If you are just getting into trout fishing, you are in the right place. The information contained in this section of the website outlines the basics of trout fishing in Southland.

Apply these basics and you will be catching trout in no time!

When first starting out, we recommend that anglers try bait and/or spin fishing.

These simple methods are the easiest to manage and should have you catching the soonest.


The following series of videos have been made and collated here specifically for Southland’s beginner anglers who are looking for a bit of guidance as they start their trout fishing journey.

Basic spin fishing equipment

if you have just started trout fishing you may be wondering what equipment you need. This quick video lays out the basic equipment you will need for successful spin fishing. 


Choosing the right fishing lures

Choosing the correct lures, especially an appropriately sized lure is important for success. This video outlines a few of the ‘must have’ trout fishing lures for use in Southland. 


Bait fishing basics

Bait fishing is a great option for beginner anglers, especially youngsters because there is not too much casting involved. If you follow the tips in this video, you will have a very good chance of success. 


Spin fishing basics

If you are only going to watch one video, then this should be it. In this video, we share the fundamental basics for successful trout fishing with lures. 


Soft bait fishing basics

Soft bait fishing is a very effective and fun way to catch trout. However, there is a bit of technique involved. Watch this video if want to know the basics on how to fish for trout with soft baits.  


Tips for fishing the lower Mataura River

The lower Mataura River between Fortrose and Gore is a great spot for fishing. There are heaps of access points and many of them are signposted. Check out this video for a few quick tips and ideas. 


Tips for fishing the mid-Oreti River

The mid-reach of the Oreti River between Winton and Mossburn is a great spot for fishing. Check out this video for a few quick tips and access ideas.

If you would like any further guidance or specifics, please don’t hesitate to pop into the Southland Fish & Game office, or contact us at 03 215 9117 or southland@fishandgame.org.nz or, message us on Facebook.