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Awahou Stream

Important notice: The Awahou stream is now closed to all fishing.
The Awahou is a very cold spring fed stream that flows into Lake Rotorua. As from 1 Oct 2016 it is closed to all fishing. Where the Awahou enters the lake however, there can be superb fishing during the hotter months as the fish congregate in the cooler water flowing from the stream.
Fish type N/A
Situation The Awahou flows into Lake Rotorua just north of the township of Ngongotaha at Awahou. The entire stream from the marker at the mouth where it enters the lake is closed to all fishing.

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The Awahou is a cold stream that is an important habitat for trout during the very hot weather and an important spawning stream for the twin lakes of Rotorua and Rotoiti.

Because if the pressure put on it and the need for the fish to have a place to shelter when the lake water temperature rises in summer and its importance as a winter spwaning water, all fishing is now prohibited in the stream itself.

Fishing is permitted where the Awahou flows into Lake Rotorua.

Access Access to where the stream flows into Lake Rotorua is available at a car park near the moutn of the Awahou Stream. As this car park is on private Maori land (and generously provided by the local iwi) we request that anglers respect this and keep to the path when approaching the lake to fish.
Methods It is fly fishing only for 200 metres from the stream mouth. It fishes best during the hottest months and both wet flies and nymphs work well.
Recommended tackle Floating or intermediate lines are best for this shallow water.
Recommended lures

Nymphs: Small unweighted nymph such as a Hare and Copper  or Halfback or any dark coloured mayfly pattern.

Dry flies: During the summer try cicada patterns or beetle patterns.

Wet flies: Green Woolly Buggers, Mrs Simpson, Hamill's Killer  and smelt patterns.

Tributaries None
Applicable to Lake Rotorua at Awahou
Region Eastern regulations
Season The stream is closed but where it enters the lake can be fished.
Methods Fly fishing only
Bag limit 8 fish
Size limit (cm) 350mm minimum


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