fishing in lake wakatipu queenstown new zealand

Fishing in Lake Wakatipu. Image @aldenwilliams on Instagram.

Fishing in Lake Wakatipu. Image @aldenwilliams on Instagram.

With spring in full swing keen anglers are enjoying warming temperature as they explore the numerous lakes and rivers already open around the Queenstown.

These backcountry gems include the infamous Greenstone, Caples and Nevis Rivers which lure fly fishing enthusiasts from around the globe to try their luck at landing one of the South Island’s elusive monster brown trout that can easily exceed 10 pounds.

Fishing in Queenstown's Kawarau River

Fishing in Queenstown's Kawarau River

Fishing in Queenstown's Kawarau River

For shorter excursions anglers can try their luck on one of the Wakatipu Basin’s waterways, including Lake Wakatipu, Lake Johnston, Lake Kirkpatrick, Moke Lake, the Arrow River and the Kawarau River. All of these provide the chance at catching brown and rainbow trout as well as the occasional salmon.

To ensure you are making the most of your time on the water in Queenstown there are many local fishing guides and tours available.

Brown Trout, Queenstown

To gain access to Otago’s backcountry fisheries angler’s need to obtain a backcountry endorsement as well as hold a valid full season fishing licence.

For those visiting the area for the first time or on a short trip one, three- and nine-day licences are also available which enables visitors to enjoy local spots.