Lake Waipapa is a deep dark lake that
is surrounded by bush-clad hills reaching down to the water's
edge. There are limited opportunities for the shoreline angler
and most fishing is done from a boat. Like all lakes in the
Waikato Hydro System there is a significant amount of lake
weed present which makes even the limited shoreline opportunities
even more difficult. Anglers with a boat however will find
excellent opportunities for fishing in the many secluded bays
and stretches, especially in the section that leads up to
the Maraetai Dam. Care must be taken however as water levels
fluctuate in the section as flows increase during peak electricity
Access to Lake Waipapa is on the Te Awamutu-Mangakino
road which follows the Western shore for a few kilometres near
the Waipapa Dam. There is a small boat ramp just above the dam.
See the Lake Waipapa access
Trolling and harling along the weed beds
is the most popular method of fishing this lake. There is good
fishing also for those happy to drift or moor their boat and
cast either a spinner or fly along the sides of the weed beds.
During the day some weight is needed on
the line when trolling to ensure the lure gets down to the fish.
This can be done by using three or four colours of lead core
or adding a small sinker about 1 metre above the lures.
While not recognised as a dry fly water, many insects during
the summer months get blown out of the surrounding forests
onto the lake and patterns such as cicadas,
beetles or daddy
longlegs can be effective.