Lake Okareka is a gentle lake suitable for family
fishing. It has a large population of rainbow trout that can be
caught by a variety of fishing methods. The lake is possibly one of the most underfished in the area and is highly recommended for its scenic beauty and the quality of its fishing.
Lake Okareka is well-sheltered
making it fishable except in the most extreme weather conditions.
Most of the lake is surrounded by open land and bush. As there
are no feeder streams of note the lake is dependent upon stocking
for the maintenance of the trout population. As a consequence,
numbers of fish are good and the condition of those caught is
There are many opportunities for the shoreline angler. At the western end Boyes beach that is a great place to target fish at change of light and at night. Wading is safe around the western, soutehrn and northern sections with only the northern area suitable for boat fishing.
Fish numbers and size
Fish numbers are high and mostly
in the 1-1.5 kg range. This lake has predominantly rainbow trout
although there are a few brown trout present.
A side road leading from the
Tarawera road leads to the small township of Okareka on the
western shores of the lake. A boat ramp at Acacia Bay allows
access to the rest of the lake. See the Lake Okataina/Lake Okareka
are good opportunities for shoreline fishing, the best fishing
is done by boat. Trolling is the preferred and most popular
method of catching fish although fly fishing from a boat can
also be very successful.
Those wishing to fish from the shore will
find plenty of opportunities at Boyes Beach and at a number
of small bays around the western shoreline. Fish can often
be spotted as they cruise the shoreline along the weed beds.
Good polarising glasses therefore are essential. Fishing from
the shore can be most productive either early in the morning
or in the evening when fish often come very close in to the
When trolling it is necessary
to get your line and lures down around 3 to 6 metres. If using
a leadline, troll with four to six colours in the 3-5 metre
leader. In the mornings and late evenings, harling a lure slowly
along any weedbeds can also be effective. Jigging is also becoming
popular. Those wishing to fish using a fly from the shore will
need to use a floating or slow sinking line.