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Kai-Iwi Lakes Fishing
The Kai Iwi Lakes (Lake Kai-Iwi, Lake Taharoa
and Lake Waikere) offer excellent fly fishing and spin fishing for
a large population of rainbow trout in a beautiful setting.
|Fish type and size
numbers of well-conditioned fish all year round of excellent eating
quality. The average size is 1-1.5 kg and ranges up to 4-4.5 kg.
three Kai Iwi Lakes are situated about 35 north of Dargaville on
the Twin Coast Discovery Tourist Route.
map with topography
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weather forecast for Dargaville.
Lakes Trout Fishing access pamphlet
||These are deep sand-based
dune lakes with no rivers or streams flowing either in or out, so
Fish & Game releases trout into Lake Taharoa and Lake Waikere
|Annual fishing competition
July each year, Northland
Fish & Game runs the Kai Iwi Lakes Trout Fishing Competition.
off State Highway 12 at the Omamari Road sign-post. After 11km,
take the Kai-Iwi Lakes Road which leads to the Taharoa Domain and
Pine Beach camping ground.
See the Kai-Iwi Lakes access
map and the list of access
Angling is best in the cooler months when the
fish move into the shallower warmer waters. During the summer they
tend to go deep and so are best targeted by the boat angler through
jigging or trolling. Shore-based anglers need to wade out to cast
over the drop-off into the deep water using a fast (though not super
fast) sinking line. The water is crystal clear and fish will often
folllow a lure into shore and take it just as it is about to cross
the lip. Night-time fly fishing is often the best time and can be
good even when it is moonlit.
Boat fishing, especially jigging and trolling,
is recommended in the warmer months. Harling and bait fishing can
also be productive. The fish are usually near the bottom of the
lake where their food is, especially during the summer months.
Jigging is very successful, ideally in a gentle
to moderate breeze so the boat drifts quietly along and the jig
stays in contact with the bottom of the lake.
When trolling, use lead-cored lines which change
colour every 10 metres. Each colour takes the lure down approxitely
1.5 metres or 5 feet and so the depth the lure is fished at is controlled
by the number of colours used. A depth finder is helpful to ensure
the lures are at the correct depth.
May-Sept: Fish are
often in shallower waters during the cooler months. Try letting
out 2-5 colours of line (a colour is 10 metres of lead core line).
Oct-Apr: Fish are deeper when its warmer.
You may need to let out 10 colours or more.
is the largest lake (240 ha and 37m deep) and is situated between
the two smaller lakes. It is the best lake for fishing from the
shore and as there is plenty of room to cast, it's a good place
for beginners. A sandy shallow shelf extends out from the beach
around much of the lake and it is necessary to ensure that the lure
is fished over this into the deeper water of the drop-off. This
generally requires some wading.
Popular fishing spots
- In front of the Pines Beach Camping Ground
- From the jetty
- On the western shore from the sandspit (Promenade
Point) past the Kai-Iwi Farmhouse.
Waikere (35ha) is stocked with trout annually and also trolls well.
It is used for water skiing so look out for submerged ski lane ropes.
During the ski season the fish are usually pushed deeper by all
33ha, Kai-Iwi is the smallest of the three lakes. Fish & Game
does not stock Lake Kai-Iwi and at present there are no trout.
Hare and Copper, Pheasant
Caddis patterns such as the Horn
Caddis, Black and Peacock, or a small San Juan Worm.
Dry flies: Flies
that represent wind-blown terrestrials such as dragon flies. Daddy
Long Legs and Coch-y-Bondu,
Cicada patterns and
in summer. Sam's Fancy and Damsel
Wet flies: Koura
(freshwater crayfish) and bully imitation flies.
Night time: Black
Night Time, Fuzzy
Marabou, Hairy Dog
or any black fly that swims well.
Day time: Hamill's'
Killer, Mrs Simpson,
Red Setter, Parson's
March Brown, Rabbit
patterns such as Orange Rabbit, Muddler
Toby, Cobra patterns,
in green, yellow, gold, black and gold-spotted.
Boats must stay at least 50 metres from any anglers fishing from the
|Size limit (cm)