The Ultimate "Big Fish" Salmon Fishing Experience!
Have you ever wanted to catch your own salmon, but thought it would be too hard? Now you can experience catching a beautiful glacial mountain salmon with no hassles at all! No experience required, no gear required, and suitable for all ages!
High Country Salmon is now offering an amazing "Catch-A-Fish" salmon fishing experience at our farm near Twizel in the Mackenzie District. All you have to do is book online at a time convenient to you, then turn up and catch yourself a glacial mountain salmon!
To take a look at our full information sheet, click here!
To book a time for our "Catch-A-Fish" experience, click here!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How much does it cost?
A: There is a $15 deposit to pay when you book online - this is discounted from the cost of your salmon at the end of the experience. There is a $5 equipment hire charge, and you pay for the weight of the salmon you catch at $30 per kg. For example, the total cost of the experience and the salmon when you catch a 2.5kg fish would be $80.00
Q: Can I bring my own fishing rod?
A: No, due to biosecurity issues we can't allow rods that have been used in other locations.
Q: How old do you have to be?
A: Any age! Children 12 years and under must be supervised by an adult.
Q: If I catch a salmon and don't want it, can I put it back?
A: No you can't - you have to purchase what you catch. We have a "no catch and release" policy. This is due to the potential stress and damage to the salmon.
Q: How big are the salmon I can catch:
A: The pen has salmon that range from 2.0kg to 3.0kg. This size is significantly larger than other operators, so you can get to feel what it is like to reel in a big fish! The average size of salmon caught is displayed in our cafe.
Q: More than one person in my group wants to catch a fish. Can we do this at the same time?
A: No. Unfortunately our Catch-A-Fish area is only big enough for one line/rod at a time. If you want two people to fish and to catch two fish, you will need to book two consecutive time slots.
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: We recommend bringing some warm clothes and a rain jacket in case of bad weather. You can also bring a chilly bin to take your salmon home in if you would like.
Q: What happens once I've caught a fish?
A: Once you have landed your salmon, one of our staff will remove it from the hook for you and humanely kill it. They will then weigh the salmon (and record the weight) then clean it by removing the gills and guts. The salmon will then be taken cafe/fish shop for pickup and payment. We will pack your salmon in a box with ice to keep it cool.
Q: I've booked online and paid my deposit, but now I can't go. Can I get my deposit back?
A: We will refund your deposit if you cancel more than 48 hours before your booking time. To do this please email our team (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone 0800 400 385 / 021 400 385.
Q: I have my whole family with me - can they watch?
A: Of course! The area where you catch the salmon is next to our floating deck, and there is a landscaped area with picnic tables where your family can watch the action from.
Q: What days and times can I do this?
A: Our Catch-A-Fish runs from 9am until 4pm every day except Christmas Day (from November 2nd).
Q: Do I need to book?
A: We recommend that you book so that you can choose the time that suits you. You can book online up to 2 weeks in advance. We will accept walk-in bookings but we can't guarantee that spots are available.
Q: Can I get my salmon filleted, and can you cook it for me?
A: Filleting and vacuum packing is available for and extra $10 per fish. We can't cook it for you but in the future we hope to also have some wine-barrel smokers you can hire so you can cook your salmon on the spot - keep an eye out here, and on our Facebook page for updates.