Fishing Milford Sound

It is possible to go fishing in Milford Sound – but there are some restrictions. If you’re planning on fishing Milford Sound, read on to make sure you’re well prepared so you’ll have a great day out on the water.

Where can I fish in Milford Sound?

Piopiotahi (Milford Sound) Marine Reserve covers roughly half the area inside the sound, covering the northern coastline from Dale Point to Freshwater Basin. No fishing is allowed within the marine reserve. Check the DOC website for more information on the reserve.

Milford Sound Marine Reserve Map

In addition to the marine reserve, there are restrictions on which fish can be caught elsewhere in the sound. For example, you cannot take blue cod from the internal waters of the sound, but you can catch them from the open sea outside the sound.

What fish will I catch?

The inky depths of Milford Sound are home to a wide variety of fish. Tarakihi and hapuka (also known as grouper) can be found year-round, while you may also find kingfish, tuna and broadbill – depending on your equipment.

Make sure you check the MPI website for the latest information on catch and size limits when fishing Milford Sound.

Practical information

The Milford Sound boat ramp can be accessed via Deepwater Basin Road. This is a left turn off SH94 (Milford Road), just before the airport. The boat ramp at Milford Sound is a concrete dual access ramp with parking available. There are no other facilities available.

If you are planning to drive to Milford Sound towing a boat and trailer, plan your trip carefully. Be mindful of peak traffic times when tour buses and coaches are arriving and leaving as there may be traffic at the Homer Tunnel and other key points along the way.