Lake Wanaka Fishing
Lake Wanaka is a deep, glacial lake, offering
challenging and unpredictable fishing from self–sustaining
populations of salmon and trout.
trout, rainbow trout, salmon.
lies north of Wanaka township, 3km west from the junction
between SH6 and SH84. The lake covers 180km2 and is 300m at
its deepest point.
The lake is a
special holiday destination for families and tourists. Many
small bays and deciduous trees provide shelter from the sun
in warmer months.
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|| Lake Wanaka access pamphlet
fishing, where accessible, is possible but you’ll need
a boat to reach the best fishing areas. Stevensons Arm, Glendhu
Bay and Paddock Bay are popular fishing areas.
The type of fishing depends on the season.
In summer, fish stay deep and feed in the morning and evening.
In autumn, brown trout and salmon congregate near the river
mouths and shoreline. In the winter and spring, rainbows congregate
at the river mouths, brown trout near the drop-offs and close
to the shore, and there salmon are also around.
When spin fishing, vary the length of
the cast, the speed of retrieval, the depth and the lure.
Fish are easily ambushed if you cast well in front of them
across feeding areas like rocky and weedy spots.
Paddock Bay and Parkins Bay are good areas
for stalking when fly angling and in mid to late November
green beetles swarm over the water.
of the lake is accessible via roads off SH6. The southern
part of the lake from Wanaka to West Wanaka.
There is a gravel road to Roys Bay just
west of Wanaka, and foot access via the beach at the campground
in Glendhu Bay.
of the western side of the lake is only accessible by boat.
Ramps are available at:
- Roy's Bay near Wanaka
- The lake outlet at Dublin Bay
- Waterfall Creek
- Glendhu Bay
- Camp Creek
- Wharf Creek off SH6 at the Makaroa delta
4WD boat access is available from the
Camp Creek and Dublin Bay beaches on the eastern side.
See the access
Gnat, Peacock, Damsel
Dry flies: Jack
Wulff, Zonkers, Dad’s
small green or gold/silver finnies, green/red or black Veltic.
||Tributaries to Lake Wanaka include:
– Makarora River
– Matukituki River
Albert and Dingle burns
– Hunter River
– Wilkin River
||Lake Wanaka except the area
||Artificial fly, spinner, bait
|Size limit (cm)
||Fishing from boats is permitted.
If fishing from a mechanically propelled boat, the boat must
stay at least 100m from any angler fishing from the shore.
||Within 150 metres of any part
of the launch wharf at the township of Wanaka, within 150m of
any part of the public jetty at the Wanaka Marina and anywhere
within 150m of the shoreline between the wharf and the jetty.
|Size limit (cm)
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