Taranaki Kids’ Trout Fishing Events

Take your kid fishing!  

To introduce kids to trout fishing, Taranaki Fish & Game holds a series of ‘kids’ fish out’ events where children can fish under expert supervision for rainbow trout released into a netted-off area of lake or river.

This year’s ‘take a kid trout fishing’ events will be held on Saturday, October 28 at two local lakes - Opunake Lake and at Lake Rotomanu in New Plymouth.


This event is run by the Opunake Surfcasting & Angling Club in conjunction with Fish & Game NZ, Elite Farm Solutions, RD1/Farm Source, More FM, 4Square 45 and Collins Sports Centre.

Two hundred and fifty trout will be corralled in a holding net at the top end of Opunake Lake and children will be able to fish for them with help from local anglers.

Opunake Hydro will ensure the lake level is held steady for the event, which will run from 9.15am to 1.45pm on the Saturday, with all fishing gear supplied.

 To reduce waiting times, please book a 15-minute time slot at Collins Sports Centre in Tasman Street Opunake (06 761 8778). The angling club requests a $2 donation per child, with the proceeds put towards spot prizes.DSCF2450

Lake Rotomanu 

This event is run by the Inglewood Rod, Gun & Recreation Club.

Kids will be able to fish for 250 good-sized rainbow trout corralled in a holding net.

All fishing gear will be supplied, but any donations of worms for bait will be gratefully received.

To reduce waiting times, again please book a 15 minute time-slot by visiting or phoning the Taranaki Hunting & Fishing store in Ocean View Parade, Moturoa (06-757 2255). 


While everyone needs a licence to fish for trout (and perch), Fish & Game issues an authority that allows kids to fish for free during the fish outs.DSCF2460

At the end of each event, the nets are removed and anglers who hold a current licence can target the remaining trout.

Whole Season licences are free to kids under 12 on October 1, and cost only $25 for 12-17 year-olds. One Day (24hr) licences for this age group are just $5.

 Fish & Game NZ is a non-profit organisation and all licence fee income goes back into managing the resource.


Fish & Game Officer Allen Stancliff

Tel: 027-263 9152


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