Lake Kuratau is the smallest of Taupo's fishable lakes, and contains heaps of smaller rainbows and browns. While is a treasure for shore based and boat fly fishers, it really comes into its own as a fishery for children, as its high fish population ensures a high catch rate. It is also a national treasure for another reason, being completely free of freshwater weeds. Please keep it that way by making sure to clean your gear before you fish here.
How to Fish
The fishing options on Lake Kuratau are varied, and available from November to May. For the boat based angler, techniques like harling, trolling, nymphing and wet fly will get you to the fish consistently, and for the shore based angler nymphing and wet fly will work well. The summer dry fly fishing on the lake can be spectacular at times too, either from boat or shore. Spinfishing is also very effective on the lake, either from a boat or the shore.
Where to Fish
In general, shore based options on Lake Kuratau are limited, unless you have a boat to move from shore to shore. If you do not have a boat, there is good shore based fishing around the boat ramp. For the boat fishermen, options are very open. From the boat you can target the many weed beds and channels, concentrating efforts on the edges of the weed and the deeper water with nymphs, dry or streamer patterns. Anglers can also access the hard to reach shorelines, and stalk cruising fish in the shallows with the same techniques. This is a very visual and challenging approach, and is a great test of your skills.