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Fishing and angling

Anglers must hold a current licence for the Taupō fishing district, administered by the Department of Conservation.

Licences issued for other fishing districts (even Rotorua) are not valid at Taupō.

Licences are available for purchase online or from retailers and service stations in the region.

Anglers must know the trout fishing regulations, especially which fishing methods are prohibited, closed waters and seasons, and catch and size limits.

Find out about buying a licence, regulations, maps and access on the Department of Conservation website.