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Coalpit Dam

Coalpit Dam is home to both brown and rainbow trout due to being stocked by Fish and Game over the years. When it is drained each April, the dam experiences an influx of trout from the Maniototo water race.


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Fish type Brown and rainbow trout
Situation Coalpit Dam is part of the network of Maniototo dams and was built to store water for gold recovery throughout the mining era. It has consistently been stocked with trout by Fish and Game for many years. When it is drained each April, the dam experiences an influx of trout from the Maniototo water race, however the trout aren't easy to catch.

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Coalpit Dam often has a heavy green weed mass through it, making worm fishing sucessful when using a float or bubble. The dam also seems to have an abundance of Corixa and Midge life in the water. Fly anglers can take advantage of this by using similar patterns.

From November to January green and brown patterns are useful. Fish are also sometimes taken on Damsel flies during this period. During the colder months anglers using feathered lures often have success with a Hamill's Killer or Mrs Simpson.

Access From Naseby-Ranfurly Road, turn off at Coalpit Bridle track to the carpark and picnic area. There are walking bridges and tracks areound the dam for good access.
Methods All methods
Recommended tackle At times some heavy tackle is required for this water due to the wind. At other times it can be perfectly still and lighter gear is a better option.
Recommended lures

Nymphs: Midge pupa and emergers, hare's Ear, and damselfly .

Dry flies: In spring and early summer use Royal Wulff, Coch-y-Bondhu, brown or green beetle imitations. In January and February, use cicada patterns. Later in the season use Black Gnat and Peveril of the Peak. At dawn and dusk thoughout the season, use Adams.

Wet flies /Streamers: Water-boatman, Woolly Bugger, Hamill’s Killer, Mrs Simpson, Fuzzy Wuzzy.

Spinners: Black and gold Toby, green and gold Veltic, Mepps, silver and green Hexagon wobbler, and Jensen Insect.
Applicable to Coalpit Dam
Region Otago regulations
Season Open all year
Methods Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Bag limit 1
Size limit (cm) None


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