Lake Wakatipu


Fishing Spot in Queenstown, Otago New Zealand

Lake Wakatipu
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One of New Zealand's largest and most famous lakes, Wakatipu is 80km long and lies at an altitude of 310 m above sea level. The lake has a maximum depth of over 300 m. The sports fishery comprises brown and rainbow trout and landlocked Chinook salmon. Good fishing is available throughout the year, especially near the mouths of the larger tributaries in spring, autumn and winter. Some of the more popular areas for both boat and shoreline anglers are the Frankton Arm, and in the vicinity of Glenorchy and Kinloch at the head of the lake. Boat launching sites are found at Frankton, Kingston, Glenorchy, Queenstown Bay, Kelvin Heights and Sunshine Bay. People with 4-wheel drive vehicles can also launch a boat from various beaches around the lake. Lake Wakatipu boating and fishing pamphlets are available. Surface lake water temperatures reach a maximum of about 10 degrees Celsius, and weather conditions can change quickly. Be properly equipped and prepared, and always tell someone where you are going. Chinook salmon in Lake Wakatipu seldom exceed 1 kg in weight. They are considered to be the `bread and butter' of the lake's sports fishery, and are often caught in greater number than either brown or rainbow trout. [Fishing Regulations](



Frankton Marina, Otago 9300, New Zealand

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