Rakaia Salmon Fishing Competition

Rakaia River Fishing Promotions have been running a salmon fishing competition since 1983 which makes us the most successful fresh water fishing competition and the only salmon fishing competition in New Zealand

The 2018 Fishing Comp will be held on the 23rd, 24th, & 25th February 2018.


The competition has grown from something that was very competitive to something that is more participative. This means that you do not need to be the best fisherman to win a prize just participating is enough and our aim is for all to enjoy themselves regardless of ability. The major prize is in fact a draw among all the competitors all you have to do is be present to claim it at the prizegiving.

2017 Prize Winners.



The original intention

Originally the intention of the local businesses that were the instigators was to promote and grow their businesses, but over time our focus has moved to helping defend our precious river and its fishery from demise. There are numerous threats such as intensified agriculture, human and natural interference in the ocean environment and climate change. Some we can do something about others not – but we have to try.

President’s Message 2016

Well it’s that time again, another fishing season is upon us. The 2015 – 2016 season so far is looking good so it’s also time to start looking forward to the 2016 Rakaia Fishing Competition and with all the sponsor on board again it’s shaping up to be a great weekend of fishing.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsor and would ask you to please support them in any way you can.