Whitebaiting starts on Thursday 15 August 2019, and it looks like there’s a decent stretch of river for it. This year too, the all-purpose entrance off Manga Pirau Street is in excellent condition for vehicles.
Remember to check the whitebait regulations.
Also, whitebait are in decline — we are losing more of them each year, but you can help:
- Follow the whitebait fishing regulations.
- Keep your catch small and only take what you need.
- Release species that are not whitebait.
Inanga are the most common and smallest of the whitebait species, but they are declining.
Inanga have an unusual lifecycle. They begin life as eggs laid in vegetation beside streams in late summer and autumn. When the eggs hatch, they are carried downstream as larvae and spend the next six months at sea. In the spring they migrate upstream as whitebait and grow into adult fish.
You can pick out inanga from the mix of whitebait in a catch by their tiny, black mouths. They also have spots along their bodies and in front of the dorsal fin on their backs. Inanga have slim bodies and are often longer than other species in whitebait.