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AFEW NORTHLAND TROUT FISHING ANGLERS
have got together and developed a Facebook
site for Northland. This site was developed with
the assistance of Northland Fish & Game to provide
anglers with a forum to share their experiences and
VER THE PAST COUPLE YEARS, NORTH
land Fish & Game has put on a series of
workshops to promote trout fishing to the
region’s residents. These workshops were
orientated towards introducing new anglers to
the joys of trout fishing and providing them with
HEN FISHING LAKES IN NORTHLAND,
most anglers go to the Kai Iwi Lakes while
overlooking the region’s other prime
fishing lakes. A good example is Wilson’s Dam,
which is located off State Highway 1 just north of
Ruakaka on Prescott Road. This dam was created
as a water supply reservoir for the Ruakaka area
in the early 2000s. With the Whangarei District
Council’s permission, Northland Fish & Game
started stocking the dam with brown trout in 2005
with the goal of developing a trophy fishery in
Northland. Rainbow trout are now also released,
providing anglers with the opportunity to target
ANGLERS CAN GET TO THE LAKE
through two access points off Prescott Road.
enough information to go out and confidently
Since these workshops were introductory, we
focused on spin fishing techniques for trout. The
first workshop was held in 2013 at Lake Manawai
in Waipapa and the following year the workshop
was held at Whau Valley Dam in Whangarei.
This season, during the summer holidays, we
plan to hold another workshop at Kai Iwi Lakes to
teach techniques that will help beginner anglers
be more successful at catching trout in the Kai Iwi
Lakes during the summer. Particular focus will be
Both these points are well marked and require a
moderate walk down to the reservoir. The dam
wall can be accessed at the end of Sail Rock Road
where there is a large parking area at the base
of the wall from where anglers can walk to the
EVEN THOUGH THERE IS SOME NATURAL
reproduction occurring in a short section of
the stream that feeds the dam, in some years that
is not enough to maintain the fishery. Therefore,
Northland Fish & Game regularly stocks Wilson’s
Dam to maintain a reasonable number of trout for
anglers to catch. To maintain the mixed species
fishery, brown and rainbow trout are released in
alternate years. This winter, rainbow trout will be
released into the fishery.
Fishing Wilson’s Dam
THERE IS ONLY SHORELINE FISHING
available to anglers as boats are not allowed
on the reservoir. The best time of the year to fish
Wilson’s Dam is during the winter when water
temperatures are cool and trout are readily feeding
in the shallow water. Early spring and late autumn
also provide good fishing opportunities during the
early morning and late evening hours.
Anglers can use bait, spin, or flyfishing techniques
to catch trout in this fishery. Those anglers who use
spinning gear tend to do well with French-style
spinners or hard body lures, however traditional
lures are also successful. Those who prefer flyfishing
generally use streamers that imitate mosquito fish,
bullies, or dragonfly larvae around the weed beds.
During the warm days in winter, anglers do well
using midge imitations.
on boat fishing techniques, including both trolling
and jigging. These two techniques provide anglers
with the best chances of catching trout because
Northland’s hot summers warm the lake waters,
pushing trout deeper.
Northland Fish & Game believes the future of
trout fishing in Northland and the rest of New
Zealand lies in encouraging more people to
actively participate, so these workshops will be free
to anyone keen on taking part.
We also encourage experienced trout anglers to
introduce others into the sport.
Facebook Page Provides Anglers with Up to Date News on Freshwater Fishing in Northland
gather knowledge of where to fish in the region.
We encourage trout anglers to join and share with
others the excitement of trout fishing in Northland
and learn of the opportunities available.
Although the Facebook page is not part of
Northland Fish & Game, we provide the site with up
to date information on what is happening within the
freshwater fishing community in Northland.
AN OVERLOOKED TROUT FISHERY
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