Fishing Classic

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On Labour weekend (last weekend in October) there is the annual Te Anau Manapouri Fishing Classic. All fish must be caught in the Lakes Manapouri & Te Anau and the Upper Waiau and there are prizes for rainbow trout, brown trout, and salmon. The prizes are amazing; with a prize pool often more than $40,000. 

There is also a children's event. The Fish Jet Take a Kid Fishing is a competition for kids under the age of 12 happening in Te Anau on the same weekend as the Fishing Classic, on the Saturday. It's a great opportunity to introduce children to fishing and there are some great prizes. The entrants receive a goodie pack at registration. The competition is run at local lakes in and around Te Anau which are specially stocked with fish and there is no need for a boat. Experienced anglers are on hand to help the kids.

To find out more, go to the Te Anau Events website.

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Fishing licences and didymo prevention

Remember to get your fishing licence! You can buy it online at the Fish & Game website or at registration. Also, take care not to spread the invasive algae didymo. For advice on preventing didymo spread, go to our fishing page.