is a deep lake having been formed from a volcanic crater.
The water is very clean despite being surrounded by a city.
It is popular for a large range of watersports though a North
Shore City Bylaw prohibits motorboats.
It tends to fish best during the cooler
months from around early May until late October.
(TUNZ) runs a popular one-day
fishing competition in Lake Pupuke in May each year. There
is no entry fee but lots of prizes.
One of the motivations behind the competition
is to get indications of survival rates and growth rates of
the trout released by Auckland/Waikato Fish & Game.
access is at the end of Northcote Road and from Sylvan, Henderson
and Killarney Parks.
As many private gardens go down to the
lake edge, shoreline fishing is reasonably limited. Those
with any form of self-propelled boat such as eight kayak or
row boat will find plenty of opportunity.
Popular fishing locations include:
- Sylvan Park, Milford
- at the Quarry at the end of Northcote Road
- around the back of the North Shore Hospital.
Most anglers prefer to fish
with a spinner though in nymph can also be very effective. Harling
around the lake edges is also very productive.
When spinning, tackle that is capable of casting seven to
10 g lures is preferred.
wishing to fish with the nymph will need a floating line and
a leader long enough to keep the fly just above the weed beds.
is best done with a slow sinking line and a reasonably long
flies: Lake Pupuke is not known for a dry fly rise
though late on a summer's evening trout are attracted to terrestrial
insects that are blown onto the lake. These can include cicadas,
in late summer, lace