|Lake Kuratau provides wilderness fishing close to but quite different from Lake Taupo. It is a great place to get away from the crowds to fish for a very high population of fish.|
|Fish type||Rainbow and brown trout|
|Situation||A small man-made lake that now offers good still-water fishing west of Lake Taupo.|
|Check conditions||View the MetService weather forecast.|
The fish in Lake Kuratau are numerous but they do not tend to reach the size or condition as those in Lake Taupo or Lake Otamangakau. They are dependent on insects for food, and the best fishing coincides with increased insect activity over summer when the trout tend to rise very freely. The trout feed avidly throughout the season making
As there is limited shoreline access, Kuratau is best flyfished from a boat or float tube using a floating line and small nymphs, or stalking and casting to cruising brown trout
The water has a slightly stained colour from the vegetation that was drowned when the lake was formed.
Lake Kuratau contains no introduced aquatic plants, and it is essential anglers carefully check their boats and trailers for any weed fragments before launching.
|Fish numbers and size||The fish in Lake Kuratau are smaller and not as good condition as those in the nearby Lake Otamangakau but there are many more of them.|
|Access||At Kuratau Junction, turn of SH 41 onto SH 32 and then take the Kuratau Hydro road which leads to the lake and the only boat ramp. See the Lake Kuratau access map.|
A 6 weight rod.
Nymphs: Hare and Copper, Halfback, Pheasant Tail and green caddis patterns in sizes 12 to 16
Dry flies: Daddy Long Legs and Coch-y-Bondu. cicada patterns and Green Beetle in summer.
Wet flies/streamers: Night time: Black Phantom, Craig's Night Time, Fuzzy Wuzzy, Scotch Poacher
Day time: Use flies such as Woolly Bugger, Red Setter, Dollfly, Grey Ghost, Taupo Tigers, Rabbit patterns and Hamill's Killer down to size 6.
Tributaries include the upper Kuratau River and the Mangaongoki Stream
|Applicable to||Lake Kuratau|
|Region||Taupo fishery area regulation summary|
|Season||1 Oct-30 June|
|Methods||Fly and spinner.
Boat fishing is permitted
|Bag limit||No limit|
|Size limit (cm)||30cm minimum|