Lake Mapourika is a pleasant
lake in the Westland national park area. It is fed by a number
of small streams and one, McDonalds Creek at the northern end
is closed for all fishing. The river is drained by the Okarito
River which flows into the beautiful Okarito Lagoon and then
into the Tasman Sea. Salmon and sea-run trout travel up this
river to the lake in early summer.
Lake Mapourika is a beautiful
lake surrounded by pristine antient bush. Large mountains loom
nearby making this a beautiful setting to fish. The water tends
to be tea-coloured though fish can still be easily spotted in
the water. Much of the shoreline is difficult to fish as the
trees come down close to the waters edge. There is a boat ramp
however and this opens up the lake for both trolling or casting
to the fish that seem to rise freely for the insects that land
on the surface.
Fish numbers and size
The lake is well stocked with
both brown trout and salmon. Expect trout in the 3-5lb range
and bigger salmon. There have been some larger trout up to 10lbs caught at times.
Ease of fishing
The lake offers few shore line
fishing opportunites but if one has a boat the fish that range
over the whole lake become easily accessible.
State Highway 6 runs along the
eastern edge of the lake. See the Lake Mapourika access
Suspended nymphs that are just below the surface work well
during the evening when fish are crusising the shallows. Fish
will also take nymphs of the Hare
and Copper or Pheasant
Tail variant which can be cast in front of any rising