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The Association has been involved in fish out days in conjunction with Eastern Region Fish & Game for a number of years. Children aged from 6 to 14 years-old are able to catch a rainbow trout at Fish & Game's specially designed fish-out pond at its Ngongataha hatchery, 1130 Paradise Valley Road, Rotorua.

Our last event for 2023 was 5 November. The weather was kind this year and a total of around 800 children got to experience the thrill of catching a rainbow trout. 


Children pay $5 for a special fishing licence and all fishing equipment is supplied by Kilwell, Rotorua. Please bring $5 cash as there is no eftpos machine. Children learn to cast, catch their own fish, after which the fish is weighed. Fish can be filleted on site. Refreshments are available on the day. Our members take a lunch-break of 1 hour at midday.

Mark Sherburn of Fish & Game says "for many children, this will be their first trout fishing experience and with expert tuition from members of the Rotorua Anglers Association, they’re guaranteed to catch a trout that can be taken home for dinner. These events really are a wonderful experience for young children. For most of the children it's their first fish. It's very exciting and leaves them on a real high, grinning from ear to ear".

Below are some photos and videos from past events. 


The first event for 2024 will be early August & bookings will open in July.

Pre-booking is required through the Fish and Game website to guarantee a spot at this popular event.

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