rainbow and brown trout
||Lake Ohakuri is a man-made lake
formed in 1961 on the Waikato River. It is a popular lake, especially
for water activities during the summer, but its size and shape
means that there is plenty of space for the angler who wishes
to get away from it all.
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and the section of the Waikato River that enters it provides
excellent fishing throughout the year. While there is some
shoreline access most fishing is done from a boat either through
trolling or anchoring and casting from the boat. Although
the water appears dark, it is generally very clear and clean.
There is a large quantity of aquatic weed within the lake
that can make life difficult for those fishing from the shore.
||Lake Ohakuri is a long narrow,
deep lake with a number of sheltered bays and provides excellent
fishing for a very large population of fish throughout its length.
To gain access to most of the best fishing opportunities requires
a boat and there are several boat ramps open to the public.
While trolling for fish is the most popular method, many anglers
prefer to find a secluded bay and either spin or fly fish from
an anchored boat. Those fishing from the shoreline can find
lake weed a problem. As the trout often shelter and feed around
the weed beds it can also be a nuisance for those trolling.
are three major point of access for those wishing to fish
Lake Ohakuri. The first is at the dam where there is also
a good boat ramp. The second area is up the Whirinaki Arm
and can be reached along the Whirinaki Arm Road where there
is also a good boat ramp. The third area is at the head of
the lake at the thermal resort of Orakei Korako where there
is also a boat ramp.
See the upper Waikato River access
popular method to fish this lake is either harling or trolling.
Spin fishing either from the shore or from a stationary boat
is also very popular and during the summer months there can
be good fly fishing, particularly in the evenings when there
can be reasonably good numbers of trout rising.
The only tributary of real note is the
Whirinaki stream which enters at the end of the Whirinaki
Arm. The lower reaches of the small stream are best reached
using a boat although there is access across farmland to the
middle reaches where there can be good fishing during the
When trolling, especially
during the summer months, it is necessary to get the lure
down to a reasonable depth and this can be done using lead
core line or adding some weight to the line about a metre
above the lure. Those wishing to spin fish will require a
2 metre rod or equivalent and around 3 kg line.
Dam and tail-race
There is excellent fishing below the Ohakuri
Dam before the water flows down a short stretch of river before
entering Lake Atiamuri. This section of the river is best
fished when there is a good flow coming through the dam. The
section is best fished with a spinner or a wet fly.
There is good access to both the true left-hand
and true right-hand banks although both involve a short walk
down from the road.
Weighted nymphs in sizes 12 to 14 and patterns such as Hare
and Copper, Pheasant
Tail and Halfbacks
cast out from a stationary boat and slowly retrieved can be
effective during late spring to early autumn.
Lake Ohakuri is not noted for dry fly fishing but in the evenings
during the warmer summer months trout will rise to take emerging
caddis and may
Wet flies / Streamers:
As the lake holds a reasonable population of smelt, patterns
such as Grey
Glory and any rabbit
pattern can be very effective during the day and Fuzzy
Marabou patterns and Craig's
Night-time during the evenings. Hamill's
Killer and Mrs
Simpson are also very effective when fished around the
most effective spinner pattern is the Tokoroa Chicken. Otherwise
use Black Toby
or dark coloured Tasmanian
Devils or Cobras.
||See also Lake Aratiatia, Lake
Waipapa and the Waikato
||Artificial fly, spinner, bait.
|Size limit (cm)