Sea-Run Acclimatised Sports Fish in New…

10/02/2022

Giant Eels and the Search for Monsters – fishing for real leviathans

By Tony Stevens The story begins when my 6ft plus son lost a monumental tug of war, with him at…

06/01/2022

Atlantic Salmon – Salmo salar – A Strange and Tragic Story in NZ

Allan Burgess Atlantic Salmon - Salmo salar - The strange and tragic story of Atlantic salmon in New Zealand by…

19/10/2021

Landlocked Quinnat Salmon – Oncorhynchus tshawytscha – Updated

Landlocked Quinnat salmon fisheries were sustained by artificial stocking Landlocked Quinnat Salmon are no longer released into  South Island lakes…

13/07/2021

Sockeye Salmon – Oncorhynchus nerka – Waitaki River Catchment – Video

Sockeye Salmon - Oncorhynchus nerka - only landlocked stocks are found in New Zealand by Allan Burgess Most New Zealand…

06/07/2021

Perch – Perca fluviatilis – Redfin Perch Introduced freshwater fish

Perch - Perca fluviatilis - introduced freshwater fish Perch are a European freshwater fish species first introduced into New Zealand…

05/06/2021

Rudd – Coarse Fish Species – New Zealand Freshwater Fishes

Rudd - Scardinius erythophthalmus One of the species of coarse fish that we target here in Canterbury is the much-maligned…

02/06/2021

Brook Trout or Brook Char – Salvelinus-fontinalis – Small Populations

Brook Trout - Salvelinus-fontinalis The brook char or brook trout - Salvelinus fontinalis, was first introduced into New Zealand in 1877.…

05/09/2018

Quinnat Salmon – Oncorhynchus-tshawytscha – introduced by 1905

Also called King, Chinook and Quinnat Salmon Also known as King salmon and Chinook salmon, this species was successfully introduced…

19/05/2018