Date: 27 September 2012
The 2012-13 fishing season for Lake Otamangakau and Lake Kuratau begins on the first Monday of October and early indications point to some good summer fishing.
Lake Otamangakau, renowned for large trout, is expected to fish well this season, as Te Whaiau fish trap data collected this winter has indicated good conditioned trout in decent quantities and a return to some double figured fish amongst the run. The average size and weight for both browns and rainbows was up slightly on last season.
The Department of Conservation Ranger Ray Bond says that "Anglers can expect over half of their catch to be between 1.5kg & 2.5kg (3-6lb) with 5% of their catch being greater than 3kg. It was very encouraging to trap one brown measuring 740mm & weighing 6.4kg (14.1lbs) with the largest rainbow weighing in just under 10lbs”.
With a general increase in the trout population since 2007, anglers are encouraged to take, rather than release, smaller legal sized fish to reduce the overall population size and promote growth in the larger fish. Soaking the trout in brine before smoking helps reduce the ‘earthy’ taste for fish from this catchment.
Lake Kuratau, renowned for an abundance of smaller trout is a budding angler’s paradise with many fishing options available and no bag limit (minimum size limit of 30cm). It is a great lake to take children to experience their first of many catches. Kids can spin fish from the sandy beach by the boat ramp and rainbow trout up to 2 lbs can be readily caught. Fly fishing with a sinking line and a brown or green woolly bugger is also productive off the beach throughout summer. The lake is generally shallow and the drowned forest of manuka trees at the top end of the lake can provide some good sport for anglers with access to a small boat. Brown woolly buggers work great here and the lake does contain some nice brown trout up to 5-6lbs in weight.
Lake Otamangakau is open to fishing until the end of May 2013 while Lake Kuratau closes one month later on the last day of June.
A Taupo Fishery licence and a keen desire to catch trout is required and please remember to always check, clean & dry your fishing and boating gear before moving between different water ways.
Programme Manager Community Relations
Department of Conservation Taupō-nui-ā-tia
Ph +64 7 384 7163