brown and rainbow trout are present but because there are limited
spawning opportunities for the trout, a large proportion of
those fish caught are stocked fish. Each year around 2000 rainbow
trout and 500 brown trout are released into the lake by Fish
and Game. Over the years, the average size of these fish has
risen dramatically and now each year many fish over the magical
10 pound (4.5 kg) are caught.
||Lake Karapiro lies downstream
of Lake Arapuni and is the last of the Hydro lakes on the Waikato
system. It is a long L-shaped lake, with roads following the
northern and eastern shoreline. The lake is the venue for a
variety of water activities and is most famous as a rowing venue.
Consequently anglers may find themselves competing with other
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are fish throughout this lake, the best fishing is to be found
at the head of the lake where the water leaves Arapuni dam.
In this section there is a good current that can support a
large concentration of fish. In other sections of the lake,
trolling and harling are the preferred methods although any
angler wishing to fish from a moored or drifting boat and
casting a fly or spinner around the weed beds can do very
well. Like all Waikato Hydro lakes however, weed growth particularly
in the warmer months can be a real problem. During the summer
trout feed voraciously on the hatching caddis
fly, especially around the stream mouths.
The most popular place to fish is the faster
water where the river leaves the dam at Arapuni. The current
can be very fast and consequently the fish tend to be near
the bottom, requiring fast sinking lines. Care must be taken
when fishing here however as the water levels can rise dramatically
during times of electricity generation as large quantities
of water suddenly flow through the power station.
State Highway 1 follows
the northern shore of the lake and a side road follows the
eastern shoreline. There are a number of boat ramps around
the lake. See the Lake Karapiro access
||When fishing the faster water
below the Arapuni dam it is necessary to use a fast sinking
line to ensure the lures get down to the fish which are usually
near the bottom. This can result in some loss of tackle as snags
are picked up. However, this is where the angler is more likely
to catch that trophy fish. There is good fishing using dry fly
in the summer months around the stream mouths, and throughout
the year harling and trolling along the edge of the weed beds
can be very successful.
Nymphs such as Green
Caddis fly work well in the evening or try the standard
and Copper or Pheasant
Tail when casting along the weed beds during the day.
The prolific hatches of caddis
fly and sedge
during the summer months can give excellent dry fly fishing,
especially around the stream mouths on warm evenings. Any
dry fly that imitates an emerging
or mature caddis fly can be successful.
Wet flies / Streamers:
During the day use any smelt pattern such as Parson's
Glory or Jack
Spratt, or try a bully pattern such as Mrs
Simpson or Hamill
's Killer. In the evening and at night use dark patterns
such as Black
Poacher or Fuzzy
Tokoroa Chicken is generally very popular and successful although
anglers should not ignore the Black
and Gold Toby,
green and gold Cobras
||The two major tributaries of
Lake Karapiro are the Pokaiwhenua
Stream and the Little
Waipa Stream. There are also a number of small streams,
all of which can provide excellent fishing during the warmer
summer months around their mouths as trout congregate around
the cooler water as it enters the lake.
||See also Lake Aratiatia, Lake
Arapuni and the Waikato
||Artificial fly, spinner, bait
If fishing from a vessel in the upper reaches of Lake Karapiro
(upstream from the white maker post, situated 200 metres below
the Huihuitaha Stream mouth) , the vessel must be securely anchored.
|Size limit (cm)