The Methven area falls within Fish & Game New Zealand’s Central South Island region. Our high country lakes, braided rivers, backcountry streams and spring creeks offer some of New Zealand’s best fishing spots. Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout and Salmon can be found in the area and a variety of fishing methods can be used to catch them.
The majority of the best fishing spots around the Methven area can easily be accessed by car. There are some fantastic remote high country fishing spots that do require 4WD access followed by a bit of a walk – theses areas get less fishing pressure than others so often provide the best fishing.
The open season for waters of the Central South Island Region is from 1 October to 30 April, but there are many exceptions or closed season periods you will need to be aware of. Open season information can be viewed in Fish & Game NZ’s South Island Sports Fishing Regulation brochure, which also includes information on catch limits, licensing laws and fishing methods. Fishing in New Zealand is administered by local Fish & Game departments.