and rainbow trout. (Sockeye salmon were released in the lake
in the mid 1980's. A few of their descendants may still remain)
Moana on Lake Brunner
Lake Poerua is a beautiful lake
with bush lined hills on its northern shore and open land on
the southern shore. It is not a deep lake and fish tend to rise
very freely making it open to a range of fishing methods. There
are boat launching facilities at Te Kinga Reserve.
The northern bank tends to be
the favoured spot for fishing as the bush comes down to the
waters edge (though a boat is a necessity for this section).
The Southern and Eastern banks are shallow and can get weedy
over the smmer but do offer excellent shoreline based fishing.
Be careful when wading however as the bottom can be soft mud
in places. Trolling, spin fishing and all forms of fly fishing
Fish numbers and size
Very high numbers of small to
medium size fish in the 2 - 3lb range. The fish from this lake
have beautiful orange flesh from their diet of freshwater crayfish
Ease of fishing
An easy lake to fish if you
have a boat. There is limited shore access and the bottom can
be muddy making it difficult to wade.
Access is via the Inchbonnie
- Rotomanu road which passes near the soutern shore of the lake.
Suspended nymphs that are just below the surface work well
during the evening when fish are crusising the shallows. Fish
will alos take nymphs of the Hare
and Copper or Pheasant
Tail variant which can be cast in front of a cruising
trouts path and twitched as they get close.
The fish are often feeding on windblown terrestrial flies
and so flies such as a Green
Beetle in early summer and cicada
patterns from mid summer on work well. Wasp
patterns can also work well in the summer months. Otherwise
try an Adams,
or similar pattern.