A very beautiful lake to fish
(but beware of the vicious sandflies!!!). This lake has limited
areas where the angler can fish from the shore so a boat is
the most successful method. The lake is fed by the Moeraki River
which enters at the South Eastern end of the lake and this is
a very good fishery in its own right. Trout can be sighted and
fished to especially when using a boat to sneak up on them.
Trolling a spinner or large fly can also be effective. Where
the Moeraki River enters the lake there is a significant area
of shallower water built up from silt being brought down the
river. This is an excellent area to explore with small flies
and casting to cruising fish (though again a boat will provide
the best way to access this productive area.
Fish numbers and size
The lake holds a large number
of brown trout (some estimates state this lake is the best stocked
on the West Coast). There is also a number of quinnat salmon
between February and April each year as they enter the lake
before moving up the Moeraki River to spawn.
Ease of fishing
This lake is best fished from
a boat as the close vegetation makes shoreline fishing very
The State highway 6 runs aong
the northern shore of the lake and a small gravel road leads
of this to the only boat ramp. Some paths have been cutthrough
the vegetation in places giving access to small areas of the
shoreline (though it is possible to wade from there along the
narrow gravel beach. See the Lake Moeraki access
When fishing the drop of a large heavil;y weighted fly such
as a size 8 to 10 Pheasants
Tail or Hare
and Copper can be effective when fishing the deeper water.
Darker patterns are the most effective in this water.
Small winged patterns such as Greenwell's
Brown or Adams
or Royal Wulff
can also work well especially at change of light. These are
very effective when fishing to rising fish around the flax
beds or in the shallower water around the edge.