Whitebaiting in the surf near Okarito River mouth, Westland, West Coast
PHOTO: Jo Macpherson | DOC


View whitebaiting regulations and tips. The whitebait fishing season opens on 15 August, except for the West Coast where it opens on 1 September.

There are risks with whitebaiting. Take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of friends, family and yourself when carrying out recreational activities around waterways. 

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