and rainbow trout.
||Lake Rotorua is a relatively
shallow lake connected to Lake Rotoiti at its northern end by
the Ohau Channel. The township of Rotorua is situated at the
southern extremity of the lake and a number of small settlements
have developed around both eastern and western shores from this
map with topography
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|| Rotorua Lakes access pamphlet
is the largest lake in the Rotorua Lakes district but is also
one of the shallowest, being only 25 metres deep at its deepest.
At the southern end is the township of Rotorua though most
of the lake is surrounded by open pasture land. Being a shallow
lake means that the water temperature rises rapidly during
the warmer summer months which can result in an algae bloom
that drastically reduces water visibility. The problem of
this algae bloom is being addressed at present and appears
to be declining.
There are a number of tributaries feeding
into Lake Rotorua that provide excellent spawning conditions,
making this a truly wild fishery. A large number of hatchery-reared
trout are released into the lake each year as well, ensuring
this lake has one of the highest catch rates of any in the
Lake Rotorua fishery provides anglers with
excellent fishing throughout the year. While most fish caught
trolling or harling from boats, there is excellent shore-based
fly fishing and spinning as well.
|Fish numbers and size
||Rainbow trout make up the bulk
of the population and within the 1.5 to 2 kg range. There is
however an excellent population of large brown trout averaging
around 3 kg. Fish numbers are very high.
road running around the lake and its proximity to Rotorua
township and other settlements, access to the shoreline is
excellent. For those wishing to fish by boat there are a number
of public boat ramps around the lake. There is good easy access
to most of the stream mouths, all of which can provide excellent
and good opportunities.
See the Lake Rotorua access
has been described as an angling paradise as it provides opportunities
for all fishing methods. Trolling and harling is permitted
anywhere on the lake except within 200 metres of the major
tributary stream mouths. Trolling is very productive though
anglers may need to use leadline to get the lures down to
the correct depth.
The lake can be easily and safely waded
into and many stream mouths can provide excellent fishing
throughout the year for those fly and nymph fishing.
|The fishing year
spring, smelt move in close to the shore to spawn and the
trout will follow to feed on them. This provides excellent
opportunities for the shoreline angler and particularly those
wishing to target the large brown trout that come close to
the shore during this time.
Over the summer excellent fishing can be
found at the stream mouths as the trout movement to take advantage
of the cooler water that these areas provide.
During the summer, especially when the
lake warms up, fishing up the Waiteti Stream is also very
good and 8 - 9lb trout are not unusual in front of the Waiteti
Trout Stream Holiday Park camp office. One of the pools
there consistently has 20 or more good-sized fish between
January and March.
Another good summer fishing spot is the delta of the Awahou Stream where huge numbers of fish come in close to shore to take advantage of the cold spring-fed water from the strea. Note however, Awahou Stream itself is closed to fishing.
During autumn as the weather cools to move
back into the deeper parts of the lake many the trolling is
often the most successful method. Larger trout also congregate
at the stream mouths preparing to run upstream to spawn.
During the winter months trolling is very
productive. As the main spawning runs occurr during this
time, large numbers of trout can be targeted close to shore as the fish prepare to move up
the tributary streams.
it is usually necessary to get the lure down between four
to 6 metres below the surface. This is usually done by using
a leadline (play out between 4 - 6 colours), a deepwater express
line or lead core line and a leader of around 3 to 5 metres.
Those wishing to fish with a fly are best
served by using a weight six or seven rod and a floating or
slow sinking line.
flies: During the late summer large terrestrial insects
such as Cicadas,
are blown onto the water and will often attract cruising trout.
Any pattern that represents these insects can be successful
under the right conditions.
weighted nymphs such as Pheasants
and Copper, and Halfbacks
can be very successful in fishing round the stream mouths
and weed beds when using a floating line.
Wet flies / Streamers:
During spring and summer when the trout are chasing smelt,
use flies such as a light Rabbit,
Glory during the day, and dark patterns such as Fuzzy
Wuzzy and Scotch
Poacher at night. Other patterns such as Hamill's
Killer and Mrs
Simpson work well throughout the year.
such as the Black
Cobra and Tasmanian
Devil all work well at different times during the year.
Different colours seem to work better than others at times
so it may be necessary to experiment throughout the day.
a large number of tributaries that feed into Lake Rotorua.
While none of these is large they are all important in that
they provide sporting water for the trout as well as bringing
cooler water into the lake during the warmer months.
The major tributaries are the:
- Awahou Stream (closed)
- the Utuhina Stream
- Hamurana stream.
Channel drains Lake Rotorua into Lake
Rotoiti and is a major fishery in its own right as trout
move through it to spawn in the Lake Rotorua tributaries.
||Lake Rotorua except the areas
||Artificial fly, spinner
Brown trout: 2
|Size limit (cm)
The following streams and their
tributaries which flow into Lake Rotorua:
- the Waiawhiro, Waiohewa, Waingaehe, Waimata and Waikuta streams
- the Hamurana stream above the Hamurana Road bridge
- the Utahina stream upstream of the Pukehangi Road bridge and all the tributaries of this stream
- the Awahou Stream