Lake Kuratau Trout Fishing
provides wilderness fishing close to but quite different from Lake
Taupo. It is a great place to get away from the crowds to fish for
a very high population of fish.
and brown trout
small man-made lake that now offers wilderness quality fishing west
of Lake Taupo.
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The fish in
Lake Kuratau are numerous but they do not tend to reach the size
or condition as those in Lake Taupo or Lake Otamangakau. They are
dependant on insects for food, and the best fishing coincides with
increased insect activity over summer when the trout tend to rise
very freely. The trout feed avidly throughout the season making
it an exciting fishery where large numbers of fish can be caught.
In some years, large numbers of cicadas are blown onto the lakes
in late January and early February stimulating some great dry fly
As there is limited shoreline access, Kuratau
is best flyfished from a boat or float tube using a floating line
and small nymphs, or stalking and casting to cruising brown trout
around the lake edge.
The water has a slightly stained colour from
the vegetation that was drowned when the lake was formed.
Lake Kuratau contains no introduced aquatic plants,
and it is essential anglers carefully check their boats and trailers
for any weed fragments before launching.
|Fish numbers and size
The fish in Lake Kuratau are smaller
and not as good condition as those in the nearby Lake
Otamangakau but there are many more of them.
||At Kuratau Junction, turn of SH 41
onto SH 32 and then take the Kuratau Hydro road which leads to the
lake and the only boat ramp. See the Lake Kuratau access
A 6 weight rod.
A weight-forward or double taper floating or intermediate line.
A 4 metre leader of 2.5 kg monfilament.
A spinning rod with 6lb line.
Either a bubble float and suspended fly or dark bladed spinners.
Hare and Copper,
Tail and green caddis
patterns in sizes 12 to 16
Dry flies: Daddy
Long Legs and Coch-y-Bondu.
cicada patterns and
Night time: Black
Night Time, Fuzzy
Day time: Use flies such as Woolly
Bugger, Red Setter
, Dollfly, Grey
Ghost, Taupo Tigers,
Rabbit patterns and
down to size 6.
the upper Kuratau River and the Mangaongoki Stream
fishery area regulation summary
|| 1 Oct-30 June
Fly and spinner.
Boat fishing is permitted
|Size limit (cm)
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