Rainbow trout were first released into the Kai Iwi Lakes in 1968.

Fingerlings were initially released into Lakes Taharoa and Waikare. The Lakes offer excellent trout fishing conditions. Trout weighing up to 4kg have been caught.

The lake fisheries are managed by the Northland Fish and Game Council. Each year the NF&GC releases 2,000 trout fingerlings into the lakes. All persons fishing at the lakes are required to hold licenses, these can be obtained from licensed agents and sports shops in Dargaville.

  • No more than three trout may be taken by any one person in a day.
  • All trout taken are to exceed 300mm in length.

In August 2011 the Fish and Game Council has reported that the fish stock health and quality is the very best it has been over the last 15 years.




Online requests 

Kaipara District Council
0800 727 059 (24 Hours)
Phone: +64 9 439 7059


Office hours: 8 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday

Address: 42 Hokianga Road, Dargaville 0310
Address: Unit 6, The Hub, 6 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai 0505

Mail: Private Bag 1001, Dargaville 0340


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