Fish & Game New Zealand’s Central South Island (CSI) region extends from the south bank of the Rakaia River in the north, to Moeraki in the south.

Central South Island
Ashburton Catchment

Central South Island
Rangitata River

Central South Island
Waitaki River

Central South Island
Popular River Fisheries

Lake Benmore
Central South Island
Popular Lake Fisheries

Central South Island
Hydro Canals

With their head waters in the Southern Alps, the Waitaki and the Rangitata are the region’s biggest rivers. These are noted chinook salmon fisheries with fish of 4-8kg and more being regularly reported. The Opihi and Orari River mouths also attract an annual pilgrimage of stalwart salmon anglers although the salmon runs are not as large.

Smaller rivers including the Opihi-Temuka and Ashburton, together with many high country lakes, are habitat for substantial brown and rainbow trout fisheries. Sockeye salmon and brook trout add variety for the keen angler. This region offers some of the country's best high country angling. Without the usual visible trappings of civilisation, fishing in streams or tarns set in open tussock lands and beech forest against a backdrop of the Southern Alps provides a special experience.