Fishing in Clutha

Here, fishy fishy! From the recreational fisherperson, to the more devout angler, Clutha District has plenty of options.

With over 25 rivers and streams within an hour or two, we’re known for some of the best fly-fishing in the country. For trout and salmon head to the Clutha, Waipahi, Pomahaka, Tuapeka and Catlins Rivers. The best freshwater fishing spots include Ōwaka, Waitahuna, Tokomairiro, and Leithen Burn Rivers. 

If you want to get off the beaten track and catch some perch, head to Lake Mahinerangi, located above Waipori, or head down to the coast and try your luck surf casting!

Stop in at the Clutha i-SITE Information Centre in Balclutha or the Owaka Four Square Supermarket for your fishing licence, or purchase one online.

For more information about fishing in our district, visit, or

Hunting in Clutha

There are many areas in the Clutha District for hunting a variety of species including deer, pigs, and goats. Check out our list below of scenic reserves, conservation parks and Department of Conservation (DOC) hunting blocks. Ensure you get a hunting permit online or from a DOC office before you head out.

Hunting areas in The Catlins:

Coastal Otago and inland Central Otago hunting areas:

Pomahaka Conservation Area hunting

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