|Fish type, number and
trout averaging around 1 to 1.5 kg, in good numbers and generally
||Lake Waikareiti is a remote
lake situated north east of Lake Waikaremoana within the Urewera
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|| The Department of Conservation
have small boats at the lake that can be hired on the visitor
centre at Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre on Lake Waikaremoana
||Lake Waikareiti is a beautiful
pristine clear water lake set amongst virgin native forest within
the Urewera National Park. Its very remoteness makes it a pleasure
to fish. It is however a reasonably difficult lake to fish as
a deep drop off is often quite close to the shoreline and the
banks are often covered with overhanging vegetation. The water
is clear and cold with an abundance of food and so is able to
sustain a good population of rainbow trout that average over
1 kg. While the fish may be smaller than some of the other lakes
nearby, they are a generally in excellent condition. And they
are certainly very feisty fighters.
Access is not easy and though there is some shoreline fishing
opportunities, this lake is best to fish from the small row
boats supplied by the Department of Conservation. There is shoreline
access at White Bull Bay and at Sandy Bay that can be reached
along a track which follows the shore to the top end of lake.
The only way to fish Lake Waikareiti successfully is deep trolling from one of the row boats using led line with a black Toby spinner. Best spots are the drop off just out from the day shelter, between the two main islands and the drop off coming into sandy bay.
Many times I have caught my limit on a black Toby and then experimented with other lures to full the rest of the day in with little or no success. Grant Bambry
||A well maintained track that
starts at the Aniwaniwa DoC Headquarters is the only way to
reach this lake and generally takes about one hour to walk.
It is a very attractive walk however as it passes through native
||Both fly and spinner are legal
though the best results are generally from fly fishing or from
harling a fly close to the lake's shoreline.
||Rods of around 9 feet with either
a floating or sinking line depending on the fishing option chosen.
During the day most fish are taken deep a floating line can
be useful when harling or fishing during the evening.
Weighted nymphs such as Hare
and Copper or Pheasants
Tail fished over the drop off can be effective.
Waikareiti is not noted as a dry fly lake although during
the height of summer Cicada,
can be effective when cast near the overhanging vegetation.
Wet flies / Streamers:
The most effective fly patterns are those that imitate the
smelt population. These include Dorothy's,
patterns, particularly yellow or green, and Jack
Spratt. Patterns such as Mrs
Simpson or Hamill
's Killer that imitate a bully pattern can also be effective.
During the night or in dark overcast conditions use darker
patterns such as Scotch
Night-time or Black
can be effective when either trolling or casting from the
shore or a boat.
||There are no tributaries of
|| Lake Waikareiti
Downriggers, paravanes and metal or lead
core lines are prohibitied in Lake Waikareiti (but the use
of weights such as spiral weights are allowed)
|Size limit (cm)