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Fiordland has fishing opportunities to suit all abilities, ranging from Lake Henry in Ivon Wilson Park, which is specially stocked for children, through to wilderness fly fishing. Local guides offer the finest knowledge including advice on the best locations and techniques to successfully fish local sites.

The fishery of Lakes Te Anau & Manapouri are dominated by brown trout, however, the catchability of the rainbow ensures it is taken almost as readily. The size of trout caught in these lakes varies between 1-3kg.

All anglers wishing to fish in the Fiordland National Park rivers should contact the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre in Te Anau (ph +64 3 249 7921) or the Te Anau Fish & Game Office (+64 3 249 8249) for further information. The Fish & Game website will also provide further information - go to the Southland Region. 
All anglers must have a current sports fishing licence to fish and these are easily available from sports stores, dairies, garages, Fish & Game and DOC offices, or can be ordered online.

Anglers should note that due to the threat of the invasive algae Didymosphenia geminata (DIDYMO) restrictions and conditions exist on fishing in the rivers of the Fiordland National Park. For further information please visit www.biosecurity.govt.nz/didymo

Local guides offer the finest knowledge including advice on the best locations and techniques to successfully fish local sites. See below for guided fishing operators.

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