Auckland Lakes

Lake Rototoa (Ototoa) 

Located on the South Kaipara Heads, this lake provides excellent perch fishing in very clear water. Unfortunately, the illegal introduction of perch has devastated dwarf Inanga and trout populations that had previously been introduced by Fish & Game. The trout stocking program has been suspended to allow Auckland Council to explore perch removal research.  Access is off Donohue Road which can be reached via South Head Road. 

Lake Whatihua 

A small lake situated beside Kariotahi Road about 1.5km back from Kariotahi Beach. Fishable around the shore with a paper road access to the lake and a marked trail from the gate to the west end of the lake.  Dune lakes in the region are best fish from the fall to spring as summer heat reduces catch rates.  

Parkinson’s Lake 

A very small lake but holds some good sized rainbows. Situated off Whiriwhiri Road. Easily wadeable but weed can be a problem. Both Parkinson’s and Whatihua are stocked annually in May.  

Mangatangi Reservoir 

This large water reservoir holds wild rainbow trout. At present access for anglers is restricted to the dam wall. Angling methods are restricted to artificial lures. 

Lake Pupuke 

In the heart of North Shore City, Quarry Lake on Northcote Road is regularly stocked with rainbow trout and occasionally with brown trout. Lake Pupuke has ample perch and can be fished from Sylvan Park and the end of Northcote Road. 

Wairoa River 

The closest river to Auckland City - offering 15km of fishing water over wadeable shingle bed. Access is off McNicol Road via the Clevedon-Kawakawa Road.