Above SH1, anglers can fish around 4-5 km by following a walkway along the bank of the Waiotaka. Much of this section of the river has vegetation growing along the banks making for some very difficult casting. Because of the small size, and the challenging conditions it presents, this river does not receive a lot of angling pressure.
Fish numbers and size
Despite its small size, there can be good runs of large fish during the winter months. There are also some resident fish present throughout the year that can be spotted in the clear water and carefully cast to.
A walkway that follows the true left bank of the Waiotaka can be accessed from two tracks that lead off the highway just south of the bridge on SH1.
The well signposted Waiotaki Road takes anglers to near the upper limits of winter fishing. To get to Waiotaka Road: if you are travelling north from Turangi, either turn off SH1 into Korohe Rd (7km from Turangi) and turn right at the junction; or turn off SH1 at the Grace Road intersection near Turangi.
A vehicle access track also lead off SH1. and is signposted as being to the Waiotaka Fishing Pools
See the Waiotaka River access map.