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The Sport Fishing For Youth Trust was established in 2012 by a group of trout fishers who were keen to encourage youth to experience the outdoors and, hopefully, develop a lifelong interest in the outdoors and the environment.

The Trust has established fishing ponds inside the Waimea river berm park at Appleby. These ponds, originally formed by the extraction of gravel, have been adapted and managed to provide a fishing opportunity for youth.


At our ‘fishout’ days we are able to provide equipment and guides to assist your children in their endeavours to catch a fish. However not all are fortunate enough to pull in a trout or salmon. Catch rates vary over the day with between 60% and 90% of the children catching a fish. If you are interested in volunteering as a guide or can provide other assistance please send us a message via the form on the Volunteer page or contact the Trust phone 03 5445556.

The Trust works with Nelson Marlborough Fish and Game who have complimentary programs to assist parents and caregivers and enable them to have the knowledge to take their children fishing. For details of these programs consult their website or contact Fish and Game at 03 5446382 or email


The Trust depends on support and donations from our sponsors and from the public. You can donate for fish to our Bank account 06-0705-0407652-00.