If there is one thing that Rotorua is known for, it’s fishing. Thanks to its mild climate, lakes, rivers, and hot springs, Rotorua has become an attraction to anglers from all over the world. Fishermen of all ages and skills are welcome. If you are looking for a one of a kind and unforgettable fishing adventure, check out the list below for the top 10 fishing locations in the area.
If you are looking for an ideal spot for family fishing, Lake Okareka should be on top of your list. The gentle lake boasts of a large population of rainbow trout with an average size of between 1 to 1.5 kilograms. The lake offers good opportunities for shoreline anglers but boat fishing is the best way to go. The Boyes Beach, as well as the smaller bays around the western shoreline, offer plenty of opportunities for those wishing to fish from the shore. When it comes to the most popular method used to catch fish, trolling ranks first but fly fishing from a boat is also possible.
The crystal clear Lake Rotoma features rainbow trout averaging around 1.5 to 2 kilograms. However, anglers can find a hybrid that the Eastern Fish and Game refer to as tiger trout. The hybrid trout is a cross between a brown and brook trout and has distinctive tiger stripes along its body, hence its name. Lake Rotoma is a beautiful deep clean lake that’s known to be one of the clearest lakes in the district.
Fly fishermen can access it through the southwestern and southern shoreline. The most popular method for fishing in Lake Rotoma is trolling but jigging is also an effective and well-known technique for catching trout that’s lying deep within the lake.
Lake Rotorua features five main attributes and a few other lesser ones that are worth checking out. The lake boasts of a decent amount of rainbow and brown trout as well as brook trout. Anglers can catch brown trouts of up to 8 kilograms in size can be caught during the summer season.
Lake Rerewhakaaitu is like no other as it is the only lake in Rotorua that’s surrounded by mostly flatland. Although wind can be a problem when fishing, anglers enjoy the lake since fish can easily be spotted and it’s easy to wade. The lake holds a reasonable population of rainbow trout with an average size of 1.5 kilograms.
Wading anglers can access Lake Rotoiti at The Delta and off the Rotorua-Whakatane Highway (SH30). Fishing season starts from October 1 to June 30. It is the perfect spot for shoreline and boat anglers who are looking to catch trophy-sized fish. It’s the third-largest lake in the region. Thanks to the abundant food source in the lake, hatchery-reared fish grow rapidly and often reach impressive sizes.
If you are looking for a spot for easy fishing, then the small and circular Lake Tikitapu, also known as Blue Lake, is the best place to be. It is a famous recreational spot in the district and is the perfect place for kayakers, swimmers, water skiers, and anglers. The lake is home to a decent population of small to medium size trouts.
Despite being the smallest lake in the region, Lake Okaro takes on an important role in the culture of the Ngati Whaoa / Ngati Tahu tribes. Grey teal and other water birds, as well as paradise shelducks, live in the area. The lake’s water is safe for various recreational activities including trout fishing, water skiing, and kayaking.
The small yet deep Lake Atiamuri faces minimal angling pressure but boasts good stocks of brown and rainbow trout. Ignoring this fishing spot is a mistake especially since your catch could be as big as 10 pounds. Trolling is the preferred fishing method in this spot but anglers still have the option to fish by boat upstream towards Lake Ohakuri.
The crater lake, Lake Rotoehu, is located 25 minutes away from Rotorua. Shore and boat anglers favour the lake’s northern and western areas for fishing. Covering an area of 8.1 kilometres, Lake Rotehu is a wonderful place for fly fishing during the months of October and November. Rainbow trouts are a bit smaller compared to those found in other Rotorua lakes but the catch rates in this lake are far superior to others.
One of New Zealand’s largest lakes, Lake Tarawera, which means “Burnt Spear,” is considered to be one of the best lakes in the region. This deep clear lake features a surface area of 41 kilometres and is the best place to chase rainbow trout. Fishing on this lake is mostly done with a boat but shore-based anglers can take a shot at rainbow trout fishing around the western bays. A few popular spots include the Waitangi Bay, Landing Bay, and the Te Wairoa stream mouth.