The Fishing Seasons in Niue
When is the best time to fish in Niue? Well, with warm waters and mostly glorious weather year-round on this tropical island, there’s never really a bad time to head out with one of the local fishing charters to reel in some Pacific whoppers. However, if you are targeting specific game species, like mahimahi, yellowfin tuna or wahoo, then there are certainly better times than others to head to Niue. Find out more about the best time for fishing in Niue in the guide below.
Quick Tips for Fishing in Niue
- The charter policy in Niue is that the catch stays with the boat. However, some charters will cut a piece of the catch for you to cook up at your accommodation, while others will deliver your catch to local restaurants for you to try professionally prepared
- Niue has tight fishing regulations where visitors can only fish from Sir Robert’s Wharf in Alofi or with a licensed fishing charter
- All of Niue’s fishing charters provide equipment for trolling, jigging and casting. However, you’ll have to bring your own equipment for spearfishing
- Niue’s fishing charters are very similar in what they offer, but you can learn how to compare them in How to Choose the Best Fishing Tour in Niue.
For more fishing advice for The Rock of the Pacific, see the 10 Fishing Tips for Niue.
The Seasons in Niue
So if fishing is good in Niue year-round, what is the climate like in Niue? Niue has two distinct seasons, winter or the dry season and summer or the wet season.
The winter season is between May and October, which is also known as the dry season. Temperatures are typically 21-27°C (70-81°F), with the rainfall being 90-160mm (3.5-6.3″) per month. The sea temperatures are usually around 25°C / 77°F.
The summer season is between November and April, which is also known as the wet season. Temperatures are typically 22-29°C (72-84°F) and Niue experiences more frequent rainfall of 156-300mm (6.1-11.8″) per month. The sea temperature is warmer at 28°C / 82°F.
In short, either season provides many good fishing days, but perhaps a little less so in summer when sea conditions can sometimes get rougher and less appealing for fishing. However, with both seasons attracting different fish to Niue’s waters, the only real reason you might want to choose a particular season is to target a particular game fish species.
For more information on the weather and climate in Niue month-by-month, see What is the Weather Like in Niue?
The Game Fishing Seasons in Niue
While most game species can be caught year-round in Niue, some seasons are better for catching some species than others. The peak fishing season for fishing particular fish species in Niue are as follows:
- Wahoo – Winter
- Mahimahi – Only winter
- Yellowfin Tuna – Summer
- Skipjack Tuna – Fringes of summer
- Marlin – Fringes of summer
- Sailfish – Fringes of summer
- Dogtooth Tuna – Summer
Find out more about the most popular game species to target in Niue in What Types of Fish Can You Fish For in Niue?
The Best Game Fish to Catch Year-Round in Niue
Although many of the game fish species listed above have a peak season for fishing, they can actually be found in Niue’s waters year-round, which is what makes a fishing trip in Niue so exciting as you never know what you’re going to get.
The only species you’re not going to find year-round in Niue is mahimahi. Mahimahi is very seasonal and is only available to catch in Niue’s cooler waters in winter.
While marlin is in Niue’s waters year-round it’s incredibly hard to catch them unless in the peak season (the fringes of summer).
The Kaloama/Goatfish Season
While not falling into the game species category, the kaloama season is an exciting time to be in Niue when goatfish spawn in Niue’s waters. Locals hit the shores with their fishing rods picking out the juvenile Goatfish one at a time as part of a cultural tradition. The kaloama season is typically for a couple of weeks in February or March but changes yearly. See What You Need to Know About the Kaloama/Goatfish Season in Niue for more information.
Visitors will find many of Niue’s sea tracks closed during the kaloama season, but fishermen eager on trying some kaloama for themselves should ask the advice of the local fishing charters or make friends with some locals who can take them fishing, as each village has its own reef and fishing grounds (it’s illegal to just cast a line off the rocks if you’re a visitor).
A good place to make friends is down at Sir Robert’s Wharf in Alofi, which is the only place on the island that it’s legal for anyone to cast a line from shore. You usually find a group of enthusiastic locals there who might take you kaloama fishing.
To learn more about charter fishing, see the 10 Best Fishing Charters in Niue.