Fishing access boosted for Otago anglers

Photography by: Steve Dixon, Fish & Game Otago


Anglers will have more access to fishing spots along New Zealand’s fourth-largest river next fishing season.

This winter, Otago Fish & Game has been checking and renewing access signs on the Taieri River, from Taieri Mouth to the upper Maniototo.

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Six new access points had been secured in the Strath Taieri area.

Fish & Game officer Steve Dixon said it had been rewarding to meet farmers and landowners along the river and negotiate more angler access.

"We are grateful for their support and this will encourage people to get outdoors and stay active through sports-fishing next season," he said.

The Taieri River has about 35 angler access points. Seventeen are signposted, 11 are bridge-access points and the rest are from walking/cycling tracks.

Fish & Game said it is working to increase this number even further.

Most of the Taieri River is closed to fishing until October 1, due to trout spawning. However, the river is open year-round to fishing downstream of the confluence with Silver Stream.

Fish & Game will release a new map of Taieri River access points before the opening of the 2022-23 fishing season.

Anglers are reminded to respect private property and leave gates as they find them.

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